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DITTA Celebrates World Trade Month
This May, members of DITTA, the Global Diagnostic Imaging, Radiation Therapy and Healthcare IT Trade Association join forces in support of World Trade Month to promote strong and fair trade relationships removing unnecessary regulatory and technical barriers that will prevent citizens from benefiting from the most innovative technologies.
International trade plays a critical role in promoting economic growth, creating jobs and increasing accessibility to innovative technologies that will enable better access to healthcare. Our industry members design and manufacture products and services that directly improve quality of life for citizens in the world. In such a period of economic crisis, it is critically important to increase efficiency of trade across the globe.
International markets should provide opportunities for fair competition in order to lower costs and improve outcomes, all to the benefit of the citizens around the world. That is why for this World Trade Month and year round, DITTA strongly supports industry membership in negotiations that have started between the US and Europe on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
Three-dimensional volumetric MR images of cervical disease yield a bounty of critical information, enabling precise planning of brachytherapy for residual tumors, according to researchers from St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. These 3D volumetric images, reconstructed from an isotropic 3D T2-weighted fast-spin echo (FSE) sequence, facilitate excellent multiplanar tumor visualization, quantitative tumor burden assessment, and precise individual temporal response analysis for planning brachytherapy, according to the team led by Dr. Olga Kalinkin, PhD.
Imaging technique could help traumatic brain injury patients: Mapping technology used to predict long-term effect
A new application of an existing medical imaging technology could help predict long-term damage in patients with traumatic brain injury, according to a recent UC San Francisco study.
Building on their history of innovative brain-imaging techniques, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory and collaborators have developed a new way to use light and chemistry to map brain activity in fully-awake, moving animals. The technique employs light-activated proteins to stimulate particular brain cells and positron emission tomography (PET) scans to trace the effects of that site-specific stimulation throughout the entire brain. As described in a paper published online today in the Journal of Neuroscience, the method will allow researchers to map exactly which downstream neurological pathways are activated or deactivated by stimulation of targeted brain regions, and how that brain activity correlates with particular behaviors and/or disease conditions.
Because it’s noninvasive and doesn’t require anesthesia, CT postprocessing offers significant advantages over the gold standard of bronchoscopy for evaluating pediatric airways. Yet there are even more benefits, according to an article published recently in Pediatric Radiology.