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Jonathan Batchelor

IHE initiative seeks to facilitate the interconnectivity of the multi-vendor systems that are commonly found in the cardiovascular environment.

Researchers have found that implementing a disciplined collection of background clinical information all along the clinical service chain through use of a RIS, in combination with a PACS, allows for quicker interpretation times and improved service to patients, according to an article published in the October issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Researchers have found recent evidence that shows the growth of external, off-hours teleradiology services (EOTS) has slowed in recent years, despite a significant increase in the number of radiology practices using those services between 2003 and 2007, according to a study in the November issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Concentric Medical, a device developer for clot removal in ischemic stroke patients, has launched an expanded suite of its DAC neurovascular catheters.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a previous ruling of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California that Cook Medical and Newark, Del.-based W.L. Gore & Associates do not infringe on Edwards Lifesciences patents for endovascular devices to treat aneurysms.

Volumetric oblique coronal reformations are a useful noninvasive method to provide diagnostic information about periampullary abnormalities as well as show secondary features important for local staging and management of the ampulla of Vater, according to research published this month in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

CT arthrography may offer comparable sensitivity and specificity as MR arthrography for the detection of repeat superior labral anterior-to-posterior (SLAP) tears, according to a retrospective analysis published this month in Radiology.

Medical imaging in the United States faces some tough economic challenges in the near term. Procedure reimbursement, already slashed as a result of the Deficit Reduction Action Act of 2005, appears certain to take another downturn in 2010. Combine this less than rosy forecast with a tightening of credit facilities to practices large and small and the outlook appears grim.

Advanced visualization technology developer TeraRecon has appointed TieCheng Zhao, PhD, as its vice president of engineering.

Although much of the focus on advanced visualization in medical imaging has been on its use in diagnostic interpretation, one of the technologys strongest clinical roles may be its utilization by clinicians in planning interventional treatments. In addition to improving the quality of patient care, the applications may also foster even stronger collaboration between radiology services and surgical units.