Gary Levine, M.D., program chair/incoming president of the National Consortium of Breast Centers, discusses the role of politics on women's health in an election year, during the 2012 National Interdisciplinary Breast Center Conference (NCoBC), held in Las Vegas in March.
VIDEO: Walk Around of a Varian Identify Image-guided Patient Positioning System
This is a quick demonstration of the Varian Identify image-guided patient positioning system at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. It helps align patients on the radiotherapy system treatment table to match the position they were in when the computed tomography (CT) scan was created. This ensures the radiation beams are delivered according to the treatment plan and will not be aimed accidentally at health tissue. It uses real-time tracking of the surface of the patient's skin using three visible light emitters, so it does not add dose, such as when on-board X-ray imaging is used. The system compares the patients position to the treatment plan CT scan and color codes in red any areas that are not in the proper position. It also uses RFID tags on the table to help know the exact position of the patient.
The system can show the radiotherapist if the patient is no longer aligned with the plan and the therapist can manually stop the therapy. The vendor said in the future, they plan to integrate the system with Varian's therapy systems so treatment will be stopped automatically by the Identify system.
The system also uses a biometric scanner to ensure the correct plan is being used with the correct patient.
Gary Levine, M.D., program chair/incoming president of the National Consortium of Breast Centers, discusses how breast centers can use social media to educate the public regarding breast health and their services at the 2012 NCoBC meeting, held in Las Vegas in March.
Vendors showcase the latest medical imaging technological advances each year during the annual Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting in Chicago, always held the week following Thanksgiving. After spending a week walking the show floor and meeting with scores of vendors, the following are some of ITN Editor Dave Fornell's choices for the most innovative new radiology technologies introduced in 2011.
Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) President George Segall, M.D., chief of the nuclear medicine service at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, and is a professor of radiology and professor of cardiology (by courtesy) at Stanford University School of Medicine, offers insights into the trends he saw at the society's 2011 annual meeting. This included the creation of PET/MRI and new technqiues to image amyloid plaque in Alzheimer's Disease.
At ASTRO 2010, one of the big topics was how radiation oncology as a profession is in a period of retrenchment due to the economic crisis. There is also a growing demand from payors to show value for these treatments, said American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) President Anthony Zeitman, M.D., director, Harvard Radiation Oncology Residency Program, Jenot and William Shipley Professor of Radiation Oncology at Harvard Medical School. He said the radiotherapy technologies used need to undergo rigorous clinical testing to show what technologies and techniques work best and what is most cost-effective. Part of ASTRO's push is for a national registry to help advance this data collection.
"Most people have no idea what a tremendous impact radiology and telemedicine have on poor and remote regions of the world," said Rebecca Cornelius, M.D., professor of radiology, neuroradiology, department of radiology, University Hospital, University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine. Cornelius was one of the physicians on the panel and video presentation "Zero Footprint Radiology and Telemedicine Build a Platform for Sustainable Care," which Imaging Technology News (ITN) hosted at the SIIM 2010 annual meeting.
The panelists described how physicians based in the United States used teleradiology and telemedicine technology to treat patients located in a remote clinic in Honduras. The panelists made the case that this technology suite is the basis for sustainable health care outreach programs in the future. ITN Editor Cristen Bolan then presented a video illustrating how physicians and technicians equipped The Roy and Melanie Sanders Frontera Medical Center in Honduras with the digital imaging and informatics infrastructure.
Several providers donated the suite of imaging technology. The equipment included a telemedicine system and ultrasound probe from Global Media, the VirtualPACS Web-based picture archiving and communication system (PACS) from MedWeb, a portable digital x-ray system from MinXray and a computed radiography (CR) unit from iCRco.
In this video, Dr. Juan Vasquez gives a live demonstration of how the imaging suite quickly and seamlessly operates. Vasquez started by taking an X-ray image, processing and reviewing it on the CR, and uploading the data set to the PACS in under 10 minutes. The guest of honor, Honduran Minister of Health Arturo Bendaña, himself a trained physician, easily toggled through the streamlined digital workflow. Vasquez explained how the transition from film to digital x-ray would save the clinic on significant costs incurred from developing film. Vasquez then examined a patient's thyroid gland with the ultrasound probe connected to a laptop computer. Next, he used a high-definition telemedicine camera to capture superficial anatomical images. Finally, he uploaded the images and consulted with physicians over Global Media's video-conferencing system. Jeffrey E. Heck, M.D., executive director and founder of Shoulder to Shoulder, explained to onlookers this was a model for delivering high-tech care, including expert specialty consultations, to some of the most remote and isolated areas of the developing world.
"With the addition of this technology, poor people have access to the same set of services that any well-equipped health center in the United States has access to," Heck said.
The panelists included: - Rebecca Cornelius, M.D., professor of radiology, neuroradiology (Clin Geo), University Hospital; University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine; Department of Radiology - Phillip Silberberg, M.D., head of Shoulder-to-Shoulder Radiology, pediatric radiologist, Kosair Childrenâ??s Hospital, - Roland Talanow, M.D., Ph.D., department of radiology, The Cleveland Clinic - Hayley Holland, MPH, director of grants and projects, Shoulder-to-Shoulder - Kim Guevara, corporate philanthropy officer and director of emergency management, Medweb. For more information: www.shouldertoshoulder.org
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Advanced breast imaging capabilities added elastography to the list, fused MR/CT image data combined with angiography navigation systems to guide percutaneous oncology, and 3.0 Tesla MR debut at the 2009 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). All these innovations headlined the news at RSNA. To find out where these trends are leading radiology and radiation oncology, Imaging Technology News spoke with The MarkeTech Group's (TMTG) CEO and Founder Dr. Christian Renaudin. In an exclusive interview, Dr. Renaudin analyzes what these key market trends mean to diagnostic imaging. The MarkeTech Group is a CASRO certified international marketing research and consulting firm focused exclusively on medical technology. As a leading ad hoc Voice-of-Customer solution provider in medical imaging, The MarkeTech Group attends the annual RSNA meeting to investigate what new technological innovations in diagnostic imaging manufacturers are displaying on the show room floor. For more information: www.themarketechgroup.com