Fovia Medical Inc. and Contrast Imaging have collaborated to make natively integrated high definition volume rendering (HDVR) available throughout Contrast Imaging’s entire digital offering. With Fovia’s flexible and scalable advanced visualization HDVR software, Contrast Imaging can further streamline its fast, stable and integrated workflows at imaging centers throughout Australia.
Sentara Healthcare operates more than 100 sites of care serving the residents of Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. Founded in 1888, the organization is growing and is recognized as one of the top integrated health care systems in the nation. Sentara Healthcare currently consists of: 10 hospitals Advanced imaging centers Three medical groups Nursing and assisted-living centers 3,680 provider medical staff Optima Health – Sentara-owned health plan serving 450,000 members Sentara’s quest for superior patient care, continuous innovation and expansion required the organization to consider a vendor neutral archive (VNA) solution to increase interoperability and connectivity for their current and future enterprise medical imaging initiatives. To launch the VNA effort, Sentara engaged Ascendian Healthcare Consulting as a partner to establish the foundations required for a successful business strategy and the supporting analysis, education, phased design and deployment. An enterprise VNA will enhance Sentara’s capabilities across clinical image data flow, work flow and integration with their EHR solution. The effort required: Identifying the technical and functional requirements of an Enterprise Imaging Platform, including an enterprise viewer Developing and delivering education to technical, clinical and executive leadership Conducting a robust vendor selection process Designing a design, build, migration and implementation strategy that includes image-enabling their EHR (EPIC)
Fujifilm Medical Systems USA Inc., announced a new computed radiography (CR) reader, the FCR Prima-T2. The new model offers enhanced processing speeds of up to 73 IPs/hour while leaving the easy to use capabilities and high functionality intact. The product is one of the most compact and lightweight on the market and can be installed just about anywhere, providing an ideal solution for low- to mid-volume imaging needs.
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In vivo ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) imaging can detect early changes to the lung caused by cigarette smoke exposure and provides a noninvasive method for studying lung dysfunction in preclinical models, according to research published in the April issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine. These measures have the potential to be applied clinically to study and diagnose the early stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Barco announces the launch of its new Eonis clinical display family. Designed with clinical specialists in mind, the Eonis displays combine an innovative, built-in front sensor with Barco’s MediCal QAWeb cloud-based tool to ensure superior, controlled image quality. The Eonis 22-inch model is available in a black and a white version, with the latter offering a fully cleanable front glass panel to prevent infection – a first in the market.
Viztek is one of the first picture archive and communications service (PACS) vendors to provide viewing capabilities for digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) imaging. With the addition of this capability to Viztek’s Opal-Mammo software suite, hospitals and imaging centers now have a choice of the viewing software they select for use with their DBT system. Further, because the mammography suite offers integrated tracking software, facilities additionally benefit from the use of one workstation and an automated workflow for a faster, streamlined approach for mandatory MQSA reporting.
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Forty-three of 44 providers interviewed by KLAS Research said they would buy tomosynthesis (3-D mammography) again despite the additional time it takes and the unpredictable reimbursement. This and other findings are available in the new KLAS report “Breast Tomosynthesis 2013: The Business Case.”
The Warrenville, Ill.-based CDH Proton Center, A ProCure Center, announced the installation of pencil beam scanning, which delivers a more precise dose of proton therapy to further minimize exposure of healthy tissue to radiation and allow radiation oncologists to better treat more complex tumors.
Representatives Dave Reichert (R-WA), Jim Matheson (D-UT), Pete Olson (R-TX) and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) have introduced the Medicare Access to Radiology Care Act of 2013 (H.R. 1148).This bill would amend the Social Security Act to recognize radiologist assistants (RAs) as non-physician providers of healthcare services to Medicare beneficiaries, and it would authorize physician reimbursement through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for procedures performed by RAs in states that have laws establishing radiologist assistant practice guidelines.
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With RayStation 3.5, RaySearch releases tools for treatment planning of radiation therapy with electrons and protons, complementing RayStation’s tools for planning and optimization of radiation therapy with photons. Proton Beam Design is a brand new module in RayStation that contains tools for treatment planning of double scattered and uniformly scanned protons, such as a clinically approved Pencil Beam dose engine and automatic generation of treat-and-protect beams.
Royal Philips Electronics is introducing three new imaging systems to help radiology departments increase both the number of patients and range of clinical exams they can handle. Showcased at the 2013 European Congress of Radiology (ECR 2013), all three systems combine the capabilities for high patient throughput with the functionality and advanced clinical imaging applications.
Invivo and iCAD Inc. announced the companies have entered into a global research, development and commercial agreement. Under the agreement, iCAD will develop advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) analysis software products, which Invivo will incorporate into its suite of MRI product solutions for global commercial sale.
Lantheus Medical Imaging Inc. announced a new supply contract with the Institute for Radioelements (IRE) to receive a supply of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), the parent isotope of technetium-99m (Tc-99m), for use in its TechneLite (Technetium Tc 99m Generator) generators.
Two new 1.5T MRI scanners from GE Healthcare, the Optima MR360 Advance and Brivo MR355 Inspire, have recently received 510(k) clearance. Redesigned with new enclosures symbolizing GE’s Humanizing MRI strategy, both systems are engineered to address the demand for increased performance and reduced total cost of ownership for the facility, while providing a comfortable experience for the patient.
Navidea Biopharmaceuticals Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of Lymphoseek (technetium Tc 99m tilmanocept) Injection, a novel product indicated for use in lymphatic mapping procedures to assist in the localization of lymph nodes draining a primary tumor in patients with breast cancer or melanoma. Lymphoseek is a receptor targeted radiopharmaceutical designed to identify these lymph nodes, which have the highest probability of harboring cancer and thereby assist physicians in the staging of such patients.
The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) has released a list of five interventions whose appropriateness physicians and patients should discuss as part of Choosing Wisely, an initiative of the ABIM Foundation, along with Consumer Reports. Fourth in the list, they ask that patients and their doctors talk about the real need for a stress echocardiogram if they do not present conditions that would warn them of a risk of heart disease.
For more than three decades various forms of robotics have been effectively applied in healthcare to advance different types of medical treatment and surgical processes. Now, the nation’s first robotic positioning arm for proton therapy is being used by Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) to provide physicians improved access to tumors typically regarded as difficult to reach and treat.
Hologic Inc. announced the results of an independent survey by KLAS Research of Hologic 3-D mammography sites in the United States. The in-depth survey, which was not commissioned by Hologic, included fifty respondents whose facilities had used Hologic's 3-D mammography (breast tomosynthesis) technology for at least one year. The researcher reported that "providers are seeing cancers that they would not previously have seen with traditional digital mammography," and concluded that providers who are considering 3-D mammography "would benefit by quickly jumping on the bandwagon."
EOS imaging announced that its next-generation sterEOS 3-D imaging software, sterEOS 1.5, has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The sterEOS 1.5 software was highlighted along with the full EOS Imaging System at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting, March 19-23 in Chicago, Ill. The technology is also featured in a paper submitted for the Hip Society Awards, which was presented on Saturday, March 23.
As Americans celebrate National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month (March), the Colon Cancer Alliance, Colontown — a survivor/patient support group for colorectal disease, including cancer — and the American College of Radiology (ACR) call on Congress to pass the Computed Tomography (CT) Colonography Screening for Colorectal Cancer Act (H.R. 991). Introduced recently by Reps. Ralph Hall (TX-04) and Danny Davis (D-IL), H.R. 991 would require Medicare to cover beneficiaries for CT colonography — otherwise known as virtual colonoscopy.