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March 19, 2003

Sestamibi Imaging to Triage Patients With Acute Chest Pain

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;289(11):1381-1382. doi:10.1001/jama.289.11.1381-a

In Reply: Dr Perlmutter points out that our study took place during extended weekday hours. This was based on budget issues for the study. Currently, there are US hospitals that provide around-the-clock myocardial perfusion imaging,1 including some in our trial. The decision to provide such full-time access must be based on the potential need for the test in the ED, and on the staffing and availability of nuclear technologists, among other factors.

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