Mumbai, Apr 11 (PTI) Meg Lanning, captain of the Australian womens cricket team that finished runner-up to the West Indies in the ICC World T20 Championship, is off to China to train with the countrys national team in Shanghai. Lannings visit is part of a joint Cricket Australia and International Cricket Council delegation to the April Australia Week in China, a Cricket Australia media release said today. “Lanning will join the Chinese national womens cricket team training camp in Shanghai, take part in a cricket clinic for Shanghai students, and attend the Australia Week in China gala lunch hosted by the Australian Government,” it said. Having narrowly missed out on qualifying for the recent ICC Womens World T20 held in India, China is considered a rising cricket-playing nation having a realistic chance to qualify for the Womens World T20 in 2018 and 2020. There are currently 80,000 cricket participants in China, approximately half of whom are female. In Shanghai ? where Meg will assist the national Chinese womens team training camp ? cricket is played in 18 of the citys 40 universities, the CA release stated. As recent evidence of the progress being made in the region, Chinese national player Wu Juan received a rookie contract with the Melbourne Stars in the inaugural Womens Big Bash T20 League (WBBL) organised in Australia, it added. “Im looking forward to visiting China and seeing the development of cricket there first-hand. Weve seen how quickly womens cricket has grown across the world ? and in particular Australia ? recently so its exciting to know the game is growing in China. “Hopefully well be facing up to the Chinese women at the 2018 or 2020 ICC World T20, which would be a massive boost for women?s cricket,” said Lanning who will be in China from April 13-17. ICCs Head of Global Development Tim Anderson, who will accompany Lanning on the trip, said, “China is one of the ICCs target markets in our vision to become the worlds favourite sport. In particular, we see the development of womens cricket and the engagement of government as two important elements to crickets growth in China.” PTI SSR GK SSC SSCadvertisement
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The pecking order at quarterback is all but official following the conclusion of fall camp on Sunday. According to a source close to the program, Taylor Cornelius will indeed start the season as the backup to Mason Rudolph as we reported last week. 6-foot-4 redshirt freshman John Kolar is expected to land at No. 3 on the depth chart, ahead of true freshmen Keondre Wudtee and Nyc Burns. Here’s how the depth chart will look.QB1: RudolphQB2: CorneliusQB3: KolarPotential redshirt: WudteePotential redshirt: BurnsCornelius has the most valuable of assets with his live game experience of the group (albeit, just two games and two pass completions), and Mike Gundy himself even tabbed him as the “leading candidate” to land the gig last week.Kolar, who came out of spring under some scrutiny following a rocky spring game, appears to have kept the No. 3 spot behind Cornelius. The plan, according to the source, is to redshirt both true freshmen Keondre Wudtee and Nyc Burns this season.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
My mom took this pic #okstate pic.twitter.com/OhOKQRfu2L— Greg Thompson (@gregorythomp) September 18, 2016 Am I in heaven? Let’s go pokes #okstate ? pic.twitter.com/zgKKz52t7X— sam ? (@thestb_) September 18, 2016Fortunately, Oklahoma State found some extra motivation at the end of the rainbow. The Pokes shut out Pitt the remainder of the game, escaping Stillwater with a 45-38 win and advancing to 2-1 on the season.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Somewhere over the rainbow, there’s another quarter to be had ? #okstate pic.twitter.com/r4qajQzzHn— sam ? (@thestb_) September 17, 2016 @PghSportsNow @ThePantherPitt A rainbow glowing over the #Pitt locker room right now at Boone Pickens Stadium!!! ?? pic.twitter.com/EYghGjRyDx— Panther Phil (@PantherPhil) September 18, 2016 #okstate delay over should begin soon pic.twitter.com/I5iAGkGET8— Sarah Phipps (@sarahcphipps) September 18, 2016 Oklahoma State is sitting out a rain delay, which forced Pitt and OSU to head to the locker rooms at the beginning of the fourth quarter. During the delay, Jesus decided to show off with this insanely awesome rainbow over Boone Pickens Stadium:My mom took this pic #okstate pic.twitter.com/OhOKQRfu2L— Greg Thompson (@gregorythomp) September 18, 2016
zoom Rotterdam-based container line NileDutch has acquired the Europe to West Africa services and operations from Safmarine MPV, a multi-purpose vessel business owned by Maersk Line.NileDutch will continue Safmarine’s Europe to West Africa services when the company’s vessels start sailing on the route in April.The service will focus on Europe – West Africa trade, as direct calls from numerous ports are expected to accommodate the full range of cargoes, including containers, breakbulk, neo-bulk, project modules and oil and gas-related cargoes.“The extension of our service offering delivered by this transaction will enable NileDutch to enhance its operational competiveness in global shipping. With so many infrastructure projects underway in especially West Africa, this multipurpose offering gives NileDutch a real edge and will allow us to seize more business opportunities in the fields of energy equipment, infrastructure, mining and agriculture,” said NileDutch COO Jan Willem de Braal.This acquisition marks the complete divestment of Safmarine MPV after the company sold its owned vessels in 2015. The divestment was announced in the Maersk Group 2015 Annual Report, according to Jorg Knuttel, Managing Director of Safmarine MPV.
