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At Health Datapalooza, the Acting Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Andy Slavitt announced a new policy that will allow innovators and entrepreneurs to access CMS data, such as Medicare claims. Under the policy, those interested may conduct approved research that will ultimately improve care and provide better tools that should benefit healthcare consumers through a greater understanding of what the data says works best in healthcare. The data will not allow the patient’s identity to be determined, but will provide the identity of the providers of care. CMS will begin accepting innovator research requests in September 2015.

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Degeneration of the white matter of the brain may be an early marker of specific types of Alzheimer's disease (AD), including early-onset AD, according to a new study published in the journal Radiology.

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For years, the radiology industry has focused on reducing, or eliminating patient exposure to radiation. Recently, the industry has shifted attention to the cumulative effect radiation exposure has over the course of a physician’s career.

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Women aged 50-69 years who attend mammography screening reduce their risk of dying from breast cancer by 40 percent compared to women who are not screened, according to a major international review. The review covered the latest evidence on breast cancer screening.

Time June 05, 2015
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Bracco Imaging announced that the first echocardiography imaging procedure with Lumason was performed in May at Morristown Medical Center, part of the Atlantic Health System, in New Jersey. This is the first administration after the development of the agent (sulfur hexafluoride lipid-type A microspheres) in the United States and approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The announcement was made through Bracco Imaging’s affiliate Bracco Diagnostics Inc.

Time June 04, 2015
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Toshiba's new Assurance 360 program is making it easier for existing computed tomography (CT) customers to lower radiation dose, improve their scanners' performance and achieve compliance with the MITA Smart Dose standard (XR-29). Assurance 360 not only updates a system to XR-29 compliant but takes patient safety a step further with dose reduction technology and the training and support needed to become dose efficient.

Time June 04, 2015
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Children's National Health System has installed six Agfa HealthCare DX-D 100 mobile digital radiography (DR) systems and two DX-D 600 full-room DR suites to transition two X-ray rooms from computed radiography (CR) to DR. The installation followed a thorough review of several DR technologies in which Agfa HealthCare's DX-D 600 system was determined as well-suited for the hospital's pediatric patients given its potential to reduce patient radiation exposure as much as 60 percent. Additionally, the DX-D 600 was chosen for its ability to accurately and automatically perform full-length spine imaging, which pediatric patients often require for scoliosis evaluations. The DX-D 100s were selected to provide a more efficient means to image patients.

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Using tools that help physicians decide whether to use expensive imaging studies can help reduce the ordering of unnecessary tests, but implementation in real-world settings has many challenges, according to a new RAND Corp. study.

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UltraRAD Corp. announced the signing of a partnership agreement with Seattle Children’s Hospital, a 323-bed hospital and research center dedicated to pediatric and adolescent healthcare.

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The nation's first and only proton therapy center to treat patients exclusively with pencil-beam scanning is reporting exceptional results in delivering cancer treatment since opening for patient care in 2014.

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Imaging informatics leaders from across the globe gathered in Washington, D.C., last week to exchange ideas and network with their peers during the 2015 annual meeting of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM). The event included opportunities to earn CME and CE credits while hearing experts from the field discuss practical solutions for the imaging informatics challenges the industry is currently facing.

Time June 04, 2015
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Visage Imaging Inc. announced it received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for the use of Visage Ease Pro for mobile diagnostic interpretation of all imaging modalities except mammography. Visage Ease Pro is a core component of the Visage 7 Enterprise Imaging Platform, enabling enterprise imaging with fast, thin-client, server-side processing technology.

Time June 04, 2015
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SIIM 2015 Program Committee Chair Richard Wiggins III, M.D., discusses social media and mHealth with ITN editorial ...

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SIIM Chair David Brown discusses interoperability, and his concerns from a data security and compliance perspective, at ...

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Donald Dennison, co-chair of the SIIM Hackathon committee, discusses the objectives for this event's second year at the ...

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Donald Dennison, director-at-large on the Board of Directors for SIIM, shares his thoughts on "the next imaging ...

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One year after the adoption of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a new study by Health eCareers found that the effect of the ACA’s new policies ranked as the third most pressing concern for healthcare recruiters and hiring managers, just behind staff turnover and the projected physician shortage.

Time June 04, 2015
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Feature | Greg Freiherr

That ultrasound offers benefits in cost, availability and minimizing radiation burden should come as no surprise. The medical community has been hearing this for a long time, especially during the past three years from the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) as part of its "Ultrasound First" campaign. What is surprising is that a group of opinion leaders in OB/GYN felt the need to advocate in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (AJOG) the use of "ultrasound first” specifically to image the female pelvis.

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Feature | Breast Density | Jeff Zagoudis

Mammograms have long been the first line of defense in detecting breast cancer, which continues to be one of the most common diseases in women today. Within the last decade, however, concerns have arisen over the reliability of mammograms to detect cancer in women with dense breast tissue.

Time June 04, 2015
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Feature | The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

On April 17, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule to update fiscal year (FY) 2016 Medicare payment policies and rates under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS). The proposed rule, which would apply to approximately 3,400 acute care hospitals and about 435 LTCHs, would affect discharges occurring on or after Oct. 1, 2015.

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