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It's no simple task to create an efficient operating or interventional suite that enables many different specialists to use advanced imaging technologies. But it's critical to develop a workable environment for interdisciplinary collaboration that addresses the needs of all participants, according to two presentations at the 2007 Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery (CARS) meeting in Berlin.

In one talk, Elizabeth Beckmann of medical imaging consulting firm Lanmark in Beaconsfield, U.K., discussed the surgeon's needs for interpretation of radiological images. Then architect Bill Rostenberg of architectural firm Anshen + Allen discussed workplace configurations designed to produce the practice of the future.

Staff writer Eric Barnes' coverage of the presentations is the subject of this month's Insider Exclusive article. You have access to the story before it is published for the rest of our members. To learn more, click here.

In other advanced visualization news, computer-aided detection (CAD) technology continues to be plagued by fallout from the unfavorable New England Journal of Medicine article in April. Another payor, UnitedHealthcare, is mulling over whether to stop reimbursing for mammography CAD services for its beneficiaries.

After initially saying it would stop paying for CAD as of last week, the insurance giant then postponed a final decision until next month. Contributing writer Cynthia Keen has the coverage of this developing story, which you can find by clicking here.

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