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August 2008 Blog Posts (92)

Upcoming Meeting! American Society of Head and Neck Radiology

Upcoming Meeting for all those interested in Head and Neck Radiology! Promises to be a great meeting. Here are a few words from the President Elect of the ASHNR. To register for the meeting, please visit http://www.ashnr.org



"It is my pleasure to invite you to the 42nd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Head and Neck Radiology (ASHNR) to be held in Toronto at the Toronto Hilton Hotel from Wednesday, September 10th through Sunday, September… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on August 30, 2008 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Planar Systems makes sale of subsidiary for $5 Million to NDS Surgical Imaging

Chela Capital Partners, the advisory firm of Planar Systems, Inc. has been advising Planar Systems on the sale of their not so successful venture medical business unit to NDS Surgical Imaging, a leader in the surgical imaging space for various hospitals in the country for thirty five million dollars in cash.



The sale is structured in a way that all the outstanding capital stock of is transferred to Dome Imaging Systems Inc, which is a direct subsidiary of Planar Systems. Dome Imaging… Continue

Added by Ana on August 30, 2008 at 5:30pm — No Comments

MultiHance outperforms Omniscan for enhancement of brain tumors

August 29, 2008



MultiHance outperforms Omniscan for enhancement of brain tumors

H. A. Abella

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Although both gadobenate dimeglumine and gadodiamide are gadolinium-based agents, the former provides more conspicuous enhancement for imaging of brain lesions, according to results from an international multicenter trial. Findings could lead to further improvements in the management of these… Continue

Added by Diagnostic Imaging on August 29, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Covidien advises customers about impending molybdenum shortage

August 29, 2008



Covidien advises customers about impending molybdenum shortage

James Brice





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Covidien has alerted customers for its technetium-99m generators about impending shortages caused by the unexpected shutdown of the Dutch nuclear reactor that serves as its main source of molybdenum-99.



General manager Rick Lytle announced the following changes Aug. 27 to… Continue

Added by Diagnostic Imaging on August 29, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

MIMVista for the iPhone - A formidable Osirix Competitor!

Has anyone downloaded MIMVista? It looks like a formidable competitor and complement to Osirix for radiologists using the iPhone. Here is some more information from MIMVista's website.



"The Mobile MIM iPhone Application is a new multi-modality imaging application for the Apple® iPhoneTM and iPod® touch. This innovative software allows a referring physician or patient to view medical images remotely, without being tied to an imaging workstation.



The Mobile MIM… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on August 29, 2008 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Computed Tomography (CTCA) assessment of coronary stenoses might not correlate very well with measurements of FFR ischemia.

A recent study suggests that Computed Tomography (CTCA) assessment of coronary stenoses might not correlate very well with measurements of FFR ischemia.



MedWire in a recent article has reported that anatomical assessments of coronary stenoses especially its severity using CTCA (Computed Tomography) or even the conventional coronary angiography (CCA) does not correlate very well with measurements of ischemia by intracoronary fractional flow reserve (FFR), According to a study which… Continue

Added by Ana on August 29, 2008 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

radRounds and Student Doctor Network

We would like to take a moment and mention that radRounds over this past summer has proudly partnered with Student Doctor Network (SDN). Our goal is to help as many medical students and trainees via our partnership with SDN.

A few words about the Student Doctor Network



The Student Doctor Network (SDN) is an independent community of students, advisors, educators, and practicing health care… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on August 29, 2008 at 12:57am — No Comments

New Educational Document for Residents Studying for the ABR Physics Examination - As per popular demand - Typical Radiation Doses for Commonly Performed Radiology Studies

Central Nervous system:

Computed Tomography (CT)-Head: 2 mSv

Computed Tomography (CT)-Spine: 10 mSv

Myelography: 4 mSv



Face and neck:

Computed Tomography (CT)-Sinuses: 0.6 mSv



Chest:

Computed Tomography (CT)-Chest: 8 mSv

Radiography-Chest: 0.1 mSv (i.e. 3 one-way flights cross country between New York and San Francisco)

Cardiac CT for Calcium Scoring: 2 mSv



Gastrointestinal:

Computed Tomography (CT) Abdomen: 8-10… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on August 28, 2008 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Wow, the last? single slice CT scanner finally updated in the United States!

Meyersdale Medical Center, a technological firm based in USA recently got a big technology breakthrough as they started using a sixteen slice scanner from the already existing single slice CT scanner.



Mark Meekins, Director at the medical center said that technology of this sort in a small town meant great opportunity for their rural facility as from now on they will be able to offer high level of care and quality to their patients.

Today, this scanner is not only running for… Continue

Added by Ana on August 28, 2008 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Optical brain imaging uncovers secret of newborn’s first words

August 27, 2008



Optical brain imaging uncovers secret of newborn’s first words

The University of British Columbia

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A new study could explain why "daddy" and "mommy" are often a baby's first words. The human brain may be hard-wired to recognize certain repetition patterns.



