New technology provides for more comfortable colonoscopy; Tomo plus mammo lowers recall rates rates;

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> A new technology may provide patients more comfort while undergoing colonoscopies, and may also allow providers to complete exams in less time. The technology--called ScopeGuide--is designed to identify and mitigate loops, in which the colonoscope overlaps, which slows down the procedure and creates more discomfort for the patient. Article

> Combining tomosynthesis with conventional mammography significantly lowers recall rates when compared to using conventional mammography alone, according to a study in the December issue of Radiology. The study, Health Imaging reported, found that the impact on recall rates was particularly significant for women under 50 and with dense breasts, reflecting the effect that tomosynthesis has those patient populations. Article

> The European nuclear medicine/radiopharmaceuticals market will be worth $1.6 billion by 2017, according to a report from MarketsandMarkets. The market, valued at 1.1 billion in 2011 will grow at a rate of 6.8 percent through 2017. Announcement

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> Telemedicine may reduce errors in rural emergency departments, a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found. Researchers from various campuses of the University of California found that rural ER doctors made errors in administering medication only three percent of the time.when they took part in a telemedicine consultation. The researchers did chart reviews on seriously ill and injured children treated at eight rural EDs with access to pediatric critical care physicians from an academic children's hospital via telemedicine. Among the 234 patients in the study, 73 received telemedicine consultations, 85 received telephone consultations and 76 received no specialist consultations at all. Article

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> The White House says slow growth of healthcare spending could boost the job market and help control costs. A reduction in healthcare costs for employers could potentially generate between 200,000 and 400,000 new jobs annually by the end of the decade, Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) Chairman Jason Furman recently said. Article

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