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February 22, 2013
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  • Army hospital uses SPECT/CT to detect small fractures
    Researchers at the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital in Missouri have developed a method that combines SPECT with low-dose CT for visualization of tiny bone fractures that are difficult to see with standard X-rays. The technology means military patients are more likely to get treatment for fractures that might otherwise be undetected and worsen, said Army radiologist Dr. Mustafa Ali-Khan. (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Zecotek inks deal advancing commercialization of technology
    Zecotek Photonics said a Japanese PET device manufacturer has placed an additional order for its patented Lutetium Fine Silicate scintillation crystals. The scintillation crystals are set to be incorporated into a PET Crystal Module and used in a trial device. "Having our patented LFS scintillation crystals tested in an actual OEM's PET scanning device is a significant milestone in the commercialization of this advanced technology," Zecotek President and CEO A.F. Zerrouk said. BioOptics World /News release (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News from the Field 
  • Study: Ancient pigment has potential use for biomedical imaging
    A study published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society has discovered that the calcium copper silicate in Egyptian blue, a blue pigment used 5,000 years ago to paint ancient Mediterranean tombs, statues and other items, can break down into nanosheets that can generate invisible infrared radiation. The finding may allow for the development of a new class of nanomaterials that has potential applications in biomedical imaging and other fields. "In this way we can reimagine the applications of an ancient material through modern technochemical means," the researchers said. release (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy 
  • Senator to consult industry on how to offset device tax repeal
    Amid renewed efforts in the Senate and House to strike down the 2.3% medical device tax, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., plans to consult with the industry about how to make up revenue that would be lost if the tax is repealed. "I want to talk to the industry so they understand my basic position, and that is we should never increase taxes on the manufacturing that we're trying to develop in this country," she said. (Boston) (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 25 states to evaluate Medicaid savings, quality models
    HHS said Thursday it will fund programs in 25 states that evaluate new approaches to curbing medical costs and improving health care quality in Medicaid. Arkansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon and Vermont were the first states to receive State Innovation Model support. Reuters (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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