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July 16, 2013 — The U.S. radiation therapy market appears to be rebounding after a major decline in 2009, with radiation oncology centers budgeting more money for capital equipment purchases this year compared to four years ago, according to a new study published by IMV Medical Information Division.

Time July 16, 2013
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The first-ever presentation at a medical conference using hologram technology instead of traditional video projection screen took place July 1 at the American Society of Echocardiography’s (ASE) 2013 scientific sessions. The innovative presentation was used to drive home the advances in technology that are going to completely reshape cardiac ultrasound and medical imaging over the next few years.

Time July 16, 2013
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ImaCor Inc. announced the implementation of the 24/7 hTEE Clinical Support Program.

Time July 16, 2013
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Time July 15, 2013
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July 15, 2013 — Barco announced the launch of the premium grayscale Coronis 3MP LED and the high-bright Nio Color 3MP LED. Featuring 3MP resolution and using high-bright LED backlights, these diagnostic displays enhance radiologist productivity and performance by making subtle details more noticeable more quickly.

Time July 15, 2013
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July 15, 2013 — More than one quarter of the children treated for headaches across a range of care settings received a computed tomography (CT) scan, possibly exposing them to unnecessary radiation and increased cancer risks, according to an article in the July edition of Pediatrics.

Time July 15, 2013
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Often-stated assumptions that medical imaging tests are one of the factors driving health care spending increases are being undermined by a new research study showing that physicians are ordering diagnostic imaging exams on an increasingly lower percentage of their interactions with Medicare patients.

Time July 15, 2013
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July 12, 2013 — Agfa HealthCare announced the availability of its newest digital radiography (DR) detector, the DX-D 35C, an 11x14-inch wireless panel with high spatial resolution for detail. The detector will be on display at the annual meeting of the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) July 28-31 in Minneapolis.

Time July 12, 2013
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Biopharmaceuticals Inc. announced the first subject has been enrolled in its NAV4694 global, pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial. The trial will assess the safety and efficacy of NAV4694, an investigational positron emission tomography (PET) imaging agent, in detecting cerebral ?-amyloid in end-of-life subjects with and without the diagnosis of dementia. The study will examine the effectiveness of NAV4694 in detecting the presence or absence of ?-amyloid deposition in the brain by directly correlating the PET image findings during life with those of the brain tissue upon autopsy after death.

Time July 12, 2013
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Patients in the United States who want to communicate with healthcare providers via an online portal indicate they would eagerly embrace the ability to download and share medical images and radiology reports with their physicians, according to a study of 1,000 adults conducted by IDR Medical.

Time July 11, 2013
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Sorna Corporation, a global leader in digital medical image and data distribution systems, announced that as a result of its settlement with RADinfo SYSTEMS, it has entered into an agreement to assume all service and support obligations for existing RADinfo CD PowerPACS customers. Cyrus Samari, Sorna’s vice president of sales and marketing, stated “This agreement benefits the CD PowerPACS customers. They will have immediate access to Sorna’s solutions to automatically share medical images and reports using any combination of CD production, cloud sharing, and Secure DICOM Share.

Time July 11, 2013
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Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is the leading cause of death in high school-aged athletes. To determine if SCD can be prevented with a heart screening, The Christ Hospital Health Network (Cincinnati, Ohio), The University of Mississippi Medical Center and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center partnered with USRowing and Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc. to conduct The Athlete Heart Research Study. Initial participants included volunteer high school rowers with more than two years of continuous practice who competed in the USRowing Youth National Championships, June 7 – 9, 2013 in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Time July 11, 2013
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the Siemens Healthcare’s Mammomat T Inspiration Prime Edition, which lowers patient radiation dose up to 30 percent without compromising image quality. The Mammomat Inspiration Prime Edition lowers dose by replacing the standard scatter radiation grid with a new algorithm for progressive image reconstruction. Capable of identifying scatter-causing structures and calculating a corrected image, this new algorithm potentially enables complete use of primary radiation so physicians can achieve high-quality images using less dose.

Time July 11, 2013
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The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) and the Alzheimer Association have released responses to the draft Medicare decision from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposing Coverage with Evidence Development for the use of beta-amyloid positron emission tomography (PET) imaging agents. Both groups expressed disappointment to the CMS decision, stating that sufficient evidence exists to support immediate coverage, which would change patient management, leading to better health outcomes for patients and assisting families making care decisions.

Time July 11, 2013
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Researchers have announced the results of a five-year study that shows early fetal echocardiography provides reliable prenatal diagnosis of major congenital heart disease (CHD). First trimester screening looks very promising for detection of heart problems and increases the need for scheduling early and detailed cardiac evaluations.

Time July 10, 2013
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Epsilon Imaging Inc. announced a clinical study demonstrating EchoInsight for Cardio Oncology to be a high quality, efficient application for comprehensive assessment of left ventricle (LV) function. The study, presented at the ASE 2013 Scientific Sessions in Minneapolis, Minn., further indicated EchoInsight for Cardio Oncology facilitates monitoring of patients at risk for cardiotoxicity. EchoInsight for Cardio Oncology is a vendor neutral application designed to assist clinicians in improving confidence and workflow of study interpretation and reporting when monitoring oncology patients.

Time July 10, 2013
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A new technique for detecting cancer by imaging the consumption of sugar with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been unveiled by University College London (UCL) scientists. The breakthrough could provide a safer and simpler alternative to standard radioactive techniques and enable radiologists to image tumors in greater detail.

Time July 10, 2013
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Sectra has recently registered a new Class 1 software medical device, Sectra DoseTrack, with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Time July 09, 2013
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Researchers have announced the results of a study which shows that among patients readmitted for congestive heart failure (CHF), a high E/e’ (a measure of elevated left ventricle filling pressure via ultrasound) at admission is significantly associated with higher 30-day readmission rates. Focusing on lowering elevated E/e’ levels will be important to control healthcare costs and to reduce the high rates of morbidity and mortality in this patient population.

Time July 09, 2013
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Big changes are coming to the U.S. healthcare system — some in response to the mounting scrutiny of medical imaging. New task force recommendations, the Choosing Wisely campaign and Affordable Care Act policies are all attempting to curtail overtesting — with computed tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and any other screening often ordered unnecessarily — that can drive up medical costs, lead to waste and unnecessary radiation, and prompt undue anxiety about false positive results.

Time July 09, 2013
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