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Thursday December 4, 2014 5 th EDITION Chicago • FREE pedCAT—Weight Bearing CT Imaging for the Foot & Ankle The CurveBeam pedCAT is the first cone beam CT im-aging system dedicated to the foot and ankle, and the only system that can capture a full-weight bearing, bilateral image in one scan. The pedCAT has been heralded as the emerging standard of care, and is poised to revolutionize musculoskeletal imaging of the lower extremities. The device has already been integrated in some of the leading orthopedic and podiatric in-stitutions in the U.S., Europe and Australia. “I see it becoming an in-dispensable clinical and re-search tool,” Dr. Mark continued on page 35 ETIAM Connects Hopitals with Web-Based Solutions ETIAM, the One-Click Telemedicine company provides turnkey solutions that enable care providers, patients and institutions to better communicate healthcare information in real-time. The ETIAM One-Click Telemedicine solu-tion integrates an ultra-fast medical image sharing proto-col, innovative Second Opinion video-conferencing, powerful PACS and EMR integration for DICOM and non-DICOM multime-dia and engaging patient portals. ETIAM has made the goal of con-necting rural hospitals and practices with urban continued on page 38 Medicalis (Booth #6520)— Enterprise Worklist, Decision Support, Referral Management Medicalis has had another great year, really finding its stride in helping to integrate longitudinal workflow in the country’s leading IDNs. Medicalis is the first choice for IDNs as they struggle with the complexities of bring-ing their newly acquired and affiliated hospitals and di-verse provider groups onto a single seamless workflow platform. While simultane-ously dealing with changes in re-imburse-ment models as CMS continued on page 6 PaxScan 2530W Radiographic Detector Significant Workflow Efficiencies, Value, and Perform-ance Varian Medical Systems is presenting a new wireless flat-panel detector ideal for imaging extremities and for use in neonatal imaging systems. The panel is optimized for fast patient throughput, flexibil-ity, and usability. The PaxScan 2530W is the newest wireless digital X-ray image detector, a lightweight (2.1kilograms) and space effi-cient (10 x 12 inches) panel with continued on page 45 The LEADER in Radiology Management Services RadHelp, LLC was established in 2013 by Radiology As-sociates of Canton, Inc. Dr. Syed F. Zaidi, President of Radiology Associates of Canton (RAC) and Chief Exec-utive Officer of RadHelp, LLC and John Vizzuso, Chief Operating Officer formed RadHelp, LLC to provide as-sistance to radiology groups, private clinics and health care systems. Their goal is to develop new radiology strate-gies in the changing health care landscape, particularly in line with the ACR initiative of Imag-ing 3.0. These strategies include risk based co-management continued on page 45 Bar-Ray Products Names Julie P. Klein as Regional Sales Manager for Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and Western Pennsylvania Julie P. Klein will be coordinating sales efforts for Bar-Ray Products for territories in the Midwest and western Pennsylvania. LITTLESTOWN, Penn.—Bar-Ray Products (Bar-Ray), the world’s largest manufacturer of radiation protective garments and vinyls, has added Julie P. Klein as a regional sales manager to the company’s expanding business de-velopment team. Julie will oversee business development efforts for Bar-Ray in the Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky continued on page 45 Cephasonics Launches the cQUB-1, First Product in New Family of cQUB White-Label Ultrasound Systems Targeted at Medical Applications SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Cephasonics, a technology-in-novation leader with a game-changing embedded-ultra-sound platform, announced the introduction of the cQUB-1 (cQuest Ultrasound Box-1), the first product in a new family of cQUB white-label ultrasound systems designed and manufactured by Cephasonics for purchase by companies to rebrand with their own brand name and model number. Cephasonics showcased the cQUB-1 for continued on page 43 Elsevier Announces the Winner of the 5th Ahmed Zewail Prize in Molecular Sciences Professor Sir John Meurig Thomas from the University of Cambridge, UK is awarded the 5th Ahmed Zewail Prize for his outstanding contributions to the fundamental understanding of the structures of solids and development and application of the concept of single-site heteroge-neous catalysis AMSTERDAM—Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and the editors of the leading international jour-nal Chemical Physics Letters are pleased to announce the continued on page 43 Innovative Equipment Arrives for Breast Cancer Patients A newly-qualified physiotherapist at North Cumbria Uni-versity Hospitals NHS Trust has raised more than £6,000 towards a new piece of hi-tech equipment for breast can-cer patients. Iris Leeson started fundraising after her mother, An-gela Hodgson, had breast cancer and sadly passed away three years ago. Iris discovered the department was sav-ing money to purchase a Faxitron system so she decided to start fundraising to contribute towards it and three years later the department has now welcomed the delivery of the Faxitron BioVision. The portable Faxitron machine means that tissue re-moved during breast cancer surgery can be X-rayed during continued on page 43

