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July 8, 2010 – The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced this week it has authorized the reactivation of the National Research Universal (NRU) reactor in Chalk River, Ontario, Canada...

July 6, 2010 – The development of a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology, which may revolutionize the way medical conditions are diagnosed and treated, is to take a major step forward...

July 6, 2010 – Ultrasound company SonoSite Inc. announced last week that it has completed its acquisition of privately held VisualSonics, a Toronto-based company focused on ultra high-frequency...

June 30, 2010 – Thirty percent of cardiology information technology (IT) users are considering replacing their cardiovascular information system (CVIS) software because of ongoing frustrations...

June 29, 2010 – A newly formed committee of experts has begun to tackle the issue of reducing radiation in computed tomography (CT). The panel was launched by Siemens Healthcare as a part of the...

June 28, 2010 – A new 3-D imaging technology is now available in the U.S. The C-InSight from Mazor Surgical Technologies Ltd. will enable medical facilities to incorporate 3-D imaging capabilities...

June 28, 2010 – There is a growing consensus that radiologists must ensure that patients undergoing computed tomography (CT) receive the minimum radiation dose possible to produce a medical...

June 28, 2010 – Saint Francis Health System announced last week that it has chosen a new cardiology information system. Wolters Kluwer Health will provide its ProVation MD software for...

June 16, 2010 – An updated ultrasound system announced this week will feature automated measurements, enhanced image quality and improved volumetric imaging. Siemens Healthcare announced the 1.5...

June 15, 2010 – A new study evaluating the safety of an echocardiography contrast agent found that the agent did not have a significant effect on patients’ pulmonary pressures.

June 14, 2010 – A radio tracer is quickly gaining popularity among cardiologists in the United States.

June 14, 2010 – A new Internet, cloud-based, 3-D advanced visualization and decision support system aids physicians in endovascular case planning, The software was released this week at the...

June 14, 2010 – Common cardiac imaging techniques, images and videos of echocardiography are available using an interactive learning and reference iPhone application. Modality Inc. released its...

June 11, 2010 - Web-based advanced visualization tools are no longer limited by remote access and today provide solutions as robust as their workstation-based counterparts.

June 10, 2010 – The single-use EZ Steer bi-directional catheters are now cleared for reprocessing through Ascent. The reprocessing of this device enables electrophysiology (EP) labs to save money...

June 9, 2010 – Vascular 2-D and 3-D software in development to improve imaging workflow and productivity is being demonstrated during the 2010 Annual Vascular Meeting, sponsored jointly by the...

June 9, 2010 - At the company's annual shareholder meeting today, Toshiba Medical Systems Corp. (TMSC), a member of the Toshiba group of companies, announced Satoshi Tsunakawa will be appointed...

June 8, 2010 - Since August of 2009, Lantheus Medical Imaging has been exploring options to obtain additional molybdenum (Mo-99), which is used to make technetium-99m, an radioisotope used in...

June 8, 2010 - The Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT), an international professional society dedicated to research, education and clinical excellence in cardiovascular computed...

June 8, 2010 – A recent study found a potential new molecular imaging agent combined with post-scan image processing technology could result in crisper pictures of the heart. The results were...

June 7, 2010 – Low-dose, flat-panel computed tomography (CT) iterative reconstruction was added to the BrightView XCT single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)/CT system. The Full...

June 7, 2010 – A program proactively monitors molecular imaging system performance online and in real-time to help predict scanner breakdowns. The system can also detect the majority of potential...

June 4, 2010 – Speech understanding technology that accepts data and translates additional physician dictation in real time into a structured document was introduced yesterday at the Annual...

June 4, 2010 – The first national contract signed for a magnetic resonance imaging angiography (MRA) contrast agent was been signed, making it available to more than 27,000 medical facilities.

June 4, 2010 – A monthly, online service was launched today that allows clinicians to review and interpret general and cardiac nuclear medicine studies from anywhere in the world for a low monthly...