zoom Container volumes on the headhaul Far East-Europe and Far East-North America tradelanes recorded a mild recovery in 2016, Alphaliner informed citing the latest statistics from CTS and PIERS.The Far East-Europe trade reached 15.08 million TEU in 2016, representing an increase of 1.2%. This follows a contraction of 3.1% on the trade recorded in 2015, caused mainly by a reduction in Russian demand. More stable volumes to Russia in 2016 have helped to stem the fall in total volumes to Northern Europe, while strong growth in the West Med also helped mitigate flat volume growth in the East Med.Overall Far East-Europe volumes remain below the peak of 2014, when a total of 15.39 million TEU was recorded, with Russian volumes still significantly below 2014 levels, according to Alphaliner.The Far East-US trade recorded a stronger 4.3% growth to reach an all-time high of 14.21 million TEU in 2016, based on data provided by PIERS. This marked the seventh consecutive year of positive volume growth on the Transpacific trade.Volume growth to the US West Coast and US East Coast was almost equally matched at 3.4% and 3.3%, respectively, with the opening of the new Panama Canal locks in June last year making no significant difference to the cargo split between the US West Coast and East Coast. However, volumes to the US Gulf recorded a 26.6% growth rate, mostly driven by the introduction of a new Far East-US Gulf ‘TP-18/Lone Star Express’ service by the 2M partners in May last year.
Kentville and area students are a step closer to a new, state-of-the-art school, thanks to a $16 million investment by the province. Labour and Workforce Development Minister Mark Parent joined Annapolis Valley Regional School Board officials, municipal officials, students and others to turn the first sod today, April 24, for a new Primary to Grade 8 school to replace Kings County Academy. “This new school will play an important role in preparing the young people of Kentville and area for lifelong learning,” said Mr. Parent, who attended the event on behalf of Education Minister Judy Streatch. “One of our government’s priorities is to educate our young people to compete in a global economy and be the leaders of tomorrow. This new school will be a vital part in providing our young people with the knowledge and skills to do so.” The 570-student school is expected to open in January 2011. It will be next to the Valley Sports and Events Centre on Park Street. The project was originally planned as a three-year renovation to Kings County Academy, but analysis determined that a new school would be a better investment. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal will oversee the design and construction of the school, which is expected to start this summer.
Veteran playback singer and fusion music exponent Hariharan has called off his concert tour to Colombo, which was to kick off on Saturday, in deference to Tamil sentiments.“My music has spread peace, happiness and love throughout the world for at least three decades. If one concert could create so much of hurt and anguish among my fans, the concert loses its purpose,” Hariharan told TOI from Mumbai explaining why he had called it off. Tamil outfits in Tamil Nadu had raised the red flag to the visit of the singer to Sri Lanka for a musical concert. Hariharan, son of carnatic vocalist Alamelu, is a pioneer of Indian fusion music, a national award winner and recipient of the Tamil Nadu state government award. Kerala-born actor Asin too faced the heat after she went shooting in Sri Lanka in 2010 with Salman Khan for a Bollywood production despite a directive by the South Indian Film Artistes Association to all Kollywood artists to refrain from going to Lanka to express solidarity with war displaced Tamils in Sri Lanka. (Times of India) This is not the first time that an artist has been caught in the anti-Lanka sentiments over the plight of ethnic Tamils in the island nation, who are yet to be rehabilitated and given political rights on par with Sinhalese, after the end of the war against the LTTE in 2009.
