Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | By Lori Webb and Katie Regan

Over the last decade, the field of medical imaging has evolved from analog technology toward the digital age. This shift in medical imaging has seen the emergence of flat panel detector (FPD) technology in everything from cardiology systems to portable X-ray equipment. Digital solutions have already begun to revolutionize medical imaging by offering improved image quality, faster processing time and dose reduction advantages over their analog predecessors. Those who have already adopted digital imaging are part of a market that continues to grow, expected to reach a sum of more than $35 billion by 2019.

Time November 06, 2014
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In terms of duration of treatment and cost, patients with early stage breast cancer may benefit from accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) with proton therapy versus whole breast irradiation (WBI), according to new research from The University of Texas MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center.

Time November 06, 2014
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The Gammex “micro” diode laser family offers an economical alternative to conventional laser systems used for alignment purposes. Gammex “micro” has dimensions that are considerably smaller than other fixed lasers.

Time November 06, 2014
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Feature | Greg Freiherr

Physicians at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago were as stunned in 1979 by Godfrey Hounsfield’s exclamation as Hounsfield was at the computed tomography (CT) image. “My word, what is that?” asked the inventor of computed tomography, who later that year would receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his invention.

Time November 06, 2014
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For Houston Healthcare in Warner Robins, Ga., patient safety has always been a priority. Clinicians can now image patients with the lowest possible dose without compromising diagnostic accuracy, and the facility has seen a 65 percent radiation dose reduction in routine abdomen/pelvis exams, a 59 percent dose reduction for routine chest exams and a 7 percent reduction in routine head procedures.

Time November 06, 2014
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Case Study | Sponsored by Hologic Inc.

Patients are noticing the difference since Rye Radiology implemented 3D mammography more than two years ago, in 2012. Some are amazed they no longer need extra views. Some are grateful their 3D exam found that suspicious lesion when it was small and easier to manage. At least one patient credits the 3D exam with saving her life.

Time November 06, 2014
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Feature | Melinda Taschetta-Millane

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), and is being celebrated through the theme “A Century of Transforming Medicine.” Numerous activities are planned to celebrate its century mark Nov. 30 through Dec. 5 at McCormick Place in Chicago, including a Centennial Showcase. Imaging Technology News (ITN) congratulates RSNA on this monumental success, and for all it has done for this industry and its community over the years. You can preview some of new technology and products that will be offered at RSNA in our show preview on page 17. Also, be sure to look at ITN’s FastPass microsite at www.itnonline.com/rsna-fastpass. We invite you to come visit us during the show in the South Hall at booth 1715.

Time November 06, 2014
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Case Study | Sponsored by QICS by peerVue

Lancaster General Health is a 550-bed system in Central Pennsylvania performing nearly 500,000 exams per year in its major acute-care hospital, rehabilitation hospital, stroke and trauma center, women’s center and 12 outpatient facilities. The 26 diagnostic radiologists and three radiation oncologists at Lancaster Radiology Associates, Ltd., handle all the radiology services for the health system, providing round-the-clock coverage. Leigh S. Shuman, M.D., a practicing radiologist at Lancaster Radiology Associates and the PACS medical director for the health system, and John Jones, radiology PACS administrator, recently spoke to us about the importance of communication and workflow.

Time November 06, 2014
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Future prevention and treatment strategies for vascular diseases may lie in the evaluation of early brain imaging tests long before heart attacks or strokes occur, according to a systematic review conducted by a team of cardiologists, neuroscientists, and psychiatrists from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published in the October issue of JACC Cardiovascular Imaging.

Time November 05, 2014
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The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) will officially kick off its 100th annual meeting and scientific assembly (Nov. 30 – Dec. 5, McCormick Place, Chicago) with a look back on the role RSNA has played in the history of radiology, brought to life in the RSNA Centennial Showcase.

Time November 05, 2014
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Hologic, Inc. announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released reimbursement rates for screening and diagnostic 3-D mammography. The action establishes national average payment rates for the Category I Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code for 3-D screening mammography and creates a new add-on Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code for 3-D diagnostic mammography.

Time November 05, 2014
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Fujifilm Medical Systems will highlight its women’s healthcare portfolio at the 2014 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago, Ill. The company will show enhancements to its Aspire Cristalle mammography system, released in July.

Time November 05, 2014
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Fujifilm Medical Systems will introduce a new X-ray image processing tool called Virtual Grid at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago, Ill. The Virtual Grid intelligently adapts contrast to improve image quality for exams that are taken without a grid.

Time November 05, 2014
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Carestream announced availability for its Dryview 6950 Laser Imager, which is designed to produce rapid output of high-resolution images for all imaging modalities including mammography. The new imager will be showcased at the upcoming annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago.

Time November 05, 2014
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Siemens Healthcare announces the availability of the Acuson X600, a cost-effective new ultrasound system with advanced technologies migrated from premium Siemens systems and workflow efficiencies for clinical applications in general imaging, obstetrics and gynecology, and cardiology

Time November 04, 2014
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All major technology advances in the world of radiology and imaging are unveiled or highlighted at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting in Chicago.

Time November 04, 2014
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Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. will show several new technologies at the 100th annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago.

Time November 04, 2014
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Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc.’s Kalare R&F digital X-ray system with flat panel detector (FPD) has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance.

Time November 04, 2014
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Ascendian Healthcare Consulting, a national healthcare IT consultancy, partners with Medical Imaging expert Mike Cannavo to deliver the PACS Check Up and PACS Sanity Check to healthcare providers seeking evaluation and optimization of existing radiology imaging

Time November 04, 2014
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American Shared Hospital Services announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted its final Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment rates for calendar year 2015. The rates for Gamma Knife and proton therapy remained as proposed earlier this year.

Time November 04, 2014
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