Using the latest optical brain imaging techniques, University of British Columbia postdoctoral fellow… Continue

Added by Diagnostic Imaging on August 27, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Nuclear medicine braces for effects of Petten reactor shutdown

August 27, 2008



Nuclear medicine braces for effects of Petten reactor shutdown

James Brice

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An unscheduled shutdown of the High Flux Reactor at Petten in the Netherlands has raised concern about a possible interruption of molybdenum-99 supplies for nuclear medicine procedures in Europe and North America.



The Netherlands' Nuclear Research & consultancy Group (NRG)… Continue

Added by Diagnostic Imaging on August 27, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Perhaps Lidocaine can help with compression from the mammo pad?! Good news to all women.

A research recently completed by St. Luke’s Mountain State Tumor Institute in Boise, Idaho, has found out that the discomfort and pain felt during the times of mammograms can be eased by a gel known as lidocaine gel.



Mammography is a proven procedure till date, which helps to screen women suffering for breast cancer. This technique helps in early detection and hence the treatment of the disease becomes possible. Its necessity is clearly apparent as of today breast cancer affects more… Continue

Added by Ana on August 27, 2008 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging and Imaging Manufacturers Agree to Collaborate to Standardize Methods to Measure, Report Pediatric Dose from CT Scans

Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging and Imaging Manufacturers Agree to Collaborate to Standardize Methods to Measure, Report Pediatric Dose from CT Scans



Representatives from leading medical imaging equipment manufacturers recently met with radiologist, medical physicist and radiologic technologist representatives from the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging and agreed to work with the Alliance to create standardized radiation dose estimates and vendor… Continue

Added by Jennifer Larson on August 27, 2008 at 3:32pm — No Comments

A new study indicates that radiotherapy targeted may eradicate cancer disease in patients with less than 5 distant metastases.

A new study indicates that radiotherapy targeted may eradicate cancer disease in patients with less than 5 distant metastases. The report indicates that correctly targeted radiation therapy has great chances of eradicating almost all evidence of disease in those patients with cancer which has spread to only a selected number of sites.



A recent study on this is expected to be published in the August issue of the “Journal Clinical Cancer Research”. This study involved twenty nine… Continue

Added by Ana on August 26, 2008 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Osirix 3.2 - You can download it direct from the Apple webpage!



Some radiologists have been asking... What is Osirix?



Osirix is an image processing software dedicated to DICOM images produced by medical equipment (MRI, CT, PET, PET-CT, …) and confocal microscopy (LSM and BioRAD-PIC format). It can also read many other file formats: TIFF (8,16, 32 bits), JPEG, PDF, AVI, MPEG and QuickTime.



It is fully compliant with the DICOM standard for image comunication and image file formats. OsiriX… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on August 25, 2008 at 10:30pm — No Comments

MRI strategy supplies early warning of osteoarthritis

August 25, 2008



MRI strategy supplies early warning of osteoarthritis

Marjorie Preston



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A novel MRI technique that tracks naturally occurring polymers in cartilage can lead to the diagnosis of early-stage osteoarthritis and may lead to better drug treatment and a reduction in the need for joint replacement surgeries.Researchers from the NYU School of Medicine and Tel Aviv… Continue

Added by Diagnostic Imaging on August 25, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Mediterranean telepathology network proves successful, targets teleradiology next

August 25, 2008



Mediterranean telepathology network proves successful, targets teleradiology next

Douglas Page





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Teleradiology and tele-echocardiography are scheduled to take lead roles in phase two of a telemedicine network established between Italy and Egypt. The network is based on a web portal that opens a teleconsultation pipe to support difficult clinical cases. The… Continue

Added by Diagnostic Imaging on August 25, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Patients who have suffered with fluctuating stroke symptoms have great chances of benefitting from treatment with tissue plasminogen activator (tPA).

Research has indicated that patients who have suffered with fluctuating stroke symptoms have great chances of benefitting from treatment with tissue plasminogen activator (tPA).

A report says that individuals who have suffered from fluctuating stroke symptoms can benefit from tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) treatment. This study was published in the “Archives of Neurology”.



Ozcan Ozdemir and his colleagues looked at around one hundred and twenty seven stroke patients who were… Continue

Added by Ana on August 25, 2008 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Group Spotlight: Healthcare Technology Alliance is another avenue for health/tech related networking opportunities

Check out this group--HTA, otherwise known as Healthcare Technology Alliance.



Since it's inception in April of 2008, the Healthcare Technology Alliance (HTA) has grown to over 1,500 members on CollectiveX. The CollectiveX Groupsite has allowed members to collaborate on technical projects related to healthcare technology today and technology in the future.



Its members range from high end programmers to clinicians… Continue

Added by radRounds Radiology Network on August 25, 2008 at 12:13pm — 1 Comment

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