21 February 2020
Posted by: Caroline Oxley
INCAPS2 is the follow-up to INCAPS1 (Current worldwide nuclear cardiology practices and radiation exposure: results from the 65 country IAEA Nuclear Cardiology Protocols Cross-Sectional Study (INCAPS), Einstein et al., European Heart Journal (2015)
With the growth of cardiac CT worldwide, the focus has been expanded to include both Cardiac CT and Nuclear Cardiology. Our goal is to study coronary heart disease imaging practice across the globe, better understand practice variation, including use of protocols, technology, best practices, and doses, and identify potential targets for improvement and future intervention.
Participating sites will have the opportunity to contribute data on their practices in MPS, in coronary CTA and coronary artery calcium scoring, or in both MPS and CT. Participating sites will provide consecutive data from all patients imaged over a one week period, between the weeks beginning 2 March and 5 April 2020, inclusive. Data will be collected with a very easy-to-use online web-based system (IRIS from the IAEA) which we anticipate will take less than an hour to complete in total for most sites. The form can be completed by anyone and can be completed in more than one sitting.
No protected health information or individually identifiable health information (no patient name, no medical record number, no date of birth or procedure, no images, etc.) will be collected.
We encourage all Nuclear Medicine departments to participate to get the best possible representation from the UK. Participants providing usable data will receive a Certificate of Participation from the IAEA. And, participants providing data for INCAPS 2 will be included among the INCAPS 2 Investigators Group for co-authorship on papers.
For more information contact Dr. Leon Menezes, UK coordinator on behalf of BNCS (firstname.lastname@example.org) and/or Dr. Michelle Williams, member of the INCAPS executive committee email@example.com
It would be helpful if sites could indicate in advance that they intend to participate, by emailing INCAPS@iaea.org