September 12, 2012 – Positron Corp. announced that Jubilant DraxImage Inc., a Jubilant Life Sciences Company, and Positron have executed a Letter of Intent pertaining to Positron's supply of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) grade Sr-82 for the JDI Sr-82/Rb-82 generator; JDI's and Positron's co-promotion of JDI Sr-82/Rb-82 generators to end-users (upon FDA clearance); and Positron's lifecycle management for expired JDI Sr-82/Rb-82 generators.
September 11, 2012 — Data presented at the 2012 ESC Congress in Munich from the prospective DeFACTO study show that, when compared to standard coronary angiography, the noninvasive assessment of fractional flow reserve by computed tomography (FFR-CT) provides a more accurate determination of which lesions require invasive evaluation.
Sept. 10, 2012 – A mammography and women’s health advocacy group, Are You Dense Inc., blasted the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) for their positions on recent research published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The article detailed the risk of death by stage of cancer for women with breast cancer, which Are You Dense said is misleading in its presentation of data to the public.
Radiology plays a crucial role in diagnosing — from guiding patients into the right treatment plans through follow-up ...
Sept. 10, 2012 — High mammographic breast density, which is a marker of increased risk of developing breast cancer, does not seem to increase the risk of death among breast cancer patients, according to a study led by Gretchen L. Gierach, Ph.D., of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health. The research was conducted in collaboration with investigators from the NCI-sponsored Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium (BCSC).
September 10, 2012 — TeraRecon announced the launch of iNtuition Review, iNtuition Enterprise Medical Viewer (iEMV) and iNtuition Share. The software suite enhances the iNtuition portfolio with multimodality review solutions for advanced imaging, such as cardiac and breast procedures, with enterprise distribution and image sharing capability.
September 10, 2012 — In a recent study, researchers found that coffee consumption is inversely related to mortality, with consumption of greater than or equal to six cups of coffee per day associated with a 10 percent decreased mortality rate in men and 15 percent decreased mortality in women.
Many healthcare organizations are turning to the public cloud to be more flexible, agile and scalable when deploying and ...
September 7, 2012 — RaySearch Laboratories AB announces that version 3.0 of RaySearch’s RayStation treatment planning system has been released for clinical use in the European Union, United States, Japan and Australia, and is pending regulatory approval in Canada, China, New Zealand and South Korea.
September 7, 2012 — The American Medical Association (AMA) recently sent letters to Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland and Rep. Pete Olson of Texas supporting passage of the Diagnostic Imaging Services Access Protection Act (H.R. 3269/S. 2347).
There has been much debate whether computer-aided detection software for computed tomography (CT) scanners to detect coronary blockages is really a worthwhile expense. There has long been apprehension by experienced cardiologists and radiologists who can easily read coronary CT angiography (CCTA) scans for plaque burden. However, the technology may have a niche application for immediate STAT reads of chest pain patients during off-hours, especially at rural medical centers.
From sharing patient information between physicians to improving the speed and efficacy of treatment by making faster ...
September 6, 2012 — The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) launched its new online breast imaging educational series, Breast Imaging Basics: The Series. The 10-module interactive series provides medical imaging professionals and students with a comprehensive overview of the fundamentals of breast imaging.
As radiation treatments have advanced in complexity, cancer treatment facilities have faced greater demands for accuracy and precision in treatment. Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital recently installed CIVCO Medical Solutions’ Protura Robotic Patient Positioning System at its Center for Advanced Radiation Medicine in Lake Forest, Ill.
Twenty-seven radiologists at Washington Radiology Associates (WRA), a large private imaging practice in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, perform 85,000 mammograms annually at six clinical offices. In 2011, WRA replaced all of its 2D mammography systems with 15 Hologic Selenia Dimensions systems.
Postpandemic staffing shortages and increased volumes require radiologists to do more with less, exacerbating burnout ...
Located in north central West Virginia – an area hit particularly hard by the economic recession – Davis Health System is comprised of a 90-bed community hospital, critical access hospital, community outreach clinics and related facilities. This forward-thinking organization has made big strides in putting its patients first by investing in medical imaging information technology from McKesson.
Soroka University Medical Center in Beer-Sheva, Israel, has successful experience using the Philips Myocardial Defect Assessment solution.
Positron emission mammography (PEM) is an imaging technique designed to provide metabolic visualization of lesions in the breast tissue. The Naviscan high-resolution PEM system is a dual-detector system consisting of two flat, high-resolution detector heads using lutetium yttrium oxyorthosilicate in a 2 x 2 x 13 mm size. The detectors are mounted inside mammogram compression paddles with a 17 x 24 cm field of view. The paddles can be rotated to optimize imaging to match images acquired in standard mammograms. This allows for direct comparison with mammogram images.
By focusing on the effective use of electronic health records (EHRs) with certain capabilities, the legislation regarding meaningful use (MU) makes it clear that the adoption of EHRs is not a goal in itself: It is the use of this technology to achieve health and efficiency goals that matters most. While many radiologists have opposed the one-size-fits-all approach to this incentive program, MU clearly impacts the radiology community and is here to stay.
To achieve sustainable excellence in the quality and safety of healthcare, the radiology department at Broward Health Medical Center (BHMC) took a proactive approach to identify bottlenecks in study flows and streamline processes at every stage of imaging studies, from order entry to report posting. Its ultimate goal was to provide ordering physicians with radiologists’ reports in time to support a clinical diagnosis in an acute setting.
The external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) market has been active in recent months, with advances in techniques, devices and treatment planning software that help radiation oncology clinicians provide patients with the most targeted radiation delivery possible. With an estimated 1.1 million patients in the United States treated with radiation in 2009 (including both external beam and brachytherapy delivery), up 15 percent from 2007, and worldwide growth in the radiation therapy market expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 9.1 percent by 2018, activity in this sector can be expected to continue.
The preferred treatment for patients with operable lung cancer is surgical resection. However, many lung cancer patients whose tumors are technically resectable have other medical problems, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which make it difficult to endure lung cancer surgery. Until the last decade these patients were treated with conventional radiotherapy, but more recently stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), or the accurate delivery of high doses of radiation over a short period of time, has emerged as an alternative treatment.
When it comes to modalities, why select digital radiography (DR)? There are several reasons. First, DR is fast. The speed inherent in the technology improves overall workflow for the entire radiology department. Also, image quality is superb and the required X-ray doses can be significantly lower than with traditional modalities.