Navigation Links
Radiological treatment method spares patients surgery and offers 89 percent cost savings
Date:9/20/2009

Pericardial effusion, the collection of fluid around the heart, typically occurs in patients following heart surgery and is usually treated using an invasive surgical drainage technique. However researchers have discovered that a minimally invasive procedure called CT-guided tube pericardiostomy is just as effective requiring no recovery time, fewer resources, and provides an 89 percent cost savings over the surgical drainage technique, according to a study published in the October issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR).

The study, performed at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, included 39 CT-guided tube pericardiostomy procedures that were all performed successfully.

"Patients having the procedure required only local anesthesia and no post-treatment recovery time," said Suzanne L. Palmer, MD, lead author of the study. "Comparison of procedure charges at our institution showed an 89 percent cost savings with CT-guided tube pericardiostomy instead of surgical drainage. We found that the total charge for a CT-guided procedure was only $769.15; the total charge for a surgical drainage procedure was $6,952.52," she said.

"Pericardial effusion occurs in as many as 85 percent of patients following cardiovascular surgery. CT-guided tube pericardiostomy is an attractive first-line therapeutic option for these patients, especially in the postoperative period because it spares them from having another invasive surgery," she said.

"Aside from being cost competitive it also makes the treatment option less risky for patients. The procedure does not require general anesthesia and a catheter is inserted into the excess fluid for drainage allowing physicians to avoid working around major organs and vascular structures," said Dr. Palmer.


'/>"/>

Contact: Heather Curry
hcurry@acr-arrs.org
703-390-9822
American Roentgen Ray Society
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Sevocity Launches EHR (Electronic Health Record) Interface With Austin Radiological Association
2. Mark G. Watson Named Executive Director of Radiological Society of North America
3. Radiological Society of North America research: Cancer risk from cardiac CT overstated
4. Leading Arizona Radiological Group Selects MedQuist for Speech Recognition Solution
5. Imaging Diagnostic Systems to Present Laser Breast Imaging Clinical Results at the 2007 Radiological Society of North America Scientific Assembly
6. Surgeon Battling Own Cancer Developed New Treatment
7. Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Hip Conditions is Focus of New Center
8. Gateway Responding To Increased Need for Treatment Among Middle-Income Substance Abusers
9. Guatemala Treatment Center Becomes First in Latin America to Introduce Fast and Precise RapidArc Radiotherapy Cancer Treatments
10. MedWaves, Inc. Sponsors Investigational Studies to Evaluate Its Patented Microwave Thermal Coagulation-Ablation System for Treatment of Tumors in Liver and Lung
11. Gambling Addiction Expert Says Treatment Tops Prohibition
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... 2017 , ... International Protein, a company based out of Australia that focuses ... January ECRM trade show in Hilton Head, SC. , International Protein was founded ... a line of products that would elevate her fitness regime. At this ECRM trade ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... January 20, 2017 , ... ... sugar-free alternative VW+ 002. The drinks have been produced in collaboration with Zlatan ... perform during your workout. , After a successful launch in Sweden last year, ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... 20, 2017 , ... “Code Word: Chocolate Biscuit”: a biographical account following a man who went ... creation of published author, Marlyn Ivey, born in Lynn Haven, Florida and at the age ... at 19 years of age, he joined the Navy and got married right out of ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... ... in Suffolk”: a story of love, secrets, and mystery. “Christmas in Suffolk” is ... works in a daycare and looks for inspiration in the local coffee shop as ... Seymour’s new book is an adventure of love and secrets. , After ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... ... “The Land of More and More”: a brilliant story for children and adults ... and achievable answer. “The Land of More and More” is the creation of published ... Indiana where he works with the children’s ministry department. , Michael says that ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/19/2017)... , Jan. 19, 2017 ViewRay, Inc. ... a federal institution supporting research in Germany ... and patient treatments at the University Clinic Heidelberg as ... The MRIdian Linac program will be headed by ... also heads radiation oncology at the German Cancer Research ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... 19, 2017   Science Exchange , the leading ... that the first five replication studies from the ... published in eLife today. Despite intense scrutiny around ... practical evaluation of reproducibility rates that may identify ... other assessments of reproducibility, the results of this ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... , January 19, 2017 ... Option to Address Motor Symptoms and Motor Complications ... ...      (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20151014/276718LOGO) ... , European Neurological Review,2016;11(Suppl. 2): 2-15, http://www.touchneurology.com/articles/safinamide-new-therapeutic-option-address-motor-symptoms-and-motor-complications-mid-late ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: