The top 25 health care stories of 2015 countdown

by Gus Iversen, Editor in Chief | December 30, 2015
Alzheimers/Neurology Business Affairs Cardiology CT Emergency Medicine European News Infection Control Medical Devices Molecular Imaging MRI Rad Oncology Pediatrics Population Health Primary Care Proton Therapy Radiation Therapy Risk Management Stroke Ultrasound Women's Health X-Ray

21: Is that Doogie Howser? ...Nope 1/22/2015
At St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, a teenager stalked the halls in a lab coat with a stethoscope around his neck, telling anyone who asked that he was a doctor. According to a security guard, the juvenile may have been doing this for a month while nobody spoke up or did anything about it.

20: Proton therapy is coming to the big apple 7/22/2015
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The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) announced the sale of a 51,000 square foot parcel at 225 East 126th Street and Third Avenue in Manhattan's East Harlem neighborhood, for the construction of the New York Proton Center (NYPC). The facility, which will be constructed with Varian's ProBeam, is part of a growing body of evidence suggesting proton therapy is here to stay.

19: Smaller cuts to freestanding radiation therapy centers by CMS than expected 11/9/2015
ASTRO, 228 members of Congress and whoever else wrote to CMS about the dangers of reducing reimbursement for freestanding radiation therapy centers by 6 percent, celebrated a modest victory in Fall of 2015 when CMS announced that the reimbursement rate would only be reduced by 2 percent.

18: Using SPECT to distinguish PTSD from TBI 5/4/2015
It’s difficult to differentiate between Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) since the conditions have very similar symptoms, but researchers at Thomas Jefferson University, UCLA, University of British Columbia and Amen Clinics found that they could accomplish that with SPECT imaging.

17: Heavy ion therapy coming to the U.S. 1/28/2015
Early in 2015, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center announced plans to build the first heavy ion radiation therapy center in the U.S. The National Center for Heavy Ion Radiation Therapy is projected to be completed in 2021, at a total building cost of $200 to $250 million. Currently there are only eight heavy ion facilities on the planet, but it may one day become the standard of care for cancer patients.

16: GE "recalls" 12,968 MR magnets 2/20/2015
In February, GE initiated a "field corrective action" on 12,968 MR systems worldwide after discovering that the Magnet Rundown Unit (MRU) on an MR in India was disabled. The FDA classified this action as a class 1 recall.

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