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Positron emission tomography (PET): a unique approach for the imaging of in vivo metabolism.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2685619     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a new diagnostic imaging modality which will be available for the study of patients in the greater Nebraska area beginning mid year 1989. This technology will provide unique information on regional function and blood flow in a variety of body organs. Our emphasis will be placed on the identification of the viability of heart muscle in patients suffering a myocardial infarction or following thrombolysis who are being considered for a bypass procedure or angioplasty. We will also use PET to identify epileptic foci and to aid in the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, and for the assessment of the efficacy of various treatments of brain and other organ tumors. Despite the relatively high fixed costs of PET, we are confident that the unique information provided by this technology will prove not only to be effacacious but cost effective as well. Thus reimbursement through medical insurance programs, including Medicare, is expected to occur for those studies identified above. Likely coverage for additional PET procedures, particularly in the evaluation of psychiatric disorders, will occur after efficacy and cost effectiveness of these studies have been demonstrated.
M K Loken; R A Hawkins; N C Gupta; M P Frick
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Nebraska medical journal     Volume:  74     ISSN:  0091-6730     ISO Abbreviation:  Nebr Med J     Publication Date:  1989 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-12-27     Completed Date:  1989-12-27     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0326156     Medline TA:  Nebr Med J     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  333-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Brain / metabolism
Brain Diseases / radionuclide imaging*
Coronary Disease / radionuclide imaging*
Energy Metabolism*
Myocardial Infarction / radionuclide imaging*
Myocardium / metabolism
Tomography, Emission-Computed*

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