Nwe York, NY (PRWEB) April 30, 2012
Two large clinical trials were presented at the American College of Cardiology’s (ACC) 61st annual scientific sessions in the Late-Breaking Clinical Trials session that indicate coronary CT angiography (CCTA) used as a tool to evaluate patients with chest pain in the Emergency Department is safe, time-efficient, and cost-effective, compared to the current standard approach.
When cardiac CT and MRI started to make a difference in medical diagnostic imaging, Lee Ropiak and Infinity Medical Equipment Services became involved with a New York City hospital that embraced this technology and engaged two of the world’s top doctors devoted to the field. Dr. Michael Poon is the principal developer of CT Angiography (CTA) as well as the founding member of the medical association devoted to this field SCCT is the acronym for Society of Cardiovascular Computer Tomography. Dr. Valentine Fuster is an authority in the field of cardiac MRI applications. Infinity Medical Equipment Services participated in the selection of the CT and MRI in this hospital. They organized the financing and performed the installation to complete this CTA program.
Entering a new clinical technology like CTA is never easy. Even when backed by the depth of knowledge of two prominent figures in diagnostic imaging and preventive medicine, Lee Ropiak and Infinity Medical Services opened itself up to risk and criticism. Still it was a risk worth taking. Soon after installation of machines made by Siemens Medical, Dr. Poon attracted a steady stream of cardiologists and radiologists wanting to sign up for classes learning how to read CTA studies. And for the first time, real integration of two medical specialties, cardiology and radiology, was successfully demonstrated.
Implementation and physical set-up of this program marked a critical juncture in integrated healthcare and Lee Ropiak and Infinity Medical are proud to have played a role. Unfortunately Cabrini Medical Center in Manhattan didn’t survive the cost cutting measures designed by the Burger Commission in NYS that resulted in a reduction in number of hospitals. Nonetheless this program highlighted the extended scope of specialties like cardiology and radiology. Plus it showed us that a physician’s practice with the depth of knowledge of a specialist and the financial benefits of this integration can grow with the help of modern technology.
Years ago, one would never have a cardiologist enter a radiologist’s area of expertise. Today it is an example of integrated medicine and the symbiotic business of medicine, demonstrated by creation of new CPT codes for billing. What used to be part of the exclusive competence of one specialist can now be shared. When new computer workstation programs such as the one developed by TeraRecon (with the help of Dr. Michael Poon) can after a few months of training guide a doctor through the complexities of reading a full CTA study, then this technology will bring efficiency and clinical progress.
For many, Cabrini Medical Center was the realization of a vision. Through collaboration of consultants, intermediaries, professionals and business community, healthcare is being reformed to its basic core. Lee Ropiak and Infinity Medical Equipment Services is proud to have made a difference.