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Alzheimer’s disease has been linked in many studies to amyloid plaque buildup in the brain, but new research is finding a common thread between amyloid burden and lower energy levels, or metabolism, of neurons in certain areas of the brain associated with Alzheimer’s disease — even for people with no sign of cognitive decline. This is a new development in the understanding of Alzheimer’s pathology, say neuroscientists presenting the research at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging’s 2013 Annual Meeting.

Time June 19, 2013
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June 19, 2013 — Coronary artery disease (CAD) is one of the world’s most prevalent and silent killers. Positron emission tomography (PET), which images miniscule abnormalities in cellular metabolism, can tip off clinicians about cardiac disasters waiting to happen — including sudden death from a heart attack — better than standard angiography, researchers revealed at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging’s 2013 Annual Meeting.

Time June 19, 2013
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The Philips 24-inch and 27-inch clinical review displays ensure that medical images are shown consistently with high quality to achieve reliable interpretations. The displays with clinical D-image preset are factory calibrated to give digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM) part 14 compatible grayscale standard display performance. By using high quality LCD panels with LED technology, Philips offers consistent and reliable performance at an affordable price point.

Time June 19, 2013
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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of children who have had chemotherapy can detect early changes in their hearts finds research in biomed Central's open access journal Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance.

Time June 19, 2013
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Researchers have yet again been sent back to the drawing board in the development of the much-sought-after vaccination for smokers, which would hypothetically inhibit the action of nicotine and its pleasure-producing chemical response in the brain. One of the newest studies of a proposed vaccine shows mixed results for patients after molecular imaging revealed no desirable effect and potentially allowed even more nicotine accumulation in the brain in some cases due to variations in immune response, say neuroscientists at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging’s 2013 Annual Meeting.

Time June 19, 2013
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Using positron emission tomography (PET) imaging of the brain, researchers have identified a sweet spot that operates in a disorderly way when simple sugars are introduced to people with insulin resistance, a precursor to type 2 diabetes. For those who have the metabolic syndrome, a sugar drink resulted in a lower-than-normal release of the chemical dopamine in a major pleasure center of the brain. This chemical response may be indicative of a deficient reward system, which could potentially be setting the stage for insulin resistance. This research could revolutionize the medical community’s understanding of how food-reward signaling contributes to obesity, according to a study being presented at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging’s 2013 Annual Meeting.

Time June 19, 2013
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By targeting both bone cell activity and immune response and improving imaging data interpretation, doctors can better distinguish diabetic foot infection from another common foot condition that often requires an additional bone-marrow scan for definitive diagnosis, say researchers presenting a study at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging’s 2013 Annual Meeting.

Time June 19, 2013
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Accurate estimation of radiation absorbed dose in radioimmunotherapy (RIT) based on state-of-the-art 3-D imaging could lead to more personalized and effective treatments to improve non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) patients’ chances of living longer without progression of their cancer, said researchers at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging’s 2013 Annual Meeting.

Time June 17, 2013
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Time June 17, 2013
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When prostate cancer makes a comeback, it becomes increasingly important to have exceptional imaging available to find all possible regions where cancer has spread to other parts of the body, or metastasized, in order to plan the best possible treatment. A relatively new imaging system that simultaneously combines positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance (PET/MR) demonstrates a higher capacity for mapping recurrent prostate cancer than the already high standard of integrated PET and computed tomography (PET/CT), say researchers presenting a study at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging’s 2013 Annual Meeting.

Time June 17, 2013
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One of the biggest hurdles of hybrid positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance (PET/MR) imaging is the prevalence of motion artifacts—blurring and ghostly visual anomalies caused by patient motion on the table during imaging. An MR technology has now been designed for PET/MR that employs tiny radiofrequency solenoids—metal coils integrated into hardware placed on the body—to track motion from those who do not or cannot stay put. Special software can then use the additional information provided by the coils to optimize the image, according to research being revealed at SNMMI’s 2013 Annual Meeting.

Time June 17, 2013
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Intelerad Medical Systems announced the formation of a new Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Group. The Toronto-based group is made up of developers who will focus on adding evidence-based decision support and data mining features to Intelerad’s solution portfolio.

Time June 17, 2013
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The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging’s 2013 Annual Meeting marks the unveiling of the successful application of a new preclinical hybrid molecular imaging system—single photon emission tomography and magnetic resonance (SPECT/MR)—which has exceptional molecular imaging capabilities in terms of potential preclinical and clinical applications, technological advancement at a lower cost, and reduction of patient exposure to ionizing radiation.

Time June 17, 2013
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For patients with advanced breast cancer, positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging can improve quality of life and survival by providing physicians with information on the effectiveness of chemotherapy prior to surgery, say researchers presenting at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.

Time June 17, 2013
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HIMSS Analytics recognizes six Legacy Health hospitals, and their ambulatory clinics, located in Portland, Ore. and Vancouver, Wash., with the HIMSS Stage 7 Award, and Stage 7 EMR Ambulatory Award.

Time June 17, 2013
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Laurel Bridge Software's Navigator enterprise medical image fetcher, Navigator allows medical professionals to automate priors fetching, consolidate worklists, monitor unlimited MWLs or HL7 feeds, and support unlimited DICOM sources and destinations.The Medical Image Workflow Manager is an event-driven workflow manager for the enterprise. The Medical Image Workflow Manager allows physicians to monitor and automate the transfer of images, records, priors, etc., based on HL7 messages, worklist events, time, or other events.For more information: www.laurelbridge.com

Time June 14, 2013
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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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