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January 3, 2013
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  • Study: Patient knowledge of radiation exposure from scans lacking
    More than 50% of patients have not heard about medical imaging radiation in the news, according to a research letter published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Among patients who were aware of radiation exposure from CT and SPECT scans, 88% were not concerned about radiation and 85% underestimated how much radiation exposure was involved, the study said. "These data suggest that many patients have a limited ability to make well-informed decisions about imaging that involves radiation," researchers said. (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Clinical News & Research 
  • Method may increase patients' pain threshold, study finds
    A study published in Frontiers in Psychiatry has found that a noninvasive method called transcranial direct current stimulation can release endogenous opioids and increase a patient's tolerance of pain by 36%. The method did not reduce clinical pain, but researchers said repeated use of the technique may in the future be used to lessen clinical and chronic pain. The researchers performed tDCS of the motor cortex while monitoring brain activity using PET with the radiotracer carfentanil. ExtremeTech (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Report 
  • More docs are likely to leave Medicare in 2013
    Many frustrated physicians are likely to abandon Medicare this year over its unpredictable funding despite the decision to delay for one year a cut in Medicare payments for doctors, according to medical associations and physicians. "The Medicare program has become unreliable and its instability undermines efforts by physicians to implement new health care delivery models that stand to improve value for seniors and other beneficiaries through better care coordination, chronic disease management, and keeping patients healthy," the American Medical Association told doctors. Forbes (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  International Developments 
  • Indian cities to host Uranium Film Festival
    Various cities in India are set to host a Uranium Film Festival that will feature movies focusing on uranium-related issues in fields including nuclear medicine. Films will come from the U.S., U.K., Germany, Ukraine, Australia, Denmark, Poland and Italy. Deccan Herald (India) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy 
  • "Fiscal cliff" bill hurts advanced imaging sector
    The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved the Senate's "fiscal cliff" bill, which postpones for a year a 27% Medicare reimbursement reduction under the sustainable growth rate formula. The legislation, however, also has $800 million in Medicare fee cuts involving advanced medical imaging services. The bill increases the technical component equipment utilization rate for advanced imaging tests from the current 75% to 90% starting in January 2014. (free registration) (1/2) , (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Effort to repeal 2.3% device tax will continue, AdvaMed says
    The 2.3% medical device tax has taken effect after Congress reached a deal Tuesday to prevent the "fiscal cliff." The industry, however, has vowed to continue the push to repeal the levy. Stephen Ubl, president and CEO of the Advanced Medical Technology Association, said the effort has bipartisan support "premised on the recognition that the tax is costing jobs and threatening patient care." (Boston) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • SNMMI 2013 Mid-Winter Meeting online registration ends Jan. 16
    There's still time to make your plans to attend the SNMMI 2013 Mid-Winter Meeting. Check out the online meeting planner to view the more than 40 sessions happening Jan. 23-27 in New Orleans, including PET/MRI in molecular imaging, PET imaging in clinical research, emerging technologies and the 2nd Annual Sino-American Conference. Online registration closes Jan. 16. Register today and avoid the lines onsite! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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