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World's largest imaging magnet arrives at Minnesota's CMRR
University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota's Center for Magnetic Resonance Research is now home to the world’s largest imaging magnet after its arrival to the University in early December. The Agilent Technologies magnet is the world's first 10.5 Tesla whole body human magnetic resonance imaging magnet. Tesla is a unit of measurement that describes the strength of magnetic field. By comparison, most medical MRIs utilize magnets are rated 1.5-3 Tesla or lower.

The university's new magnet will be used to aid in brain research and human body imaging. Because a magnet of this strength has never been used to map the human brain and body, the first 5 to 10 years will be spent developing technology to create images researchers can use.


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Healthgrades report to the nation for 2014
AHEC Blog (commentary)
I received my notice that the HealthGrades Report on hospital quality outcomes for 2014 was online. If you are not well versed in the HealthGrades ratings, it may come as a shock that your hospital is not as good as you think it is. Their hospital rating reports for specific procedures and diagnoses are compiled primarily from Medicare claim data, and it includes all hospitals that are Medicare participants.
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High-field MRI exposure linked to techs' depression
AuntMinnie.com
As MRI continues to advance to greater magnet strengths to uncover mysteries in the body, researchers of a new study are warning that constant exposure to high-field systems could lead to psychological problems, such as clinical depression, among MRI technologists.
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Study reveals fastest-growing occupations through 2017
CareerBuilder
Eleven million Americans are currently looking for work, yet 45 percent of human resources managers say they are unable to find qualified candidates for their open positions. For job seekers, this might not make sense; for HR managers, it all comes down to who has the right qualifications right now. This skills gap is a growing problem for employers and workers alike, but it can be overcome.
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First spectral breast density test earns FDA sign-off
Imaging Economics
Royal Philips has received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration for a new tool to objectively measure breast density, a known risk factor for breast cancer. The Spectral Breast Density Application runs on the company's MicroDose SI full-field digital mammography system and is the first spectral tool to differentiate between adipose and glandular tissue.
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Excitement mounting that radiation will eliminate HIV
Medscape
Radioimmunotherapy in conjunction with antiretroviral triple therapy can effectively kill HIV-infected cells from patients, a new study has shown. "The cells are being steadily killed by a dose of radiation," explained Ekaterina Dadachova, Ph.Dd, professor of radiology, microbiology and immunology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, N.Y.
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