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Biopharmaceuticals Inc. announced results from two separate studies that compared the performance of Lymphoseek (technetium Tc 99m tilmanocept) Injection, a novel receptor-targeted small-molecule radiopharmaceutical recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, with that of radiolabeled sulfur colloid in breast cancer patients undergoing diagnostic evaluation in lymphatic mapping procedures. The studies were presented in oral presentations at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) in Vancouver, Canada.

Time June 14, 2013
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Imaging Informatics leaders from across the globe gathered in Grapevine, Texas, last week to exchange ideas and network with their peers during the 2013 annual meeting of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM). The event included opportunities to earn CME and CE credits while hearing experts from the field discuss key topics, including personalized medicine, decision support and surviving electronic medical record implementation. Two new Learning Tracks were introduced this year: Innovators and Entrepreneurship, and Reinventing the Radiologist.

Time June 14, 2013
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Time June 13, 2013
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Shina Systems announced the new commercial release of its 3Di picture archive and communications system (PACS) solution. Shina Systems' 3Di is a platform that allows clinicians, healthcare providers and patients to view medical images everywhere and for any purpose — from diagnostic image interpretation to intuitive viewing of images in a personal health record.

Time June 13, 2013
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Use of computed tomography (CT) scans — and thus exposure to ionizing radiation — increased over 15 years in children at a set of nonprofit health care delivery systems in a new study. But currently available strategies could greatly reduce this cancer risk, according to the HMORN Cancer Research Network study, published in JAMA Pediatrics.

Time June 13, 2013
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Agfa began its global release of ICISTM View 3.0, the medical images and results viewer for the comprehensive ICIS enterprise imaging solution. The ICIS patient imaging data platform is a fundamental part of the company’s global e-health strategy. Building on its leadership in enterprise imaging management and web-enabled technology, Agfa HealthCare’s ICIS View 3.0 allows clinicians, specialists, and all other stakeholders to access all patient imaging data from any PACS or VNA, using a single viewer, to support continuity and productivity of patient care. This cost- effective solution leverages the hospital’s existing investment in technology, and provides access to the most current and relevant patient imaging data directly from the source.

Time June 13, 2013
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Use of the newer intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and use of the older conformal radiotherapy (CRT) after surgical removal of all or part of the prostate gland were associated with similar morbidity and cancer control outcomes, according to a study published by JAMA Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication.

Time June 13, 2013
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Mirada Medical collaborators has presented new positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance imaging (PET/MRI) research. The software supports both the hardware hybrid scanners and provides validated deformable registration for software based PET/CT (computed tomorgraphy)/MRI.

Time June 13, 2013
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MIM Software Inc. has introduced a new version of MIM Encore that provides a single platform for viewing positron emission tomography (PET), computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and nuclear medicine exams. Users will benefit from having all of the imaging data they need available on one workstation. Additionally, integrated quantitative analysis solutions are available for both cardiac and neuro PET and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) providing an all-in-one solution for Nuclear Medicine departments.

Time June 13, 2013
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According to Density Education National Survivors' Effort (D.E.N.S.E.), Senator Dingfelder's (OR, D-23) office has confirmed that Oregon's Breast Density Inform bill, SB420A, is scheduled to be signed by Gov. Kitzhaber on June 25th. The law will become effective 90 days after the end of session. Once signed, 38% of American women will be living in states with mandatory Breast Density Inform.

Time June 13, 2013
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Mindray Medical International Limited announced a definitive agreement to acquire Zonare Medical Systems, Inc., an ultrasound technology leader in the high-end radiology segment for US$105 million. Mindray’s management expects the deal to strengthen its high-end ultrasound R&D and U.S. sales capabilities, furthering the company’s goal of becoming a leading provider of high-quality imaging products to markets worldwide.

Time June 13, 2013
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Siemens Healthcare has introduced the world’s first xSPECT system — combines the high sensitivity of single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) with the high specificity of computed tomography (CT), completely integrating the data from the two modalities, to generate high resolution and quantitative images. Meanwhile, Biograph mCT Flow is a new positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system that overcomes the limitations of conventional bed-based PET/CT with FlowMotion. This new technology moves the patient smoothly through the system’s gantry, while continuously acquiring PET data.

Time June 12, 2013
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UltraSPECT announced the installation of its proprietary Wide Beam Reconstruction (WBR) software at nearly 10 healthcare facilities. The installations came as a result of the recent agreement between UltraSPECT and radiopharmaceutical provider PharmaLogic, under which PharmaLogic offers the WBR software as part of its patient-centered approach.

Time June 12, 2013
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Sony Electronics’ Medical Systems Division announced new support offerings for radiology monitors to be highlighted at the Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting, June 6-9, 2013, in Dallas.

Time June 12, 2013
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Intelerad Medical Systems announced three new offerings as part of their Nuage suite of cloud-based solutions. Amongst the new solutions is CloudComplete — a fully-featured, cloud-based version of their award-winning IntelePACS solution. Other solutions added to the suite include CloudStore, which enables imaging departments to move all long-term storage to the cloud; and CloudMirror, which offers the flexibility of an off-site hosted data replication service.

Time June 12, 2013
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The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) says it applauds the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the ruling issued on coverage for positron emission tomography (PET) procedures. Focusing on the National Oncologic PET Registry (NOPR), scan limitations and coverage for prostate cancer, the ruling will have a significant impact on patient care, according to the society.

Time June 12, 2013
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Radiation oncology research received 197 grants, totaling only 1.6 percent ($85.5 million) of the $5.4 billion in cancer research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, according to a study available online and in the June 1, 2013, print issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics (Red Journal), the official scientific journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).

Time June 12, 2013
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A study examining trends in X-ray computed tomography (CT) use in children in the United States has found that reducing unnecessary scans and lowering the doses for the highest-dose scans could lower the overall lifetime risk of future imaging-related cancers by 62 percent. The research by a UC Davis Health System scientist was published in JAMA Pediatrics. It is accompanied by a journal editorial.

Time June 12, 2013
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Siemens Healthcare has introduced Biograph mCT Flow, a positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system that, for the first time ever, overcomes the limitations of conventional bed-based PET/CT with FlowMotion, a revolutionary new technology that moves the patient smoothly through the system’s gantry, while continuously acquiring PET data. Biograph mCT Flow with FlowMotion takes routine image quality to a new level by enabling imaging protocols based on the organ’s need.

Time June 11, 2013
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In an increasingly impersonal world, where Facebook counts the number of friends we have and texting takes the place of conversation, who would not want personalized medicine?

Time June 11, 2013
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