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January 10, 2013
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How can we help with your radiation reduction initiatives
The MEDRAD™ Intego™ has helped PET sites across the world reduce unnecessary radiation exposure. Utilizing a fully shielded, mobile design, the system infuses doses-on-demand from a multi-dose vial, providing added protection and more accurate, repeatable, patient-specific dosing. See more here.
  Clinical News & Research 
  • Study: PET/CT IDs bone, soft tissue sarcoma better than CT
    PET/CT with 18F-FDG showed 20% higher accuracy than contrast-enhanced CT alone in identifying bone or soft tissue sarcoma, according to a study in the journal Cancer. PET/CT had 100% sensitivity and specificity in detecting bone metastases, the study found. The combined modality also showed higher sensitivity in detecting local recurrence or soft tissue lesions. Healio/HemOnc Today (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  News from the Field 
  • IAC names research grant recipients
    The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission has named the four recipients for its 2013 Research Award Program. One researcher will focus on determining whether camera age can help indicate the quality of a nuclear cardiology laboratory. Another researcher will explore ways to reduce radiation dose exposure. (free registration) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  International Developments 
  • Report predicts growth for European molecular imaging markets
    European molecular imaging markets reached $276 million in 2011 and could produce revenues of $388 million in 2018, according to a report from Frost & Sullivan. The report predicts that Italy, Scandinavia and the Benelux region (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg) will show the earliest growth, followed by France and Spain. Growth will be driven by the increasing adoption of molecular imaging in neurology and the development of advanced modalities such as PET/MR, the report said. (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy 
  • CMS updates stage 2 MU guidance for radiologists
    CMS on Tuesday issued an updated guidance for radiology specialists who may qualify for a significant hardship exception option under stage 2 of the EHR meaningful use program. The revision aims to shed light on a part of the MU initiative that puts specialists into one Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System specialty code. The change divides radiology under PECOS into interventional radiology, diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine. (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Advancing Health Care 
  • How to refine medical error reporting
    The U.S. health system spends about $17.29 billion in avoidable expenses each year because of medical errors, many of which go unreported. This article offers three steps to enhance the way medical errors are reported: integrating medical error reporting into EHR systems, adopting mobile technologies that include ways to capture and report medical error data and using data analytics. Government Health IT online (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  From SNMMI 
  • SNMMI 2013 Mid-Winter Meeting online registration ends Wednesday, Jan. 16!
    There's still time to make your plans to attend the SNMMI 2013 Mid-Winter Meeting. Check out the online meeting planner to view the more than 40 sessions happening Jan. 23-27, 2013, in New Orleans, including PET/MRI in molecular imaging, PET imaging in clinical research, emerging technologies and the 2nd Annual Sino-American Conference. Online registration closes Jan. 16, 2013. Register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New self-assessment modules (SAMs) available!
    Take advantage of new Journal SAMs and earn credit before the end of the year! Popular SAMs include "Bringing Physiology into PET of the Liver," "Imaging of Multiple Myeloma and Related Plasma Cell Dyscrasias," "Modern Nuclear Imaging for Paragangliomas: Beyond SPECT" and "Effectiveness and Safety of FDG-PET in the Evaluation of Dementia." Get started today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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