New ASNC 2023 President Encourages Nuclear Cardiology to Embrace New Technology
- The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) appointed Mouaz H. Al-Mallah as their new president.
- According to the ASNC President, nuclear cardiology labs should consider upgrading to more current systems using AI.
- Al-Mallah highlighted innovations that will impact nuclear cardiology and how cardiologists manage patients in the future.
The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) appointed Mouaz H. Al-Mallah as their new president. During his first President Message, Al-Mallah stated that nuclear cardiology remains the cornerstone of patient management.
According to the ASNC President, nuclear cardiology labs should consider upgrading to more recent systems. As a result, these labs should also use AI to enhance patient care and improve image quality at their centers.
“These enhancements to our diagnostic abilities will allow us to serve our patients better. This means we must use these new tools in our clinics and labs. Each of us has a responsibility to broaden our horizon and begin using the tools available to us now,” Al-Mallah explained.
Besides, the ASNC President added that nuclear cardiology imaging remains at the center stage in the era of multimodality testing. However, according to Al-Mallah, nuclear cardiology teams have plenty of opportunities to broader their horizons. Indeed, this is to ensure labs continue providing the best quality imaging.
Al-Mallah explained innovations that will impact nuclear cardiology and how cardiologists manage patients in the future.
Consequently, Al-Mallah encouraged nuclear cardiology specialists to ask themselves these questions:
- Is your lab acquiring and reporting all the information your referrers could use for clinical decision-making?
- How could your lab be modernized to benefit patients?
- What can you teach your referrers about the value of non-MPI nuclear imaging?
In addition, among the innovations introduced in the past decade, the statement included cardiac PET, hybrid imaging, new tracers, amyloid imaging, new cameras, myocardial blood flow, new AI tools, and inflammation and infection imaging.
Al-Mallah also stated that the association would continue to support members and the wider cardiology community. This support will help ensure nuclear labs aim for and achieve the highest standards while introducing new applications to serve patients better.
At last, the ASNC named a few strategies to continue supporting the nuclear cardiology society:
- The association will continue developing up-to-date guidelines defining quality metrics for performing and interpreting nuclear procedures at the highest standards.
- ASNC has been and will remain the primary source of nuclear cardiology education for general and specialty cardiology clinicians. The association will continue to educate and inform about advances in technology and applications.
- Also, the association will continue working with the government and third-party payers. This strategy will ensure these entities appreciate the value of new procedures and provide appropriate reimbursement.
- ASNC will carry on supporting technologists who are learning newer technologies and applications.
Read the complete ASNC President statement here.