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  • The Medical Isotope Shortage

    Most people are not aware just how important a role nuclear medicine imaging procedures play in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. It is estimated that approximately one third of all hospital inpatients receive some kind of nuclear medicine scan during their stay in the hospital. Nuclear medicine...
  • "We’re in the Bazaar Now"

    Thus spoke Congressman Gary Ackerman of New York in a meeting three weeks ago as Capitol Hill's end-of-session scramble was starting, essentially indicating that it was well-nigh impossible to predict which legislative proposals would be going through. And this was before the financial crisis really...
  • A Week of NEMA Successes on Capitol Hill

    What a great week for NEMA's government relations team. First, Congress enacted the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act of 2008 . Next, it ratified the U.S.-India Civilian Nuclear Agreement . Then today, the House came back and finished the job on the Emergency Economic Stabilization...
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  • Not Out of the Woods Yet

    Today's passage of EESA 2008 is expected to help shore up troubled credit markets in the weeks and months ahead. In addition, the legislation should help to bolster investor confidence and business confidence to some extent once it is up and running; however, data released this week only served to...
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  • FERC Boosts Advanced Transmission Technologies

    In one of the first cases to explicitly consider the use of advanced transmission technologies, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved a 135 basis point rate adder for incorporation of an underground HVDC line, fiber-optic cables, and static var compensators into the proposed New York...
  • Of Clocks and Teakettles...

    Last week Cosmologist Stephen Hawkins unveiled the spectacular new Corpus Christi clock at Cambridge University. The clock has no hands but uses rotating rings and flashing blue LED lights to indicate the time. The mechanism is entirely mechanical and the fantastical insect or Chronophage (time eater...
  • Do standards really make a difference?

    Some recent problems in Mammography make it abundantly clear that they do. Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) got reports indicating that image quality from a number of full-field digital mammography (FFDM) units was being compromised when their images were displayed on some third-party...
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