Wayne Forrest

Wayne joined AuntMinnie.com in 2006 as a features editor shortly after serving for seven years as news editor for the former Medical Imaging monthly magazine and Medical Imaging News weekly newsletter. Wayne's journalism career spans more than 35 years and includes four years as a business writer and nine years in broadcast news. His primary areas of coverage are MRI, nuclear medicine, and molecular imaging.

Articles by this author
Lantheus focuses on cardiac imaging following BMS spinoff
March 27, 2008 -- Divested by parent company Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) in January, Lantheus Medical Imaging is focusing its corporate strategy on opportunities in cardiac imaging following the division's spinoff. For the immediate future, the North Billerica, MA, company plans to continue its manufacture and marketing of radiopharmaceutical and ultrasound contrast products. Heading the Lantheus effort is president and CEO Don Kiepert, who spoke with AuntMinnie.com about the company's strategic plans.  Discuss
Bristol-Myers Squibb unit becomes Lantheus Medical Imaging
March 18, 2008 -- There's a new but familiar face on the radiopharmaceutical scene: Lantheus Medical Imaging, the new corporate identity of the company formerly known as Bristol-Myers Squibb Medical Imaging. Lantheus today announced its new name and corporate look, operating as a standalone company for the first time since the firm's original inception as New England Nuclear in 1956.  Discuss
From desperation comes IT inspiration at Parkview
March 18, 2008 -- Three years ago, Parkview Adventist Medical Center in Maine found itself in a dilemma. Suppliers of the facility's existing IT infrastructure were no longer supporting its products. Faced with costly upgrades and other expensive options, Parkview looked for IT alternatives -- and found them. Parkview's chief information officer Bill McQuaid recently discussed the choices the facility made and its new IT infrastructure.  Discuss
FDG-PET/CT aids in radiation therapy planning
March 5, 2008 -- For head and neck carcinoma, using FDG-PET/CT leads to more accurate staging, appropriate changes in radiation therapy planning, and potentially superior patient outcomes, according to a new study by researchers from Wisconsin.  Discuss
MGH/Brigham system moves briskly toward 100% EMR adoption
March 3, 2008 -- Partners Community Healthcare is well on its way to achieving the ambitious goal of having all its physicians connected to an electronic medical record (EMR) system by 2009. The healthcare system, which includes Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital, first initiated the EMR adoption plan in 2002 and soon expects 100% adoption. Partners information technology executives recently detailed how the system brought community physicians on board with adopting EMRs.  Discuss
National IT standards need to be locally controlled
February 26, 2008 -- ORLANDO - Healthcare information technology's greatest potential lies in reducing medical errors, cutting the cost of care, and easing human suffering, but it needs to be controlled locally, according to Michael Leavitt, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In his keynote address at the 2008 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting, Leavitt discussed uniform national IT standards that can be promoted and implemented locally.  Discuss
HIMSS survey: EMR tops healthcare IT plans
February 25, 2008 -- ORLANDO - Implementing electronic medical record (EMR) technology dominates priorities among healthcare information technology (IT) professionals, according to the results of a survey released today at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting.  Discuss
Isotope shows promise in brain cancer treatment
February 22, 2008 -- Researchers from the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC, are heralding early success with the isotope astatine-211 (At-211) in destroying residual cancer cells in the brain, while sparing healthy cells, and extending the lives of cancer patients. The therapy shows promising results for treating recurrent brain tumors and other cancers.  Discuss
Harris to expand its presence in healthcare IT
February 11, 2008 -- International communications and information technology firm Harris of Melbourne, FL, has launched a concerted campaign to enter the commercial, nongovernmental healthcare arena. With four diverse divisions from which to borrow and combine information technologies, the company is sure to make its mark in the healthcare market.  Discuss
SUVs need adjusting for high-resolution PET/CT
February 1, 2008 -- Radiologists and clinicians working with high-resolution PET/CT should adjust standardized uptake values (SUVs) accordingly to reduce the chance of errors in classifying head and neck tumors, according to researchers from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. In a recent study, the team found that maximum SUVs for head and neck lesions are significantly higher with high-resolution PET/CT than with conventional or lower-resolution systems.  Discuss