Feature | Williette Nyanue

When physicians began utilizing advanced visualization, the software was limited to academic institutions and large hospitals. It was part of a dedicated workstation with dedicated hardware, making the technology a standalone application that was not typically utilized beyond the walls of the department where the workstation was located. Physicians would retrieve digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM) images from a modality and then work on the images at the workstation.

Time August 28, 2013
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South Jersey Radiology Associates, P.A., (SJRA) is a leading private practice located in the Southern New Jersey corridor near Philadelphia. With nine imaging centers and 45 full- and part-time radiologists, SJRA provides a full complement of medical imaging services — from standard X-rays to the most complex procedures. SJRA also covers three hospitals totaling 500 beds in the Virtua Health System. Bill Muhr, M.D., president and CEO of SJRA, recently spoke about the implementation of the Qualitative Intelligence and Communications System (QICS) offering from peerVue.

Time August 28, 2013
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Feature | Raissa Rocha

The variety of radiation therapy options continues to grow with the development of treatment planning software, imaging systems for guidance, linear accelerators and more. The external-beam radiation therapy (EBRT) market includes many different types of treatment, from traditional whole-body irradiation (WBI) to conformal radiation therapy (3-D CRT) and intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). Despite a major decline in 2009, the U.S. radiation therapy market is bouncing back, according to a study published in July by IMV Medical Information Division.[1] Improvements in technologies are helping to drive activity as clinics and hospitals implement advanced techniques to more accurately target and treat cancers.

Time August 28, 2013
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Feature | Williette Nyanue

Beatriz Amendola, M.D., FACR, FASTRO, radiation oncologist, medical director, Innovative Cancer Institute (ICI), decided to work in solo practice in 1999 after moving from Philadelphia to Miami. In Miami, she found there were no privately owned, freestanding facilities offering radiology oncology services to patients. All services were either rendered through a hospital or through a university. That is when Amendola decided to start her own practice, founding the Brachytherapy Center of South Florida in 2002, which is mostly dedicated to the management of early breast cancer and skin cancer using brachytherapy.

Time August 28, 2013
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Feature | Raissa Rocha

In the past 20 years there have been considerable improvements in the treatment of prostate cancer. As it is across all radiation oncology, techniques have evolved from conventional external beam radiation therapy (EBRT), to more targeted therapies that are delivered in fewer visits. One of the latest notable trends in radiotherapy is the emergence of real-time image guidance for intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). For prostate cancer, radiotherapy is often deployed in conjunction with surgery (prostatectomy) or as curative therapy, depending on the stage of disease. As these new techniques emerge, it becomes more important for clinicians to identify which ones work most effectively and for which patients.

Time August 28, 2013
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Feature | Dianna M. E. Bardo, M.D.

The issue of ionizing radiation in medical imaging is often discussed and is a hotly debated topic. Computed tomography (CT) is the major contributor to medical radiation dose exposure and has been vilified in lay and professional press as a danger to those exposed, potentially carcinogenic and most dangerous in children. As a pediatric radiologist, my primary concern is in producing high-quality diagnostic images with radiation dose as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA).

Time August 28, 2013
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Injured soldiers returning from combat now have access to more advanced magnetic resonance (MR) technology with Toshiba’s Vantage TitanTM 3T MR. Winn Army Community Hospital in Fort Stewart, Ga., installed the system for general, musculoskeletal and body imaging. This acquisition marks the 1,600th Vantage MR installed worldwide and the 500th installed in the U.S.

Time August 28, 2013
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Hodgkin lymphoma survivors who received certain radiation and chemotherapy regimens were at increased risk of subsequently developing stomach cancer, according to a study by scientists at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health. The study appeared Aug. 26, 2013, in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Time August 28, 2013
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Experts have found that radiation dosage can have serious complications for patients with cancer. Cancer patients who receive chest radiation should be evaluated for heart disease before beginning radiation, and every five to 10 years afterward, according to the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) and the European Assn. of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). This expert consensus statement on the use of imaging to detect radiation-induced heart disease (RIHD) will be published in the September issue of the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography (JASE). The writing group was co-chaired by Vuyisile Nkomo, M.D., an echocardiographer from the renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Time August 28, 2013
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August 28, 2013 — VuComp Inc. announced it has installed its advanced computer-aided detection (CAD) system, M-Vu CAD, at Allison Breast Center in Richmond, Va. Women in the region will have access to the world’s most advanced tools to help detect breast cancer as early as possible in order to achieve the best outcomes. VuComp’s M-Vu system analyzes mammographic images and marks suspicious areas using sophisticated mathematical algorithms.

