From May 1, there was an important amendment to the way general practitioners (GPs) may refer for Medicare-funded CT Angiography (CTA).
To be eligible for a Medicare rebate when requested by a GP the request must indicate that the patient’s case has been discussed with a specialist or consultant physician.
CTA has the advantage that it can be highly standardised, rapid, accurate, and widely available, which makes it the technique of choice in many acute vascular diseases. It provides 3D information with high spatial resolution and allows for simultaneous evaluation of the vascular lumen as well as the vessel wall and the surrounding structures.
Image post-processing includes 3-dimensional volume rendering and maximum-intensity projections. Volume rendering provides an excellent overview of vessels as well as the spatial orientation of multiple structures.
CT of the coronary arteries is covered under a separate item number and is currently not available for GP rebate.