Current imaging techniques not suitable for determining cardiac death risk in athletes; Health minister wants stronger diagnostic imaging quality control measures;

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> Current cardiac imaging techniques are not suitable as first-line screening tools for determining which athletes may be at risk of sudden cardiac death, according to a review article in the September issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Imaging. They can, however, be useful for assessing athletes with symptoms, a positive family history, or an abnormal electrocardiogram, HealthImaging reports. Article

> Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews wants tougher quality control measures for diagnostic imaging in the aftermath of the disclosure that Trillium Health system had to notify 3,500 patients that their mammograms and CT scans were being reviewed because of the possibility they had been misinterpreted. "I think we can strengthen quality assurance when it comes to radiology," Matthews said last week, according to the Toronto Star. Article

> A group of Japanese researchers have developed a brain imaging technique that can detect a protein structure--called tau--that accumulates in large quantities in the brains of Alzheimer's patients, Forbes reports. The researchers believe that using PET scans to detect tau in the living brain could help provide people with an accurate diagnosis and help track the progression of the disease. Article

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> Limited resources will keep federal watchdogs from conducting reviews of draft and final security plans for health insurance exchange sites created under the Affordable Care Act. Article

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> In a rare regulatory sanction against a hospital, the Securities and Exchange Commission has charged the governing body of Jackson Health in Florida of misleading investors in connection with a 2009 bond sale. According to the SEC, the Public Health Trust, which governs Jackson Health, relied on bad financial information from hospital management in connection with the 2009 sale of $83.3 million of bonds for capital improvements. Article

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