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December 12, 2012
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  • PET/CT has value in clear cell renal cell carcinoma assessment
    PET/CT imaging with iodine-124-girentuximab demonstrated high specificity and sensitivity in detecting clear cell renal cell carcinoma, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. "This is the first example of a prospective multicenter study to demonstrate the ability of PET/CT to identify an aggressive cancer phenotype," said researcher Dr. Chaitanya R. Divgi of Columbia University Medical Center. The findings indicate the method may be valuable in evaluating renal masses and help avoid unneeded surgery, Divgi said. (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Capintec now owned by Eczacıbaşı-Monrol
    Turkish radiopharmaceutical firm Eczacıbaşı-Monrol Nuclear Products said it has acquired Capintec, a U.S.-based company that specializes in radiation measurement and nuclear medicine protection devices. The move is part of Eczacıbaşı-Monrol's plan to broaden its product reach in the nuclear medicine field. (free registration) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Carestream says MyView is being tried in U.S., Italy
    Carestream Health said its MyView Web portal is being tested at U.S. and Italian trial sites. The portal allows patients to securely access imaging scans, including PET, with the option to download them to their own PC or tablet. Houston Medical Imaging, the U.S. test site, said it is seeing success with the use of MyView, with roughly 1,500 patients logging on in the last three months. Carestream said U.S. distribution of the system could start in February. Rochester Business Journal (N.Y.) (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News from the Field 
  • Minn. health agency commits to imaging campaigns
    The Minnesota Department of Health announced it will be part of the Image Wisely and Image Gently campaigns. It is the first state health agency to agree to the pledges. The campaigns are aimed at improving staff-patient communication on imaging risks and benefits, as well as radiation dose management. (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • NIH announces Big Data, biomedical research initiatives
    The NIH announced new initiatives and grants intended to boost biomedical research and improve data handling and sharing. Among the initiatives are Big Data to Knowledge to develop policies and software for sharing and analyzing data, InfrastructurePLUS to modernize the NIH's computer network and support high-performance computing and storage, Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity to give mentoring and financial support for undergraduates, and the National Research Mentoring Network to bring mentors together with students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty. GenomeWeb Daily News (free registration) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • SNMMI 2013 Mid-Winter Meeting early-bird registration ends tomorrow!
    Time is running out 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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