VERBATIM!

February 7, 2005

"I've heard that some manufacturers are developing low-cost CT scanners for cardiologists that will filter out all other data but cardiac. If a patient came to me complaining of chest pain, and I did a CT scan and found a lung tumor, and that patient told me that his cardiologist six months ago performed a CT scan with this special scanner that only imaged his coronaries and masked out the chest, I'd tell that patient to sue the cardiologist and the manufacturer of the scanner.

"I've heard that some manufacturers are developing low-cost CT scanners for cardiologists that will filter out all other data but cardiac. If a patient came to me complaining of chest pain, and I did a CT scan and found a lung tumor, and that patient told me that his cardiologist six months ago performed a CT scan with this special scanner that only imaged his coronaries and masked out the chest, I'd tell that patient to sue the cardiologist and the manufacturer of the scanner.

"To purposely mask out information after you radiate the patient to capture that data is unethical and opens up physicians to liability."

-Dr. David C. Levin, national medical director of HealthHelp, a utilization management company