MONROE TOWNSHIP, N.J., Aug. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Bracco Diagnostics Inc. (BDI), the U.S. subsidiary of Bracco Imaging S.p.A., a global leading company in the diagnostic imaging business, announced today that the American Society for Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) and the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) have e-published a Position Statement to explain why myocardial perfusion positron emission tomography (PET) is most useful in the diagnosis and management of coronary artery disease (CAD), and to provide guidance as to when it should be considered for optimal patient care.i
The Position Paper states that, in view of its high diagnostic accuracy, strong prognostic power, low radiation dose, and consistent high-quality images, myocardial perfusion PET should be considered the preferred, first-line test for all patients who meet the appropriate criteria for a stress imaging test, are unable to complete a diagnostic-level of exercise, and require pharmacologic stress. Myocardial perfusion PET is also the recommended test when previous stress imaging is equivocal, of poor quality or inconclusive, in high-risk patients in whom diagnostic errors carry even greater clinical implications, in patients with certain body characteristics that commonly affect image quality, and in younger patients to minimize accumulated life-time radiation exposure.
"Following our long-term efforts and commitment in cardiac PET, we are pleased to see that the joint Position Statement of ASNC and SNMMI provides an evidence-based, expert consensus on the reliability and important clinical benefits of myocardial perfusion PET in the assessment and management of patients with known or suspected CAD", said Dr. Alberto Spinazzi, BDI Senior Vice President, Global Medical and Regulatory Affairs. "We believe the recommendations advanced by ASNC and SNMMI are very much in line with the goals of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to guarantee effective, safe, efficient, patient-centered, and timely care."
About Bracco Imaging
Bracco Imaging S.p.A., part of the Bracco Group, is one of the world's leading companies in the diagnostic imaging business. Headquartered in Milan, Italy, Bracco Imaging develops, manufactures and markets diagnostic imaging agents and solutions that meet medical needs.
Bracco Imaging offers a product and solution portfolio for all key diagnostic imaging modalities: X-ray Imaging (including Computed Tomography-CT, Interventional Radiology, and Cardiac Catheterization), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Contrast Enhanced Ultrasound (CEUS), and Nuclear Medicine through radioactive tracers. The diagnostic imaging portfolio is completed by a range of medical devices and advanced administration systems for contrast imaging products.
The Company operates in over 100 markets worldwide, either directly or indirectly, through subsidiaries, joint ventures, licenses and distribution partnership agreements. With on-going research covering all key modalities, Bracco Imaging has a strong presence in key geographies: North America, Europe and Japan operating through the Joint Venture Bracco-Eisai Co. Ltd. The Company also operates in Brazil, South Korea, and China through the Joint Venture Bracco Sine Pharmaceutical Corp. Ltd.
Operational investments have been made in order to achieve top quality, compliant and sustainable eco-friendly production. Manufacturing activities are located in Italy, Switzerland, Japan, China, and Germany.
Bracco Imaging is an innovative Research and Development (R&D) structure with an efficient process oriented approach and a track record of innovation in the diagnostic imaging industry. R&D activities are managed in the three Research Centers located in Italy, Switzerland, and USA. To learn more about Bracco Imaging, visit www.braccoimaging.com.
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Last updated on: 29/08/2016
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