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November 7, 2012
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  • Report: U.S. imaging industry to be valued at $4.5B by 2017
    The U.S. diagnostic imaging system market is projected to grow to a value of $4.5 billion by 2017, driven by the larger aging population, more people facing illnesses and higher demand for minimally invasive procedures, according to a report from the Millennium Research Group. Specialized nuclear medicine is expected to show stronger growth than other sectors, driven by the increasing adoption of hybrid systems such as SPECT/CT and PET/CT. Healthcare IT News (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 2 studies link genetic mutation to increased risk of Alzheimer's
    Researchers using PET with florbetapir discovered that asymptomatic carriers of the presenilin 1 E280A genetic variation, which is linked to the development of early-onset Alzheimer's disease, showed higher florbetapir binding compared with those who did not have the mutation. Beta amyloid plaque started building up at the mean age of 28.2 years, which is about 16 and 21 years earlier than the estimated median ages for the start of mild cognitive impairment and dementia, respectively, according to the study published in The Lancet Neurology. Another study published in the same journal found that carriers of the mutation showed higher cerebrospinal fluid and beta amyloid accumulation. News (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report lists 10 biggest perils tied to health tech in 2013
    The ECRI Institute has issued a report detailing its list of the 10 key health technology hazards for 2013, including mismatches of patient records in health IT systems and failed interoperability involving HIT tools and medical devices. Given these potential risks, the report urges health groups to put a greater focus on HIT when planning safety efforts for next year. Health Data Management (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Health groups collaborate to create database that tracks outcomes
    The International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement, started by the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School, the Karolinska Institutet and Boston Consulting Group, is creating a database of medical registries that aims to boost care quality by better tracking outcomes. The groups will classify health measures and outcomes and put them in a format that enables providers to examine medical care quality in various countries. MedPage Today(free registration) (11/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Now available! Nuclear Medicine Board Review online
    Getting ready to take the board exam? SNMMI's Nuclear Medicine Board review consists of 14 lectures by world-renowned experts lecturing on the most critical topics in clinical nuclear medicine, including Physics & Instrumentation Pediatric Review, Endocrine Review PET/CT, Review of Gastrointestinal & Abdominal Imaging, Pulmonary Review, Immunotherapy Review, Review of Genitourinary System, Skeletal Review, Tumor & Abscess Review, Review NRC Regulations, Central Nervous System Review and Cardiac Review Case Review. Get started today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Submit an abstract for the SNMMI 2013 Annual Meeting
    Abstracts are currently being accepted for the SNMMI 2013 Annual Meeting, June 8-12, 2013, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Submit an abstract on the following topics: neurosciences, general clinical specialties, molecular targeting probes -- radioactive and nonradioactive, instrumentation and data analysis, oncology: basic, translational and therapy, and oncology: clinical diagnosis. Submission deadline is Jan. 4, 2013. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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