SPECT system shows promise in detecting CAD in obese patients | Smartphone-enabled device shows promise in detecting cancer | Viztek to unveil additional features in Exa PACS

April 14, 2015
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SPECT system shows promise in detecting CAD in obese patients
High-efficiency cadmium-zinc-telluride SPECT shows promise for pinpointing coronary artery disease in patients who are morbidly obese, which can complicate detection, according to a study in a nuclear cardiology journal. The study team said the quality of images produced by the system was high, with no nondiagnostic stress SPECT studies. They said image accuracy, normalcy and specificity were highest when participants' supine and upright images were combined. CardiovascularBusiness.com (4/10)
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Clinical News & Research
Smartphone-enabled device shows promise in detecting cancer
A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences describes a device that could be used along with smartphones to cheaply and accurately detect cancer markers in blood or tissue samples. The device, called D3 -- which stands for digital diffraction diagnosis -- is used along with microbeads that bind to cancer markers, and the system can capture data from more than 100,000 cells in a single image. The approach has been piloted using cervical biopsies from 25 patients, and performance matched that of standard diagnostic testing. IndustryWeek/Agence France-Presse (4/13)
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Industry Report
Viztek to unveil additional features in Exa PACS
Viztek will introduce new features for its Exa PACS Web-based system, which is compatible with any operating system or computer, at the 2015 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society meeting. In addition to zero-footprint viewing with diagnostic-quality resolution, the system allows for faster downloading time for large images such as PET/CT and 3D files. AuntMinnie.com (free registration) (4/13)
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News from the Field
Value-based care trend accelerates
Value-based health care reimbursement agreements will outnumber fee-for-service agreements by 2020, analysts at McKesson Health Solutions predict, based on a survey of executives at 114 payer organizations and 350 hospitals. Ninety percent of payers and 81% of providers already have adopted some level of value-based reimbursements, the survey found. Managed Care magazine (4/2015)
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Health Policy
Senate hearings on repealing medical device tax planned
Hearings on repealing the 2.3% tax on medical devices could happen in the Senate Finance Committee in the near future. The deliberations will be initiated by the Subcommittee on Health Care, which is chaired by Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. The No Taxation on Device Innovation Act, sponsored by Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and the Medical Device Access and Innovation Protection Act, sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, are being considered in the Senate. FDAnews (4/13)
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Breast density reporting mandated in N.D.
North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple has signed into law a measure that requires breast density notification. North Dakota is the 22nd state to adopt such a requirement. AuntMinnie.com (free registration) (4/13)
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Advancing Health Care
AstraZeneca secures research partnership with PatientsLikeMe
A five-year research partnership between PatientsLikeMe and AstraZeneca is designed to harness patient-generated data for pharmaceutical research. The deal gives AstraZeneca access to PatientsLikeMe's database for research that will initially focus on oncology, diabetes, lupus and respiratory disease. BeckersHospitalReview.com (4/13)
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SNMMI submits comments on ending data collection for NaF-18 PET
On April 8, SNMMI -- jointly with the American College of Nuclear Medicine and the American College of Radiology -- submitted comments to CMS in relation to ending the prospective data collection requirements under CED for use of NaF-18 PET imaging in intended patient management. The National Oncologic PET Registry Working Group requested CMS reconsideration with the presentation of new data. Tomorrow (April 15) is the last day CMS will accept public comments. Learn more.
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