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    The medical imaging technology industry supports an estimated 12,124 jobs and generates about $3.1 billion in total economic activity in the state of Washington, according to a recent economic impact analysis commissioned by the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA). “We knew [Washington] was a hub of the technology industry related to ultrasound and the innovations that happened over the past several years — it’s been really exciting,” Brian Connell, director of government relations at MITA, told DOTmed News. “We knew that anecdotally, but we really wanted to look harder and more deeply at exactly what that meant for the state of Washington economically.”

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    Washington’s medical imaging technology industry is responsible for more than 12,000 jobs in Washington state and has already pumped about $3.1 billion into the state’s economy this year, according to a new study.

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    For centuries, the inner workings of the human brain have eluded the world’s scientists and physicians. Now, advances in neuroimaging techniques can address previously unanswered questions about how the brain functions and how distressing and costly diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s develop and progress. Innovations in diagnostic imaging, such as computed tomography (CT), positron emission tomography (PET), molecular imaging and the hybrid modality of PET and magnetic resonance (MR), can identify the causes of a stroke, rule out Alzheimer’s and correctly diagnose Parkinson’s. They offer the potential to detect disease and the ability to explore the brain’s frontier. Increasing access to these technologies will improve health and save lives while lowering healthcare costs.

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    Signed into law April 1, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act did more than prevent a 24 percent cut to physician payments. It also modified Medicare payment for computed tomography (CT) procedures based on the CT scanner’s compliance with a new radiation dose optimization standard recently established by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA).

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    The Joint Commission, which accredits hospitals, said in a prepared statement that it “commends” MITA for working to improve the safety of CT equipment but that it has no plans to require compliance with XR-29. “Our hope is that hospitals will look at this and agree to upgrade,” said Gail Rodriguez, executive director of MITA. Vendors, she said, “have made a commitment to do as much as they possibly can” to help facilities reach compliance, either through replacing or upgrading their systems.

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    The future of medicine lies in treatments that are tailored to individual patients’ needs. This approach directs the appropriate care to each patient and maximizes healthcare outcomes. Today, “precision” medicine is a growing movement that utilizes information about an individual’s biology to personalize healthcare decision making. Advanced medical imaging has emerged as an important complement to this nascent trend leading to enhanced diagnosis, informed treatment options and targeted treatments.

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    Representatives of the American College of Radiology, the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance and the Lung Cancer Alliance met on Thursday with CMS officials in Washington to try to convince the agency to cover CT scans for Medicare beneficiaries who have been heavy smokers.

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    Oncology departments can now provide their patients with a better PET/CT imaging experience using Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.’s all-new Celesteion (pending 510(k) clearance). The versatile system combines high performance PET and CT for all radiation and oncology imaging needs, including tumor detection, treatment evaluation and CT simulation.

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    Politicians have gotten involved and are campaigning to have lung cancer screening covered by Medicare, which insures people 65 years of age and older. Members of the US House and Senate are asking the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to approve coverage of lung cancer screening with low-dose CT.

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    The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) today applauded Reps. Charles Boustany, Jr. MD (R-La.), John Barrow (D-Ga.), Jim Renacci (R-Ohio) and Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.) for their leadership in advocating for Medicare coverage of low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) for patients at high risk of lung cancer.