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Editor's e-Note
The headline over this month’s E-News Exclusive asks a question. I don’t claim to know the answer but certainly have been part of discussions about recent growth in freestanding imaging in the past few months. So this month’s exclusive shares some observations and asks for your feedback via the e-mail link at the end of the article.

— Jim Knaub, editor
e-News Exclusive
Is There Growth Potential in Freestanding Imaging?
By Jim Knaub

Three times this year I’ve seen or heard radiologists or imaging administrators comment that they’re seeing an increase in freestanding outpatient imaging in their community. That doesn’t make for a trend after years of reimbursement patterns driving more imaging to hospitals, but it is an interesting observation.

I first heard this from a radiologist in a group that owns its own imaging centers. He told a conference audience that the centers were experiencing more calls from potential patients seeking exam prices, usually in an effort to control their out-of-pocket costs. He asked the audience if they were seeing the same uptick and received a mixed response.

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Other Imaging News
New Imaging Agent Provides Better Picture of the Gut
A team of researchers developed an imaging agent for the gastrointestinal (GI) tract to aid in the assessment of the function and properties of the GI tract in real time, according to a press release from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

New Noninvasive Technique Controls the Size of Molecules
Penetrating the Blood-Brain Barrier

Researchers from Columbia University have speculated that the use of an innovative ultrasound approach that utilizes acoustic pressure to let molecules through may help treatment for central nervous system diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, according to a press release from the school.

‘Versatile’ Nanoparticles Could Help in Diagnosis of Cancer
Researchers from UC Davis and other institutions have created dynamic nanoparticles built on an easy-to-use polymer that can be used as a contrast agent to illuminate tumors for MRI and PET scans and could help diagnose and treat cancer, according to a press release from UC Davis.

Brain Imaging Study Clarifies How Children Learn Facts
Research conducted at Stanford University sought to explain how the brain reorganizes itself as children learn math facts and concluded that a precisely orchestrated group of changes, many involving the memory center known as the hippocampus, are essential to the transformation, according to the study.
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