Radiation Exposure Compared for Lumbosacral Epidural Approaches

FRIDAY, Jan. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For fluoroscopy-guided lumbosacral epidural steroid injections (ESIs), the kerma-area product (KAP) of transforaminal ESI is less than that of caudal ESI, after adjustment for length of fluoroscopy time, according to a study published in the February issue of the Journal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques.

Heart Hospital team performs first-of-its-kind procedure

Albuquerque, New Mexico News
By Elaine Tassy / Journal Staff Writer

Joe Sanchez, a jocular 84-year-old retired U.S. Army lieutenant, was vacuuming inside his Uptown home on the hot, sunny afternoon of Wednesday, Aug. 13, while Sally, his wife of more than 60 years, was dusting in the kitchen and living room.

Suddenly, Joe experienced a back pain so shocking, unprecedented and severe he had to stop and sit down. When he began to moan, their son Bruce told his mother to call 911.

Robotics in Spine Surgery: Pros, Cons & Whether it Makes Sense to Adopt Today

Written by Laura Miller | Tuesday, 19 November 2013 12:31

Operating RoomChetan K. Patel, MD, moderated a symposium about robotics and navigation in the spine surgeon's operating room at the North American Spine Society Annual Meeting.

Defining its use. Srinivas K. Prasad, MD, gave a presentation titled "Critical Analysis of the Latest Robotic Technologies in Spine Surgery." He discussed the history of robotics in surgery and gave an overview of the various robotics paradigms and innovation.

Alleon Capital Closes $2MM A/R Funding with Imaging IDTF

Alleon Closes $2MM Medical A/R Facility With Diagnostic Testing Facility
October 11, 2013, 07:48 AM
Filed Under: Medical
Related: Accounts Receivable Facility, Alleon Capital Partners, Medical, Specialty Finance

VISTA Imaging Services, Inc. Ranks No. 1,106 on the 2013 Inc. 500|5000 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 379%

Inc. Magazine Unveils Its Annual Exclusive List of
America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc.500|5000

Fluoroscopy aids pedicle screw placement in spinal fracture treatment

In a prospective clinical trial, researchers from Germany confirmed the use of percutaneous posterior thoracolumbar pedicle screws using two-plane fluoroscopy as an effective method for treating spinal fractures.

“This study demonstrates the feasibility of placing percutaneous posterior thoracolumbar pedicle screws with the assistance of conventional fluoroscopy,” the researchers wrote in their study abstract. “Minimally invasive transpedicular instrumentation is an accurate, reliable and safe method to treat a variety of spinal disorders, including thoracic and lumbar spine fractures.”

What a sequester could mean for Medicare

If the so-called sequester budget cuts go into effect as expected tonight, one of the very biggest federal programs will be far from immune. Under the current arrangement, beginning April 1 hospitals and doctors face 2% cuts in the amounts that Medicare reimburses them for services rendered to recipients. That’ll mean cuts of $10.7 billion this year and $118.8 billion over 9 years, according to a report by consulting firm Tripp Umbach.

Diagnosis: A 2% haircut.

X-Ray Scans at Airports Leave Lingering Worries

Even before she was pregnant, Yolanda Marin-Czachor tried to avoid the full-body X-ray scanners that security officers use to screen airport passengers. Now she’s adamant about it: She’ll take a radiation-free pat-down instead any day.

“I had two miscarriages before this pregnancy,” Ms. Marin-Czachor, a 34-year-old mother and teacher from Green Bay, Wis., recalled, “and one of the first things my doctor said was: ‘Do not go through one of those machines. There have not been any long-term studies. I would prefer you stay away from it.’ ”

Reduced patient exposure to radiation with protocol and X-ray system changes

Reduced patient exposure to radiation with protocol and X-ray system changes
August 20, 2012 Michael O'Riordan - heartwire

Rochester, MN - A change in workplace culture regarding the dangers of radiation exposure in the cath lab and the subsequent implementation of clinical-practice and X-ray system changes can significantly reduce the radiation dose patients are exposed to during invasive cardiovascular procedures, research shows [1]. Over a three-year period, researchers at the Mayo Clinic reduced the mean cumulative skin dose of radiation by 40%.

VISTA Imaging Services, Inc. attends Bio-Skills Lab Management Symposium

The Premiere Management Symposium For Bio-Skills Facilities Professionals
August 12 - 14, 2012 Las Vegas @ Green Valley Ranch

Bringing Professionals Together

The future of clinician competency, education and quality patient outcomes lies in highly organized healthcare training facilities. These emerging facilities can provide a safe, modern and controlled environment in which to introduce and refine current practice as well as the latest medical innovations.

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