What is it about?

This study aims to assess the cost-effectiveness of bone SPECT/CT in patients with unhappy total knee arthroplasty. It has shown that bone SPECT/CT is a potentially highly cost-saving and dominant imaging intervention versus CT or MARS-MRI scanning in this challenging group of patients.

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Why is it important?

Bone SPECT/CT helps to better understand the reasons for pain after total knee arthroplasty. Hence, we have introduced it as standard of our diagnostic algorithm in these patients. As cost is an increasingly important issue we wanted to know if bone SPECT/CT is cost-effective in comparison to CT and MARS-MRI. This is the only study investigating cost-effectiveness of bone SPECT/CT in patients with unhappy total knee arthroplasty.

Perspectives

This study shows that bone SPECT/CT is cost-effective in patients with unhappy total knee arthroplasty. It provides a good basis for discussion with insurance, health care providers and other funding authorities.

Prof. Dr. med. Michael Tobias Hirschmann
Kantonsspital Baselland

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This page is a summary of: Cost-Effectiveness of Bone SPECT/CT in Painful Total Knee Arthroplasty, Journal of Nuclear Medicine, March 2018, Society of Nuclear Medicine, DOI: 10.2967/jnumed.117.205567.
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