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March 18, 2013
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News for nuclear medicine and molecular imaging professionals
 
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  Top Story 
  • SNMMI president weighs in on Lymphoseek approval
    SNMMI President Frederic H. Fahey said Lymphoseek, recently approved by the FDA to map the spread of cancer, will improve diagnoses. The drug "lets you be more confident that you are taking the correct lymph node out," Fahey said. The agent employs a targeted approach to seek out the sentinel lymph node, and it can stay in place longer, which can be more convenient for patients, Fahey said. DOTMed.com (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Clinical News & Research 
  • Study yields positive results for breast cancer imaging agent
    NuView Life Sciences' PET imaging agent for breast cancer, NLS-VPAC1, was able to detect 100% of malignant lesions and sentinel lymph nodes, according to findings presented at an international conference. Because of the agent's rapid uptake in tumors, the company is also investigating its use when labeled with the isotope gallium-68, which can be manufactured at local radiopharmacies. The agent may allow for noninvasive diagnosis of malignancies in the breast and other tissues, a researcher said. Yahoo/PR Web/News release (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Report 
  News from the Field 
  • MHealth revenues to reach $26B in 2017, report says
    Revenue in the global mobile health market is expected to reach $26 billion in 2017, according to a report released by Research2Guidance. The forecast is based on the idea that the "integration of mHealth applications into traditional health care systems will become more and more common ... during that time," the report says. MobiHealthNews.com (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  International Developments 
  Health Policy 
  • ONC reaches out to rural facilities with launch of HIE toolkit
    A new health information exchange toolkit for rural health care facilities was released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. The toolkit features a guide that details the fundamental steps in joining or establishing an HIE and a spreadsheet that looks at possible costs and savings of adopting an HIE and an EHR system. Healthcare IT News (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Advancing Health Care 
  • EHR payments reach $12.3B, CMS reports
    CMS has issued about $12.3 billion in Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments to 219,000 health care providers from the start of the program through last month. "We expect that February number will continue to grow as we process them through the month. We're already seeing some providers come in for 2013," said Robert Anthony of CMS' Office of E-Health Standards and Services. Government Health IT online (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  From SNMMI 
  • Application deadlines approach for 75 SNMMI scholarships and awards
    March 31 is the deadline for the PDEF Mickey Williams Minority Scholarship ($2,500), 15 Paul Cole Technologist Scholarships ($1,000) and up to four CMIIT Laboratory Professionals Awards ($1,000 + free Annual Meeting registration). April 15 is the application deadline for 25 SNMMI Travel Awards ($1,000 each) and 30 SNMMI-TS Travel and Student Travel Awards ($1,000 each). Get more information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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