Carestream's DRX - transportable / field portable X-ray unit is designed and tested for the rigorous conditions of military, disaster and remote locations.
Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology (DAIC) Editor Dave Fornell shares his choices of the latest advances in cardiac ultrasound from the show floor of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) 2012. With the increasing use of more complex interventional procedures, transesophageal echo (TEE) and intracardiac echo (ICE) are being used for guidance to reduce fluoroscopic radiation dose.
Dr. Gary Ezzell, president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), talks about current trends in medical physics, particularly the melding of imaging and radiation therapy to guide treatment. He also recaps some of the hot topics discussed at this year's annual meeting in Charlotte, N.C., and AAPM's key initiatives for the coming year.
Web Stayman, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, presents an overview of research he presented at the 2012 American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) annual meeting in Charlotte, N.C. It involves an iterative technique for computed tomography (CT) to better contend with implants to improve image-guided surgery or interventions. The technique takes knowledge about the components and integrates it into the reconstruction to eliminate artifacts.
Dr. Sabee Molloi from the School of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine, worked with a team on a study using spectral mammography to develop a quantitative technique to measure volumetric breast density. Their technique also enables a lower dose to be used for a screening mammogram. Two members of the team, Justin Ducote and Huanjun Ding, describe the research, which they presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.
IBA Dosimetry offers commissioning services for linear accelerators (linacs), using state-of-the-art equipment like the Blue Phantom and the linear diode array. A variety of service options are available, from a turnkey operation to segmented individual services or post-installation support, depending on the customer's needs. Utilizing these services can help a clinic get up-and-running in the quickest time possible. Customers also can utilize IBA's new International Competence Center (ICC) to receive training to do commissioning on their own. For more information, visit www.iba-dosimetry.com
Speaking with ITN Editorial Director Helen Kuhl at the SNM annual meeting in Miami Beach, Fla., in June, incoming president Frederic H. Fahey, DSc, explains the reasoning behind the society's name change from Society of Nuclear Medicine to Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. He also shares highlights of the successful 2012 event.
Incoming president Frederic H. Fahey, DSc, describes the primary initiatives the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging will be undertaking during the coming year, during an interview with ITN Editorial Director Helen Kuhl at the society's annual meeting in June. These include growing global initiatives, including more involvement in developing countries, plus continued education and efforts with regard to radiation dose and dose optimization.
Frederic H. Fahey, DSc, incoming president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, shares his views about significant trends in the field, including the emergence of new amyloid imaging agents and other new agents, radionuclide therapy and the ongoing focus on quality and safety.
McKesson's new Enterprise Image Repository, featured at the 2012 Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) meeting, facilitates the sharing of images and data both within and outside an organization. It enables sharing of data with referring physicians and also among different departments, all at an affordable cost.
Retention Management is a new feature of McKessonâ??s Enterprise Image Repository (EIR), offering the ability to delete data that no longer needs to be retained. It provides the flexibility to set different parameters according to different policies and requirements. System Dashboard is a new tool in the EIR which helps administrators manage and monitor how the system is performing. These features were showcased at the 2012 Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) meeting.
Visage 7 enterprise imaging platform features a fast, thin-client, server-side processing technology that delivers enterprise diagnostic and clinical viewing solutions for healthcare institutions seeking to accelerate and enhance the delivery of radiology services. Building upon its enterprise-class technology platform, Visage Imaging has strengthened Visage 7 in the areas of performance, usability, integration, workflow, automation and advanced clinical capabilities.
ITN Editorial Director Helen Kuhl talks to Katherine Andriole, Ph.D., FSIIM, program chair for the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) 2012 meeting, about current trends in imaging informatics, including topics such as social media, quantitiative imaging and mobile technologies. Dr. Andriole also discusses some of the topics that will be of importance in the coming year, including the continuing challenge of integration and the evolving role of the radiologist.
Paul Nagy, Ph.D., CIIP, and Christopher Meenan, CIIP, discuss some of the opportunities available for Imaging Informatics Professionals (IIPs) at the Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting and through SIIM's programs and website — all of which are especially relevant in light of today's explosion of innovation in the imaging informatics arena.
J. Raymond Geis, M.D., SIIM Chair, and Mitchell M. Goldburgh, Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences, discuss the "Corporate Leadership Circle," a partnership allowing vendors to communicate with SIIM members in expanded ways about new technology and to create vendor/provider collaborations to resolve technology challenges.
Elizabeth Krupinski, Ph.D., FSIIM, and David Brown, BSCS, CNMT, CIIP, discuss the new SIIM Knowledge Center, a specialized website housing new educational material, including the updated "Need to Know" series, as well as discussion forums and top 10 lists.
Philips' new Microdose digital mammography system provides comfort for the patient, efficiency for the physician and department manager, plus 50 percent less dose.
Gary Levine, M.D., program chair/incoming president of the National Consortium of Breast Centers, gives an overview of current trends in technology, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, and regulatory activity that will impact women's health.
Gary Levine, M.D., program chair/incoming president of the National Consortium of Breast Centers, discusses legislation regarding breast density at the 22nd annual National Interdisciplinary Breast Center Conference (NCoBC), held in Las Vegas in March.
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.
Gary Levine, M.D., program chair/incoming president of the National Consortium of Breast Centers, discusses the emergence of interoperative radiation therapy (IORT) at the 22nd annual National Interdisciplinary Breast Center Conference (NCoBC), held in Las Vegas in March.
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.
The Chicago Zoological Society's (CZS) Brookfield Zoo is the first North American zoo to use 3-D advanced visualization imaging technology. This video shows a video fly-through of reconstructed 3-D computed tomography (CT) images of an aardvark, Humboldt penguin and African crested porcupine. The zoo is using Web-based software from Vizua to create animal CT scan advanced visualization reconstructions. Read the related article.
