Editorial

Leading us into 2007, IMAGING Management’s first issue of the year aims to confirm once more, the absolute necessity of good management practices in the field of healthcare ... Read more

Association News

Managers and leaders in the field of healthcare are under enormous pressure to deliver more, with fewer resources and in faster time. This pressure quickly translates into inefficiency, reduced effectiveness and personal stress, all of which are then transmitted to those people we manage and lead. Organised by Management in Radiology (MIR), the 2007 winter course is based on the theme of “The Art...

EuroPACS have announced the dates of their 2007 meeting in Berlin. These annual international meetings are aimed at providing updated information on state-of-the-art PACS and related research activities. The programme usually features invited as well as submitted papers on new developments in the field, including clinical and technical topics. Taking place between June 27 – 30, 2007, this will be the...

More than 100 systems and 70 companies have registered to participate in the next IHE European Connect-a-thon scheduled to take place during the eHealth Week in Berlin (April 15 – 20 2007). Participants of the Connect-athon now have three months to get their systems ready for the connectivity marathon. The first step in this preparation will take place in Berlin on February 7th and 8th with a two-day...

The escalating number of medical devices designed with software-based features presents new challenges for hospitals and healthcare systems. To ensure patient safety and optimal performance, clinicians and hospital staff must prepare for this integration of information technology into a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic devices. During a recent audio conference, ECRI provided guidance on navigating...

Submissions for presenters at the forthcoming CARS 2007 21st International Congress and Exhibition will be accepted until Jan. 10, 2007. Chaired by Prof. Stanley Baum and co-Chaired by Prof. Bernd Hamm, this year’s 21st edition takes places in Berlin, Germany. Likely programme topics will include: • Computer Assisted Cardiovascular Imaging • Image Processing and Display • Medical Workstations •...

All abstracts for papers or posters to be presented at CIRSE 2007 must be submitted by February 12, 2007 at the very latest in order to be considered by the Scientific Programme Committee. Submitters may indicate their preference regarding the presentation type. There is a two-step submission process. Step one is to submit scientific abstracts via internet on the CIRSE website (www.cirse.org). Acceptance...

EU News

Increasing Involvement in the EUIlze Raath Editor European Affairs [email protected] The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) was established by the Treaty of Rome in 1957 to unite different economic interest groups to establis... Read more

Industry News

Siemens has received approval from the European Commission to acquire the diagnostics division of Bayer Healthcare without restrictions. The approval follows earlier approval by U.S. antitrust authorities at the beginning of October. This follows the acquisition of the U.S. firm Diagnostic Products Corporation (DPC), which was completed at the end of July 2006. The purchase price for Bayer Diagnostics...

Hologic, Inc., a provider of diagnostic and digital imaging systems directed towards women’s health, announced its results for 2006.   Highlights of the quarter include: • Record revenues of $154.1 million. • Record 193 Selenia full field digital mammography systems installed and recognised as revenue. • Record backlog of $194.7 million. Fourth quarter fiscal 2006 revenues totaled $154,055,000,...

Mercury Computer Systems announced agreements with BRIT Systems for the integration and distribution of its medical image management system with Koning Corporation to provide a wide range of solutions to improve the entire medical imaging workflow. Under the agreement with BRIT Systems, a PACS/RIS company based in the US, BRIT will integrate the Mercury Visage PACS and Visage CS Thin Client Server...

Philips has introduced new MR simulator and CT applications to help increase department efficiency and provide valuable information during radiation oncology treatment planning. Recognising that console time is at a premium in busy imaging centres, Philips is announcing the availability of its Tumour LOC application on the workstation. The company is also unveiling Panorama 1.0T R/T, the first high-field...

Shimadzu, worldwide manufacturer of diagnostic imaging equipment, has introduced its latest generation of ultrasound systems. The fully digital platform of the SDU- 1200 PRO and SDU-2200 PRO colour doppler series, features advanced operating modes and performance characteristics. Both instruments are suitable for hospital use as well as private medical practices for radiology, internal medicine, urology,...

Sectra is releasing a new, enhanced version of its advanced tool for optimising workflow and resource utilisation in radiology departments. Sectra’s management tool, Sectra Control Tower, provides department managers full control and overview of current production statistics as well as historical data used for trend analysis. Sectra Control Tower now also features live reports, with capabilities of...

AO Medical Products AB, has signed an agreement with the manufacturing company Gerätebau Felix Schulte in Germany, known as Planilux. The cooperation is regarding sales and distribution of Carl’s Table, AO Medical’s ergodynamic PACS reading station, from Jan 1st, 2007. Planilux is a manufacturer of analogue film viewing equipment.   ”Planilux is a natural partner for us since they also have the...

Onex and Kodak have announced that Onex Healthcare Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of Onex Corporation, has entered into an agreement to acquire Kodak’s Health Group. Onex will acquire Kodak’s Health Group in a transaction initially valued at approximately $2.35 billion in cash. The deal is subject to customary regulatory approvals and closing is anticipated in the first half of this year.   Onex will...

