Eastern Isotopes, a subsidiary of IBA (Ion Beam Applications), has entered into a distribution agreement with Integrated Medical Solutions LLC to offer "Jump Start: A Dementia Program for PET." The CD-based training program addresses the clinical and program development components necessary to implement a successful PET Dementia Program.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that a PET scan is reasonable and necessary in patients with documented cognitive decline of at least six months and a recently established diagnosis of dementia who meet diagnostic criteria for both Alzheimer's disease (AD) and fronto-temporal dementia (FTD). IBA said that many community-based PET providers will begin ways to launch quality PET dementia programs and provide services to this growing patient segment. According to IBA, the program will help facilitate this process.
"Jump Start: A Dementia Program for PET" provides four key components for imaging centers: narrated clinical presentations addressing literature review, processing and reporting approaches, and clinical integration; actual cases studies on a self-launching Hermes DICOM viewer enabling the user to process the clinical data on their PC plus actual clinical reports correlating to each study; reimbursement and program implementation material; and quality assurance review involving access to PET experts for over-reading clinical support.