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July 2010 Blog Posts (17)

Nighthawk cuts jobs, closes offices, but still poised for growth, analyst says

(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING) -- by By Rebekah Moan



Nighthawk remains poised for growth despite a recent announcement that it is closing some offices and cutting jobs, according to a financial analyst who follows the company.



On June 11 Nighthawk announced in its 8-K filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission its plan to reduce operating costs by closing offices in San Francisco and Austin, TX, and a portion of its facility in Coeur d’Alene, ID. The company will lay off 35… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on July 27, 2010 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) - White Paper

About the White Paper: For those who do not know what is Vendor Neutral Archive or VNA, the term is used by many vendors of PACS software to identify the core of their product--the component

that is used to reliably manage, store, retrieve, and query medical

images and related information. Unfortunately, there is no "official"

definition of the functionality of a VNA. As such, VNA offerings vary

from vendor to vendor. The result is confusion among users…

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Added by Yusuf Hakim on July 27, 2010 at 8:08am — No Comments

Career Oppty. for ARRT / CT Tech in San Diego, CA

Great career opportunity for ARRT / CT Tech to run and operate the CT Scan department for a well establish, well respected and growing private medical practice in San Diego, CA. Full-time direct hire position, Mon. - Fri. day time schedule, good pay and full benes. more information at PlazaPersonnelService.com

Added by Susan Duva on July 25, 2010 at 7:58pm — No Comments

ACLS & Airway Managment Hands On Workshop

This workshop will provide participants with American Heart Association ACLS® Certification and provide a full day of emergency airway management techniques. Course consists of didactic lectures, intensive imaging, discussion and hands -on workshop with the world's most realistic airway mannequins and patient simulators.



Audience: This course is appropriate for physicians, dentists, nurses and all allied health and dental…

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Added by Randy Pigg on July 23, 2010 at 12:11pm — No Comments

Procedural Sedation CE Course - Indianapolis, IN July 31, 2010

Conscious Sedation Consulting is offering a comprehensive didactic continuing education course on the administration of conscious (moderate) sedation and analgesia.



This course is appropriate for all non-anesthesia health care providers who are involved in the administration of sedatives and analgesia. Course has…

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Added by Randy Pigg on July 15, 2010 at 12:37pm — No Comments

CMS Releases Quality of Care Data for Hospitals Participating in HOP QDRP

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released quality of care data for hospitals participating in the Hospital Outpatient Quality Data Reporting Program (HOP QDRP). This data is posted on the Hospital Compare website.



The Hospital Compare website was created jointly by CMS and the Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA) to make data available to patients, families, and providers on hospital performance and quality of care for certain services. The intent is to help… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on July 8, 2010 at 10:12am — No Comments

Radiopaedia releases iPad App! Another radiology app for us radiologists to play with

RADIOLOGY TEACHING FILES APP FULLY OPTIMIZED FOR iPAD


Collaborative Learning for Radiological Community has Never Been Easier or Looked Better as

Teaching Files Make the Most of the Large Touch Screen and Vivid Display of the iPad.




Melbourne, Australia, July 1, 2010 – Radiopaedia.org, a collaborative, online resource for the global radiological community, is pleased to announce that… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on July 7, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

ACR Appropriateness Criteria for Radiology Revised and Newly updated!

ACR Appropriateness Criteria® Revised and Content Added for 2010



Reston, Va. — July 6, 2010 — The American College of Radiology (ACR) updated more than 30 criteria, added an additional five topics, and revised relative radiation level categories for diagnostic imaging exams in the latest version of the ACR Appropriateness Criteria® — evidence-based guidelines to help health care providers choose the most appropriate medical imaging exam for a patient’s given clinical… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on July 6, 2010 at 3:08pm — No Comments

MedPAC Imaging Saga Continues

(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING, John C. Hayes) -- MedPAC issues broad critique of self-referred imaging; outlines steps to curb abuses



n a report bristling with documentation, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission issued a broad-ranging critique of in-office self-referred imaging and outlined a series of steps to curb practices it said were contributing to the growth in imaging volume.



Steps that could help restrain in-office self-referral of imaging services include… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on July 4, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

English EMR hits some snags

(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING, BMJ) -- English electronic medical records plan hits some snags



The benefits of the Summary Care Record (SCR) scheme, introduced as part of the National Programme for IT (NPfIT), appear more modest than anticipated, according to a study published on bmj.com June 17.



The findings are based on an independent evaluation by researchers at University College London and come as the new coalition government in the U.K. announces a review of the… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on July 3, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

DSCT.com: CT users consider a dose of < 1 mSV to be viable for CTA of coronary artery disease

From April to May 2010, DSCT.com – the expert

community for dual-source CT in radiology and cardiology – asked the

website’s visitors at what dose level they would consider a CTA to be a viable

option for early detection of coronary artery disease. 363 participants took a

vote showing a clear result: 42 % gave a figure of less than 1 mSV (see fig.

1).…

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Added by radRounds Radiology Network on July 3, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Auntminnie: PET/CT beats CT in NSCLC staging, but both have limitations

(AUNTMINNIE.COM) - "PET/CT beats CT in NSCLC staging, but both have limitations"

It appears that researchers have found PET/CT is much more accurate than CT alone for evaluation and staging of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). To read more about this latest research development in radiology, please visit Auntminnie.com directly here.

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on July 3, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

PET for Alzheimer's Diagnosis

(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING, Greg Freiherr) -- Fluorine-18 unlocks door to Alzheimer’s diagnosis



An intractable foe of what makes people what they are suddenly seems vulnerable, and it is imaging that has struck the blow. In a clinical trial at Johns Hopkins University, a PET agent built around fluorine-18 readily and safely distinguished the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients from those of healthy volunteers. And the Johns Hopkins researchers are not alone. Several pharma… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on July 2, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD, Re-elected as RTOG Group Chair

Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD, Re-elected as RTOG Group Chair



Philadelphia, PA – June 24, 2010 – Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD, was elected to a fourth term as group chair by the principal investigators of the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG). Curran, who has held the group chair position since 1997 is the executive director of the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University in Atlanta Georgia. RTOG is a National Cancer Institute-funded national clinical trials group and is… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on July 1, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Teleradiology Demise?

(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING, Rebekah Moan) -- Nighthawk cuts jobs, closes offices, but still poised for growth, analyst says





Nighthawk remains poised for growth despite a recent announcement that it is closing some offices and cutting jobs, according to a financial analyst who follows the company.



On June 11 Nighthawk announced in its 8-K filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission its plan to reduce operating costs by closing offices in San Francisco and Austin,… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on July 1, 2010 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

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