Industry news: Cedara, Desert Radiologists, Dynamic, Medical Records Institute, Merge, Vital

A new tool under development by Cedara Software Corp. was used in a study published in this week's issue of Cancer Research journal. I-Response is being developed by Cedara in conjunction with researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center who have identified a new imaging technique that can measure effectiveness of treatment for prostate cancer that has spread to the bones.

The technique, called functional diffusion map, uses an MRI scan and Cedara's I-Response to measure diffusion of water within tumors. The study tracked the diffusion of water through cells over the course of treatment. Tumor cells slow the movement of water.  As tumor cells die, water diffusion increases.

Study author Brian D. Ross, PhD, said there is currently no way to detect bone tumor response to therapy. The functional diffusion map could serve as an early biomarker indicating that a tumor is responding to treatment, thus helping patients make decisions about switching to an alternative therapy without wasting time on a treatment that is not working, Ross said. Read more on this study here:

Desert Radiologists of Nevada announced the opening of its new central business office, a 5,000 sq. ft. office to hold billing, auditing, coding, authorization and finance departments, plus provide room for expansion.
"Part of our strategic business plan is to foster growth and provide patients with the best experience possible," said William Moore, Desert Radiologists CEO. "By opening this new office we are bringing new job opportunities and superior customer service to the Las Vegas community.”

Dynamic Imaging topped MD Buyline’s user satisfaction rankings for the fourth straight quarter, sustaining its position as the PACS industry’s customer service leader.

Medical Records Institute will soon launch EMRCompare, a new project that will compare all participating EMR systems by price, features, and usability. The EMR usability comparison will take place at TEPR 2007 on May 21 in the Dallas Convention Center using the Clinical Documentation Challenge format. The goal of EMRCompare is to provide a critical assessment tool to physician practices shopping for an EMR.

Vendors interested in participating in EMRCompare can find complete participation details by clicking here, or by visiting

Merge Healthcare plans to release its Q1 2007 financial results on Wednesday, May 9, after the market close. The company will hold an earnings conference call on May 10, at 9 a.m. Central/ 10 a.m. Eastern. For additional details:

Vital Images will present at the Deutsche Bank 32nd Annual Health Care Conference on May 2, in Washington, D.C. Jay D. Miller, president and chief executive officer, and Michael H. Carrel, chief operating officer and chief financial officer, will discuss the company's business and growth strategies.