Brian Casey

Brian joined AuntMinnie.com in 1999 and was the website's founding editor in chief. He has 26 years of experience in radiology journalism, previously working for Diagnostic Imaging Scan newsletter and Diagnostic Imaging magazine.

He holds a bachelor's degree in radio-television from the University of Arizona and a master's degree in radio-television from San Francisco State University. His area of focus is in digital x-ray technologies. 

Articles by this author
Siemens Healthineers completes Varian acquisition
April 15, 2021 -- It's been called the biggest acquisition in healthcare this year, and now it's a done deal. Siemens Healthineers announced on Thursday that its purchase of Varian Medical Systems is complete. The purchase instantly makes Siemens the dominant player in the global radiation therapy market.  Discuss
European Commission gives OK to big Siemens/Varian deal
February 19, 2021 -- The European Commission (EC) has given its blessing to the bid by Siemens Healthineers to acquire radiation oncology firm Varian Medical Systems. The EC approved the deal after Siemens gave assurances that it would keep its systems open to third parties.  Discuss
PET scans show early link between heart disease, brain function
February 16, 2021 -- PET scans demonstrate that middle-aged individuals with early signs of cardiovascular disease also have reduced brain metabolism, according to researchers from Spain. The findings indicate that the early stages of Alzheimer's disease could begin years before dementia occurs.  Discuss
SmartBreast buys molecular breast imaging business from GE
February 8, 2021 -- Breast cancer screening firm SmartBreast has acquired assets related to the Discovery NM750b molecular breast imaging (MBI) business of GE Healthcare, including scanner designs, patents, and service contracts for GE's MBI installed base.  Discuss
Dynamic chest radiography spots lung tumor invasion
February 5, 2021 -- In a proof-of-concept study with phantoms, researchers were able to demonstrate that a dynamic chest radiography protocol was able to detect lung tumor invasion, according to findings published February 3 in Medical Physics.  Discuss
Volpara acquires risk assessment firm CRA Health
February 1, 2021 -- Breast imaging software developer Volpara has acquired CRA Health, a developer of breast cancer risk assessment software that is a spinoff of Massachusetts General Hospital.  Discuss
SNMMI urges fast-track review of Technegas for V/Q scans
January 21, 2021 -- The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) has sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging the agency to begin a fast-track review of the Technegas agent for nuclear medicine ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) lung scans.  Discuss
FDA commissioner Hahn leaves agency
January 20, 2021 -- Dr. Stephen Hahn, the commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has left the agency. He is being replaced on an interim basis by longtime FDA regulator Dr. Janet Woodcock.  Discuss
FDA proposal to relax 510(k) rules on AI raises eyebrows
January 19, 2021 -- A proposal by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to eliminate 510(k) review for a number of artificial intelligence (AI) software applications is raising eyebrows in the radiology industry. The question is whether the proposal will be implemented after the Trump administration ends this week.  Discuss
Trump signs spending bill with radiology payment changes
December 28, 2020 -- President Donald Trump on December 27 signed a massive federal spending bill that includes a number of changes to reimbursement for radiology and radiation therapy procedures. Trump's move resolves questions about whether the bill would become law after he questioned the size of COVID-19 aid payments.