Editorial

By the time you read this issue, you may already be at the ECR 2005 conference, in Vienna. If you are, we hope you have a very successful conference.   Positron Emission Tomography, especially linked with Computer Tomography, has substantially increased the scope of nuclear medicine with many new possible applications. In this issue, we have a review from Dr Rodrigo Moreno-Reyes from E...

News

E dward S usman EDWARDSUSMAN @ CS . COM RSNA 2004 The booths have been broken down, the carpets rolled up, and one has to assume that the cab line at McCormick Place has gotten a little bit shorter. Yes, the RSNA conference has wrapped up for the year.   This year's meeting again saw radiology demonstrate the progress that has fueled its evolution...

Euro News

Helicia Herman E ditor European Affairs   Some 3,000 researchers have signed a petition against Directive 2001/20/EC on Clinical Trials 2001, which took effect in May 2004. The campaign against the directive will now focus on documenting the difficulties experienced by researchers as a result of the transposition of the directive into national law. In Ireland, for example, the...

Industry News

A gfa G evaert J eff L ewis , A gfa M edia R elations JEFF . LEWIS @ AGFA . COM WWW . AGFAPRESS . COM   Agfa-Gevaert Acquires GWI Agfa-Gevaert has announced that following regulatory approval from the German and Austrian anti-trust authorities the acquisition of GWI was closed on 31 January 2005. GWI is one of the leading...

A nja Sussner, PR M anager WWW . MEDICAL . SIEMENS . COM   Planning Software for Particle Therapy with Protons The German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and Siemens Medical Solutions recently signed a cooperative as well as licensing agreement for software to be used for the planning of particle therapy with protons.   Siemens will receive the exclusive

M isys  H ealthcare  S ystems Author M arie M claughlin MARIE . MCLAUGHLIN @ MISYSHEALTHCARE . COM   Misys Healthcare Systems, CoPathPlus Product University College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust has selected CoPathPlus® from Misys as its anatomic pathology information system to replace their legacy application. UCL

Author P atricia J reige M arketing C ommunications S pecialist 514.822.6000 X 7740 WWW . MATROX . COM / MGA   New Products Featured at RSNA 2004 At RSNA 2004 (Chicago IL. USA), Matrox Medical Imaging featured its latest products, including the new RAD2mp PCI Express board, providing accelerated performance and flexible...

M ark C ontractor R eis S tentor M arketing and C orporate C ommunications 650-228-5384 MARK @ STENTOR . COM WWW . STENTOR . COM   Stentor Selected as Approved Vendor by MedAssets Supply Chain Systems for Multi-Year Imaging Contract Stentor has announced that it has been selected by MedAssets Supply Chain Systems,...

Author B rian M c K aig , PR 262-544-3937 BRIAN . MCKAIG @ GE . COM WWW . GEHEALTHCARE . COM / COMPANY / PRESSROOM /   GE Unveils the World’s First High Definition Magnetic Resonance (HDMR) System GE Healthcare has unveiled exclusive cardiac imaging techniques developed with the world’s first High Definition Magnetic Resonance...

P lanar S ystems , I nc . L inda F erguson LINDA _ FERGUSON @ PLANAR . COM WWW . PLANAR . COM   Planar's New Lines of Touchscreen Monitors Drive Market Evolution Planar Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:PLNR), a worldwide leader in flat-panel display systems, is launching an expanded, comprehensive suite of touchscreen monitors designed...

Partner Focus MIR

Author I an M c C all V ice -P resident of Ear   The European Association of Radiology (EAR) is a federation of all the European (EU and Non-EU) National and Sub-specialty Radiological Societies and is responsible for representing the combined views of all these groups on radiological matters in Europe. The objectives of the EAR are to develop an...

Author D r N icola H S trickland, BM, BC H , MA H ONS (O XON ), FRCP, FRCR C onsultant R adiologist H ammersmith H ospitals T rust D u C ane R oad, L ondon , W12 OHS   The reason is because productivity is the name of the healthcare game nowadays, and the referee...

Partner Focus IHE

Dear IHE-Cardiology Community,   As announced previously, the ESC is planning to perform an IHE-cardiology demonstration during the next meeting to be held in Stockholm, Sweden, between the 3 rd and the 7th of September 2005. During this symposium, three cardiology integration profiles (Cardiac Catheterization Workflow, Echocardiography Workflow, Retrieve ECG for Display) and the affil...

This event follows the IHE 2004 Connectathon in Padova where 46 vendors participated with 78 systems that performed more than 550 tests on 14 IHE integration profiles.   Connectathon The Connectathon facilitates the implementation of standards-based integration by the healthcare information systems and imaging equipment industry. It offers vendors a unique opportunity for conne...

News from ECRI, Cars and EuroPacs

ECRI E urope M ichael S tewart STEWART @ ECRI . ORG . UK WWW . ECRI . ORG . UK   ECRI is pleased to announce the Medical Imaging Technology Online Service (MITOS), which includes information about Digital Imaging, PACS Systems, CT/MRI Scanners, DICOM issues and more. With more and more money being spent on expensive devices, guidance...

