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Michael Walter
Michael joined TriMed in 2015 as the digital editor of He has over a decade of experience working as a writer, copy editor and manager. Michael studied journalism at the University of North Texas. He currently lives in St. Louis with his wife, daughter, and a record collection that never seems to stop growing.
 - Ancient Mummy

CT examinations of Egyptian mummies have been used to study ancient history for more than four decades, allowing specialists to feel as if they’ve traveled back in time. A team of researchers from Germany and Switzerland compiled published findings from 47 such analyses from over the years, exploring the data and publishing their results in Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology.

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The Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) wrapped up a successful SIIM 2017 in Pittsburgh earlier this summer, and now its members are preparing for the second annual Conference on Machine Intelligence in Medical Imaging (C-MIMI) in September.

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CMS released its 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule on July 13, and it included two pieces of good news for imaging facilities across the United States.

 - Improved Quality Get Better

Making significant workflow changes at large academic medical centers can be quite difficult, but a team of researchers at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in Nashville, Tennessee, were able to do just that. Lead author Richard G. Abramson, MD, and colleagues shared their success in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, providing an in-depth look at what they changed and the impact it had on the entire radiology department.

Agfa Healthcare announced it has signed a three-plus-four-year contract to provide its enterprise imaging platform to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Health, which covers patients throughout Australia. Several solutions are involved in the contract, including Enterprise Imaging for Radiology, the XERO universal image viewer, Enterprise Imaging Business Intelligence and more.

Mach7 Technologies, a Burlington, Vermont-based healthcare company focused on enterprise imaging, has hired Michael Jackman to be its new CEO. Jackman is a veteran of the healthcare IT industry with almost three decades of hands-on experience.

 - Meningioma

Researchers found “no significant increase in risk” of meningioma among patients exposed to CT examinations of the head, according to a new study published in Radiology.

Radiologist Joanna Seibert, MD, has been named a member of the Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame’s class of 2017. Seibert was a practicing pediatric radiologist in Tennessee, Iowa and Arkansas before recently retiring.

 - MRI

The utilization rates of four common musculoskeletal extremity imaging modalities—radiography, MRI, CT and ultrasound—increased significantly in the Medicare population over the last two decades, according to a new study by the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute.

 - time, calendar, delay

Breast MRI is often used to evaluate newly diagnosed breast cancers, but there is some evidence that suggests this practice can lead to delayed surgical treatment. To explore that issue more closely, the authors of a recent study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology carried out a retrospective study of 189 patients who were diagnosed and treated for breast cancer at the same facility.