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December 24, 2012
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  • Study: FDG-PET/CT performs well in diagnosing metastases
    Findings from a meta-analysis published in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine showed that whole-body FDG-PET/CT has overall 93% sensitivity and 96% specificity in diagnosing distant malignancies in patients who have head and neck, breast and lung cancers. The researchers assessed 41 studies from Medline and Embase that looked into the use of whole-body PET/CT in analyzing cancer metastases. The results indicate the hybrid modality is capable of "excellent diagnostic performance for the detection of distant malignancies in patients with various cancers, especially head and neck cancer, breast cancer, and lung cancer," the researchers said. (free registration) (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Researchers find biomarkers for Kawasaki disease
    Researchers using mass spectrometry and enzyme-linked immunosorbant screenings have identified 190 proteins in urine samples from children with Kawasaki disease that can serve as biomarkers for quicker diagnosis of the disease, according to a study published in the journal EMBO Molecular Medicine. The data suggest levels of the proteins may indicate treatment response and, in the case of one patient, recurrence. News-Medical.Net/News release (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report projects continued decline in contrast agents, radiopharma
    Decreased reimbursements and payer restrictions will hold down the growth of the U.S. contrast agent and radiopharmaceutical market, according to a report from Millennium Research Group. These factors, as well as competition, fueled a 15% market decline between 2010 and 2012. The trend is expected to continue through 2017, although it will be moderated by the expected increase in demand among the growing elderly population, according to the report. Business Wire/News release (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • More hospitals, providers receive EHR incentive payments
    Three-quarters of eligible hospitals and one-third of doctors and other eligible professionals have received incentive payments for EHR system adoption, data from CMS reveal. A total of $9.3 billion has been released since the incentive program launched, with $6.1 billion going to eligible hospitals and $3.1 billion directed to doctors and other eligible professionals, the agency's November report shows. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Happy Holidays from SNMMI!
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