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World Federation of Neurology awards UT Southwestern director the first Medal for Scientific Achievement

February 19, 2016

Highlights some of the key technologies which healthcare companies are developing to maximize the using of medical imaging in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of diseases Analyses the recent technological breakthroughs that have impacted the medical imaging field and how this expand the use of imaging now and in the future. Discusses the potential of new technologies to improve the quality of imaging and how it may be applied in the diagnosis of a variety of diseases Identifies the most novel technologies that may revolutionize medical imaging, including the use of molecular imaging and virtual surgery Provides recent examples of new imaging agents, equipment and software programs and companies competing in each space. Analyzes the leading healthcare companies, their business strategies, market positioning and product portfolios and discuss geographical and technological trends now and in the future of medical imaging. Summarizes the challenges and opportunities that face the healthcare industry with a focus on the implementation of new technologies and the additional challenges associated with their use

Key findings from this report:

Diagnostic screening using imaging technologies can lead to the early detection of disease to minimize the use of invasive procedures, enhance the use of targeted therapies and palliative care, and improve patient management. New technologies that replace the need for X-rays and radioactivity are under development such as magnetic particle imaging (MPI) could revolutionize the way medical imaging modalities are used in the future for diagnosis, treatment and maintenance therapy. Advances in medical imaging software, molecular imaging and new imaging agents will expand the use of medical imaging in a broad range of disease and medical settings to ensure patients receive the right technology to get the right treatment. In the field of cardiology medical imaging has rapidly progressed e.g. detect heart attacks and measure plaque build in coronary arteries. Cancer will become the next frontier for medical imaging, where early detection can save lives. Whilst in the future the CNS arena e.g. Alzheimer's disease and depression, will represent key challenges for future diagnostics. In addition to technological challenges face by healthcare companies the industry faces three external challenges global economics, reimbursement and regulation which will impact the future growth and innovation of the sector and determine the role medical imaging will play in the future of diagnostics.

Source: Business Insights