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November 29, 2012
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  Clinical News & Research 
  • Low-dose MBI outperforms mammograms in detecting breast cancers
    Low-dose molecular breast imaging, which used an 8-mCi dose of technetium-99m sestamibi instead of 20 mCi, identified more cancers in women with dense breasts compared with mammograms, according to a study presented at a radiology meeting. Mammography had 24% sensitivity, compared with 81% for MBI and 91% for the combination of the two methods, researchers said. The study also found MBI led to 2.2% more biopsies than mammography alone, but the positive predictive value of the MBI biopsies was five times higher than for mammography. "Important next steps for this technology include multicenter, prospective clinical trials and the direct comparison of MBI to whole-breast screening ultrasound in the dense breast," said lead study author Dr. Deborah Rhodes from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. (free registration) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health Policy 
  • FDA streamlines medical device guidance with new website
    How the FDA publishes and asks for feedback on the guidance documents crafted by the Center for Devices & Radiological Health will be simplified thanks to the agency's new medical device guidance website. Industry stakeholders can use the website to post suggestions, recommend draft language and submit input on which topics to prioritize for guidance next year. (Boston) (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey: Most imaging providers hurt by Medicare cuts
    Ninety percent of imaging providers said Medicare rate reductions for medical imaging had a negative financial impact on their practices, according to a survey by the Access to Medical Imaging Coalition. Approximately 42% had to reduce staff, while more than 24% said they opted not to upgrade their imaging devices, the survey said. Respondents said they were also experiencing increased pressure to add to administrative staffs because of the increase in use of radiology benefit managers for prior authorization of imaging services. (free registration) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Grants and Funding 
  • Researchers will use grant toward detecting iron ions in cells
    A team of researchers at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth will use a three-year, $400,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation to design molecular imaging probes that can help scientists identify iron ions in live cells. The probes are expected to help researchers understand the interaction of iron with other substances in the body. "We need a better understanding of the complex mechanism of how iron acts at the subcellular level to be able to successfully develop new pharmaceuticals and other treatments," said Maolin Guo, a professor at the university. Mass High Tech (Boston) (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Health Care 
  • More doctors e-prescribe using EHRs, report finds
    A report from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT found that 48% of physicians in the U.S. were e-prescribing using EHR systems as of June 2012, compared with 7% in December 2008. Pharmacy participation in e-prescribing and higher rates of doctors who satisfy meaningful use objectives contributed to the increase, according to the report. (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • SNMMI 2013 Mid-Winter Meeting early-bird registration deadline approaching
    There are only a couple weeks remaining to save on your SNMMI 2013 Mid-Winter Meeting registration. Check out the online meeting planner to view the more than 40 sessions happening Jan. 23-27, 2013, in New Orleans, including PET/MRI in molecular imaging, PET imaging in clinical research, emerging technologies and the 2nd Annual Sino-American Conference. Early-bird deadline is Dec. 13. Register today and save! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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