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February 12, 2013
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News for nuclear medicine and molecular imaging professionals
 
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  Top Story 
  • Study links vascular injury, not amyloid deposition, to MCI
    Vascular brain injury may be linked to mild cognitive impairment, but the accumulation of beta amyloid protein does not seem to be connected to MCI, according to a study published in JAMA Neurology. There was also no indication that vascular brain injury and the buildup of beta amyloid protein, conditions that often occur together, are inter-related, the study said. Researchers used MRI to identify infarcts and PET imaging with Pittsburgh Compound B to assess beta amyloid. "If there is an association between vascular risk and beta amyloid, it does not appear to be mediated by vascular brain injury," researchers said. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Clinical News & Research 
  • Study: SPECT sheds light on liver function, may aid cancer treatment
    SPECT imaging with 99mTc-labeled iminodiacetic acid before and during radiation therapy to monitor hepatic function in patients with unresectable liver cancer provides data that could allow for more personalized treatment plans, according to a study presented at an imaging and radiation therapy conference. "The physiological adaptation of radiation therapy based upon individual response assessment is a valuable new paradigm worth additional testing," said lead researcher Hesheng Wang of the University of Michigan. MedicalXpress.com/News release (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Report 
  • Experts weigh in on most useful imaging apps
    Studies show the vast majority of U.S. health care professionals use a smartphone, and there are thousands of health-related smartphone apps available to choose from. This article features 10 useful apps for medical imaging professionals based on discussions with industry experts. Included in the list is MIM Software's Mobile MIM, an app for Apple devices that allows for diagnostic reading of medical images including PET scans. Other tools offer clinical calculations, drug data and more. DOTMed.com (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News from the Field 
  Health Policy 
  • FDA submits device data gathering proposal for OMB review
    The FDA has submitted for approval by the Office of Management and Budget a proposal to renew its program for gathering data about medical devices as part of its system to identify and ban devices that are harmful or risky. The agency also is requesting public comment on its process for banning medical technologies. MassDevice.com (Boston) (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Biosimilars bills fail in Miss.
    Bills that would have restricted pharmacists' ability to substitute biosimilar drugs for brand-name therapies failed to advance out of committees in the Mississippi House and Senate. Proponents say that pharmacists should be allowed to substitute only a biosimilar FDA-approved as "interchangeable" with the brand-name biologic drug for the specific indication and that doctors' orders to dispense as written should override payer policies. Opponents say the federal Public Health Service Act allows automatic substitution and the Mississippi legislation and other bills like it are simply an effort to protect drugmaker profits. Pharmalot.com/Pharma Blog (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Government unveils upgraded CONNECT tool
    An updated version of the CONNECT open source tool has been launched by the federal government to promote secure sharing of health data. CONNECT 4.0 incorporates compatibility with more application servers and accommodates greater messaging volumes. Health Data Management (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  From SNMMI 
  • SNMMI's 2013 Annual Meeting offers more than 100 CE sessions
    Essential by Design! With more than 100 CE sessions available, the latest research across all modalities, presentations from leading experts, countless networking opportunities and one of the largest exhibit halls in the profession, the SNMMI Annual Meeting is your one stop for learning and networking. Register today and be part of the premier educational and scientific event in nuclear and molecular imaging. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Don't miss this half-day Roadshow coming to Hot Springs, Ark., on Feb. 23
    Kick off 2013 with an informative half-day event on embracing change in the field of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging. Join the SNMMI-TS in Hot Springs, Ark., and discuss the regulatory changes impacting nuclear medicine departments and the impact emerging technology has on molecular imaging. Plus, you'll examine recent procedural changes within nuclear medicine departments and identify career paths for Nuclear Medicine Technologists. VOICE credit available. Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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