Feature | Dave Fornell

As catheter-based, minimally invasive procedures expand rapidly beyond treatment of the coronary arteries into all areas of the human anatomy, angiography X-ray imaging systems have moved beyond their original purpose of simple vascular imaging. Today, in addition to interventional cardiology, cath labs are frequently shared by numerous specialists, including interventional radiology, interventional oncology, electrophysiology (EP), vascular surgeons and neurology.

Time June 01, 2012
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Feature | Jake Buehler

As radiation therapy treatments evolve, radiation therapists are assuming more responsibilities. Their core duties still include serving as the primary contact for patients undergoing radiation therapy treatments that can last several weeks and administering the actual treatments. However, therapists also must review protocols, monitor and assess patients and stay up-to-date on technological advances in equipment. The necessity to balance duties in their “high-tech/high-touch” profession makes radiation therapists a unique breed in the radiologic sciences.

Time June 01, 2012
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Feature | Teri Yates, CHC

Most experts embrace the notion that the best way to prevent medical errors is to learn from them rather than punish the individuals involved. Despite this, the facts suggest there is still much work to be done in establishing a just culture in healthcare that acknowledges the inherent likelihood that humans will make mistakes.

Time June 01, 2012
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Feature | Radiation Dose Management | Brandon Taggart and Neomi Mullens

There seems to be a general sense of delayed reaction within the healthcare arena when it comes to preparation for California’s Senate Bill (SB) 1237 and Assembly Bill (AB) 510 and other pending legislation that adopts regulations regarding the capture and reporting of radiation dosing. The looming threat of violating California law with the potential for fine implications has begun to sink in, yet the bigger picture seems to be lost in translation.

Time June 01, 2012
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June 1, 2012 —Frank Mackinson of Bound Brook, N.J., became the first patient to complete treatment at the ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Somerset, N.J. The Somerset Center opened officially on March 20, one month ahead of schedule, enabling Mackinson to begin treatment on March 28.

Time June 01, 2012
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June 1, 2012 — ClearCanvas Inc., a medical imaging informatics company, announced a new partnership agreement with DPR of San Ramon, Calif., a technology company that delivers intelligent imaging informatics solutions for the radiology industry. The companies will work together on joint marketing and sales efforts to further distribute their combined solutions.

Time June 01, 2012
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June 1, 2012 — Civco Medical Solutions is introducing a newly redesigned storage rack and stabilizer for transesophageal (TEE) transducers.

Time June 01, 2012
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June 1, 2012 — Civco Medical Solutions introduces Infiniti in-plane needle guidance for Zonare L10-5 ultrasound transducers.

Time June 01, 2012
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In 1905, a small group of doctors agreed to work together to provide coordinated radiology services at Bridgeport Hospital in Connecticut. That marked the start of Advanced Radiology Consultants LLC, which today provides the highest-quality general radiology, fluoroscopy, mammography, ultrasound, MRI, CT scan and nuclear medicine services.

Time May 31, 2012
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Patient data and images have always lived in separate worlds, but those days are over. Carestream’s Vue Archive and Vue Cloud Archive equip healthcare providers to collect images and data from a variety of information systems, deliver easy integration with any vendor’s EMR (electronic medical records), and offer advanced encryption and security measures, including 24/7 monitoring.

Time May 31, 2012
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May 31, 2012 — Visualization and healthcare imaging company Barco partnered for a second year with Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital to supply its diagnostic and clinical displays for the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine. This year, Barco also integrated its automated quality assurance (QA) and calibration service, MediCal QAWeb, across the network of displays to further boost the consistency of captured images.

Time May 31, 2012
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May 31, 2012 — Webahn Inc. announced the release of Accent HD, an iPad app for medical dictation with report management features. Using the OvernightScribe transcription platform, Accent HD helps physicians record dictations, review reports with simple search references, and print and manage files in multiple formats, such as PDF, RTF and text.

Time May 31, 2012
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May 31, 2012 — As part of an ongoing commitment to helping members provide quality patient care in a changing healthcare landscape, the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) will offer a full day of sessions on practice management as part of its annual Scientific Sessions, planned this year for June 30-July 3 at the Gaylord National in National Harbor, Md.

Time May 31, 2012
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Intelerad Medical Systems announced that the Intelerad Meaningful Use Module 2012 has achieved 2011/2012 Complete EHR (electronic health record) ONC-ATCB Certification, which designates that the software is capable of supporting providers with Stage 1 meaningful use measures required to qualify for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Time May 30, 2012
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May 30, 2012 — ViewRay Inc., a privately held medical device company, has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) premarket notification clearance for its magnetic resonance guided (MRI)-guided radiation therapy system. The ViewRay system features a unique combination of radiotherapy delivery and simultaneous MRI for the treatment of cancer. ViewRay's treatment planning and delivery software received 510(k) premarket notification clearance in 2011.

Time May 30, 2012
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May 30, 2012 — Bayer Radiology & Interventional will showcase new device technologies at the annual meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) in Miami, June 9-13. The new technology includes enhancements to the Intego PET (positron emission tomography) Infusion System.

Time May 30, 2012
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May 30, 2012 — Leroy Chiao, Ph.D., a former NASA astronaut, will share his experiences in performing and transmitting echocardiograms from outer space during a special presentation during the American Society of Echocardiography’s (ASE) 23rd Annual Scientific Sessions in National Harbor, Md., June 30-July 3. The session, “Hearts in Space”, planned for July 3 from 12:00-1:15 p.m., will give attendees insight into the medical aspects of the U.S. space program as well as the short- and long-term impact of weightlessness on cardiovascular function. The session will inform attendee’s clinical practice by relating remote diagnosis from space to terrestrial telemedicine.

Time May 30, 2012
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May 29. 2012 — Viatronix Inc., developer of 2-D/3-D medical imaging and diagnostic software, announced that its V3D-Colon platform was exclusively used to perform a key study recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The purpose of the study was to determine the feasibility of a laxative-free bowel prep for patients undergoing a virtual colonoscopy (VC) screening exam. The trial utilized a modified version of the Viatronix V3D-Colon software.

Time May 29, 2012
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May 29, 2012 — Cianna Medical recently announced the launch of BEST (Brachytherapy Efficacy, Safety and Treatment) Forum, a new educational resource for physicians to obtain the latest research in breast brachytherapy and gain insights into best practices and available technology.

Time May 29, 2012
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Feature | Pablo R. Ros, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.

Magnetic resonance/positron emission tomography (MR/PET) is the newest imaging modality falling within the category of hybrid imaging. It sits at the crossroads of successful tradition and innovation. It is traditional in that it combines anatomical and functional molecular imaging from two potent imaging modalities; at the same time it is innovative, in that it combines the full potential of anatomic and multiparametric imaging of MRI with the molecular information of PET.

Time May 29, 2012
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