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Tim Casey
Executive Editor
Tim Casey joined TriMed Media Group in 2015 as Executive Editor. For the previous four years, he worked as an editor and writer for HMP Communications, primarily focused on covering managed care issues and reporting from medical and health care conferences. He was also a staff reporter at the Sacramento Bee for more than four years covering professional, college and high school sports. He earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Notre Dame and his MBA degree from Georgetown University.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Medtronic’s cardiac rhythm and heart failure devices and leads to be scanned in 1.5 and 3 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines.

After reviewing the available literature, the societies said that rest-stress myocardial perfusion PET was a first-line preferred test for patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease who meet the criteria for stress imaging and are unable to complete the diagnostic level exercise stress imaging study.

 - LighteningHeart

During intravenous microbubble infusion, high mechanical index (HMI) impulses from a diagnostic ultrasound transducer helped prevent microvascular obstruction and improved functional outcomes at one-month follow-up in patients with STEMI who underwent PCI.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released a draft research plan on screening for cardiovascular disease risk and atrial fibrillation with electrocardiography. The plan is open for public comment until June 1 at 8:00 p.m. EST. The USPSTF will read and evaluate the comments and use them to develop a systematic review of the evidence.

 - Neck Scan

An analysis of Medicare claims data found that the utilization rate of cervical spine imaging in emergency departments more than tripled from 1994 to 2012.

Researchers from Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine are using cutting-edge ligands to examine the brains of NFL and NHL players who are at-risk for brain damage, the New York Daily News reports. 

The FDA issued a safety alert on March 31 announcing that it had received a small number of adverse events that it believes are associated with CT imaging of insulin pumps, cardiac implantable electronic devices (pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators) and neurostimulators.

 - Quality_Measures

A systematic review of seven studies found that quality improvement initiatives helped reduce inappropriate cardiac imaging. The most successful interventions featured physician audit and feedback capabilities.

 - future

The nonprofit ECRI Institute recently released a list of 10 topics that will play a major role in healthcare this year and recommended how c-suite leaders can embrace technologies to improve their practices.

From 2006 to 2014 the National Institutes for Health (NIH) funded fewer trials, while industry-funded trials increased substantially. During that time period, the NIH’s budget decreased 14 percent after adjusting for inflation.