June 3, 2010 – Six-month data from the first 45 patients enrolled in the second stage of a trial for a bioresorbable stent demonstrated strong results. Abbott's bioresorbable vascular scaffold (...

June 3, 2010 – A joint research agreement will explore the targeted delivery of experimental therapeutics based on ribonucleic acid (RNA) interference (RNAi). Philips Healthcare and RXi...

June 3, 2010 – A single photon emission tomography (SPECT) system may significantly reduce patient and staff radiation exposure by using significantly less radioactive imaging agent.

June 2, 2010 – Key research on new diagnostic uses for cardiac ultrasound will be presented at the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) 21st Annual Scientific Sessions June 12-15, in San...

May 27, 2010 – A single catheter combining both intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) and near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy to identify lipid-core plaques (LCP) was unveiled at EuroPRC in Paris this week...

May 26, 2010 – The first angioplasty balloon catheter to integrate intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) imaging has gained CE-mark clearance in Europe. Volcano Corp. also announced today it completed...

May 24, 2010 - Utilizing the iso-osmolar agent Visipaque (iodixanol) could save hospitals $54,617 per 100 patients when compared to the low osmolar nonionic agent iopamidol. This was according to...

May 24, 2010 – New intravascular imaging innovations, such as registered angiography and intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), forward-looking IVUS and a combined IVUS/balloon catheter will be...

May 24, 2010 – New collaborations will enable the use of Boston Scientific’s iLab Ultrasound Imaging System with the Philips’ Allura Xper and the Siemens’ Axiom Artis and Artis zee interventional...

May 21, 2010 – A second company is hoping to gain U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for an optical coherence tomography (OCT) intravascular imaging system. Volcano Corp. said its...

May 20, 2010 - The International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT held May 19 in San Francisco, Calif., hosted the “Workstation Face-Off,” which challenged providers of advanced 3-D image...

May 20, 2010 - Seven advanced visualization systems companies competed at the annual “Workstation Challenge” held at the 2010 International Symposium on Multidetector Row CT (ISCT) held in San...

May 20, 2010 – St. Jude Medical Inc. announced yesterday it is purchasing LightLab Imaging Inc. for $90 million. Lightlab makes optical coherence tomography (OCT) intravascular imaging systems....

May 20, 2010 – A new partnership enables data communication between Medrad's Intego positron emission tomography (PET) infusion system and Pinestar Technology's Nuclear Medicine Information System...

May 19, 2010 – Three distinct lumens in a new line of peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) increase flexibility to administer medications simultaneously. It also allows contrast power...

May 19, 2010 – A new study shows a single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging agent can identified symptomatic heart failure patients most likely to experience cardiac events.

May 19, 2010 – The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and Roche Diagnostics began collaboration to develop a peer-reviewed biomarkers clinical resource Web portal.

May 17, 2010 – When patients present with chest pain or other high-risk symptoms of heart problems, doctors increasingly rely on nuclear imaging and computed tomography (CT) to find evidence of...

May 11, 2010 - “Echocardiographic quantification is crucial in the diagnosis and management of patients with acquired and congenital heart disease,” said Leo Lopez, M.D., FASE, of Children’s...

May 10, 2010 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) just released a technical correction to the 2010 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, which results in payment increases for...

May 6, 2010 – After entered the Japanese drug-eluting stent market earlier this year, Abbott's Xience V and Boston Scientific's Promus stents picked up share from competitors Medtronic and Cordis...

May 5, 2010 - Emergency department use of 256-slice computed tomography angiography (CTA) can help physicians triage patients with indeterminate chest pain without the need for additional...

May 5, 2010 – A new high-definition intravascular imaging system gained U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance today. LightLab Imaging Inc. said its C7-XR optical coherence tomography (...

May 4, 2010 - Researchers have developed a computer-based system that can automatically track patient-specific radiation dose exposure on every patient that receives a computed tomography (CT)...

