The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted pre-market approval (PMA) market clearance for the Koning Breast CT (KBCT 1000). It is a dedicated breast imaging system that acquires computed tomography (CT) images without compressing the breast. The KBCT produces 3-D images to aid in the diagnosis of breast cancer.
The presidents of the National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC) and American Society of Breast Disease (ASBD) announced the integration of the two organizations. The combined group will be known as the National Consortium of Breast Centers; however the ASBD name, identity and moniker will continue to be valued and will appear in most organizational communications.
Konica Minolta Medical Imaging and Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a new, integrated portable X-ray solution, the MobileArt Evolution EFX AeroDR-i. This portable solution is now available with a larger integrated console, and a 17-inch touchscreen monitor.
Philips Radiology Operations Command Center (ROCC) is a vendor-neutral, multi-modality, multi-site telepresence tool ...
The International Lymphoma Radiation Oncology Group (ILROG) has issued a guideline outlining the use of 3-D computed tomography (CT)-based radiation therapy planning and volumetric image guidance for treatment of pediatric Hodgkin lymphoma. The goal of the new guideline is to reduce the radiation dose to normal tissue, thus decreasing the risk of late side effects.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is working closely with stakeholders across the healthcare industry to provide support in transitioning to version 10 of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), including an online resource. CMS will officially transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 on Oct. 1, 2015.
Using complex computational algorithms based on repeated sampling, a University of Arkansas graduate student helped spearhead a project to develop a computer simulator that provides customized electron beam tunings for radiation therapy. The research will help cancer centers provide better radiation therapy.
Bracco Diagnostics and Guerbet recently announced they had formed a strategic, global collaboration for the research ...
Calculating and tracking mammographic compression pressure could help standardize mammography quality and patient experience, according to a study published in the European Jorunal of Radiology (EJR).
A study being presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology’s annual scientific meeting says 3-D printing could become a powerful tool in customizing interventional radiology treatments to individual patient needs.
ScImage announced the immediate availability and deployment of updated quantification metrics based on guidelines published jointly in January 2015 by the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) and the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI).
From sharing patient information between physicians to improving the speed and efficacy of treatment by making faster ...
In 1934, a Senate committee opened hearings its chairman said would show that America’s involvement in WWI was “not a matter of national honor and national defense, but a matter of profit for the few.” Ninety-three hearings and 200 witnesses, however, did little to support that claim. Rather the hearings drew increased attention to arms manufacturers as “merchants of death” and inspired Congress to pass three neutrality acts that signaled “profound American opposition to overseas involvement” in the years preceding America’s entry into WWII.
Despite its small size, Gritman Medical Center, a 25-bed hospital in Moscow, Idaho, has a reputation for thinking big, especially when it comes to women’s health. That’s why in May 2014 the hospital became the very first facility in the region to install a Hologic 3D mammography system and began to offer breast tomosynthesis services to its patients. The addition of the Hologic system represents a significant capital investment for the hospital, especially since they decided from the start not to charge women an additional fee for 3D mammograms. “3D was not a financial decision, it was a decision based upon what is the right thing to do for the women we serve,” noted Christin Reisenauer, M.D., director of imaging at the hospital’s Patricia J. Kempthorne Women’s Imaging Center. “We knew we were missing breast cancers with 2D mammography, cancers potentially visible with breast tomosynthesis, and that just wasn’t fair to the women of our area.”
Breast density may be one of the strongest predictors of the failure of mammography to detect cancer, according to an educational session presented at the 2014 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) conference in December. The topic of breast density was a prominent one at the meeting, and many healthcare providers are beginning to look beyond just using traditional mammography to assess whether or not a woman has breast cancer. The push for additional screening is becoming prevalent, and many states are enacting laws that require women to be notified if they have dense breast tissue and what that means in terms of the ability to accurately find cancer.
Agfa continues develop new products and technologies in its premium and value direct radiography segments including the ...
It’s no surprise to state that healthcare technology has been slow to mature. However, much of this perception has come from lack of a greater picture; the proverbial “forest for the trees.” No longer is radiology defined as a siloed infrastructure or walled-off service line catering only to physicians utilizing the platform, but it is now considered the transactional hub of services driving a consumer-based healthcare product. Although reimbursement and organizational strategies have driven much of the recent evolution, consumer awareness and attention to healthcare costs are pushing a demand for greater visibility into the mechanisms of healthcare.
Radiologists play a key role in the cancer care continuum after the initial diagnosis of prostate cancer. This includes regular imaging assessments to monitor growth, and tracking tumor changes to measure the effectiveness of various therapies. For the radiologist evaluating prostate cancer, it is key to first determine the severity of the disease, which determines whether the patient will be monitored over the course of several years, or if immediate treatment is required.
Heart Imaging Technologies announced the release of Precession, a cardiac magnetic resonance solution which allows viewing, analysis and reporting all within a standard web browser.
Multiple studies and products were presented at the 2014 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) conference in December about emerging technologies in breast imaging, with a focus on how they will affect women who have dense breasts. Most researchers have been comparing the utility of mammography screening versus tomosynthesis.
Barco announced the launch of a new diagnostic display system, Nio 5MP LED. Cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for radiology and mammography and featuring a number of image-enhancing technologies, the 5MP display provides excellent image quality for confident diagnoses.
As healthcare and radiology continue to evolve rapidly, flexibility in the operating room (OR) and imaging lab are key. Consequently, imaging systems need to be versatile as well as able to handle a variety of applications and adapt to any space. These needs have led to the increasing popularity of mobile C-arms, the latest generation of X-ray technology. Today, they are being adapted to handle fluoroscopy, vascular imaging, cardiology and 3-D imaging.
Recently, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final national coverage determination, effective immediately, that provides for Medicare coverage of screening for lung cancer with low dose computed tomography (LDCT). This screening gives at-risk seniors unprecedented access to care.
Cancer patients with limited brain metastases (one to four tumors) 50 years old and younger should receive stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) without whole brain radiation therapy (WBRT), according to a study in the March 15, 2015 issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics (Red Journal).