Published in Heart Disease Weekly, September 17th, 2006
This represents a 15% increase from 2002 to 2005, from 14.9 million to 17.2 million patient visits, for an average annualized rate of 5% per year over the period. Over half, or 57%, of the patient visits were for cardiovascular studies, including cardiac perfusion.
"Nuclear medicine utilization (not including PET [positron emission tomography] procedures) has been driven by cardiovascular applications, which...
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