A team based at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, is trying out a new tactic that has successfully debuted in the United Kingdom—a model of rapid chest-pain rule out with a dedicated cardiac CT scanner as its centerpiece. The aim is to ease emergency room congestion and reduce delays in care..
“We’re trying to get ahead of the guidelines,” Dr. Jonathon Leipsic, MD, who serves as the radiology department chair at St. Paul’s, told TCTMD. “Right now, too many patients get random care in a lot of centers depending on the referral patterns, and we’re trying to just streamline it, make it more accessible, more timely, and more personalized and cost-effective.”
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