August 20, 2013 — Heavy use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be leading to unnecessary breast removal in older women with breast cancer, according to a study by Yale School of Medicine researchers in the current issue of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment.
With a score of 93.1 out of 100, Elekta's Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion system earned the top ranking, receiving high marks for uptime, treatment times and planning speeds, according to KLAS research firm's recently released customer survey, Radiation Therapy 2013: Striving for Accuracy and Upgradeability.
August 19, 2013 — Among the U.S. medical imaging equipment surveyed by Frost & Sullivan, including general radiography, ultrasound and capital imaging; picture archiving and communications (PACS); and imaging IT hardware/middleware, the research shows these markets are fairly homogenous as primarily dominated by single brands.
Agfa Radiology Solutions delivers diagnostic imaging solutions that set the standard in productivity, safety, clinical ...
IMRIS Inc. announced that a craniotomy recently performed on a 5-year-old boy with epilepsy was the 500th neurosurgical case at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas, using its intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (iMRI) system. Cook Children's was the second children's hospital in the United States and fourth hospital worldwide with an IMRIS system that features a high-field MRI, which moves between surgical and diagnostic rooms using ceiling-mounted rails.
Children’s Hospital at Erlanger (Chattanooga, Tenn.) recently implemented a Carestream DRX-Evolution with Carestream’s long-length imaging software to optimize image quality for all types of X-ray images including long-length exams for pediatric surgeons and other specialists. In addition to trauma and intensive care services, the hospital offers pediatric specialists in all major areas of care including orthopaedics, cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, neurology and oncology.
Aplio 500 received top ranking in the Ultrasound – General Imaging category in the 2013 Best in KLAS Awards: Medical Equipment & Infrastructure.
In June, the Philips Radiology Experience Tour hit the road to provide healthcare professionals with an opportunity to ...
http://glossary.itnonline.com/angiogramFormer President George W. Bush underwent heart surgery on the morning of Aug. 6, 2013, to receive a stent after an artery blockage was discovered during his annual physical. The routine physical included a stress test and an electrocardiogram. Abnormal results from the stress test prompted the former president to receive a computed tomography (CT) angiogram, and the surgery successfully took place one day after the blockage was discovered.
Mevion Medical Systems Inc. has secured $55 million to accelerate the deployment of its revolutionary Mevion S250 Proton Therapy System. The funds were raised from existing equity investors, including Caxton Heath Life Sciences, ProQuest Investments, Venrock and CHL Medical Partners, as well as from debt financing provided by Life Sciences Alternative Funding LLC (LSAF).
The role of volumetric breast density assessment software to more accurately estimate the radiation dose received during breast screening was the focus of two landmark research papers presented at the 55th annual meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), Aug. 4-8, in Indianapolis. The papers both took advantage of the volumetric breast density numbers generated by Matakina International’s Volpara imaging software to calculate personalized or patient-specific dose estimates, according to Matakina.
This summer, the Philips Radiology Experience Tour has been bringing Philips imaging modalities directly to the ...
In a rare demonstration of bipartisanship, the House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously passed legislation, H.R. 2810, the Medicare Patient Access and Quality Improvement Act of 2013, to repeal and replace the antiquated Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). Thanks to the efforts of the American College of Radiology’s (ACR) physician leadership and membership working in concert with the Federal Government Relations Department, H.R. 2810 included provisions specifically addressing the 25 percent professional component (PC) multiple procedure payment reduction (MPPR), as well as the expansion of web-based clinical decision support (CDS) tools. Passage of H.R. 2810 by the Energy and Commerce Committee is the first step in a larger legislative process to enact a bill that eliminates the SGR and includes these imaging provisions.
Hologic Inc. received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for the Single Energy (SE) Femur Exam on a dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) platform for the assessment of features associated with atypical femur fractures (AFF). This capability assists clinicians in their assessment of potential AFF in patients who have been on anti-resorptive treatments such as bisphosphonates.
IMRIS Inc. has obtained regulatory CE mark for Visius iCT, the first and only ceiling-mounted intraoperative computed tomography (CT), allowing for sales and marketing in the European Union.
IBA Dosimetry's Compass 3.0 is a unique two-in-one solution that allows the user to do both calculations and ...
Mirada Medical Deformable Image Registration software is the highlight of multiple scientific studies. The studies further validate the importance of deformable registration in radiotherapy planning, as well as Mirada Medical’s focus on improving the quality of radiation treatment and saving time.
Merge Healthcare Inc. said the eClinical OS Marketplace is extending its clinical trial platform to connect customers with premier industry service providers. In the latest release of eClinical OS, Marketplace allows customers to request and receive services directly from within study workflows, further enabling study sponsors and CROs to run studies more efficiently. The newest release also introduces Trial Connect, a new mobile alerts and reporting application for accessing study metrics on the go.
AAPM President John Hazle, Ph.D., discusses trends in medical physics and major initiatives that the association is ...
August 12, 2013 — Orfit Industries America announced the launch of the Open Face Hybrid Mask, designed to optimize patient comfort during radiation therapy of the head and neck areas.
Philips Healthcare introduced the NanoPanel Elite CT detector which reduces image noise at low energy and at low ...
IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A) has launched its Compass 3.0 plan verification system. Compass, the first patient anatomy-centric and solution for advanced intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and rotational plan verification now provides a new two-in-one solution: calculation-based full 3-D independent treatment plan system (TPS) verification and measurement-based quality assurance (QA) for the complete treatment chain, including linear accelerators.
Positron Corporation entered into a multi-year radioisotope supply agreement with iThemba LABS of Cape Town, South Africa. The supply agreement contracts the procurement of raw material, strontium-82 (Sr-82) from iThemba LABS for further production of the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) at Positron's radioisotope production facility in Lubbock, Texas. In September 2013, Positron will receive relevant volumes of strontium-82 for qualification and will commence with commercial availability beginning in February 2014. This additional supply will enhance the industry's strontium-82 supply and increase the availability of radiopharmaceuticals to the end user. Positron intends to make this Sr-82 API supply available to all rubidium-82 generator producers in the marketplac