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Cardiac computed tomography angiography (CCTA) is known to have excellent anatomical imaging, but has lacked the ability for functional assessments, requiring chest pain patients with intermediate stenosis lesions to be sent to the cath lab or nuclear myocardial perfusion imaging. However, recent advances in CCTA image analysis software and the accumulation of supporting clinical data may soon enable CT perfusion imaging and virtual fractional flow reserve-CT (FFR-CT) to become mainstream in the coming years.

Time June 11, 2015
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More than 50 companies and organizations will display their latest products and services at the American Society of Echocardiography’s (ASE) 26th Annual Scientific Sessions, June 12-16 at in Boston, Mass. ASE 2015 is the world’s premier meeting for cardiovascular ultrasound practitioners, and promises a wealth of cutting-edge education, research, and the latest vendor technology.

Time June 10, 2015
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Densitas Inc. announced it has received 13485:2003 certification from the International Standards Organization (ISO). This ISO standard specifies the requirements for comprehensive quality management systems for the design and manufacture of medical devices. Densitas is an early stage start-up company that develops software for use in the digital mammography enterprise.

Time June 10, 2015
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ClearDATA announced the close of an over-subscribed $25 million Series C funding round with contributions from Heritage Group, HLM Venture Partners and Flare Capital Partners. The company also received contributions from existing investors Norwest Venture Partners, Merck Global Health Innovation Fund and Excel Venture Management. The investment will be used to maximize the cloud company's growth in the market for health information technology cloud computing, supporting its fourth consecutive year of 100+ percent year-over-year subscription revenue growth.

Time June 10, 2015
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In May, Group of Companies European Medical Center (GEMC) became the first private clinic in Russia to open a positron emission tomography (PET-CT) department producing its own pharmaceuticals. GEMC also opened a radiation cancer therapy department featuring two linear accelerators.

Time June 10, 2015
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The nation’s top consumer, patient and labor advocates recently praised the proposed Stage 3 Meaningful Use rules, describing how they would help ensure health information technology (IT) meets the needs of patients and families.

Time June 10, 2015
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Anthelio Healthcare Solutions announced its patient engagement mobile application, Engage, has achieved Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC-HIT) 2014 Edition Modular Certification. The certification was granted via Drummond Group LLC, an Authorized Certification Body (ACB) that has been empowered to test software for compliance with the requirements of the federal government’s program. The stamp of approval designates that the software offers the functionality that enables eligible providers and hospitals to meet Stage 1 and Stage 2 Meaningful Use (MU) requirements, qualifying these organizations to receive payments under the ongoing electronic health record (EHR) adoption program.

Time June 10, 2015
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AG Mednet announced a new automated software that checks data across subject visits, at the source. AG Mednet Longitudinal Analysis, now included in the AG Mednet Submission Quality & Compliance (SQC) trial management system, makes determinations about the consistency and validity of imaging data as a trial progresses.

Time June 10, 2015
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FORE Support Services has announced the launch of its AuthPal automated prior authorization technology. The announcement was made at the Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) 2015 Radiology Summit Conference.

Time June 09, 2015
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Professional physician associations consider certain routine tests before elective surgery to be of low value and high cost, and have sought to discourage their utilization. Nonetheless, a new national study by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center finds that despite these peer-reviewed recommendations, no significant changes have occurred over a 14-year period in the rates of several kinds of these pre-operative tests.

Time June 09, 2015
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Healthcare networks can now remotely manage computed tomography (CT) protocols and capture valuable analytics that could improve safety with Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc.'s CT Vitality software. Part of the Vitality Solutions portfolio, CT Vitality is available on Aquilion ONE systems and will facilitate protocol utilization and dose usage analytics so hospitals and multi-site integrated delivery networks (IDNs) can ensure consistently safe scans every time.

Time June 09, 2015
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Konica Minolta announced new Blue Moon Lifecycle Solutions designed to help customers minimize downtime, maximize productivity and eliminate risk throughout the lifetime of their AeroDR systems. The new solutions help customers achieve economic value, clinical confidence and worry-free operation with AeroDR.

Time June 09, 2015
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Navidea Biopharmaceuticals announced that results from an investigator-initiated, comparative study of Lymphoseek (technetium Tc-99m tilmanocept) injection versus filtered Tc-99m Sulfur Colloid (fTcSC) were presented at the 2015 Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) conference. The study measured injection site pain in patients with breast cancer undergoing lymphoscintigraphy. Results of the randomized, double-blinded trial — led by Anne Wallace, M.D., professor of surgery at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine — highlighted that fTcSC caused statistically significant greater levels of pain after injection compared to Lymphoseek.

Time June 09, 2015
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Piramal Imaging announced the presentation of additional analyses from its florbetaben phase 3 histopathology study, in which the florbetaben positron emission tomography (PET) signal from binding to morphologically distinct beta-amyloid plaques was examined. The analyses also examined the potential influence of plaques in the reference region for quantification. The results, which were presented at the 2015 annual meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) in Baltimore, provide additional details on the topographic distribution of different beta-amyloid aggregates in the brain and on quantification.

Time June 09, 2015
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GE Healthcare announced that it has created a solution to make positron emission tomography (PET) tracers for diagnostic imaging more readily available. At the Society for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI), GE launched new products for radiopharmaceutical manufacturing, including GENtrace, a small cyclotron, with a smaller footprint that is optimized for ease-of-use; and FASTlab 2, a PET tracer production module with FDG Duo cassettes, to maximize the hot cell capacity.

Time June 08, 2015
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Kromek announced the launch of eVance, a new generation of cadmium zinc telluride (CZT)-based SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) cameras.

Time June 08, 2015
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Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging (SDMI) of Las Vegas has bolstered its capabilities by installing the United States’ first Celesteion PET/CT system from Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc. The Celesteion allows SDMI to provide the highest quality PET/CT (positron emission tomography/computed tomography) images and exams without sacrificing patient comfort.

Time June 08, 2015
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The Center for Biomedical Research (CBR) is partnering with the Ackerman Cancer Center as part of a clinical meta-registry for clinical outcomes and long-term follow-up of cancer patients receiving proton therapy.

Time June 08, 2015
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The Mevion S250 proton therapy system at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is now treating patients, less than four weeks after the first Mevion patient was treated at Ackerman Cancer Center. The occasion marks the first time a proton manufacturer has simultaneously brought up two distinct facilities.

Time June 08, 2015
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