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December 10, 2012
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  • Obama administration set to implement HEU reduction plan
    The Obama administration on Jan. 1 is set to implement a Medicare payment system that will add $10 in government reimbursement for every diagnostic test done by hospitals and other facilities without the use of highly enriched uranium-based isotopes. HHS suggested the plan in July, and while nonproliferation advocates have praised it, health care industry officials said the modified payments may be insufficient to cover costs in shifting to non-HEU isotopes. Last week, the Senate approved an amendment to the 2013 defense authorization bill that would start the process of ending U.S. exports of HEU material to isotope producers in other countries. Global Security Newswire (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
UltraSPECT's Dose-Reduction Solutions standardize protocols achieving less than 9 mSv total radiation exposure
Utilization of UltraSPECT's dose reduction software complies with Image Wisely® applying clinically proven reconstruction applications enabling the usage of all protocols with no compromise in image quality. UltraSPECT provides economical upgrade options for all NM cameras. For more information click here.

  Clinical News & Research 
  • Multicenter trial tests brain pacemaker in patients with Alzheimer's
    Surgeons at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore have implanted a pacemaker-like device into the brain of a sixth patient with mild Alzheimer's disease as part of a multicenter study to test whether the electrical stimulation device could slow cognitive decline and enhance memory in patients. The investigational therapy was the subject of a completed pilot study, and PET scans showed patients in the pilot had increased neuron function in brain areas linked to learning and memory following a year of stimulation. Researchers are still looking for patients for the multicenter trial. MIT Technology Review online (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Report 
  • AMRI, GE lengthen aminobisamide hydrochloride deal
    Albany Molecular Research has extended its supply agreement with GE Healthcare involving aminobisamide hydrochloride, which is used in imaging tracers. Under the deal, AMRI will supply aminobisamide hydrochloride through the end of 2016. AMRI's manufacturing subsidiary in Rensselaer, N.Y., will still be the production location. Chemical Week (subscription required) (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News from the Field 
  Health Policy 
  • MedPAC restates its support for abolishing SGR
    The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has restated its support of repealing Medicare's sustainable growth rate formula and rebalancing physician payments so primary care doctors are equal to specialists. Commissioners suggested replacing the SGR with a decade of statutory payment updates. A final vote on the recommendations to Congress will be held in January. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.C. senator seeks "fiscally responsible" way to repeal device tax
    Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., is in talks with state business leaders to find viable ways to compensate for the estimated $30 billion in revenue from the impending 2.3% medical device tax, which she hopes to get repealed. "My number one priority is getting North Carolina back to work, and I believe that increasing the number of these good-paying jobs will be essential to our state's economic security," she said. (Boston) (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • SNMMI 2013 Mid-Winter Meeting early-bird registration ends this Thursday!
    Only a few days remain to save on your SNMMI 2013 Mid-Winter Meeting registration. 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. Early-bird deadline is Dec. 13. Register today and save! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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