2009-01-07 Medicare 提議擴增正子掃描 (PET SCAN) 的癌症適應症

張貼者:2009年1月7日 下午4:31林昆儒   [ 已更新 2009年6月28日 上午8:28 ]
Tue Jan 6, 2009 7:12pm EST
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. health officials proposed paying for wider use of PET scans to help doctors decide the initial course of treatment in some cancer patients, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said on Tuesday.

CMS currently allows the scans for cancer patients enrolled in Medicare but requires doctors and patients to enroll in a special registry, which some doctors and industry representatives maintain limits their use.

In a draft proposal, the agency said it would partially lift such requirements and allow most Medicare patients to undergo one positron emission tomography (PET) scan, though the changes would not apply to breast cancer, prostate cancer and melanoma.
More than 2 million PET scans are given in the United States each year, and administering them can cost between $2,500 and $6,000 each time, according to industry statistics.
原始出處 | By Susan Heavey