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.
Michael L. Steinberg, M.D., incoming president of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), presents highlights of the 2011 annual meeting, including an overview of educational programs and scientific sessions held during the event. Presentations included study findings regarding IMRT versus other forms of treatment for prostate cancer, as well as a study regarding hypofractionation of prostate cancer to decrease treatment time. Steinberg also describes some of ASTROâ??s other activities and gives his thoughts about challenges facing the membership during the coming year. For more information: www.astro.org
IBA ProteusONE offers uncompromised treatment solutions enabling physicians to leverage the clinical effectiveness of proton beam therapy. While Pencil Beam Scanning enables the delivery of Intensity Modulated Proton Therapy (IMPT) treatment plans, the latest imaging techniques make Image Guided Proton Therapy (IGPT) possible. ProteusONE has been inspired by everyday clinical practice. Its design enhances the patient experience by fostering a soothing environment while making the medical staff's daily practice safer and easier. Finally ProteusONE is IBA's response to making protons affordable. It is a proton therapy system that is smaller, more affordable, easier to install, easier to operate and ultimately easier to finance. With ProteusONE, protons are possible for more patients worldwide.
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John Feller, M.D., of Desert Medical Imaging explains how prostate MRI technology from Invivo has improved diagnosis and offers better guidance for biopsy procedures.
For more information: www.invivocorp.com
IBA showcased its noninvasive radiation oncology treatment systems during AAPM 2011, including its new Proteus One photo therapy system, advanced dose management and the addition of cone-beam computed tomography (CT) to help guide therapy.
For more information: www.IBA-protontherapy.com
Tony Seibert, Ph.D., president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), explained the key initiatives of the group during its 2011 annual meeting. AAPM is working with its members to reduce patient radiation dose across radiology modalities. It is developing physics-based Web training modules for diagnostic radiology residents. Members are working to create residency programs for both radiation therapy and diagnostic radiologists. AAPM is also working with several states to create license certification programs to ensure who is a qualified medical physicist.
For more information: www.aapm.org
The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) is taking steps to help guide the future of its specialty, said AAPM President Tony Seibert, Ph.D. During the group's 2011 meeting, Seibert explained there is a shift in healthcare priorities from research to a more clinical emphasis. AAPM is encouraging younger members to get involved and keep research as an important part of medical physics, so advances can be made to eventually improve patient care.
Imaging is expanding its role in radio therapy systems, which will require additional medical physics in that area, he said. In addition, AAPM is working with both government agencies and industry in efforts to push forward new protocols, and technology.
For more information: www.aapm.org
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.
Eliot Siegel, M.D., FSIIM, FACR, who is on the Board of Directors of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM), gives an overview of several programs that are part of the 2011 SIIM annual meeting. Siegel is professor and vice chair radiology for the University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Diagnostic Radiology and chief of imaging for the VA Maryland Healthcare System.
Among the programs Siegel describes are the opening session on meaningful use rules; the "Ghost of Radiology Future," a look at the future challenge of regulations on the industry, and "Mind the Gap," about managing healthcare reform with informatics.
The meeting also includes several new learning tracks, including ones on image sharing, improving efficiency in the reading room and imaging department, and new archival and storage models. There also will be round table sessions and a Sunday morning hands-on "Tools of the Trade" series.
For more information: www.siim2011.org
Eliot Siegel, M.D., FSIIM, FACR, who is on the Board of Directors of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM), discusses a number of the Society's initiatives and benefits of membership with ITN Editorial Director Helen Kuhl. Siegel is professor and vice chair radiology for the University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Diagnostic Radiology and chief of imaging for the VA Maryland Healthcare System.
Siegel elaborates on a number of benefits of SIIM membership, which extend beyond the society's annual meeting. These include: the TRIP initiative, a workflow efficiency aid; the Imaging Informatics Marketplace buyer's guide; a mentoring program, and access to numerous resources on the website. SIIM also is considering several exciting initiatives for the future, including webinars and regional meetings.
For more information: www.siim.org
This podcast explains how syngo Dynamics can be used to integrate cardiac imaging picture archiving and communication (PACS) and cardiology reporting systems into one platform.
One of the biggest issues discussed at the 2011 National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCoBC) annual meeting was the controversy over proposed recommendations to increase the age for when women should begin regular mammogram screenings. NCoBC Program Director and Incoming President John Bell, FACS, explains how this issue was approached and discussed for presentation at this year's meeting.
NCoBC President Don Dizon, M.D., FACP, also discusses some of the highlights from the 2011 show and the fact it was the most well attended event in the show's 22-year history.
The 2011 National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCoBC) annual meeting broke all attendance records, according to Yuri Parisky, M.D., vice president of NCoBC. He said the event highlighted the biggest trends in breast cancer imaging and treatment from specialties including radiology, radiation therapy, oncology, pharmaceuticals and plastic surgery.
Parisky said digital mammography, which makes up about 75 percent of the U.S. market, continues to grow. In addition, tomosynthesis and molecular breast imaging are gaining ground.
Three major trends in breast imaging and oncology include attempts to lower imaging radiation dose exposure, earlier detection of cancer and more minimally invasive interventions to both preserve breast tissue and reduce scarring.
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.
IBA introduced its new Proteus One proton treatment system during ASTRO 2010. It is about one-third the size of current proton treatment systems, taking up about the same amount of space as two linac rooms side-by-side.
The Proteus One is designed to offer more patient access to proton therapy by making the treatment system easier to install. It is also designed to be used as a single treatment room installation, rather than sharing a larger cyclotron and beam with several treatment rooms.
For more information: www.iba-worldwide.com