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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.

Time August 14, 2013
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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.

Time August 14, 2013
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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.

Time August 14, 2013
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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.

Time August 13, 2013
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IBA Dosimetry's Compass 3.0 is a unique two-in-one solution that allows the user to do both calculations and ...

Time August 13, 2013
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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.

Time August 13, 2013
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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.

Time August 13, 2013
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AAPM President John Hazle, Ph.D., discusses trends in medical physics and major initiatives that the association is ...

Time August 13, 2013
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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.

Time August 12, 2013
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Philips Healthcare introduced the NanoPanel Elite CT detector which reduces image noise at low energy and at low ...

Time August 12, 2013
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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.

Time August 09, 2013
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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

Time August 09, 2013
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NDS Surgical Imaging (NDSsi) has released its DomeAccess remote picture archive and communication systems (PACS) management software tool. DomeAccess software allows users to manage their Dome diagnostic display workstations from anywhere in the world.

Time August 08, 2013
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed decision memorandum regarding the use of beta-amyloid imaging in dementia and neurodegenerative disease. [1]

Time August 08, 2013
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A more precise method for determining bone marrow involvement in patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) — a key factor in tailoring patient management plans — has been identified by researchers in a study published in the August issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine. Imaging with 18F-FDG positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT), when compared to bone marrow biopsy, was more sensitive, showed a higher negative predictive value and was more accurate, changing treatment for 42 percent of patients with bone marrow involvement.

Time August 07, 2013
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A clinical study of two sets of 894 matched emergency department (ED) patients presenting with chest pain revealed that the use of coronary computed tomographic angiography (CCTA) led to fewer hospital admissions and shorter ED stays. According to lead researcher Michael Poon, M.D., of Stony Brook University School of Medicine, the findings provide evidence that CCTA offers an alternative means of improving the triage of chest pain patients.

Time August 06, 2013
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MIM Software Inc. announced newest application yet for Reg Refine in radiation oncology: dose deformation for high-dose rate (HDR) and external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) treatment plans.

Time August 06, 2013
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Philips Healthcare has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Pinnacle³ Proton treatment planning system.

Time August 06, 2013
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CIRS will introduce the Stereotactic End-to-End Verification Phantom (STEEV) at the 55th Annual AAPM Meeting and Exhibition on August 4 to8 in Indianapolis.

Time August 06, 2013
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August 5, 2013 — Surgery is not always necessary for women with a type of breast tissue abnormality associated with a higher risk of cancer, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology.

Time August 05, 2013
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