News & Updates

Check here regularly for news about medical imaging and updates from MITA.

  • MITA News

    The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) today said a new analysis published in the Annals of Internal Medicine confirms the value of low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) lung imaging for high-risk Medicare-eligible patients. “These findings provide even more direct evidence of the benefits of low-dose CT imaging for detecting lung cancer in Medicare beneficiaries at high risk for this deadly disease,” said Gail Rodriguez, executive director of MITA.

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    The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) recently traveled to Brazil to discuss regulatory and commercial priorities for the medical imaging and radiation therapy industries there, the alliance announced. MITA successfully completed a week of meetings with Brazilian regulators, health officials, and industry stakeholders. “The market for medical imaging and radiation therapy technology in Brazil has grown rapidly over the past decade” said Gail Rodriguez, executive director of MITA.

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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.”

  • MITA News

    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.”

  • MITA News

    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.

  • MITA News

    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.

  • MITA News

    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.

  • MITA News

    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.