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June 25, 2012 — KLAS released the 2012 Best in KLAS Awards: Medical Equipment and Infrastructure report, which details what end-users think about radiation therapy systems from specific vendors. The 2012 report recognized the Elekta Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion.

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June 25, 2012 — KLAS released the 2012 Best in KLAS Awards: Medical Equipment and Infrastructure report, which details what end-users think about imaging systems from specific vendors. The report recognizes leaders in individual medical equipment market segments as Best in KLAS, including digital X-ray, CT, MRI (1.5T and 3.0T), ultrasound and mammography.

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June 25, 2012 — The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) and American Urological Association (AUA) are proud to announce the collaborative development of practice and training guidelines in the practice of urologic ultrasound which has led to the availability of practice accreditation through the AIUM

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June 25, 2012 — Fovia Medical Inc. and CurveBeam announced that CurveBeam will enhance its product offerings by incorporating Fovia’s High Definition Volume Rendering (HDVR) into its Cone Beam CT (CBCT) product line, providing local and remote access to advanced visualization for orthopedic and podiatry specialists.

Time June 25, 2012
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June 25, 2012 — Computed tomographic colonography (CTC), also known as virtual colonoscopy, administered without laxatives is as accurate as conventional colonoscopy in detecting clinically significant, potentially cancerous polyps, according to a study performed jointly at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC), the University of California, San Francisco, and Massachusetts General Hospital.

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June 25, 2012 — A study (Smith-Bindman et al) to be published in the upcoming Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) underscores that medical imaging use is down in the last several years, but includes information on current use of scans and their beneficial impact that may be incomplete, incorrect or easily misunderstood.

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June 25, 2012 — Among six large integrated healthcare systems between 1996 and 2010 there was a substantial increase in the use of advanced diagnostic imaging, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

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June 22, 2012 — Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc. has partnered with United Medical Instruments (UMI) to sell Toshiba’s ultrasound systems to the private physician office and clinic market in the United States.

Time June 22, 2012
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June 22, 2012 — MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando announced it has installed the first Accuray TomoHD system in Florida.

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June 22, 2012 — In a recently approved position statement, the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) affirms that computed tomography (CT) scans are important diagnostic tools for children and adults when used appropriately.

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June 22, 2012 — Vital Images Inc., a Toshiba Medical Systems Group company, has been recognized by J.D. Power and Associates for the third consecutive year.

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June 22, 2012 — Siemens Healthcare has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the Somatom Perspective, an advanced 128-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner engineered to drive efficiency and reduce costs.

Time June 22, 2012
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June 22, 2012 — Philips introduced the iDose4 Premium Package, which includes two technologies that can improve image quality: the iDose4 iterative reconstruction technique, and metal artifact reduction for large orthopedic implants (O-MAR).

Time June 22, 2012
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Frank Miller, M.D., medical director of magnetic resonance (MR) at Northwestern Memorial Hospital Outpatient Imaging Center in Chicago, Ill., shares a case in which he imaged complex liver masses on Siemens’ 1.5 Tesla Magnetom Aera and 30-channel body coil combination.

Time June 22, 2012
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June 21, 2012 — Surefire Medical Inc. announced that it has received 510(k) U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance to market the Surefire high-flow microcatheter, the next generation of the company's novel infusion technology. The Surefire system is designed to deliver therapy with higher infusion efficiency than conventional microcatheters.

Time June 21, 2012
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Feature | Erica Drazen, Global Institute for Emerging Healthcare Practices

Although the requirements for Stage 2 payments for meaningful use are not yet final, there is information to understand the challenges that organizations will face. In Stage 1, organizations could defer about half of the optional requirements; organizations were most likely to defer requirements related to patient engagement and coordinating care.

Time June 21, 2012
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June 20, 2012 — More than 100,000 healthcare providers are using electronic health records (EHRs) that meet federal standards and have benefited from the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced.

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June 20, 2012 — Echocardiography is playing a key role in both the assessment and guidance of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Attendees at the American Society of Echocardiography’s 23rd Annual Scientific Sessions will have the opportunity to see this in action during a live TAVR procedure transmitted from Washington Hospital Center's hybrid cath lab.

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June 20, 2012 – Siemens Healthcare announced the Somatom Definition Edge single-source computed tomography (CT) system has been approved for sale in the United States. It is the first single-source CT to use Siemens’ recently introduced Stellar Detector.

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June 20, 2012 — In nuclear medicine and molecular imaging, small amounts of radioactive agents are administered to the patient to allow the physician to examine molecular processes within the body. These procedures are highly effective, safe and painless diagnostic tools that present physicians with a detailed view of what’s going on inside an individual’s body at the cellular level. The Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) and the SNM Technologist Section (SNMTS) recognize that the use of low levels of radiation in these procedures entails some possible risk.

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