Time August 28, 2013
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August 28, 2013 — Sorna Corp. released the SDS (Secure DICOM Share), a new and innovative feature of the eXpedo software suite. eXpedo with SDS enables healthcare facilities to send DICOM (digital imaging and communications in medicine) studies and reports directly from one site to another through eXpedo, utilizing the DICOM TLS Secure Transport Connection Profile.

Time August 28, 2013
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August 28, 2013 — Medical software developer Blackford Analysis announced that picture archiving and communications systems (PACS) integrated with its automatic alignment technology deliver significant time savings when matching lung nodule locations across current and prior chest computed tomography (CT) exams. Preliminary results indicate a time saving of greater than 50 percent with automatic deformable alignment over manual alignment of current and priors.

Time August 28, 2013
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Nucletron, an Elekta company, has signed an agreement with the American Brachytherapy Society (ABS) to continue to support the implementation of a residency-level training program in brachytherapy for radiation oncologists and physicists from the United States and other countries.

Time August 28, 2013
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Ann Arbor Digital Devices’ A2D2 1713-Motion, a direct digital X-ray, motion and/or still image retrofit system, is compatible with most medical X-ray generators including single phase and three phase, standard and high-frequency X-ray machines.

Time August 27, 2013
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Based on data from a multi-site imaging trial involving more than 2,600 women, researchers say breast lesions categorized as ‘probably benign’ on supplemental screening ultrasound could be re-evaluated with imaging in 12 months, reducing patient anxiety, follow-up exams and unnecessary biopsies. Results of the study are published online in the journal Radiology.

Time August 26, 2013
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Adopting an approach that encourages continued progress while simultaneously acknowledging short-term obstacles, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) recommends launching Stage 2 Meaningful Use on-schedule and extending Year 1 of the Meaningful Use Stage 2 attestation period through April 2015 and June 2015 for eligible hospitals (EHs) and eligible professionals (EPs), respectively. This would encompass 18 months in which EHs and EPs can attest to Meaningful Use requirements for one quarter.

Time August 26, 2013
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Users of linear accelerator, Versa HD, can now bring target immobilization to new levels through automated gating with Active Breathing Coordinator. For anatomies affected by respiratory motion, such as lung, liver and breast, Active Breathing Coordinator provides non-invasive, internal immobilization of the target, triggering radiation delivery when anatomy is immobilized.

Time August 23, 2013
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Baptist Health eliminated 85 percent of CDs by storing and sharing medical images in real-time through Accelarad’s secure cloud platform. As central Alabama’s healthcare leader and one of only five Level II trauma facilities in the state, Baptist Health has been an Accelarad customer since March 2013.

Time August 23, 2013
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Frost & Sullivan has named Siemens Healthcare the "2013 North American Interventional Radiology Company of the Year" for its interventional imaging solutions in cardiology, radiology and hybrid surgery. The Frost & Sullivan study states, "Siemens is extremely well positioned within the interventional cardiology segment, within the overarching surgical clinical segment, as well as neurology, oncology and pediatrics." Siemens says it has been able to sustain market expansion momentum by continually leading the industry in the development of new technology for high-end interventional equipment, while enhancing current clinical applications and enabling new ones. Over the last decade, Siemens said it has succeeded in establishing the company as the market and technology leader in the United States by exploring new possibilities to enhance interventional therapy and patient care.

Time August 22, 2013
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August 22, 2013 — Hologic Inc. announced the commercialization of Horizon, a redesigned DXA (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) imaging system for the assessment of three critical health problems — osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and obesity.

Time August 22, 2013
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