Mercy Hospital among first to try new heart scanner

  • Article by: JAMES WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 6, 2012 - 8:57 PM

The St. Jude system combines blood flow measurements with infrared scanning to find and remove blockages.

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jimmywestoneSep. 6, 1210:23 PM

I am curious how much the new machine will cost hospitals and how much it will drive up the cost of our health insurance premiums when every hospital "needs" one. I think that I am going to stick to eating vegetables and exercising regularly to hopefully not have the need for one of these machines.

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furguson11Sep. 7, 12 4:19 AM

If the new machine could make obesity go away, that would be something.

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summer12Sep. 7, 12 6:49 AM

Some patients will be able to get an exam, some won't. I work in health care and see it everyday.

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seaclearSep. 7, 12 8:45 AM

This technology will save patients and hospitals money. Many patients go to an ER with cardiac indications, and are put in observation beds overnight. This will make a quick diagnosis possible.

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dflpartySep. 7, 12 8:57 AM

The technology is tremendous. Any cardiologist who does not order the scan and whose patient subsequently has a heart issue will be sued for negligence. The patient will win and collect. This procedure will be routinely ordered simply as defensive medicine. This exemplifies the reason the U.S. has the highest medical costs in the world, and why it is also the best. When the IRS takes over the system, the costs will still be highest but the care will not be.

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