Viztek introduced the Leggera Wireless Panel, expanding the Leggera DR (direct radiography) Solutions product line to now include the lightest — 6.1 lb, ISO 4090 cassette size — wireless panel available to the market. With the addition of the Leggera Wireless Panel, hospitals and imaging centers now have access to the compact panel and its revolutionary features including storage capacity of 50 images, two removable batteries to maximize productivity and uptime while providing breakthrough reliability in image storage and back-up.
April 30, 2013 — Better outcomes can be achieved for prostate cancer patients by using brachytherapy, a highly targeted form of radiotherapy, compared to surgery, says the finding of a new clinical study conducted by Panaxea International, University of Twente, the Netherlands.
Breast brachytherapy with a strut-based applicator demonstrated low recurrence rates and minimal toxicities, according to a multi-site study with a median follow-up of four years. The research was presented at the annual meeting of the American Brachytherapy Society, held in New Orleans, April 18-20, 2013.
In June, the Philips Radiology Experience Tour hit the road to provide healthcare professionals with an opportunity to ...
Agfa HealthCare announced that Hunt Regional Healthcare, Greenville, Texas, has upgraded its Agfa HealthCare picture archive and communication system (PACS) to Impax 6.5 and installed Agfa HealthCare's Cardiology PACS and Xero Viewer to deliver a consolidated view and centralized management of patient, image and information data. With the addition of Agfa HealthCare's Xero Viewer, physicians are able to access the nearly 100,000 imaging exams and reports done each year, on virtually any Hunt Regional facility device. Because the information is web-based, physicians can access the results in real time.
Accuray has voluntarily implemented a recall of two separate components from its CyberKnife product line: the Iris Variable Aperture Collimator and the RoboCouch Patient Positioning System. The affected parts are manufactured by third-party suppliers and are being removed from the system because they failed to meet the company's specifications and standards for quality. The company has notified impacted customers, and field service personnel have been deployed to apply the corrections should they be necessary. These recalls exclude the CyberKnife M6 Series.
The Alliance for Integrity in Medicare (AIM), a broad coalition of medical specialty, laboratory, radiation oncology, and medical imaging groups committed to ending the practice of inappropriate physician self-referral, announced that it is pleased that the updated Simpson-Bowles proposal recommends constricting the in-office ancillary services (IOAS) exception. AIM has long supported the position expressed by the Moment of Truth Project on physician self-referral.
This summer, the Philips Radiology Experience Tour has been bringing Philips imaging modalities directly to the ...
Navidea Biopharmaceuticals Inc. announced the peer-reviewed publication of results from a clinical trial of NAV4694 in healthy subjects and those with diagnosed forms of dementia. The trial assessed the performance of Navidea’s Fluorine-18 labeled amyloid imaging candidate, NAV4694, in a head-to-head comparison with the acknowledged benchmark, gold-standard amyloid imaging agent, 11C-labeled Pittsburgh Compound-B (PiB). Results demonstrated that NAV4694 displayed imaging characteristics nearly identical to those of PiB and the authors believe these results show that NAV4694 may be useful in the early and differential diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The study, “Head-to-Head Comparison of 11C-PiB and 18F-AZD4694 (NAV4694) for ?-Amyloid Imaging in Aging and Dementia,” was published in the current online edition of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine and will appear in the June print edition.
GE Healthcare has received 510(k) clearance and CE marking of its magnetic resonance (MR) solution for head and neck imaging in the presence of radiation therapy (RT) immobilization devices.
According to a new survey by Etiam, hospitals see a significant need for an organized system to manage the sizable flow of medical images many receive from beyond the enterprise. Hospitals also expressed concern about the security of the cloud, which increasingly plays a role in cross-enterprise access to this patient data.
Fovia Medical Inc., and Softneta UAB are collaborating to deliver High Definition Volume Rendering to the telemedicine market.
Two-dimensional plus 3-D breast imaging increases cancer detection rates by 11 percent, and could be particularly useful in detecting cancer in women with dense breasts, a new study suggests.
In the 1970s when I studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the UW had a reputation for being a hotbed of insurrection. I did my part in 1975 by wearing Gerald Ford’s WIN button upside down. It was a tacit repudiation of the idea that a public relations campaign could spawn a grassroots movement to “Whip Inflation Now” and an implied statement that there are “No Immediate Miracles.”
Fujifilm recently expanded its enterprise imaging portfolio with Synapse Pathology, the company’s newly acquired and ...
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has emerged as a valuable imaging modality for breast cancer detection and staging. Dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI) is the most sensitive technique for screening high-risk women and for evaluating the extent of disease in patients with a recent diagnosis of breast cancer.[1,2] Despite its numerous advantages, the moderate specificity of DCE-MRI can result in a substantial number of false positive findings that translate to high recall rates and unnecessary biopsies.
Multiple industries have undergone a complete metamorphosis as a result of advancing electronics, and the medical world is no exception. Perhaps a little late to recognize the technological transformation, the healthcare industry is finally catching on to the latest trends and incorporating the newest devices into everyday use. One device, in particular, is going to revolutionize medicine forever.
Treatment of early stage breast cancer continues to evolve as researchers investigate more novel and efficient methods of radiotherapy. Clinical trials on accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) are showing that these newer methods can offer carefully selected patients several advantages over traditional whole breast irradiation (WBI).
In the small rural town of Kingman, AZ — approximately 90 minutes southeast of Las Vegas — most of its 28,000-plus population are economically disadvantaged; some of them still work in local gold and silver mines. So for women living in the area, getting a mammogram every year isn’t a priority; in fact, notes Dr. Christopher Johansen, Kingman Regional Medical Center (KRMC) Radiologist and Director of its Breast Imaging Program, “Many of our residents don’t have health insurance. And many aren’t even aware of the importance of getting annual mammograms.”
There were three key trends in X-ray vascular imaging systems made evident from new products showcased at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting in late 2012. These include new hardware and software to lower ionizing radiation doses and improve image quality, better dose tracking software, and enhanced maneuverability for improved patient access and use in the growing hybrid OR market. As interventional procedures become more complex, imaging times have increased, raising concerns that are now being addressed by vendors.
Lancaster General Health is a 550-bed system in Central Pennsylvania performing nearly 500,000 exams per year in its major acute-care hospital, rehabilitation hospital, women’s center and 12 outpatient facilities. The 28 diagnostic radiologists and three radiation oncologists at Lancaster Radiology Associates, Ltd. handle all the radiology services for the health system, providing around-the-clock coverage using the McKesson Radiology picture archiving communications system (PACS). Leigh S. Shuman, M.D., a practicing radiologist at Lancaster Radiology Associates and the PACS medical director for the health system, recently spoke to us about the rollout of a workflow solution, the McKesson Qualitative Intelligence and Communications System (QICS) by peerVue.
Imaging children has challenges that relate to the size, maturity and anxiety of the patient. In addition, we have become increasingly aware of the risks associated with radiation exposure, an issue that is of paramount importance to young patients. Through the efforts of professional organizations, industry and the Image Gently campaign, launched in 2008 by The Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, tremendous advancements have been made in technology and its use to help meet these challenges.
New computed tomography (CT) dose studies and growing public media attention have made minimizing unnecessary radiation dose to patients a priority for medical imaging facilities. In addition, state regulatory agencies and accrediting bodies are increasing their oversight and regulation of radiation dose. Reducing dose while maintaining good clinical image quality, however, is complex.