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February 1, 2013
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Every patient is UNIQUE.
So why should they all receive the same PET dose? The MEDRAD™ Intego™ PET Infusion System makes personalization practical. Clinicians can administer an accurate, personalized dose for each patient from a simple touch screen. To see how the MEDRAD™ Intego™ is enabling better patient care, click here.
  Clinical News & Research 
  • Brain mapping collaboration stretches around the globe
    The Laboratory of Neuro Imaging at the University of California, Los Angeles, has joined a global human brain mapping initiative. The Human Brain Project, supported by the European Commission, is working to reconstruct the human brain using computer models and simulations. The collaboration involves 87 centers in 27 countries. (free registration) (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Report 
  • FDA OKs broader use of ergo imaging system
    Digirad has received FDA clearance for expanded use of its ergo imaging system. The broader clearance covers lymphatic scintigraphy and parathyroid scintigraphy for evaluation of lesions in the breast and elsewhere in the body. The device was first cleared three years ago by the FDA. (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Reimbursement from Medicare continues to cause concern
    Results from the Medical Imaging Confidence Index show radiology administrators have "very low confidence" that reimbursement from Medicare will be adequate for diagnostic and interventional radiology. Survey respondents, however, were confident that their internal costs will stay the same and their practices will remain stable or grow. (free registration) (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News from the Field 
  • Report suggests ways to cut Medicare spending by $9.4T
    A 216-page Kaiser Family Foundation report suggests 150 changes to Medicare that together would reduce spending by $9.4 trillion over 10 years. Kaiser researchers reviewed literature and interviewed experts and policymakers to develop the report. Consensus areas included rewarding doctors for quality and reforming the formula by which health care providers are paid. The Washington Post/Wonkblog (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  International Developments 
  • Malaysia issues final regulations for medical devices
    The Malaysian government has published comprehensive regulations for medical devices, covering such areas as registration, licensing, export permits and procedures for appealing decisions. The effective date is July 1, with a two-year transition period for devices already on the market. Clinica (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy 
  • Administration outlines exemptions to ACA's individual mandate
    HHS on Wednesday issued regulations that exempt people who can't purchase insurance for less than 9% of their yearly pay from the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate. Certain people in states that forgo Medicaid expansion will be exempt as well, HHS said. Proposals from HHS and the Internal Revenue Service "include rules that will ease implementation and help to ensure that the payment applies only to the limited group of taxpayers who choose to spend a substantial period of time without coverage despite having ready access to affordable coverage," according to CMS. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (1/30) , Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Health Care 
  • New institute designed to advance personalized care
    The Institute for Precision Medicine, intended to focus on personalized care, has been established through a partnership between Weill Cornell Medical College and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. The medical research institute will operate under the leadership of Dr. Mark Rubin and will provide treatment tailored to the genetic profile of each patient. Healthcare Informatics online (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Connect with SNMMI!
    Get social with fellow SNMMI members on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to discuss the latest news and advances in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging, get advice or share feedback with the society. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs) available
    Earn the self-assessment credit hours needed to maintain your certification. New modules are now available, including: Binging Physiology into PET of the Liver, Imaging of Multiple Myeloma and Related Plasma Cell Dyscrasias, Modern Nuclear Imaging for Paragangliomas: Beyond SPECT, Oncologic PET/MRI, Part 1: Tumors of the Brain, Head and Neck, Chest, Abdomen, and Pelvis, and Effectiveness and Safety of FDG-PET in the Evaluation of Dementia. Get started today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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