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November 30, 2012
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  • PET, MRI shed light on brain variations in young men with autism
    A study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry that used PET to measure microglial activation in the brains of young men with autism spectrum disorder found the patients' brains showed significantly higher binding potential values in the cerebellum, midbrain and other areas. Another study published in the same journal that used MRI to measure brain cortical volume found that young men with the disorder had significantly higher cortical thickness within the frontal lobe regions. The findings indicate that young men with ASD have variations in brain surface anatomy and more brain immune activation. News (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
UltraSPECT's Dose-Reduction Solutions standardize protocols achieving less than 9 mSv total radiation exposure
Utilization of UltraSPECT's dose reduction software complies with Image Wisely® applying clinically proven reconstruction applications enabling the usage of all protocols with no compromise in image quality. UltraSPECT provides economical upgrade options for all NM cameras. For more information click here.

  Clinical News & Research 
  • Study offers clues on schizophrenia's molecular mechanism
    Researchers using PET imaging have discovered that patients with schizophrenia who were not responding to antipsychotic treatment have fairly normal levels of dopamine synthesis capacity. The finding may help shed light on why dopamine-blocking antipsychotic drugs do not work in this patient group, according to a study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry. Researchers said more studies are needed to understand whether presynaptic dopamine synthesis capacity was normal in treatment-resistant patients when their condition began and whether it predates exposure to antipsychotics. release (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Report 
  • Software aids in management of radiation doses
    Unfors RaySafe has launched cloud-based software called RaySafe S1, designed to improve management of patient radiation doses. The software can capture patient dose during radiology procedures, thus allowing for better handling of tests, reduction of unneeded exams, cutting of radiation doses and other functions. (free registration) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News from the Field 
  • Survey: Some patients do not know radiologists are doctors
    Findings from a survey presented at a radiology meeting showed that only 53.5% of respondents realize radiologists are physicians. The survey also showed 27.7% of respondents think radiologists are not doctors, while 18.8% did not give a guess. Around 80% of those surveyed said they wanted to know who interpret the results of their scans, while 83% said they want access to radiologists' reports. "Radiologists are patients' physicians," said Dr. Peter Miller of the Indiana University School of Medicine. "We must further explore the barriers in our medical system that prevent radiologists from being visible to patients." (free registration) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  International Developments 
  • European Commission gets new health leader
    The European Commission has confirmed Tonio Borg, Malta's deputy prime minister and foreign minister, as its new health commissioner, replacing John Dalli. Borg will oversee the commission's regulatory programs involving drugs, medical devices and other industries through Oct. 31, 2014. Clinica (subscription required) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Advancing Health Care 
  • CMS rolls out $692M in EHR incentives in Oct.
    CMS paid $692 million in EHR incentives to hospitals, doctors and other eligible professionals in October, bringing the total payout to slightly more than $8.4 billion since the program commenced. The agency has paid $2.84 billion in Medicare and Medicaid incentives for physicians and other professionals since early last year, while hospitals received almost $5.38 billion during the same period, CMS said. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  From SNMMI 
  • Upcoming webinar: "Phases of Drug Development" — Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. EST
    Join Eileen Smith, MBA, CNMT, for an informative discussion on the phases of drug development. Investigational drugs, including imaging biomarkers, must navigate through specific phases before they can be cleared for approval by the FDA for clinical use. You'll hear how and why these phases were developed, what each phase entails and their overall impact on drug development. Register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    Start a new holiday tradition with the SNMMI holiday ornament. This beautiful 5-inch custom acrylic ornament will be the perfect complement to your holiday decorations for years to come. There is a limited supply: Only 100 available! Pre-order yours today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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