Press Release - Nuclear Cardiology (One Lab)
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Press Release - Nuclear Cardiology (One Lab)
Date: February 27, 2008
Contact: Tamara Sloper
Regarding: Accredited Nuclear Laboratory
One American dies every 32 seconds of cardiovascular disease, disorders of the heart and
blood vessels. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States,
costing society over 83.7 billion dollars each year in health services, medications and lost
work time due to disability. Each year, approximately five and a half million stress nuclear
cardiology studies are performed in the United States. Both the pump function and the blood
flow of the heart are assessed during nuclear cardiology testing procedures. As a result,
physicians are able to detect the presence of cardiovascular disease and may also discover
important information regarding the occurrence of future heart attacks.
The heart is evaluated at rest and during exercise using a small amount of radioisotope
during the noninvasive procedure. A complex imaging technique, nuclear cardiology testing
relies on the experience and training of both the physician and the technologist. Their
interpretive and technical abilities determine the diagnostic accuracy of the examination.
The Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories
(ICANL) has developed an accreditation program that evaluates the quality of these and
other critical elements of a nuclear cardiology laboratory.
Cardiovascular Medical Group of Southern California located in Beverly Hills, CA, was
granted accreditation by the ICANL. The laboratory is one of the first nuclear cardiology
laboratories in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico to be so recognized for its
commitment to high quality patient care and its provision of quality diagnostic testing.
The ICANL was established with the support of the American Society of Nuclear
Cardiology, the Society of Nuclear Medicine, the Society of Nuclear Medicine
Technologist Section, the American College of Cardiology, the American College of
Nuclear Physicians and the Academy of Molecular Imaging (formerly known as the
Institute for Clinical PET). The ICANL provides a peer review mechanism to encourage
and recognize the provision of quality nuclear cardiology and nuclear medicine diagnostic
evaluations by a process of voluntary accreditation. A non-profit organization, the
ICANL is dedicated to ensuring high quality patient care and to promoting health care.
Participation in the accreditation process is voluntary. Accreditation status signifies that
the facility has been reviewed by an independent agency that recognizes the laboratory's
commitment to quality testing for the diagnosis of heart disease.