Editorial

The term ‘Interventional Radiology’ represents diagnostic and therapeutic procedures that are minimally invasive and guided by an imaging method be it fluoroscopy, ultrasound, CT or MRI. These procedures, developed over many years by radiologists, have become core components of the services offered by radiology departments and an essential part of management of many disorders. The success of these...

Association News

Join Europe’s Most Prominent Experts, October 5 – 7 2006 Dear colleagues and friends, On behalf of the Local Organising Committee, it gives me great pleasure to invite you to attend the 9th edition of ‘Management in Radiology’ (MIR) 2006 Congress in Budapest. This unique platform, initiated to address significant managerial issues that affect the imaging industry from...

IHE Europe welcomes new member IHE Israel (www.ihe-il.org), which was officially initiated on 17 May 2006, in the presence of Mr. Charles Parisot, Vendor Co-Chair of IHE-IT Infrastructure. IHE Israel currently counts more than fifty registered members and is part of the IHE Europe initiative. The User Co-Chair is Ziv Rosenbaum and the Vendor Co- Chair is Roni Zaharia. Next Events...

The recently held 24th International EuroPACS Conference, which took place June 14 - 17 2006 in Trondheim, Norway, addressed a wide range of information technologies and related topics, over the three days of this leading European conference. With cutting-edge topics ranging from Image Processing and CAD, to Broadband and PACS, and Security Issues, the conference proved once again that it is the central...

The 20th International Congress and Exhibition of CARS 2006 (Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery) was successfully held at the Osaka International Convention Centre in Osaka, Japan with 855 congress registrants from 43 countries. The meeting was organised by Hironabu Nakamura MD, PhD (Professor of Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine) and Kiyonari Inamura, PhD (Professor of Kansai University...

Choosing the right MR system involves careful planning and selecting of benefits and features that meet the needs of healthcare facilities. ECRI recently published an evaluation of three 1.5-tesla MR systems. The in-depth article published in ECRI’s Health Devices journal provides information on selection criteria, extensive product specifications, and detailed results and analysis from ECRI’s testing...

Scientific Programme The Scientific Programme Committee (SPC) chaired by Professor Klaas Prüssmann has prepared a well-balanced and exciting programme. The programme will cover Teaching Sessions, Plenary Lectures, Mini-Categorical Courses, Debates, Discussions and Scientific Sessions with the highest possible scientific quality. The aim is to give a multidisciplinary perspective on the...

EU News

Author Ilze   Raath Editor European Affairs EUROPE @ EMCEUROPE . COM The European Court of Auditors is the external audit institution of the European Union and acts as its “financial conscience”. Founded in 1977 in Luxembourg, it is independent from other European Union (EU) institutions. Its task is to keep track of EU funds, making sure that the Commis

Industry News

Matrox Graphics Inc. Display controller boards, including the Matrox MED Series, RAD Series, TheatreVUE Series and AuroraVX Series have been shipping as RoHS-compliant boards over the last few months.   The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union adopted a Directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment, known...

Agfa HealthCare announced that it has been selected by the Toronto East Network (TEN) as the preferred vendor for the region’s PACS project. Requiring the integration of several RIS and PACS systems from different vendors, this project will utilise Agfa’s IMPAX solution.   The TEN PACS Project is a joint initiative commissioned by a voluntary consortium of 16 hospital corporations. In...

Kodak has applied to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approval of its CR system for mammography and the company is currently conducting clinical trials at several sites in the U.S. and Canada. The mammography feature captures mammography and general radiography exams with the same computed radiography (CR) platform. Capturing mammography images requires the use of specialised KODA...

Frost & Sullivan has awarded Barco with the Customer Value Award for VOXAR 3D, a portfolio of advanced visualisation software and clinical applications. According to Frost & Sullivan, Barco's VOXAR 3D software provides customers with the best value for their investment in an advanced visualisation solution for a PACS environment.   Frost & Sullivan granted the award to Barco bec

Planmed has recently submitted a premarket approval (PMA) application to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the company’s Planmed Nuance* Full Field Digital Mammography System. Planmed hopes to receive the application approval before the end of the year.   The Planmed Nuance is based on amorphous selenium (a-Se) detector technology. Planmed plans to offer two detector sizes. C...

Siemens has completed its acquisition of Diagnostic Products Corporation (DPC), marking a significant milestone for Siemens as it enters the invitro diagnostics (IVD) market. Together with DPC, Siemens Medical Solutions will become the first full service diagnostics company. Yesterday, DPC shareholders approved the merger of DPC into a wholly owned subsidiary of Siemens Medical Solutions, Inc. In...