by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jun 18, 2015 8:03 am MDT Last Updated Jun 18, 2015 at 8:44 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell last week, evidence that layoffs remain at unusually low levels and the job market is moving closer to full health.Weekly applications for jobless aid dropped 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 267,000, the Labor Department said Thursday, near 15-year lows reached two months ago. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, declined 2,000 to 276,750.The figures suggest that Americans are enjoying solid job security. Applications, a proxy for layoffs, have remained below 300,000, a historically low level, for 15 weeks. The trend indicates that employers are confident enough in future consumer demand to retain their staffs.The data is “very encouraging labour market news,” said Jennifer Lee, an economist at BMO Capital Markets.The number of people receiving benefits fell 50,000 to 2.22 million. That figure has fallen 14 per cent in the past year.Employers have also hired at healthy levels in recent months. They added 280,000 jobs in May, a strong showing. Last year’s monthly average of 263,667 was the most in 15 years.The unemployment rate rose to 5.5 per cent in May from 5.4 per cent in April, but even that contained some good news: More Americans, encouraged by their prospects, started looking for work last month. Not all immediately found jobs, so their numbers lifted the unemployment rate.Other data show that the economy is picking up after faltering at the start of the year. Americans stepped up their spending at retail stores in May, a sign that job growth and cheaper gas prices are finally encouraging more consumers to spend freely. And consumers ramped up their car purchases in May to the fastest sales pace since July 2005.A healthier consumer could be a key driver of growth in the second half of this year. Consumer spending accounts for about 70 per cent of economic activity.The economy contracted 0.7 per cent in the first three months of the year, a sharp slowdown from growth of 3.6 per cent in the second half. Yet that is seen as temporary: most economists expect growth will recover to a 2 per cent to 2.5 per cent pace in the second quarter. Applications for US unemployment benefits fall to 267,000, near a 15-year low
Jim Willerth collects samples of grape vines for CCOVI’s VineAlert program.With extreme cold weather alerts across most of the province, Ontario vineyards are also feeling the chill. With next year’s grape crop at risk from the frigid temperatures, researchers at Brock University have issued a grapevine cold hardiness alert for growers across the province.VineAlert, a program operated by Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI), tracks a grape bud’s ability to survive cold temperatures over the dormant season from October to April. The alert system indicates at what temperature different varieties would see damage when cold weather events occur. This helps growers know when wind machines or other freeze avoidance methods are warranted to protect buds and vines from winter injury.“In some regions, potentially damaging temperatures are in the forecast,” says CCOVI viticulturist Jim Willwerth. “From our latest cold hardiness testing, the most sensitive cultivars (Merlot, Sauvignon blanc and Syrah) may sustain some freeze damage when temperatures drop below -19C.”When cold hardiness monitoring shows a potential damaging event like the temperatures experienced this week, Willwerth and Kevin Ker, a CCOVI professional affiliate, alert growers to the danger through VineAlert’s notification system first. Then after the cold event, they head to the vineyard to test grapevine bud survival.“This bud survival knowledge is extremely valuable to grape growers,” Willwerth says. “If growers have not been able to prevent damage to the vines, winter injury can also be mitigated through pruning practices and adjustments in the vineyard that will allow for more consistent crops and reduce economic loss.”VineAlert collects samples and monitors hardiness at 13 sites across the Niagara Peninsula, Lake Erie North Shore and Prince Edward County. Growers can specify their location and receive alerts when temperatures in their area approach the lowest temperatures grape buds can survive.View the most recent cold hardiness data visitView VineAlert’s cold hardiness alert for growers
OSU football coach Urban Meyer high-fives fans as the team enters Ohio Stadium for the team’s game against Michigan on Nov. 26. The Buckeyes won 30-27. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo Editor The Ohio State Buckeyes game against the Michigan Wolverines took two overtime periods for a team to come out victorious. OSU junior H-back Curtis Samuel scored the game-winning touchdown in the second overtime to give the Buckeyes a 30-27 win.
