Cost and efficiency benefits of a single modality imaging strategy for pre-procedural workup of AF catheter ablation
Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance volume 17, Article number: P230 (2015)
Multimodality imaging is considered a cornerstone in the workup of catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF). Advances in imaging modalities suggest a single modality approach could prove as effective as the current multimodality strategy. This could simplify the imaging workflow and potentially reduce financial and time burden upon the healthcare system.
A literature review was performed to identify frequently used parameters for patient assessment prior to catheter ablation of AF. Subsequently, the role of four key non-invasive imaging modalities in performing this assessment was examined.
A cost and time analysis was performed for two conventional multimodality imaging approaches and a cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) only strategy. The cost of examination was according to the Netherlands standard care between July-2013 and December-2013.
Five parameters (three key and two optional) were identified in the workup of catheter ablation (Table 1). Out of the 4 key imaging modalities, CMR provided the highest diagnostic yield and enabled a complete coverage of both key and optional parameters (Table 1). The total cost of imaging ranged from €360 to €460 per patient (Figure 1). The multimodality approaches were up to 22% more expensive and 35% more time consuming compared to the CMR only strategy (Figure 1).
A CMR based imaging approach for pre-procedural workup of AF ablation is:
1. Comprehensive, providing all parameters required to perform a thorough assessment.
2. Cost-efficient, saving up to €100 per patient in comparison to conventional strategies.
3. Time efficient, acquiring all information in a single examination compared to the current (often fragmented) approach.
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Bhagirath, P., van Dongen, E., van der Graaf, M. et al. Cost and efficiency benefits of a single modality imaging strategy for pre-procedural workup of AF catheter ablation. J Cardiovasc Magn Reson 17 (Suppl 1), P230 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1186/1532-429X-17-S1-P230