Cover Story: Management in Radiology (MIR)2006 Top Presentation

Author Prof. Georg Bongartz Chairman Department of  Radiology University Hospital Basel Basel, Switzerland The increased number of participants and positive feedback from attendees of the recently-held ‘Management in Radiology�... Read more

Author Dr Nicolah Strickland Consultant Radiologist Department of Imaging Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust London, UK [email protected] The practice of medicine changes with the times, something that radiologists worldwide would rather ignore or, worse, pretend will have no effect on the practice of their profession. If we choose not to recognise these inevitable revolutions, we risk the...

AuthorsProf. Philip Gishen (Above)Director of Imaging Dr Domonic Blunt Director of Training Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust London, United Kingdom [email protected] problems faced by the National Health System (NHS) in the United Kingdom, are well known.Recent studies predict an annual deficit of nearly £7bn in 2010, which has worsened financial pressure to cut spending. Among the negative...

Author Prof. Gabriel P. Krestin Chairman Department of  Radiology Erasmus University Medical Centre Rotterdam The Netherlands Research is essential in the field of radiology, for many different reasons. Not only is it a crucial factor in concretising the future development of the medical imaging industry, by exploring new technologies, applications, and extending the scope of the science, but...

Author Prof. Jarl Jakobsen Chairman Centre for Imaging and Interventions RiksHospitaletRadiumHospital HF Oslo, Norway [email protected] For many decades now, radiologists have been urged to forward the progress of radiology by keeping up-to-date with current literature and attending ongoing imaging gatherings to avoid becoming restricted in their view of what it takes to be an...

Features

Author Prof. Ansagar Malich Head of Divison Department of Diagnostic Radiology Suedharz-Hospital Nordhausen Nordhausen, Germany [email protected] CAD technology is widely used in radiology, to analyse breast lesions, lung nodules, prostate glands, lymph nodes, bone structures and many other features. In the past decade, CAD technology has undergone significant refinement and is now...

Author Liz Beckmann Managing Director Lanmark Medical Beaconsfeild, UK [email protected] Since the introduction of the Electronic Patient Record (EPR), there has been significant debate about the best way to integrate images. Initially, there was discussion as to whether the EPR would be the centre for storage of images, or if images were to be stored on an external source (such...

How Europe can Learn from the Australian ExperienceAuthors Dr W. Sum Dr L.J. Ridley Department of Diagnostic Radiology Concord Repatriation General Hospital Sydney, New South Wales, Australia [email protected] Despite the well-recognised complications of contrast media extravasation (CME), its treatment remains an enigma to many. Reported morbidities range from minor skin reactions, to...

ECRI Healthcare Product Comparison Chart

Contact ECRI Europe Weltech Centre Ridgeway, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL7 2AA, United Kingdom [email protected] 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 public health mission by providing specialised knowledge, expertise, and support in...

Country Focus: Radiology in Italy

Author PROF. Biagio MerlingoAssociate Professor of Radiology Department of Clinical Science in Bioimaging Catholic University of Rome Rome, Italy The Italian National Health Service (Sistema Sanitario Nazionale, SSN) was established in 1978, almost thirty years later than the system in the UK, replacing the previous system of state and professional insurances introduced after 1945. The aim of...

Author Prof. Paolo Inchingolo Professor of Bioengineering and Health Telematics University of  Trieste Trieste, Italy [email protected] There is long-standing tradition of Italian research in the management of images, from departmental to nationwide level. Much research began at the end of the Eighties in Trieste, thanks to tight cooperation between the G

Author Prof. Palmino Sacco Policlinic‘Le Scotte’ Siena, Italy [email protected] Founded in 1913, the Italian Society of Medical Radiology (SIRM) is a scientific association of which its membership includes the majority of Italian radiologists, counting about 8,400 members at the end of 2006.Aim SIRM’s aim is to encourage the progression of diagnostic imaging by promoting studies and research regarding...

Author Prof. Davide Caramella Associate Professor of Radiology Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology University of Pisa Pisa, Italy [email protected] In Italy, there are thirty-eight universities to which students may apply in order to enter medical school. A very competitive admission test is obligatory in order to begin the six-year medical school training. In this...

Congress Reviews

As well as a scientific congress and technical exhibit, the 2006 edition of the ‘Journées Françaises de Radiologie’ (JFR) meeting, welcomed radiologists, physicians, technologists, industrial and all other healthcare professionals. As with each year, the JFR assembled numerous French and French-speaking radiologists, actors and industry representatives from all horizons. Strengthened by participation...

The 92nd Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) saw attendance increased by three percent from last year. The congress included 1,625 scientific papers in 17 subspecialties, more than 300 refresher courses, 1,428 education exhibits and 638 scientific posters. 738 technical exhibits occupied 514,800 square feet, an increase of six percent over last...

Interview

Interviewee Prof. Dr Christoph P.E. Zollikofer Anthropologisches Institut Und Museum Universitaet Zuerich-Irchel Zurich, Switzerland [email protected] How did you come to be involved in the Dmanisi research project? _ My original training is in neurobiology. During my postdoctoral studies in computer science, I got involved in paleoanthropology. My specific involvement in Dmanisi goes back...


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