Imaging IT offers bright spot in gloomy imaging industry
December 7, 2012 -- Exciting developments are under way in the imaging IT sector, which is benefiting from overall momentum in health IT. The segment has promising growth potential despite an overall slowdown in the medical imaging industry, according to analysis from market research firm Frost & Sullivan.
Mary's Musings: Head in the clouds at RSNA 2012
December 6, 2012 -- Not very long ago, it seems, I went to my first RSNA meeting. I was really impressed -- and I still am! Each year at RSNA, one gets a chance to peek ahead into the future: and ours is data. Data will allow us to step out of our black box of radiology and into our roles as physicians again.
Vendor-neutral archives offer imaging IT market opportunity
December 6, 2012 -- Vendor-neutral archives have been adopted by just one-third of the U.S. hospital market, according to a new report by healthcare technology and consulting firm CapSite. The many facilities that have not yet adopted the technology create a prime target for vendors in the imaging IT sector.
FDA gives PET drugmakers until 2015 to comply with new rules
December 6, 2012 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week set a December 12, 2015, deadline for PET drug manufacturers to operate under an approved new drug application (NDA), abbreviated new drug application (ANDA), or investigational new drug (IND) submission to continue to make their products.
Survey: Mobile devices expected to improve patient care
December 5, 2012 -- Healthcare IT professionals increasingly expect that the use of mobile devices will improve access to patient data and transform healthcare delivery in the U.S., according to a new survey from HIMSS Analytics.
CT screening finds fast-growing lung cancers
December 5, 2012 -- Three-fourths of lung cancers detected through CT screening are aggressive, according to the results of a study in the December 4 Annals of Internal Medicine that boosts the value of CT screening while tamping down fears of overdiagnosis.
Increased CT use may boost breast cancer risk
December 5, 2012 -- Increased use of CT may boost breast cancer risk in certain women, such as younger patients and those who receive repeat exams, according to research presented at the RSNA 2012 meeting. Nuclear medicine exams may also raise the risk of breast cancer.
USPSTF guidelines sparked decrease in screening mammo rates
December 4, 2012 -- Screening mammography guidelines issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) in 2009 led to a decline in breast screening, which, in the future, may lead to missed cancers, according to research presented last week at the RSNA 2012 meeting.
Yearly screening breast US benefits women with dense tissue
December 4, 2012 -- Although the optimal frequency of screening breast ultrasound for women with mammographically dense breast tissue remains under debate, study data presented at last week's RSNA 2012 meeting suggest that this population would benefit from yearly scans.
C-11 methionine PET aids diagnosis of adenomas, multiple myeloma
December 3, 2012 -- The radiotracer carbon-11 (C-11) methionine (MET) with PET/CT can help clarify negative or inconclusive FDG-PET findings in multiple myeloma patients, as well as differentiate between atypical and typical pituitary adenomas, according to two Japanese studies presented at last week's RSNA 2012 conference.
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