April 27, 2010 — While repair of large abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA's) is well accepted, randomized clinical trials have failed to demonstrate benefit for early surgical repair of small...

April 28, 2010 — The U.S. District Court in Minnesota this week declined to accept the plea agreement between Guidant and the U.S. Justice Department related to its failure to report adverse...

May 4, 2010 — Including a coronary artery calcium score in a risk assessment for future heart disease events — such as heart attacks — provides a better estimate in some populations than a...

May 4, 2010 - Currently, using conventional imaging modalities to distinguish between acute and chronic aortic dissection (AD) for surgical risk evaluation is not possible. However, in a recent...

May 3, 2010 – A point-of-care ultrasound system for use by emergency medical services (EMS) is being developed in collaboration between SonoSite Inc. and Physio-Control Inc. Under the terms of the...

April 28, 2010 - A national "CT Dose Summit" will bring together leading experts on medical imaging to lay the foundation for establishing guidelines for performing computed tomography (CT) scans...

April 28, 2010 - Molecular imaging can help physicians identify aortic dissection and help guide treatment, according to research published in the May issue of The Journal of Nuclear...

April 28, 2010 – Deviating from its focus on intravascular imaging systems and fractional flow reserve (FFR) catheters, Volcano Corp. said yesterday it entered into a Japanese distribution...

April 27, 2010 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced it is changing the way it operates its medical device advisory panels, effective May 1.

April 27, 2010 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week cleared a large field-of-view, general-purpose portable nuclear imaging system.

April 21, 2010 — A landmark clinical trial has begun in Europe to explore the safety and efficacy of a paclitaxel-eluting stent for the treatment of renal artery disease.

April 21, 2010 – Nearly 50 percent of survey respondents said they would adopt optical coherence tomography (OCT) intravascular imaging systems when they become available in the United States. The...

April 21, 2010 - Performing coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) saved $789 in patients who had positive stress test results but a less than 50 percent chance of having significant...

April 14, 2010 – The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York has become the first facility in the United States to commercially use a new cardiac nuclear imaging system that drastically reduces...

April 6, 2010 – An upgrade to a popular advanced visualization software suite now allows support for the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. The release of version 4.4.5 of the Aquarius iNtuition server-...

April 5, 2010 - If used early, advanced imaging techniques such as computed tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) might shorten the length of a person's hospital stay and...

April 2, 2010 – The FDA, Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) are hosting a joint two–topic workshop, April 13–14, at the Natcher Conference...

April 1, 2010 – A new partnership will deliver multimodality cardiovascular image analysis as a part of a forthcoming Web-based service to simplify workflow and save time in cardiology practices...

March 31, 2010 - The number of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans performed increases each year, as does the number of people with implanted cardiac devices.

March 31, 2010 — A Web-based suite of clinical and reporting tools for cardiology, cardiovascular and vascular imaging has been deployed at Warren Hospital in Phillipsburg, N.J.

March 29, 2010 - Optical coherence tomography (OCT) not only has the potential to identify vulnerable plaques, but in countries like Japan, it is already a standard follow up to stenting...

March 29, 2010 - Medical industry leaders gather this week to discuss steps manufacturers of CT and fluoroscopy systems can take to reduce unnecessary patient exposure to ionizing radiation.

March 25, 2010 – Recognizing that a single database cardiovascular information system(CVIS) can streamline workflow and improve staff efficiency in the cardiology department, several hospitals are...

March 23, 2010 - When imaging the brain, time is critical as vascular abnormalities can have a profound effect on patients’ lives if not diagnosed quickly. A new tool aims to help healthcare...

March 17, 2010 — When working on patients in a hybrid setting, it is critical the imaging system provides outstanding image quality, as well as the flexibility to reach ancillary equipment and the...

March 15, 2010 — An FDA-pending 3D advanced visualization software package for cardiologists includes a broad array of cardiovascular-specific image analysis applications and boasts several...