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
FDG-PET CAD scheme boosts diagnostic accuracy for Alzheimer's
October 2, 2007 -- With the number of cases of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias expected to rise over the next 10 years, researchers are looking for ways to improve diagnostic accuracy. In a new study, researchers used an artificial neural network (ANN) computer-aided detection (CAD) scheme with FDG-PET for Alzheimer's disease with multicenter data, and found it was able to enhance diagnostic accuracy.  Discuss
Making a justifiable case for IT investment
September 27, 2007 -- Information technology has become an important tool in reducing medical errors and improving patient care and safety. While some providers see IT as a godsend, others perceive it simply as a necessary evil and need to be assured of tangible benefits from any IT capital expenditure. James Oakes of Healthcare Information Consultants, an IT investment consultant firm in Baltimore, recently discussed the due diligence process facilities should consider before making a major IT commitment.  Discuss
Rhode Island sets off on path for statewide HIT exchange
September 21, 2007 -- To make patient data more readily available to hospitals and other providers, Rhode Island is creating a statewide health information exchange (HIE). While the state starts to undertake this ambitious project, other organizations around the U.S. are watching closely, hoping to learn from Rhode Island's experience.  Discuss
SPECT/CT offers better bone scan views to enhance treatment
September 21, 2007 -- Combining SPECT and CT into a single hybrid modality can improve physicians' views of bone scans, as well as the confidence levels of their own diagnoses. Two recent studies are showing SPECT/CT's value in managing cancer patients and patients with back pain.  Discuss
Development progresses on CZT-based MR/SPECT prototype
September 14, 2007 -- PROVIDENCE, RI - A group of private and academic researchers is developing a multimodule cadmium zinc telluride (CZT) ring prototype for simultaneous MRI/SPECT preclinical imaging. While the technology is initially designed for animal imaging, it could ultimately be used for specific applications in humans, according to the research group.  Discuss
ROI can influence quantitative FDG-PET study results
September 11, 2007 -- PROVIDENCE, RI - As FDG-PET's role in monitoring tumor response to therapy gains popularity, questions have arisen about the reliability of various methods to determine regions of interest (ROI) to measure FDG uptake. Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) sought to shed some light on the topic in their study to determine the effects of ROI definition on quantitative measurements of tumor FDG uptake.  Discuss
Ultrasound can play a role in real-time molecular imaging
September 10, 2007 -- PROVIDENCE, RI - A new study from the University of California, Davis shows that real-time molecular imaging is feasible, using a combination of ultrasound technologies and techniques that include transducers with extended bandwidths or multifrequency capabilities, pulse-to-pulse filtering, and radiation force.  Discuss
Rhode Island hospital opts for local radiology service
September 6, 2007 -- A Rhode Island hospital that had considered outsourcing its radiology reading services to Massachusetts General Hospital's teleradiology program instead has chosen to keep its contract for radiology services close to home. Beginning October 1, Kent County Memorial Hospital in Warwick will hand over the management of its radiology department to XRA Medical Imaging, a radiology group also based in Warwick.  Discuss
FDG-PET can influence Alzheimer's, dementia treatment
September 6, 2007 -- With more than 5 million Americans afflicted with Alzheimer's disease, the cost of care for people with this most common form of dementia continues to increase. One possible tool for helping to manage treatment of Alzheimer's patients is FDG-PET, and a recent study sought to determine the modality's impact on referring physicians.  Discuss
Healthcare facilities vigorously enforce patient privacy
August 27, 2007 -- While inquiring minds may want to see the medical records of a relative, friend, co-worker, or other patients, accessing them is in clear violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. Hospitals and healthcare facilities around the U.S. are taking concerted measures and investing millions of dollars to ensure that privacy violations don't happen.  Discuss