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Overview of Quality in Cardiovascular Imaging and Procedures for Clinicians: Focus on Appropriate-Use-Criteria Guidelines

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Raymond F. Stainback

Texas Heart Institute, Houston, Texas, US
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Abstract

Cardiovascular imaging and procedures have experienced exponential growth over the past 20 years in terms of new modalities, procedure volume, technological sophistication, and cost. As a result, related quality improvement tools have become multifaceted works in progress. This article briefly summarizes the evolution of the time-honored American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association clinical practice guidelines versus the newer American College of Cardiology Foundation appropriate-use-criteria guidelines and how these may interact with emerging performance measures, clinical data registries, and cardiovascular laboratory accreditation initiatives.

How to Cite: 1. Stainback RF. Overview of Quality in Cardiovascular Imaging and Procedures for Clinicians: Focus on Appropriate-Use-Criteria Guidelines. Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal. 2014;10(3):178-184. DOI: http://doi.org/10.14797/mdcj-10-3-178
Published on 01 Jul 2014.
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