Archive for December, 2007

Need for Digital Mammography?

| December 31, 2007 | 0 Comments

These 2 stories appeared in Ireland in early November dealing with quality assurance issues in a hospital’s radiology department.  Stories have continued in the local press there about the continuing investigation on the matter.  A link is below for the story that appeared in RTE News on November 6, 2007.  What I find most interesting […]

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Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging In Medical Therapy

| December 28, 2007 | 1 Comment

Digital technology now makes Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging available to all. There now is a completely safe test that can aid in diagnosis, treatment and monitoring with absolutely no risk or radiation exposure. DITI, or digital infrared thermal imaging, is a noninvasive diagnostic test that allows a health practitioner to see and measure changes in […]

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Three-Dimensional Medical Imaging Could Improve Doctors’ Ability to Diagnose Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

| December 26, 2007 | 0 Comments

By Josh Romero Spectrum Online (http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/nov07/5720) Digital facial models created from three-dimensional scans could give doctors a new diagnostic tool for identifying children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, a broad range of effects resulting from alcohol exposure in the womb. Although such children often have symptoms common to other developmental disorders, they require different interventions, […]

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caBIG Links Newsletter: Issue 5

| December 26, 2007 | 0 Comments

The September 2007 release of caGrid 1.1, the latest version of the underlying software infrastructure of caBIG™, is a major step towards addressing the cancer research community’s needs and promoting interoperable software standards for collaborating institutions. Issue 5 of caBIG™ Links highlights some of the new features of the latest release of caGrid and includes […]

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Kodak DXS 4000 Imaging Systems

| December 25, 2007 | 0 Comments

For Digital Specimen Radiography Carestream Molecular Imaging has introduced a new digital x-ray imaging platform that produces high-resolution radiographs of medical, life science and material science research specimens. The new Kodak DXS 4000 and KODAK DXS 4000 Pro systems will be available in the US in the fourth quarter of 2007, the company said. Carestream […]

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VivaScope(R) Confocal Imager May Eliminate Need for Routine Skin Biopsies for Dermatology Patients

| December 24, 2007 | 0 Comments

Many routine surgical biopsies could become a thing of the past as dermatologists may soon be sharing, reviewing and diagnosing noninvasive digital images of skin cells via the Internet, using Lucid Inc.’s VivaNet(TM) telemedicine server and its VivaScope(R) confocal imagers. The technology, which relies on using special microscopes to digitally image a patient’s skin, may […]

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Hospitals and Social Media

| December 23, 2007 | 0 Comments

Posted on www.hospitalimpact.org by Tony Chen on 18 Dec 2007.  Thought it worth re-posting. Definitely not the phrases you see together very often, right? Maybe it won’t be so foreign in a few years. I’ve posted in the past on whether hospitals should blog. I’ve also previously mentioned how pleasantly surprised I was to see […]

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Data indicate 12 million new cancer cases worldwide in 2007, nearly eight million cancer deaths

| December 21, 2007 | 0 Comments

          The AFP (12/18) reports, "More than 12 million new cancer cases were diagnosed in 2007 and 7.6 million people were killed by the disease," roughly "20,000 [deaths] each day of the year," according to Global Cancer Facts and Figures, a study published by the American Cancer Society (ACS). The study also […]

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Webmicroscope

| December 21, 2007 | 0 Comments

I have posted on this previously here.  Having toured the site, the applications and uses are numerous and include pages for atlases, supplements, slide seminars, applications (excellent), services/products in addition to the virtual microscopy network.  I encourage you to check out their cases.  The viewer plug-ins download easily and quickly with quick refresh rates.  See […]

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Mayo joins movement to provide quick health care in retail setting

| December 20, 2007 | 0 Comments

From the Post-Bulletin comes this story about retail medicine from Mayo Clinic.  Readers of labsoftnews.com are familiar with postings about retail medicine outlets.  The numbers in bold below seem staggering.  I suppose it allows medicine to be "as far forward as possible".  Actually, my recollection of our "primary care provider" is actually a retail ER […]

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Bristol-Myers sells off medical imaging unit for roughly $525 million

| December 18, 2007 | 0 Comments

The Wall Street Journal (12/17, Flowers) reported that pharmaceutical firm Bristol-Myers Squibb has agreed to sell "its medical imaging group to private equity firm Avista Capital Partners for about $525 million."  The signed agreement "comes two weeks after" Bristol-Myers Squibb announced the unit’s sale "as part of its restructuring."  Under the deal, which is expected […]

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Lucid Expands Support Internationally: Dr. Colin Stahel appointed Director for Asia Pacific Region

| December 17, 2007 | 0 Comments

Lucid, Inc. (http://www.lucid-tech.com/), a leading U.S. cellular imaging and technology company, has appointed Dr. Colin Stahel as Director, Asia Pacific Region. Based in Sydney, Australia, Stahel was selected for the newly created position based on his extensive medical technology experience. "With over twenty years of experience in the development of medical technology and pre-cancer and […]

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November GAO Report on Impact of Terminating, Relocating or Outsourcing the Services of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology

| December 17, 2007 | 0 Comments

A link to a 59-page GAO report issued in November 2007 on "Impact of Terminating, Relocating or Outsourcing the Services of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology" is available here. You can also view complete report here – Download GAO_Nov2007GAOReport.pdf .

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Standards in Digital Pathology and Telepathology

| December 17, 2007 | 0 Comments

I get many questions concerning the use of telepathology and standards.  In short, there aren’t many standards per se, this site I came across recently talks about the development of such and groups that are working in this area with updated documents – http://www.conganat.org/digital/index.htm. In addition, there are some proposed clinical guidelines produced by the […]

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