NEC Corporation (NEC) and NEC Electronics Corporation (NEC Electronics) announced that they have succeeded in the development of a new design method for large-scale integrations (LSIs) with more than 50 million transistors, operating at a speed of several hundred megahertz. NEC and NEC Electronics’ new design method introduces a “Border Moving Method” into the design process, which completely eliminates...

Sectra Communications Dutch branch office was recently inaugurated in the Hague, the Netherlands. The inauguration was held in presence of around twenty invited customers, among these representatives from the Dutch Ministry of Interior, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the International Crime Court and Eurojust.   Sectra's Country Manager in the Netherlands, Jeroen de Muijnck, hosted...

Cover Story: Interventional Radiology

Which Technology is Worthwhile? Authors P rof . T homas J. V ogl ( above ) D r . M ohamed N abil I nstitute for Diagnostic and I nterventional R adiology J ohann   W olfgang   G oethe U niversity Clinic F rankfurt Am M ain G ermany T

Adapting the Environment for Optimal Healthcare Authors H erve R ousseau F rancis J offre O ctavio   C osin D epartment   of   R adiology R angueil   H ospital T oulouse , F rance ROUSSEAU . H @ CHU - TOULOUSE . FR Interventional radiology is a continuous

Innovations Raising Standards of Healthcare Author P rof . J ose I gnacio   B ilbao Department of Radiology U niversity Clinic   of   N avarra P amplona , S pain Minimally invasive procedures that began as “therapeutic alternatives” have now become first choice procedures, resulting in important ch

Interview with Prof. Johannes Lammer Prof. Johannes Lammer C hairman , D epartment of A ngiography and I nterventional Radiology , U niversity of V ienna /AKH P resident of   Cirse How did You Come to be Involved in Interventional Radiology? I am currently a Professor of Radiology and the Director of the...

Features

Ensuring Stable Departmental Growth Author P rof . J. L. B loem H ead of Radiology and N uclear Medicine L eiden U niversity Madical C entre L eiden ,The Netherlands J . L . BLOEM @ LUMC . NL To develop a quality-led, customer-driven and forward looking healthcare facility, heads of departments must imp...

Making a More Accurate Diagnosis Author D r . I van S algo H eart F ailure I nvestigations P rogramme Director P hilips Ultrasound Advances in ultrasound technology are making it possible for physicians to obtain clearer images of the heart than ever before, which is critical in being able to accurately diagnose and...

Increasing Medical Safety Authors M r . F rank E llwood CT S uperintendant D erriford H ospital P lymouth D evon , U nited Kingdom Dr N athan M anghat S pecialist R egistrar in C linical R adiology D erriford H ospital P lymouth D...

ECRI Healthcare Product Comparison Chart

Contact ECRI Europe Weltech Centre Ridgeway, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL7 2AA, United Kingdom INFO @ ECRI . ORG . UK WWW . ECRI . ORG . UK   ECRI is a totally independent non profit research agency designated as a Collaborating Centre of the World Health Organization (WHO). Such organisations are appointed to contribute to WHO’s publ

Country Focus: Imaging in Hungary

Assessing Today’s Challenges Author D r . I van G olub P resident of Association of H ungarian Hospitals D irector of Major District And Teaching Hospital U zsoki B udapest H ungary Imaging plays an integral role in medical care and hospital management today. Unfortunately, imaging is not considered...

Challenges Faced by Department Heads Author P rof . D r . A ndras P alko C hairman D epartment of R adiology F aculty of G eneral M edicine U niversity of   S zeged , H ungary   Radiology departments in the four Hungarian University Medical Schools (UMCs) are organised

A Multidisciplinary Approach Author P rof . I stvan B attyani C hairman of the D epartment of Radiology F aculty of Medicine , U niversity of P ecs P ecs , H ungary   In South-west Hungary, three years ago, a regional imaging research programme was commenced within the...

Experiences of a Department Head Author D r . G yongie N agy H ead of Department of D iagnostic R adiology Country H ospital Z alaegerszeg H ungary As Head of the department of radiology since 1992 at the County Hospital of Zalaegerszag, I am part of a large hospital with a total staff of 1700 that...

Interview

Interviewee P rof . G eorg B ongartz H ead General R adiology U niversity Hospital   B asel S witzerland Tell Us About the Background and Origins of MIR. _ Four radiologists (Paolo Pavone, Italy, Christian Herold, Austria, Gabriel Krestin, The Netherlands and myself) formed the “European Working Group on Management...


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