Publications & Research
The Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA), a division of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), is the leading organization and collective voice of medical imaging equipment, radiation therapy and radiopharmaceutical manufacturers, innovators and product developers. It represents companies whose sales comprise more than 90 percent of the global market for medical imaging technology including those that produce:
- Medical X-ray equipment
- Computed tomography (CT) scanners
- Nuclear imaging
- Radiation therapy equipment
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Imaging information systems
Medical imaging technology is manufactured by hundreds of companies with operations located throughout the United States, and is utilized in tens of thousands of hospitals, clinics, urgent care centers and physicians’ and dentists’ offices. One state, where the manufacturing of high technology equipment like medical imaging equipment is particularly important is Washington.
Usually thought of as the home of aircraft or software manufacturing since both Boeing and Microsoft are headquartered in the Seattle area, Washington is also home to 37 medical imaging technology companies. The activities performed at these sites, along with the use of medical imaging equipment and technology at over 730 hospitals, urgent care facilities and other major medical clinics and offices located throughout the state, provide over 4,520 full-time equivalent jobs in the Evergreen State. In addition, suppliers and other companies directly related to the medical imaging industry generate an additional 7,600 full time equivalent positions.
Six-minute Magnetic Resonance Imaging Protocol for Evaluation of Acute Ischemic Stroke: Pushing the BoundariesJuly 2014
If magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is to compete with computed tomography for evaluation of patients with acute ischemic stroke, there is a need for further improvements in acquisition speed. A 6-minute multimodal MR protocol with good diagnostic quality is feasible for the evaluation of patients with acute ischemic stroke and can result in significant reduction in scan time rivaling that of the multimodal computed tomographic protocol.
Clinical Implementation of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association CT Dose Check Standard at ACR Dose Index Registry SitesJuly 2014
The goal of the study was to determine if and how the National Electrical Manufacturers Association CT Dose Check standard has been implemented in clinical practice. A survey was conducted of all sites participating in the ACR Dose Index Registry, using a web based survey instrument, to determine whether respondents were aware of the CT Dose Check standard and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) recommendations for Dose Alert values, and if clinical sites had implemented it.
Positron emission tomography (PET) using 2-(18F)-flouro-2-deoxy-D-glucose (FDG) has emerged as a useful tool in the clinical work-up of lung cancer. This review article provides an overview of applications of PET in diagnosis, staging, treatment response evaluation, radiotherapy planning, recurrence assessment and prognostication of lung cancer.
A simple and quick MRI technique that offers promise for early diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease has been developed by researchers. The team demonstrated that their new MRI approach can detect people who have early-stage Parkinson’s disease with 85 percent accuracy. Parkinson’s disease is characterized by tremor, slow movement, and stiff and inflexible muscles. It’s thought to affect around 1 in 500 people.
The study evaluates frequency of and indications for disease-related radiotherapy in the palliative breast cancer (BC) situation and analyzes in which phase of the palliative disease course radiotherapy was applied. 340 patients who developed distant metastatic disease (DMD) and died (i.e. patients with completed disease courses) were analyzed.
The purpose of this investigation was to assess the impact on workflow of the use of notification and alert values in our practice and to provide baseline data for quality improvement initiatives. Five diagnostic clinical CT scanners were programmed with the notification and alert values recommended by the American Association of Physics in Medicine. Retrospective analysis was performed on log files to assess the frequency of and reason for notification and alert events.
Functional abnormalities in regions associated with reward processing are apparent in people with depression, but the extent to which disease burden impacts on the processing of reward is unknown. This research examined the neural correlates of reward processing in patients with major depressive disorder and varying degrees of past illness burden. Twenty-nine depressed patients and twenty-five healthy subjects with no lifetime history of psychiatric illness completed the study. Subsets of fourteen patients were presenting for first lifetime treatment of a depressive episode, and fifteen patients had at least three treated episodes of depression.