A senior academic is being investigated by University College London after he was found to have hosted an annual conference in which speakers debated ideas on eugenics and intelligence.Since 2015, Dr James Thompson has overseen the London Conference on Intelligence, which has seen a researcher who has previously advocated child rape online speak on campus on three occasions.The university was last night attempting to establish how the honorary lecturer was able to host the event without informing senior officials, who were unaware of which speakers would be attending.Dr Thompson, a member of the university’s psychology department, has now been blocked from hosting any future events while an investigation is carried out.It came as details about the conference emerged yesterday, revealing that papers presented at the event include research on the alleged links between genetics and racial disparities in intelligence. Dr James Thompson Credit:UCLTV “Somewhere between 3 and 4 years of age, tests detect racial differences in intelligence between black and white children. By 7 years of life, the differences are stark.”Dr Thompson strongly denied last night that the event promoted “eugenics”, adding that the “bulk of research” was focused on “intelligence” and whether or not it is “heritable”.“Eugenics is one topic, but many topics are discussed. The reason we have the meeting at UCL is due to the London School – the idea that intelligence is heritable,” he continued.Defending his comments on child intelligence, he added: “I stand by it until people show me I’ve made an error”.A UCL spokesman said it was investigating a “potential breach” in its room bookings process, adding that the university had not been informed of the speakers in advance.“They were not approved or endorsed by UCL,” they added. “We are an institution that is committed to free speech but also to combatting racism and sexism in all forms.“We have suspended approval for any further conferences of this nature by the honorary lecturer and speakers pending our investigation into the case.“As part of that investigation, we will be speaking to the honorary lecturer and seeking an explanation.” The brochure for 2016’s conference, seen by The Daily Telegraph, also includes an image of the 19th century eugenicist Edward Thorndike on its front cover.It includes a quote from the American psychologist, which reads: “Selective breeding can alter man’s capacity to learn, to keep sane, to cherish justice or to be happy”.Speakers who have attended include researcher Emil Kirkegaard, who previously wrote that a “compromise” for child pornography would be for paedophiles to have “sex with a sleeping child without them knowing”.In a blog published on his personal website in 2012, Mr Kirkegaard wrote: “One can have sex with some rather young ones (say, any consenting child in puberty) without any moral problems, especially when one is young oneself.”“If they don’t notice it is difficult to see how they cud [sic] be harmed, even if it is rape.” The front cover of the 2016 brochure for the conference This newspaper has also seen extracts from a lecture delivered in 2015, during which a researcher put forward claims that penile length might be used to predict levels of parental care.In others, researchers claimed that racial “admixture” has had a negative effect on population quality, and that “skin brightness” is a factor in global development. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Mr Kirkegaard later wrote that he advocated a “frank discussion of pedophilia-related issues”.He was unavailable when approached for comment.Dr Thompson has also written about the “intelligence differences” of children according to their ethnicity.In a blog published on the website The Unz Review in October last year, he wrote that “Government interventions are going to have to be early, very early. By 21 weeks differences in head circumference are apparent. Not 21 weeks of life, 21 weeks of gestation.
Spring chinook fishing has improved markedly with the slight drop in Columbia River streamflow, giving a glimmer of hope to anglers in these final four days of the early portion of the season.Angling is closed beginning Tuesday downstream of Bonneville Dam. State officials might meet on Wednesday to review the run and sport catches.On Wednesday, the catch was close to a spring chinook per boat at Cathlamet.The indicators are mixed regarding spring chinook.The Bonneville Dam count through Monday was 22 salmon, a record low. The old low was 25 through April 3, 1949.Average streamflow on Tuesday was 445,300 cubic feet per second. The flow never has been more than 400,000 cubic feet per second on an April 3 since at least 1950.Yet, test fishing on Sunday with 4.25-inch-mesh tangle nets in the Wahkiakum and Cowlitz county stretches of the lower Columbia had good results. In 17 drifts, the nets caught 102 chinook and eight steelhead. Seventy-two percent of the chinook were destined for upstream of Bonneville Dam and 91 percent were fin-clipped.Through Sunday, the year-to-date numbers for the lower Columbia were 10,578 angler trips with 46 lower river spring chinook and 36 upper Columbia-Snake origin salmon. The early-season allocation is 6,905 upper Columbia-Snake chinook.
