Wed.Feb 07, 2024

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Ultrasound waves ease pain by influencing brain areas

AuntMinnie

Focused ultrasound could help ease pain by manipulating the area of the brain that registers pain, a proof-of-principle study published February 1 in Pain found. Researchers led by Wynn Legon, PhD, from Virginia Tech University found that low-intensity focused ultrasound can nonsurgically modulate the anterior insula and posterior insula in humans, with participants reporting lower pain levels after undergoing procedures.

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New direct links discovered between the brain and its surrounding environment

ScienceDaily

In a recent study of the brain's waste drainage system, researchers discovered a direct connection between the brain and its tough protective covering, the dura mater. These links may allow waste fluid to leave the brain while also exposing the brain to immune cells and other signals coming from the dura. This challenges the conventional wisdom which has suggested that the brain is cut off from its surroundings by a series of protective barriers, keeping it safe from dangerous chemicals and toxi

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Researcher speaks on MyChart Mobile tool with AuntMinnie.com

AuntMinnie

Researchers recently had results published showing the efficacy of an online tool for women to better understand their breast cancer screening results, including what their mammograms mean. Seetharam Chadalavada, MD, from the University of Cincinnati co-authored the paper, published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology , and spoke with AuntMinnie.com on how a human-centered design framework led to the tool's creation.

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Apple Vision Pro app brings augmented reality to radiology

Health Imaging

The new “spatial computing” headset, which effectively allows users to augment reality with a heads-up display, now has an imaging app.

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Maximize Your Radiology Center’s Performance With Specialized Scheduling

Patient-centric scheduling can only be achieved through optimized radiology workflows, effective communications between staff and physicians, and, of course, through specialized schedulers. In this guide, we’ll take you through a step-by-step process to transform your radiology center into a high-performance hub of medical imaging.

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EVT improves outcomes in stroke patients

AuntMinnie

Endovascular thrombectomy (EVT) may improve outcomes in stroke patients compared to medical management – importantly, even when imaging suggests varying ranges of brain injury, according to a study published February 7 in JAMA. In a clinical trial, EVT improved clinical outcomes after 90 days in patients with a wide spectrum of infarct volumes (stroke sizes) assessed either by CT or MRI imaging at baseline, noted a group led by Amrou Sarraj, MD, of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, O

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MRI shows how the brain compensates for age-related cognitive decline

AuntMinnie

A team of researchers from the University of Cambridge in the U.K. has found evidence on MRI scans that the brain compensates for age-related deterioration by enlisting other areas to help with brain function and maintain cognitive performance. The study findings shed light on how our brains handle cognitive decline as we age, wrote a group led by Ethan Knights, PhD.

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Sectra 'Best in KLAS' among PACS vendors; Agfa, 3M, Fujifilm and Nuance also make imaging list

Radiology Business

The report recognizes software and service companies “who excel in helping healthcare professionals improve patient care.

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Can new image processing methods deliver reproducible radiomics?

AuntMinnie

A multinational team of researchers has developed standardized image processing techniques that show promise for significantly improving the reproducibility of AI-based radiomics analysis. In a three-phase study conducted as part of the Image Biomarker Standardization Initiative (IBSI), 15 teams from seven countries developed a set of eight standardized software “filters” for radiomics analysis and then tested their performance on a multimodal imaging set of CT, FDG-PET, and MR images.

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What Emerging CT Research Reveals About Pure Ground Glass Nodules

Diagnostic Imaging

In a computed tomography (CT) study assessing over 450 patients who had lung adenocarcinoma resection, researchers noted zero recurrence at five years and 97.7 percent recurrence-free survival for patients with resected pure ground glass nodules.

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What You Need To Know About Zero Boil Off MRI Scanners

Atlantis Worldwide

Since zero boil off MRI Scanners are extremely expensive, it’s a good idea to understand the facts and dispel misconceptions about these systems before you buy.

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Fujifilm’s Synapse Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) Earns “Best in KLAS” for Fifth Consecutive Year

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Wed, 02/07/2024 - 19:55 February 7, 2024 — FUJIFILM Healthcare Americas Corporation, a leading provider of diagnostic and enterprise imaging solutions, announces that its Synapse VNA and Synapse Radiology PACS (in Asia/Oceania*) have ranked #1 in the 2024 Best in KLAS Awards: Software and Services. Best in KLAS is an industry insights initiative by KLAS Research that recognizes software and services companies that excel in helping healthcare professionals improve patient care.

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REBEL Core Cast 117.0 – Infections of Pregnancy

REBEL EM

Take Home Points Infections are a leading cause of maternal mortality worldwide. Prompt recognition is critical in management. Most infectious processes will require admission and close observation for improvement or decompensation. REBEL Core Cast 117.0 – Infections of Pregnancy Click here for Direct Download of the Podcast Urinary Tract Infection/Pyelonephritis Epidemiology: Occurs in as many as 15% of pregnant women and between 20-40% of pregnant women with asymptomatic bacteriuria will

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HFES accepted into federal AI consortium

AuntMinnie

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) has joined the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) AI Safety Institute Consortium. The society highlighted that this will make way for developing a new measurement science to promote trustworthy and responsible use of AI systems. The consortium aims to address challenges outlined by NIST in 2023 as well as a 2023 executive order on safe, secure, and trustworthy AI.