CARS 2005 C omputer A ssisted R adiology and S urgery 19 TH I nternational Congress and E xhibition J une 22 - 25, 2005, B erlin , G ermany J oint Congress of CARS/ E uro PACS/ISCAS/CMI/ CAD 20 Y ears CARS 1985 - 2005 WWW . CARS - INT . ORG   Innovations for...

Authors D avid C aramella E uro PACS P resident WWW . RAD . UNIPI . IT H OME CARAMELLA @ DO . MED . UNIPI . IT   E wa P ietka P H D, Dsc P rofessor S ilesian U niversity of T echnology A kademicka 16 PL – 44 101 G liwice PIETKA @ PS ....

Cover Story

Author Rodrigo M oreno -R eyes, MD P H D D epartment of N uclear M edicine D epartment E rasme Hospital B russels , B elgium   The clinical impact of nuclear medicine has increased dramatically since the use of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scans became routine.   It is th

Author D r . B ich -N goc -T hanh T ang , H ospital E rasme RouteDe L ennik 808, 1070 B russels B elgium E - MAIL : T HANH .T ANG @ ULB . AC . BE   T EL : + 32 2 555 3111 ( EXT : 5727) F AX + 32 3 555 6800   C-methyl-methionine (MET) is the most celebrated, w

Author D r . D idier B locklet   Cellular and molecular therapy is one of the fastest growing fields of original clinical research. Pinpointing the traffic and homing of cellular compounds following administration is proving to be of immense importance, as these substances generally target specific organs where they have a set role to play. Research teams strive to...

Authors Bach-Gansmo T1, Seierstad T2, Bogsrud TV1, Aas M1, Skretting A2 Departments of nuclear medicine1 and medical physics and technology 2. The Norwegian Radium Hospital, Oslo, Norway   Introduction The presence of large quantities of 18F-FDG in the urinary bladder as well as changes in activity and volume over time may hamper the detection by PET of patholo...

A New Ultrasound-Based Technology for the Non-Invasive Detection of Cancers in Solid Organs  Authors Dror Nir , P H D Advanced Medical Diagnostics 555 Engeland Street, (1180) Brussels T EL : +32-2-600 50 10 DRORNIR @ HISTOSCANNING . COM   Andre-Robert Grivegeen , MD Philippe Autier , M D 2

ECRI Healthcare Product Comparison

E CRI , a Nonprofit Organisation 5200 B utler P ike , P lymouth M eeting PA 19462-1298, USA T ELEPHONE +1 (610) 825-6000 F AX +1 (610) 834-1275 E- MAIL HPCS @ ECRI . ORG   HPCT WERE ORIGINALLY PRINTED J ULY 2003   Scope of this Product Comparison This Product Comparison covers positron emissio

‘Letter from America’

As a more comprehensive response to spiraling costs fueled by nonradiologist self-referral, the American College of Radiology is proposing that Congress place to Medicare patients.   Details of the ‘designated physician imager’ (DPI) proposal -- essentially, a federal privileging program -- are still in the works.   The college will soon promote the concept to potential spons

Organs with rapidly dividing cell systems, including bone marrow, intestines, and gonads, are known to be more sensitive to ionizing radiation than other anatomic regions.   For gonads in particular, a threshold radiation dose of 350-600 cGy may be sufficient to produce permanent sterility. Animal studies suggest that a gonadal radiation dose of 100-150 cGy will produce a genetic mut...

Country Focus

Author D r l gnace B oelaert R adiologst O nze L ieve V rouwziekenhuis M oorselbaan 164 9300 AALST, B elgium I GNACE .B OELAERT @ OLVZ - AALST . BE   In this, the introduction to the Country Focus, I have tried to summarize how medical imaging – specifically radiology – has developed in Belgium...

Author D r K arl M erckx R adiologist H ikstraat 43, 2200 H erentals B elgium K.M ERCKX @ PANDORA . BE   Introduction Along with its neighbours France and Germany, Belgium has a long tradition of organising radiology facilities outside of hospital radiology departments. Until about 1970, the number of ‘private’...

Author P iet V anhoenacker MD S taff R adiologist O NZE -L IEVE -V ROUW Z iekenhuis , A alst M oorselbaan 164, 9300 A ALST B elgium   The position of hospital-based radiology in Belgium (excluding academic institutions) is structured according to the type of hospital - private or public- and...

Author D r . J ohan De M ey AZ-Vub L aarbeeklaan 101 1090 B russels B elgium Email : JOHAN . DEMEY @ AZ . VUB . AC . BE   Introduction to the Belgian System To understand the Belgian education and health care systems, it is necessary to know something about the structure of the Belgian federal state. The...

My Opinion

I nterviewee Paul Veithen   Can You Tell Us a Little About Yourself and Your Experience in the Field of Imaging I have been with Agfa for about 35 years and have spent ten years as CEO of Agfa Canada. It was then that I learned how a strong team can build a powerful market position, with thoughtful acquisitions and an innovative spirit - even when resources are scarce....

Conference Preview

Author P aul V ine M anaging E ditor Imaging M anagement FIGURE: Professor Helen Carty Chairman of the Executive ECR WWW . ECR . ORG   This year’s European congress of Radiology takes place between the 4th and the 8th March 2005 in Vienna. In her introduction to the congress programme, the chairman of the Executive...


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