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January 21, 2013
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  • Hospital implements measures to reduce patients' radiation exposure
    Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh has initiated a program to reduce patients' radiation exposure during a common heart scan. The hospital said patients undergoing the test are now receiving just 25% of the radiation they would have been exposed to two to three years ago. Dr. Indu Poornima, medical director of nuclear cardiology at the hospital, said the reduction in radiation exposure did not negatively affect findings. American City Business Journals/Pittsburgh (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dedicated cardiac camera reduces radiation dose, acquisition time
    Researchers have developed a dedicated SPECT/MPI cardiac camera that has the potential to reduce imaging acquisition time and radiation dose, according to findings from a simulation study published in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. Researchers, using reframed list-mode raw data, found that 1 million counts yielded images comparable to 8 million counts. The study involved 79 consecutive patients referred for a rest-stress MPI. Researchers are calling for similar simulation trials to test the feasibility of other dedicated cardiac modalities. (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study: Polypill linked to lower risk of heart disease
    A polypill that consists of aspirin, a statin and three blood pressure-lowering drugs could lower the lifetime risk of heart disease by 21% in men and 15% in women, a study in Latin America found. The polypill "would be cost-effective and could also be cost-saving," study leader Leonelo Bautista said. The study was published in the journal Health Affairs. The Capital Times (Madison, Wis.) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • NIH director: Sequestration would devastate medical research
    The NIH's 27 institutes and centers face disruptive cutbacks if Congress does not act by March 1 to reverse automatic budget cuts. A slowdown in NIH funding since 2004, along with inflation, has already reduced the agency's purchasing power and left it unable to fund promising research, says Director Dr. Francis Collins. Moreover, NIH funds flow across the country, and cutbacks would mean nationwide job losses, Collins said. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Less than 2% of U.S. hospitals have complete EMR system
    Data from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society showed only 1.8% of hospitals in the U.S. reached Stage 7 of its EMR Adoption Model by the third quarter of last year, while some 7% reached Stage 6 under the model. However, the number of hospitals reaching Stages 5 or 6 grew by more than 80% in 2011, while those that reached Stage 7 increased by 63%, researchers said. (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Free ASNC membership for Fellows-in-Training
    ASNC is pleased to offer free membership to cardiology and nuclear medicine fellows and residents who are training in nuclear cardiology. Fellow-in-Training membership means you will receive complimentary subscriptions to the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology and other ASNC publications, member rates on ASNC educational programs and the Annual Scientific Session and access to ASNC's online member directory. Please share this invitation to join ASNC with fellows in your institution today. ASNC also offers a free program for Fellows: Join ASNC on March 8 in San Francisco at the 2013 Nuclear Cardiology for Fellows-in-Training — register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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