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Supply crunch forces ED to develop contrast use mitigation protocol for PE

Health Imaging

The protocol led to a reduction in CT scans without sacrificing diagnostic accuracy.

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VIDEO: Advancements and Trends in Medical Imaging

Imaging Technology

At RSNA23, Imaging Technology News (ITN) spoke with Bhvita Jani, principal analyst at Signify Research, about advancements and trends in medical imaging, including the development of coronary CTA, use of

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Machine Learning Identifies Drug Candidates for Cardiac Fibrosis

Health IT Analytics

Mechanistic machine learning tools can provide insights into how different drug candidates could minimize harmful scarring following a heart attack.

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Sectra awarded Best in KLAS for customer service for 11th consecutive year

Health Imaging

KLAS Research also recognized the company in its new European categories.

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Knee pain explained: The size of your meniscus matters

ScienceDaily

A team of researchers has shed light on why some patients with specific joint deformities, such as discoid lateral meniscus (DLM), are symptomatic while others are not. The researchers analyzed 61 symptomatic knees with DLM surgery and 35 asymptomatic knees but with DLM detected on MRI and discovered that symptomatic patients have thicker menisci than asymptomatic patients.

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Siemens Healthineers executive testifies on AI before Senate committee

AuntMinnie

A Siemens Healthineers executive is testifying February 8 before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance in a hearing titled, "Artificial Intelligence and Health Care: Promise and Pitfalls." The hearing is focusing on the use of algorithms and AI systems in healthcare, including on the topic of reimbursement. Peter Shen is representing Siemens Healthineers as head of Digital & Automation for North America.

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Building a Strong Talent Pipeline

MRI Network

Image by F reepik One of the exciting things about recruiting is that it’s constantly changing. New technology and evolving best practices mean each job posting is a new challenge for HR teams and hiring managers. This can be a challenge, and devoting your efforts to finding the right fit for each job is time-consuming and ineffective. For example, when a valuable employee suddenly resigns, most companies would have to scramble to fill the position with the first qualified candidate to come alon

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Ezra raises $21M in funding round

AuntMinnie

AI software developer Ezra has raised $21 million in new funding to expand the company's AI-powered technology for full-body MRI scanning into more North American health centers. The latest investment brings Ezra’s total funding to $41 million, according to the vendor. Ezra said it plans to expand to 20 cities and 50 locations across North America in 2024, as well as advance the use of its AI technology by imaging centers and clinicians.

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Dual-Purpose Imaging Agents for PET and MRI Scanners Could Diagnose Neurodegenerative Diseases.

MedImaging MRI

A research team is developing imaging agents that can penetrate the blood-brain barrier and will be compatible with both PET and MRI scanners to facilitate earlier detection of neurodegenerative diseases.

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IAEA touts radiotherapy trial in low-income countries

AuntMinnie

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) highlighted a study it led suggesting that fewer but higher doses of radiation treatment for head and neck cancer resulted in similar results as standard radiotherapy in patients in low-income countries. “Reducing overall treatment times for this type of cancer could help countries to shorten waitlists, enabling more patients to receive timely treatment while also reducing the cost and full treatment duration,” the IAEA said in a recent news release.

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The Utility of Healthcare AI Today: Lessons From the Inside with Jeffrey Sturman, Chief Digital Officer of Memorial Healthcare System

Aidoc

We have recently launched our exclusive c-suite video series “Lessons From the Inside,” where hospital leaders and executives share their exclusive insights on clinical AI. In this video, Jeffrey Sturman, Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer of Memorial Healthcare System, illuminates the pivotal role of AI in healthcare. AI is positioned as a valuable addition to the toolkit, debunking the misconception of a “mystery black box.

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FDA issues recall for Philips SPECT scanner

AuntMinnie

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Class I recall for Philips' BrightView SPECT scanners due to a potential component failure that could result in injury to patients. “If the detector is positioned below center of gantry, there is a potential for abrasion, contusion, laceration, and/or fracture to the patient's lower limbs, as well as an interruption to normal system operation.

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Ultrasound Detects Placenta Problems in Small Babies

MedImaging Ultrasound

A new study has discovered that Doppler ultrasound, which measures the blood flow in small unborn babies, can indicate the health of the placenta.

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Isotopia signs E Solutions to build new manufacturing facility

AuntMinnie

Isotopia USA has signed an agreement with E Solutions to design and build its new 28,000-sq-ft medical isotope manufacturing facility at its headquarters in Indianapolis, IN. The facility will include cleanrooms and analytical and microbiological labs necessary for high-volume production of lutetium-177 and terbium-161 isotopes, which are used in targeted nuclear medicine therapies for cancer patients.

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Introduction of automated breast ultrasound as an additional screening tool for dense breasts in the UK: a practical approach from the BRAID trial

ScienceDirect

Publication date: Available online 7 February 2024 Source: Clinical Radiology Author(s): I. Allajbeu, K. Morris, M. Nanaa, N. Payne, K. Chatney, P.L. Moyle, K. Taylor, N. Sharma, Y. Lim, F.J.