In its upcoming journal, The Canadian National Review of Medicine will publish an article (excerpt below) of the fast-growing section of ultrasound screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms. This has become a popular request for information at GPS Medical, and a fast-growing field for facilities looking to add another dimension to their practice. We're also seeing many of the stand-alone imaging facilities add this to their suite of offerings. The study cites that it can reduce mortality from about 75% down to 5% with an elective surgery made prior to the rupture.
At GPS Medical, we're building a resource for family physicians looking to add ultrasound to their practice. AAA screening is just one reason why it can be an essential addition to the family practice. Look for our website in the coming weeks. If you have questions, you can call us at 866-347-7633 x 202. Ask for Jerry who handles these requests for information.
Quoted from http://www.nationalreviewofmedicine.com/issue/2007/06_15/4_patients_practice02_11.html:
Screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) with cheap ultrasound exams could slash the death rate in half, according to a new study in the May 15 Annals of Internal Medicine.
AAAs have always been a huge issue, but as baby boomers hit old age the incidence is set to explode. Deadly if they rupture, they have virtually no symptoms so most patients don't even know they've got them until it's too late.
Experts have wondered for years if screening is the answer, but the sheer volume of cases — over 5% of people will have an AAA by the time they hit 65, and the incidence keeps growing as they age — made it seem unfeasible. But the Annals study adds to a growing body of literature supporting widespread ultrasound AAA screening in dramatically reducing deaths — and costs.