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March 5, 2013
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News for nuclear medicine and molecular imaging professionals
 
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  • Experts envision greater cardiac imaging role for PET
    PET is gaining momentum as an effective and preferred approach over SPECT for myocardial perfusion imaging in diagnosing coronary artery disease, thanks to improved resolution and other factors. However, experts say there are barriers to the use of PET in routine clinical practice, including pre-approval requirements, which could reduce access to testing. "We may be placing very high barriers for people to get access to some tests that are quite appropriate," said Dr. Marcelo Di Carli, chief of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital. "While you are improving appropriateness, you also are reducing access for patients who need these studies.” MolecularImaging.net (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Despite difficult climate, imaging is essential for patients
    There is no doubt that molecular imaging can benefit patients, but there are challenges facing the field, writes Robert W. Atcher, editor-at-large of Molecular Imaging Insight. Pressure to limit costs and worries about radiation exposure pose hurdles, Atcher says, as does identifying the clinicians who can best interpret and maximize the value of the procedures. "The challenge to those of us who are champions of molecular imaging is to conduct clinical studies that not only demonstrate sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of the exams but also show a positive impact on the cost of care and improvement in patient outcomes," writes Atcher. MolecularImaging.net (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  International Developments 
  • Brazil to allow foreign inspection of medtech import licensees
    Brazil has expanded the role of its regulatory agency Anvisa to enable overseas inspections of medtech suppliers. The move is in response to criticism of the lengthy delays in license approvals experienced by as many as 5,000 domestic and 2,500 foreign firms. Clinica (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy 
  • Change fee-for-service model to cut spending, report advises
    Health care payment models that reimburse based on services rendered should be replaced with a blended model, according to a report from the National Commission on Physician Payment Reform. A more efficient model would reimburse better for diagnostics and management, incorporate quality metrics into reimbursement rates, eliminate differential payments based on facility, encourage small organizations to share resources, and include fixed payments for certain patients. MedPage Today (free registration) (3/4) , Kaiser Health News/Capsules blog (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Virtual assistants to help docs boost care delivery, survey says
    A survey conducted by Nuance Communications found 80% of participating physicians said virtual assistants would alter the way they utilize health care applications and EHRs over five years. Doctors also said mobile virtual assistants could boost health care delivery by improving their access to patient data and giving them more time to spend with patients. Healthcare IT News (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  From SNMMI 
  • Diagnostic CT and PET/CT cases available
    Meet PET/CT and Diagnostic CT training and credentialing recommendations. These cases have been designed so nuclear medicine physicians with no recent CT training can supervise and interpret CT images in conjunction with PET or SPECT. They also allow radiologists with no recent PET training to supervise and interpret PET images in conjunction with CT. Get started today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Special symposium: Photons Across Medicine — April 15, 2013
    Join SNMMI for a special symposium on the use of photons across medical imaging, taking place during the Optics in the Life Sciences Congress, April 14-18 in Waikoloa Beach, Hawaii. During this congress, you'll explore the latest advances in molecular probe development, life science imaging, novel and more powerful optical instrumentation and its application to study fundamental biological processes. Clinical investigations will be presented. Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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