Buoyed by abundant cash and a profitable business formula, Alliance Healthcare is bucking the economic gloom that pervades the for-profit sector of medical imaging and implementing aggressive growth plans in 2009.
With obstacles to routine Medicare reimbursement of FDG-PET for most cancer cases cleared away, the imaging community is now focusing attention on private insurers and coverage policies that restrict access to the imaging technology.
Imagine an exam that combines into a single scan the diagnostic imaging power of 10 PET studies, each measuring an essential dimension of cancer's aggressiveness, metastatic potential, and susceptibility to radio- and chemotherapy.
Despite progress on several fronts, the SNM Clinical Trials Network has received a cool response from recession-shocked pharmaceutical companies whose participation and financial support are considered crucial to the program's success.
The American College of Radiology Imaging Network has announced the first of two trials on clinical protocols for the use of coronary CTA in patients presenting to the emergency room with acute chest pain.
Image quality derived from echo liver imaging at 3T (A, left) improves (A, right) when applying Philips MultiTransmit technology, which eliminatesdielectric shading, an artifact commonly found at this field strength.