Kolkata: Visitors of Space Theatre at Science City will soon have a unique viewing experience in terms of content and technical quality with the switch from 2D analogue to 3D digital. The theatre which remained shut since March 1, 2017, due to renovation, will be unveiled with a new avatar by the middle of January 2019.”The time has come to switch to digital with the advancement in technology. We had been running the content in analogue format for 20 years. There will be six projectors in place of the old standalone projection system — the sound quality will be world class. The pioneering German manufacturer of optical systems Carl Zeiss is implementing the entire project,” said Subhabrata Chaudhri, director of Science City. The total project cost is around Rs 20 crore. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe six new projectors that will replace the old system have been procured from Christie, the US-based manufacturer of projectors and digital cinema devices. The 23m tilted dome is being designed and installed by Astro-Tec Manufacturing of the US. “Back in July 1997, when the dome was inaugurated for the first time, it was in seismic zone II compliant but now it has been made seismic zone IV compliant,” a senior official said. The air conditioning system and the sitting arrangement will also witness a change in the new dome though there will be no change in the capacity. There will be a total of 360 seats with more leg space and better reclining ability. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”There will be 8 to 10 shows per day and the price of tickets for the show is expected to go up with the viewing experience seeing a total change. The latest digital content will be screened in ultrahigh definition and also in 3D, giving viewers the feel of ‘being there’,” a official said. Space Theatre at Science City is India’s first and the first film that was screened was Serengeti, which documents the journey of more than two million wild beasts, zebras and antelopes over 500 miles across the Serengeti plains in Tanzania. Science City, which operates under the National Council of Science Museums, had sent its proposal for an upgrade to the Union ministry of Culture in September 2015. The approval came in March 2016.
Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Feature | PET Imaging | July 26, 2016 | Dave Fornell What is PET Imaging? The basics of positron emission tomography (PET) nuclear imaging explained Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more A PET-CT cardiac perfusion exam from a Siemens Biograph scanner. The black and white areas of the image show the CT imaging of the anatomy. The colored portion shows the PET overlay on the myocardium and is color-coded to show tracer uptake values. This can show areas of the heart muscle where there are perfusion defects cause by infarcts or coronary artery blockages due to a heart attack and help determine the severity of the ischemia.Positron emission tomography (PET) is a nuclear imaging technology (also referred to as molecular imaging) that enables visualization of metabolic processes in the body. The basics of PET imaging is that the technique detects pairs of gamma rays emitted indirectly by a positron-emitting radionuclide (also called radiopharmaceuticals, radionuclides or radiotracer). The tracer is injected into a vein on a biologically active molecule, usually a sugar that is used for cellular energy. PET systems have sensitive detector panels to capture gamma ray emissions from inside the body and use software to plot to triangulate the source of the emissions, creating 3-D computed tomography images of the tracer concentrations within the body. PreviousNext Short Half-lives of RadiotracersOne drawback of most PET tracer isotopes is that they have very short half-lives, which requires their creation using an on-site cyclotron near the PET scanner. The effective half-lives of some of the primary tracers include carbon-11 (about 20 min), nitrogen-13 (about 10 min), oxygen-15 (about 2 min), fluorine-18 (about 110 min), gallium-68 (about 67 min) and rubidium-82(about 1.27 min).The half-life of F-18 is long enough that radiotracers can be manufactured commercially offsite and shipped to imaging centers for immediate use. Most nuclear myocardial perfusion exams (which look for ischemia or infarcts in the heart muscle caused by heart attacks) use rubidium-82 (Rb-82). This is produced in a commercially available generator, where the active tracer can be produced on demand in the scanning room. The generator contains strontium-82, which decays into positron-emitting Rb-82. The use of these generators has made PET perfusion imaging feasible and more economical for imaging centers without cyclotrons. What Are Radiotracers — How do Radiotracers WorkThere are several biologically active molecules that can be labeled with a radioactive tracer element for PET imaging. These various tracers and biologically active molecules are tailored for enhancing specific disease states in the imaging, including a variety of cancers, brain ischemia due to stroke, cardiac ischemia due to heart attacks and inflammation.Biologically active molecules are compounds normally used by the body, including glucose, water or ammonia. Other types of molecules can be targeted to bind with specific receptors found mainly on cancer cells