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November 1, 2012
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  • PET, MRI detect normal pressure hydrocephalus in patient
    In this video, Dr. Roberto Soto, founder and chief medical officer of Precision Imaging, discusses a patient case in which PET imaging with Amyvid is used to evaluate Alzheimer's disease. The PET image was fused with an MRI image to uncover additional data. Though the case study turned out to be negative, the images provided enough information to show that the symptoms experienced by the patient may be caused by normal pressure hydrocephalus. Soto said the patient is now being managed for this condition. Diagnostic Imaging (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Cleveland Clinic releases list for top innovations for 2013
    The Cleveland Clinic has revealed its picks for the top 10 medical innovations for 2013 -- advances in technologies and medicine that it believes have a high chance of commercial success or adoption next year. Included in the list is a new mass spectrometry method called matrix assisted laser desorption/ionization that can help diagnose bacterial infections in just minutes, as well as a handheld scanning device to detect melanoma; breast tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography; and new drugs to fight prostate cancer. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Lantheus extends contract with provider of LEU-based Mo-99
    Lantheus Medical Imaging said it has extended its molybdenum-99 supply contract with South African Nuclear Energy Corp. unit NTP Radioisotopes, allowing it to receive low-enriched uranium-based isotopes from NTP through the end of 2017. The five-year deal also allows Lantheus to source LEU-based Mo-99 from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation and includes a separate agreement between Lantheus and the Institute for Radioelements in Belgium. (free registration) (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy 
  • AHRQ to investigate effect of IT on clinical workflows
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality plans to investigate how health IT can be deployed in clinics to facilitate care coordination without hurting workflow processes. The research will involve six clinics affiliated with Vanderbilt University Medical Center that are in various stages of EHR rollouts and practice redesign efforts. Health Data Management (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CMS nabs SANS Institute award for reducing cybersecurity risks
    CMS has won the SysAdmin, Audit, Network, Security Institute's 2012 U.S. National Cybersecurity Innovation Award for creating a systematic approach to examine the operations of 38 IT contractors and almost 200 data centers for cybersecurity risks. The agency cut mean host risk scores by more than 68% at two high-risk centers between July 2010 and January 2011, according to a SANS Institute news release. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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