Overview of Guidelines and Appropriate Use Criteria

  • Katarina H. Nelson
  • Robert C. Hendel
  • Robert C. Hendel


Cardiac radionuclide imaging (RNI) provides critical diagnostic information, data for risk stratification and might be the key element in medical decision-making. Advances in imaging technology, in addition to expanded clinical applications along with possible financial incentives to the imager, have led to explosive growth of imaging, raising concerns about over-utilization. Inappropriate use of RNI may be harmful to patients and generate unwarranted cost to the healthcare system, whereas appropriate procedures should likely improve patients’ clinical outcomes. As a response to a rational use of imaging services, different guidance documents have been developed. These publications strive to help to eliminate unnecessary testing and promote increased awareness of health care costs.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katarina H. Nelson
    • 1
  • Robert C. Hendel
    • 2
  • Robert C. Hendel
    • 3
  1. 1.Cardiovascular DivisionUniversity of Miami Miller School of MedicineMiamiUSA
  2. 2.Cardiac Imaging and Outpatient Services, Cardiovascular Division, Department of MedicineUniversity of Miami Miller School of MedicineMiamiUSA
  3. 3.Cardiac Care UnitUniversity of Miami HospitalMiamiUSA

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