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Philips' IQon Spectral CT receives FDA clearance

Philips' IQon Spectral CT receives FDA clearance

Reinforcing its commitment to enabling confident diagnosis through innovation, Royal Philips today announced 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its IQon Spectral CT, presenting an entirely new approach to spectral imaging. [More]
Advanced practice clinicians more likely to prescribe imaging exam for patients

Advanced practice clinicians more likely to prescribe imaging exam for patients

Advanced practice clinicians, such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants, are 34 percent more likely than primary care physicians to prescribe an imaging exam for patients, according to a Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. [More]
New, enhanced MRI identifies brain injury in BBB of football players following mild concussions

New, enhanced MRI identifies brain injury in BBB of football players following mild concussions

A new, enhanced MRI diagnostic approach was, for the first time, able to identify significant damage to the blood-brain barrier (BBB) of professional football players following "unreported" trauma or mild concussions. Published in the current issue of JAMA Neurology, this study could improve decision making on when an athlete should "return to play." [More]
ContextVision to launch new groundbreaking product for 3D ultrasound at RSNA 2014

ContextVision to launch new groundbreaking product for 3D ultrasound at RSNA 2014

At the upcoming 100th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of RSNA, ContextVision, will launch a new groundbreaking product range for 3D ultrasound. The new second generation of 3D volume processing and the photo-like 3D rendering software provides new features that brings 3D imaging to a higher level. The products offer a higher diagnostic value and support further use of 3D ultrasound. [More]
Study highlights potential benefit of follow-up screening for woman with early breast cancer

Study highlights potential benefit of follow-up screening for woman with early breast cancer

Public health researchers from the University of Adelaide have evaluated international breast cancer guidelines, finding that there is potential to improve surveillance of breast cancer survivors from both a patient and health system perspective. [More]
Month-long residential program helps young adults stay drug-free

Month-long residential program helps young adults stay drug-free

Residential treatment may be an appropriate first-line option for young adults who are dependent on opioid drugs - including prescription painkillers and heroin - and may result in higher levels of abstinence than does the outpatient treatment that is currently the standard of care. [More]
MGH investigators develop system to accurately track the process of falling asleep

MGH investigators develop system to accurately track the process of falling asleep

Massachusetts General Hospital investigators have developed a system to accurately track the dynamic process of falling asleep, something has not been possible with existing techniques. In their report in the October issue of the open-access journal PLOS Computational Biology, the research team describes how combining key physiologic measurements with a behavioral task that does not interfere with sleep onset gives a better picture of the gradual process of falling asleep. [More]
Novel medical-imaging technology helps make earlier treatment decisions for bowel cancer patients

Novel medical-imaging technology helps make earlier treatment decisions for bowel cancer patients

Technology developed at the University of Sussex helps hospitals make earlier and more accurate treatment decisions and survival assessments for patients with bowel cancer. [More]
Researchers identify molecular switch that controls inflammatory processes in aging-related disorders

Researchers identify molecular switch that controls inflammatory processes in aging-related disorders

A study led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has identified what appears to be a molecular switch controlling inflammatory processes involved in conditions ranging from muscle atrophy to Alzheimer's disease. [More]
UCSD engineers propose new single-ventricle heart surgery for children

UCSD engineers propose new single-ventricle heart surgery for children

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, are proposing a new surgical intervention for children born with a single ventricle in their heart--instead of the usual two. The new approach would potentially reduce the number of surgeries the patients have to undergo in the first six months of life from two to just one. If successful, it would also create a more stable circuit for blood to flow from the heart to the lungs and the rest of the body within the first days and months of life. [More]
VTT develops innovative magnetometer for applications such as medical imaging

VTT develops innovative magnetometer for applications such as medical imaging

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed an innovative magnetometer that can replace conventional technology in applications such as neuroimaging, mineral exploration and molecular diagnostics. Its manufacturing costs are between 70 and 80 per cent lower than those of traditional technology, and the device is not as sensitive to external magnetic fields as its predecessors. The design of the magnetometer also makes it easier to integrate into measuring systems. [More]
New type of medical imaging technology could diagnose plaques

New type of medical imaging technology could diagnose plaques

Researchers are close to commercializing a new type of medical imaging technology that could diagnose cardiovascular disease by measuring ultrasound signals from molecules exposed to a fast-pulsing laser. [More]
Krembil researchers potentially discover major cause of dementia

Krembil researchers potentially discover major cause of dementia

Researchers at the Krembil Neuroscience Centre have potentially discovered a major cause of dementia. In this type of dementia, there is damage to the white matter (nerve fibres) of the brain apparent on computerized tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of older individuals. [More]
NCI supports further clinical development of next-generation HPV vaccine

NCI supports further clinical development of next-generation HPV vaccine

The National Cancer Institute in the USA is supporting the new vaccine developed at the MedUni Vienna against the human papillomavirus (HPV) with at least US$ 3.5 million. This is a major success for the developers and means that the foundations can now be laid for the clinical trials needed for licensing as a vaccine. [More]
Efforts to roll back school nutritional standards could jeopardize gains made against childhood obesity

Efforts to roll back school nutritional standards could jeopardize gains made against childhood obesity

Efforts to roll back current nutritional standards for the National School Lunch Program could jeopardize gains made in the fight against childhood obesity, write the authors of an article that will appear in the November 13 New England Journal of Medicine and has been released online. [More]
Researchers find potential target for therapies to treat cocaine addiction

Researchers find potential target for therapies to treat cocaine addiction

A study led by investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has identified a potential target for therapies to treat cocaine addiction. [More]
Cadens Medical Imaging partners with Hisense Medical to launch 2D/3D Univiewer in China

Cadens Medical Imaging partners with Hisense Medical to launch 2D/3D Univiewer in China

Cadens Medical Imaging Inc. a Montreal-based startup company, announced today the conclusion of a multimillion dollar licensing and technological collaboration with Chinese multinational Hisense Medical Co. The announcement was made today in Shanghai during a ceremony presided over by Quebec's Prime Minister, Philippe Couillard, who is conducting an Economic Mission in China on behalf of the Province of Quebec. [More]
Rutgers scientists are developing new medical imaging method for early detection of cancer

Rutgers scientists are developing new medical imaging method for early detection of cancer

A new medical imaging method being developed at Rutgers University could help physicians detect cancer and other diseases earlier than before, speeding treatment and reducing the need for invasive, time-consuming biopsies. [More]
Mediso launches MultiScan LFER 150 PET/CT for research applications

Mediso launches MultiScan LFER 150 PET/CT for research applications

Mediso announces the MultiScan LFER 150 PET/CT, the first member of the MultiScan product line dedicated to research applications for both clinical and pre-clinical imaging. The LFER 150 (Large Field of view Extreme Resolution) with 20 cm axial and 15 cm transaxial field of view (FOV), sub-mm PET resolution and 5% sensitivity is aimed at pre-clinical brain research. [More]
New culture system confirms amyloid theory, can revolutionize drug discovery for Alzheimer's disease

New culture system confirms amyloid theory, can revolutionize drug discovery for Alzheimer's disease

An innovative laboratory culture system has succeeded, for the first time, in reproducing the full course of events underlying the development of Alzheimer's disease. [More]