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January 28, 2013
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News for nuclear medicine and molecular imaging professionals
 
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  • SNMMI, Alzheimer's Association unveil AUC for amyloid imaging
    SNMMI and the Alzheimer's Association have issued appropriate use criteria for amyloid imaging. "As amyloid imaging becomes more prevalent in clinical settings, medical professionals must understand how to appropriately utilize the test," SNMMI President Frederic H. Fahey said. The guidelines clarify under what circumstances a patient should undergo testing. The recommendations also outline three conditions for appropriate use, including the potential for the test to improve patient management. HealthImaging.com (1/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • FDA gives Varian Medical nod on 2 cancer therapy systems
    The FDA has given Varian Medical Systems 510(k) clearance for a new version of the company's Vitesse system, which allows doctors to plan high-dose-rate brachytherapy for prostate cancer patients in real time. The FDA also has cleared the company's Edge radiosurgery system, which comes with motion management and real-time tumor tracking tools. RTT News (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Billings Clinic, AHRQ to examine pros, cons of HIT adoption
    A study examining the effect of health IT adoption on workflows in small and medium-sized ambulatory practices that are turning into medical homes will be conducted by Billings Clinic in collaboration with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. "Unfortunately, health IT systems can fail to generate anticipated results and even carry unintended consequences, which undermine usability and usefulness. Directly or indirectly, health IT may create more work, new work, excessive systems demands, or inefficient workflow," according to the AHRQ. Health Data Management (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 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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