or other disease markers. PET imaging traces the biologic pathway of these compounds or receptors inside the body. The most common biologically active molecule used in PET is flurodeoxyglucose (F-18 FDG), which is an analog of glucose. It is used in about 90 percent of PET scanning in the United States. Cells in the body metabolize this sugar for energy, so high concentrations of FDG seen on PET indicate areas of high metabolic activity (as in cancer). Areas of low or no metabolic activity can indicate areas of reduced blood flow or blockages due to stroke or heart attacks. Use of FDG in full body scans can help determine if a cancer has metastasized to other areas of the body. If so, the PET scan can help pinpoint the extent of the cancer’s spread and help identify areas for further treatment or monitoring. 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Follow up imaging is then conducted to monitor the effectiveness of radiation or chemotherapy treatments by measuring reductions in metabolism or tumor volume. In nuclear imaging of metabolic tumor response, the standard used is assessment with F—18 FDG PET. Quantitative measurement is made using PET Response Criteria in Solid Tumors (PERCIST) reporting measures. However, cancer treatment is evolving, so while it is important to know these criteria, it is necessary to understand their limitations. This is especially true with the introduction of newer targeted chemotherapy agents, where tumors may continue to grow or maintain size for a long period before a reduction in tumor size is seen. There are other variables with PERCIST, including numerous ways in which the same image can be segmented to make the measurements. There also is no general consensus on the selection of a threshold level, which again can lead to variation depending on who reads the study. There are also inherent limitations with anatomical response criteria, including when the imaging occurs, who is making the measurements and what is being measured. With nuclear imaging, assessing standardized uptake value (SUV) max may not show a correct assessment of a tumor because it only considers the maximum uptake in one part of a tumor. The uptake may have decreased elsewhere in the same tumor. For this reason it is important to try to assess tumors 2 cm or larger. Metabolic tumor volume is another measure that can be used. Read more about the role of radiology and PET in assessing cancers and tumor response to therapy. Managing Radiation Dose in Myocardial Perfusion Imaging Nuclear myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) with PET and SPECT have been the gold standard for noninvasive detection of coronary ischemia and infarcts. However, the high radiation doses patients receive are making some providers think twice before referring their patients for nuclear MPI. Public concern over radiation risks from medical imaging have been brought to the forefront with numerous mainstream media articles in recent years. A Tc-99m SPECT scan averages about 12-16 mSv of radiation dose, and dual isotope studies can be as high as 25-30 mSv. PET scans are much lower dose than SPECT because the Rb-82 isotope has a much shorter half-life. Newer dose lowering technologies have helped reduce radiation dose by more than 50 percent for cardiac computed tomography angiography (CTA) scans, making it much more attractive as a diagnostic imaging modality. New CT technology — including perfusion imaging with advanced visualization software and CT-fractional flow reserve (FFR) imaging — may lead to increased use of CT. When 64-slice CT scanners were first introduced a decade ago, CTA dose was 20-30 mSv, but new reconstruction software, more sensitive detectors and other technologies have reduced this below 10 mSv. With the newest scanners and software, it is now possible to perform CTA with about 1 mSv of dose. This new dose profile has made CTA much more attractive, and nuclear imaging now finds itself in the position as the high radiation dose technology being called into question. Read more about nuclear imaging dose reduction. PET vs. SPECTPET is considered to have improved image clarity over SPECT (single-photon emission computed tomography). However, advances in more sensitive detector technology, image reconstruction software and development of new radiotracers have lead to improvements in SPECT. Both technologies have advantages and disadvantages, including different radiation doses, variations in image quality, ease of use, access to tracers and cost.Read more about limitations and comparison of PET and SPECT technologies. News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Patient friendy PET resource information from the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Hybrid PET Imaging SystemsA common question from patients is what is a PET-CT scanner? Today, most standalone PET imaging systems have been replaced by hybrid PET-CT (positron emission tomography – computed tomography) scanners, which combine separate PET and CT imaging systems into one gantry to allow fused, simultaneous imaging using PET and X-ray CT. The CT system offers anatomical detail and helps with attenuation correction for the PET imaging for more accurate, clearer PET image reconstructions. The overlay of fused CT images on the PET scans can help pinpoint “hot spots” of tracer uptake, such as