Dear readers, Healthcare is generally thought to be relatively storm-proof as far as its susceptibility to financial crises – people, after all, still get sick at the same rates. Separating the economy from healthcare, on the other hand, seems a foolhardy approach. The depth of the present crisis means that department heads need more than ever to consider belt-tightening measures and to keep an eye on

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Commission Concerned About Insufficient Cancer Screening With an ageing population, figures on cancer deaths are due to increase, unless preventive measures are taken. The European Union (EU) shares a common commitment to ensuring proper screening for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer, as set out in Council Recommendation of 2 December 2003 on cancer screening (2003/878/EC). In the first imple

New MIR Course Covers Management for Juniors Designed to provide answers to the oft-asked question: “What do you need to know at the start of your career”, Management in Radiology (MIR) have announced the topics to be discussed at the forthcoming Junior Course taking place July 22 – 23 2009 in London, UK. The programme includes the following learning objectives: 22 July • New responsibiliti

Participate in EIBIR’s Pharmaceutical Trial Survey EIBIR is inviting interested parties to provide input to the survey on pharmaceutical trials who wish to be considered for potential EIBIR-coordinated projects. The use of imaging as a biomarker in preclinical and clinical studies has gained increasing interest in the pharmaceutical industry. EIBIR is currently in discussion with different pharmaceutic

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Contact ECRI Institute Europe, Weltech Centre Ridgeway, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL7 2AA, United Kingdom [email protected] - www.ecri.org.uk ECRI Institute, a non-profit organisation, dedicates itself to bringing the discipline of applied scientific research in healthcare to uncover the best approaches to improving patient care. As pioneers in this science for nearly 40 years, ECRI Institute

Cover Story: The Impact of the Recession on Medical Imaging

Author Prof. Mathias Goyen Chief Executive Officer (CEO) UKE Consult and Management Hamburg, Germany [email protected] The Outlook for Healthcare & Radiology The worldwide financial crisis has not spared the healthcare and medical communities. Until the credit markets fell into a black hole in September 2008, healthcare was seen as a growth industry with a variety of “fail safe” debt

Authors Prof. Philip Gishen Dr Nicola Strickland Department of Radiology Hammersmith Hospital London, UK [email protected] [email protected] It isn’t just the economic crisis that might bring profitability to the forefront of the imaging manager’s mind. Global mobility, technological advances and the formation of the European Union (EU), in combination wi

Author Prof. Dr. Wolfram H. Knapp Director Klinik für Nuklearmedizin Medizinische Hochschule Hannover Hannover, Germany Also, President European Association for Nuclear Medicine (EANM) [email protected] There are a few very logical predictions one can make when discussing the likely impact of the economic downturn on healthcare. The recession, which became a worldwi

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Author Nikos Maniadakis Ass. Prof. Health Economics & Management Department of Economics University of Piraeus Piraeus, Greece [email protected] A major aim of health policy in most EU member countries is to regulate and control the price of, access to and the use of new and expensive medical technology. Despite this common objective, there are great differences in the means use


Author Prof. Barbara Y. Croft Cancer Imaging Programme National Cancer Institute Maryland, US [email protected], [email protected] CIP Web Site: www.imaging.cancer.gov This ar ticle is written to introduce readers to National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding and, for those with experience, to point out the changes that are being made in the grant application format and the grant

Author Dervla Gleeson Managing Editor IMAGING Management Launched officially in December 2008, the European Commission’s Green Paper on the EU Workforce for Health officially recognises the many challenges facing health systems in Europe. In this article, we summarise the key points of interest. The Green Paper aims to describe the challenges faced by the EU health workforce common to a

Author Diane Wilkinson Market Analyst Medical Electronics Research Group InMedica IMS Research Wellingborough, UK The ultrasound imaging equipment market is currently seeing a clear trend towards miniaturisation. The dramatic increase in the use of hand-held and portable ultrasound (defined by InMedica as compact ultrasound), has driven additional growth for ultrasound in markets such a

Combined Approach to Patient Management May Yield Substantial Savings Authors Dr. Claudio Marcassa Dr. Pier Luigi Temporelli (above) S. Maugeri Fnd, IRCCS, Scientific Institute of Veruno, Cardiology Dept., Veruno (Italy) Department of Cardiology S. Maugeri Foundation Veruno, Italy [email protected] FEATURE Coronary artery disease (CAD) is presently the most common cause of d

Imaging Leaders

Interviewee: Prof. Gustav Von Schulthess Director Nuclear Medicine Clinic University Hospital Zurich Zurich, Switzerland [email protected] A Former Student at Harvard and MIT, You Eventually Settled on Nuclear Medicine. Why was This? I initially had no clear intention to go into imaging. I was attracted by the integration of medicine and physics in the Harvard-MIT division of Health Sci

Country Focus: Switzerland

OECD and WHO survey of Switzerland’s health system Switzerland’s health system meets the important goals of good health outcomes and universal health coverage, but these successes come at a high financial cost. The OECD and the WHO, in a new report on the Swiss health system, praise the quality of the system and make recommendations to control its high spending. The Swiss healthcare system comp

Author Prof. Dr. Thomas Roeren Chefarzt Institut für Radiologie Kantonsspital Aarau AG Aarau, Switzerland [email protected] Professor Thomas Roeren is Chairman of the Department of Radiology at the Kantonsspital Aarau, Switzerland, and Professor of Radiology at the Medical School of Heidelberg University in Germany. He completed his radiology training in Freiburg, Philadelphia and S

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