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Researchers make case for standardized analysis of cardiac imaging
Date:3/13/2008

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Because of its high diagnostic accuracy in determining the presence of significant coronary artery disease and its ability to determine the risk of a heart attack, cardiac SPECT imaging has become a useful tool in the care of patients with suspected heart disease. Important management and treatment decisions are based not only on whether the test is abnormal, but also the degree of the abnormality, which is best determined by computer software.

The database used in the study to compare the various results was created and maintained by Santiago Lorenzo of Argentina, a doctoral student in the University of Oregons department of human physiology. Lorenzo adapted the results into Microsoft Access. "It was very useful to use since I had to constantly analyze the data in many different ways," he said. "Having the data organized made my job much easier."

Lorenzo's participation in the study was done as part of collaboration between the hospital and the UO's human physiology department.

"This study shows the tangible benefits of the Oregon Heart & Vascular Institutes research partnership with the University of Oregon," Fish said. "Such research performed locally in our own institutions greatly enhances the quality of medical outcomes and supports the use of the most appropriate and effective technology for the care of patients."


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Contact: Jim Barlow
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541-346-3481
University of Oregon
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