Source: UK Health Forum
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Date of publication: February 2017
Publication type: Guidance
In a nutshell: New guidance, published today (14/02/2017), by NICE has recommended an innovative new device called HeartFlow FFRCT, to help clinicians diagnose coronary artery disease in patients with recent onset, stable chest pain. HeartFlow FFRCT is coronary physiology simulation software used to analyse cardiac CT images. The software enables data from standard cardiac CT scans to be sent to a processing centre where virtual 3D models of the patient’s blood vessels are created, identifying any areas of narrowing that may require treatment. It is estimated that the software could benefit up to 36,000 patients in England per year, and because the test avoids the need for more invasive and complicated investigations it could save the NHS more than £200 per patient, and the NHS in England around £9.1 million.
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Acknowledgement: UK Health Forum