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Mindways QCT Comes of Age by Inclusion into FRAX
Date:5/15/2013

analysis are performed by a CT technologist who is guided through the simple workflow by the software to produce a BMD report within minutes. In addition, the QCT exam can make use of standard abdominal or pelvic CT exams with no further patient time or x-ray exposure.

Mindways VP of Business Development, Dr. Alan Brett said: “We are very pleased with the inclusion of QCT Pro™ into FRAX® which, reiterates its applicability as a mature technology that offers numerous benefits to facilities of all sizes. By allowing providers the opportunity to make use of CT scanners that are existing parts of the healthcare infrastructure, QCT with its low capital and maintenance costs can often provide bone densitometry services for less than the cost of operating a DXA machine. This allows smaller facilities and rural hospitals with low densitometry referrals to offer this important service to their communities. Larger and specialist imaging facilities also benefit from QCT by improving their CT equipment utilization with minimal burden on other CT procedures since a typical QCT scan takes less than 10 minutes of CT scanner time.”

In the USA, QCT exams are eligible for reimbursement by Medicare for routine BMD screening in post-menopausal women every 24 months in the same way as DXA studies. Inclusion into FRAX® coupled with dramatic reductions in Medicare reimbursement for DXA studies, during 2012 and 2013, is supporting a more widespread adoption of QCT for bone density testing services.

“QCT systems are much lower in cost than an entry-level DXA machine and can be used with any existing CT scanner. With no requirements for a dedicated DXA technician or the space to house a DXA machine, and no additional, ongoing hardware maintenance c
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