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New DR panel offers patient safety features

CHICAGO – Thales has unveiled the latest Pixium Portable 3543 DR, said to be the first-ever truly standalone device with Embedded Patient Identification working in auto-detection mode, without connection to any external device. The French company made the announcement at the...

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Under-performing rad went from one locum to another

VICTORIA – A radiologist with questionable skills was able to go from one locum to another in British Columbia for several years, as there was a lack of communication across the system, a new report says. The radiologist, Dr. Claude Vezina,...

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Quebec rads billing $3 million/year for obsolete tests

QUEBEC CITY – Quebec radiologists are routinely billing the provincial health insurance agency (RAMQ) for analyzing coronary angiograms, sometimes years after the procedures were carried out, Radio-Canada’s Enqujte has learned. The interpretation of coronary angiograms was long ago made unnecessary by...

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Hospital reduces MRI wait to 15 days from 140 days

ORILLIA, Ont. – Wait times for a key diagnostic procedure have been dramatically reduced at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital, officials say. Patients can now expect to wait an average of 15 days for an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), which is...

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Siemens MRI automatically adjusts to patients

OTTAWA – Health Canada has licensed the MAGNETOM Vida 3 Tesla (3T) magnetic resonance imaging scanner from Siemens Healthineers for sale in Canada. The MAGNETOM Vida features new BioMatrix technology that addresses inherent anatomical and physiological differences among patients, as...

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Rayence wins DR panel contract in Nunavut

IQALUIT, Nunavut – The government of Nunavut has awarded a contract for digital radiographic detector panels to be installed at its 23 healthcare facilities. The contract was awarded to Rayence Canada, a division of Rayence USA, in strategic alliance with...

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Radiologists under review for quality of work

YELLOWKNIFE, NWT – Health authorities in the Northwest Territories and two health regions in British Columbia are reviewing the work of radiologists that appear to have a high rate of discrepancies or misinterpretations. The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority...

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North Bay hospital replaces aging CT scanner

NORTH BAY, Ont. – The North Bay Regional Hospital has unveiled a new CT scanner, and another one could be on the way soon. The new machine was made possible by a $1 million donation from the Terry McKerrow CAT...

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Sudbury aims to install PET/CT scanner by 2018

SUDBURY, Ont. – Health Sciences North, in Sudbury, Ont., is in the process of acquiring a Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanner, which is considered the ‘gold standard’ in detecting and tracking lesions in cancer patients. The organization intends to have...

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List of MRI queue-jumpers leaked in Manitoba

WINNIPEG – A confidential report was leaked to CBC News and other media outlets in April which flagged 59 professional athletes, six politicians, eight radiologists, and senior WRHA staff as receiving “potential preferential treatment” when it came to the quick...

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