Chetan Mahajan, Technology Insights
This month, a Taiwanese hospital announced plans to build a heavy ion radiotherapy treatment center. This marks continued uptick in carbon ion adoption and has reignited the debate on whether heavy ion therapy can live up to its potential and become the new standard for radiation therapy delivery. Proponents believe the time is nearing, while other experts we’ve spoken with across the industry are still skeptical about the widespread adoption of what still remains an investigational technology.
Ultimately, carbon ion therapy will need to become less costly and achieve a smaller footprint to spur adoption in the United States, though administrators should continue to monitor its progress.
What does carbon ion therapy adoption mean for protons?
Chris Pericak and Caitlin Visek
Falling reimbursement for extremity MRI exams performed in freestanding imaging centers may present hospitals with the opportunity to reap the benefit of these volumes—while simultaneously lowering costs and boosting patient satisfaction.
Declines in imaging center reimbursement may offer new opportunity
Becka DeSmidt and Rachel Klein, Technology Insights
Attending this year’s Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) conference, Technology Insights researchers were surprised to hear hints of a reversal of the Lap Band’s tumbling fortunes. Presenters emphasized the ease of inserting a lap band during a revisional bariatric procedure, appearing interested in resurrecting the Lap Band from its place buried at the bottom of the bariatric surgeon’s toolbox.
A comeback for the Lap Band?