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Cardinal Health launches online PET/CT Imaging centre database in the USA

Cardinal Health : 25 May, 2007  (New Product)
The first pan USA, searchable online database of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and PET/Computed Tomography (PET/CT) imaging centres that help physicians detect and treat select oncology, cardiology and neurology disorders has been unveiled by Cardinal Health.
The database will help physicians detect and treat select oncology, cardiology and neurology disorders.

For more than two decades, PET and PET/CT services have helped improve patient outcomes by helping physicians detect certain forms of cancer, more precisely track disease progression and more accurately monitor the effects of therapy.

Physicians also use PET and PET/CT technology to diagnose coronary artery disease, assess the viability of cardiac tissue, and to view brain activity to diagnose or differentiate neurology disorders such as epilepsy and Alzheimer's disease.

However, despite their many clinical uses, there has not until now been an easy and accessible way for physicians and patients to locate PET and PET/CT imaging centres nearest them.

Cardinal Health's new online database enables referring physicians, patients and family members to conduct comprehensive local, regional and national (USA).
searches for PET and PET/CT imaging centers - using zip code and geographic radius tools.

For added convenience and efficiency, the online PET locator also provides maps and directions to these facilities.

Access is free, open to the public, and lists PET and PET/CT sites regardless of whether they are Cardinal Health customers.

The database currently hosts information on over 1,500 imaging centres in the USA.

'As an increasing number of physicians use PET and PET/CT services to improve patient care, we've recognised a real need for an online tool that would help patients and referring physicians quickly and easily locate nearby imaging centres', said Gordon Troup, president and general manager of nuclear pharmacy services for Cardinal Health.

'Our new PET and PET/CT Locator tool will facilitate improved access to this important modality, so referring physicians can more easily incorporate this information into patients' diagnosis, therapeutic and staging treatment plans'.

PET service providers will also find this tool valuable in business planning, as it enables them to identify the number of PET and PET/CT imaging centres in a particular region, sorted by technology and location.

This information can help identify geographic areas where new centres are most needed.

The data is downloadable in Microsoft Excel format, for ease of use, reporting and sorting.

Location specific information in the pre-populated online database can also be updated by PET and PET/CT imaging centre administrators.

Database content is submitted online, and then validated by Cardinal Health before posting.

This new tool is the latest offering from Cardinal Health's PET Foundations programme, which offers comprehensive marketing and education tools to help PET and PET/CT centres increase patient volumes.

Designed to increase awareness of the clinical benefits and appropriate uses of PET and PET/CT, most PET Foundations tools are exclusively available to PET and PET/CT centres that purchase PET radiopharmaceuticals from Cardinal Health.

Cardinal Health is the nation's leading provider of nuclear pharmacy services, operating a fully integrated network of 160 nuclear pharmacies in the USA.

These nuclear pharmacies compound, dispense and distribute patient-specific, unit-dose radiopharmaceuticals to more than 7,000 hospitals and outpatient clinics each day.
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