cancerous tumors. These can be used to help make a more accurate diagnosis, aid tumor monitoring or tracking during chemotherapy, and aid in either surgical or radiation therapy planning. A newer trend in PET imaging technology introduced over the past few years are PET-magnetic resonance imaging (PET-MRI) systems. These hybrids use MR to eliminate additional radiation dose from CT and enable greatly improved soft tissue imaging clarity, which CT cannot provide. This improved soft tissue clarity aims to improve accurate localization of tracer hot spots in the anatomy for better diagnosis and treatment. Read about PET-MRI’s entry into the U.S. market.Read more about advances in PET-CT systems. Related Content Comparison of PET SystemsTo see a list of all the PET and SPECT systems currently available on the U.S. market, look at the following comparison chart links on ITN’s website. To view the charts, new users will have to register, which is free and only takes a moment.PET-CT Systems PET-MRI Systems SPECT-CT Systems SPECT Systems Key manufacturers of PET/CT systems include GE Healthcare, Philips Healthcare, Siemens Healthcare and Toshiba. Vendors for PET/MRI systems include GE, Philips and Siemens. SPECT vendors include GE, Philips, Siemens and Digirad Corp. News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate read more Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more What is a PET Scan Used For?PET is a primary imaging modality for the detection and tracking of cancer. Nuclear imaging (PET and SPECT) are also considered a standard of care for myocardial perfusion exams to see if there is a lack of blood flow to the heart muscle due to a heart attack. PET scans can also help detect and track neurological disorders in the brain, such as Alzheimer’s disease and evaluation of strokes.Read about the development of tracers to image Alzheimer’s disease.FDA approval of the first Alzheimer’s tracer. A PET-CT head and neck cancer scan showing various image reconstructions. The top left image is the separate CT scan showing the anatomy. The top right scan shows the fused PET and CT scans with false color added to help interpret the image. The bottom left scan is an initial FDG PET image showing tracer hot spots in the neck and a lymph node in the right jaw due to cancer. The right bottom image is a delayed enhancement scan showing tracer uptake over time, with normal hot spots in the bladder, kidneys, testicles and brain, which normally have higher metabolic activity. The low-grade gray shading of the anatomy is due to the normal cellular metabolism uptake of the FDG throughout the body. News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This can show areas of the heart muscle where there are perfusion defects cause by infarcts or coronary artery blockages due to a heart attack and help determine the severity of the ischemia. Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more Video Player is loading.ITN Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance AthletesPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 11:59Loaded: 1.36%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -11:59 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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While PET scans for cancer and cardiac perfusion are considered standard, some newer types of PET scans may be considered investigational and may not be covered under insurance. New Choice Health (www. NewChoiceHealth.com) is a consumer website designed to help patients understand costs involved in healthcare to make more informed decisions. According to NewChoiceHealth.com, for patients not covered by health insurance, a PET scan typically costs an average of about $4,900 for a full-body scan, up to $6,700 for the brain and $6,800 for a cardiac perfusion exam.Here is a good link to a sampling of costs nationally. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享
Related posts:Swiss prosecutors probe 53 ‘suspicious’ FIFA cases FIFA: Sponsor pressure mounts ahead of World Cup draw VIDEO: Costa Rica head coach Paulo Wanchope brawls with security guard at Panama football stadium WATCH: Costa Rica’s Joel Campbell scores for Arsenal in first Premier League start San José football club Saprissa signed San Diego, California native Ramón Martín del Campo on Friday.The 22-year-old defender was born in Hermosillo, Mexico and moved to southern California at the age of two, according to his biography. Before he put on the purple kit, del Campo played for the University of California, Davis and the San Jose Earthquakes’ Under 23 team. In 2014, he played for the U.S. U-23 national team.Del Campo originally turned down an offer to play for Saprissa after he graduated from UC Davis in 2014, according to MLSSoccer.com. After a disappointing performance during the SuperDraft in January, the defender was passed up and sought a spot with the LA Galaxy.According to Saprissa, del Campo had an offer to play for the Los Angeles club but decided to come to Costa Rica as a morado.“I’m joining the best and biggest club in the area. It’s an honor to put on this jersey. The commitment and responsibility are amazing,” del Campo said during a press conference at Saprissa Stadium in Tibás, north of San José.Del Campo signed for two years. Facebook Comments
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