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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Fujifilm SonoSite Inc. announced the launch of AxoTrack Needle Guidance Technology on select SonoSite Ultrasound Systems. This newly developed product, named by Popular Science Magazine as one of 2012’s best new innovations, is now available for use with SonoSite M-Turbo Ultrasound Systems.
The American College of Radiology (ACR) has affirmed its support for the Diagnostic Imaging Services Access Protection Act (S. 623) recently introduced in the Senate by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and David Vitter (R-LA).
Piramal Imaging SA, a division of Piramal Enterprises, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) have accepted its applications for review of the investigational positron emission tomography (PET) amyloid imaging agent [18F] florbetaben. A New Drug Application (NDA) was submitted to the FDA and a Marketing Authorization Application to the EMA for [18F] florbetaben use in the visual detection of beta-amyloid in the brains of adults with cognitive impairment who are being evaluated for Alzheimer's disease and other causes of cognitive decline. [18F] florbetaben binds to beta-amyloid plaques in the human brain, a hallmark characteristic in Alzheimer's disease.
FujiFilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. showcased its Synapse 3D at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) conference March 9 to 11, 2013 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif. Fully integrated with Synapse Cardiovascular, Synapse 3D will appeal to cardiologists and cardiovascular specialists interested in advanced visualization and analysis for their diagnostic needs.
The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) launched a new online resource for imaging professionals, referring physicians and the public on dose optimization for nuclear medicine and molecular imaging procedures.
TeraMedica announced a Partner Agreement with Frontier Solutions Group. FrontierSG now offers complete VNA solutions including integrated storage products from IBM and TeraMedica’s Evercore Clinical Enterprise Suite, the leading vendor neutral archive (VNA) in the industry.
The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) 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. Third in the list, they ask that patients and their doctors talk about the real need for an echocardiogram when preparing for a surgery.
For many patients, diagnosing their back, hip or knee pain is best accomplished by imaging anatomy in a weight-bearing, or standing, position. At the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons in Chicago, Esaote introduces the new G-scan Brio with eXP technology to give physicians a cost-effective tool for performing both traditional and weight-bearing musculoskeletal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams.