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Variation and Barriers in Cardiac Imaging Tests for Suspected Coronary Heart Disease in Kaiser Permanente Northern California

This study has three overall goals: 1) to evaluate regional practice patterns and variation for myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI), computed tomography angiography (CTA), and Stress Echo (SE) in adults with suspected coronary heart disease; 2) to evaluate patient, physician and medical center level predictors for obtaining these tests; and 3) to develop and implement standardized CTA reporting using a validated platform with an integrated decision support tool (The Coronary Artery Disease – Reporting and Data System, CAD-RADS). This project aims to help improve evidence-based cardiac imaging for suspected cardiac ischemia across cardiology, emergency medicine, and adult/family medicine throughout the region.

Investigator: Rana, Jamal

Funder: The Permanente Medical Group

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