pedCAT—Weight Bearing CT Imaging for the Foot & Ankle

The CurveBeam pedCAT is the first cone beam CT imaging system dedicated to the foot and ankle, and the only system that can capture a full-weight bearing, bilateral image in one scan. The pedCAT has been heralded as the emerging standard of care, and is poised to revolutionize musculoskeletal imaging of the lower extremities. The device has already been integrated in some of the leading orthopedic and podiatric institutions in the U.S., Europe and Australia.

“I see it becoming an indispensable clinical and research tool,” Dr. Mark Myerson, the Medical Director of The Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction at Mercy in Baltimore, Maryland, has said.

Scanning a patient in the pedCAT takes less than one minute. Scan protocols are available for pediatric patients as well. The pedCAT is an ultra-low dose device, and the effective dose of a single scan is 2 to 5 - Sv, according to a study by Dr. John Ludlow published in the International Journal of Diagnostic Imaging. The low dose is partially attributed to the characteristics of cone beam CT technology, which only requires one pass to capture the entire volume. Another benefit of cone beam CT is that it produces minimal metal artifact, especially compared to traditional medical CT.

The weight bearing aspect is critical for foot and ankle specialists, as it allows for accurate biomechanical diagnosis and assessment of conditions such as flat foot, syndesmosis and Lisfranc injuries and dislocations. Physicians can formulate better pre-surgical plans for pathologies from routine bunionectomies to complex total ankle replacements, and better assess post-surgical outcomes.

CubeVue, the pedCAT’s powerful visualization software, allows for intuitive navigation through the full 3D volume and multiple slice planes. ped- CAT scans are DICOM compliant, and images can be easily integrated into existing PACS systems. A new feature automatically constructs unlimited standard X-Ray views, such as the Saltzman view, and possibly eliminates the need for plain radiographs.

The pedCAT’s compact design and easy operation makes it ideal for the orthopedic or podiatric setting, as well as hospital systems and imaging centers. The pedCAT can be installed quickly, and plugs into a standard wall outlet. The total footprint is about 4 x 5 feet, and shielding requirements are typically comparable to those of an XRay imaging system. A fully lead lined room is rarely required by United States regulations.

About CurveBeam
The core engineering team behind the pedCAT designed the first commercially viable cone beam CT device for dental/ maxillofacial use about a decade ago, heralding innovations including custom dental implant placement systems. Curve- Beam aspires to extend cone beam CT technology to other extremities in the medical field and continue to encourage further innovation.

CurveBeam was granted FDA approval for the pedCAT in 2012.

For more information, call 267-483- 8081, visit www.curvebeam.com or stop by our exhibit in South Hall A – Booth #1032.

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ETIAM Connects Hopitals with Web-Based Solutions

ETIAM, the One-Click Telemedicine company provides turnkey solutions that enable care providers, patients and institutions to better communicate healthcare information in real-time. The ETIAM One-Click Telemedicine solution integrates an ultra-fast medical image sharing protocol, innovative Second Opinion video-conferencing, powerful PACS and EMR integration for DICOM and non-DICOM multimedia and engaging patient portals. ETIAM has made the goal of connecting rural hospitals and practices with urban doctors and specialists, truly providing care anywhere.

Our telemedicine offerings are completely customizable. The flexibility in the solution allows for simple and complex workflows. These workflows can include:

• Capturing images and videos and adding DICOM attributes to them.
• Allowing surgeons to capture data from a patients surgery, compile into a study and create presentation or second opinion request.
• Utilizing our zero footprint web-based viewer and online patient portal.
• Allowing patients can take CDs and DVDs from a specialist, upload from their home computer to the referring institutions PACS and have the physicians review and assign them to a patients record.

FDA cleared and HIPAA compliant, the solution includes a highly secure 2048 bit secure VPN connection to the institution. From consulting on patient studies with other network physicians or downloading patient files off CDs or the PACS, the One-Click Telemedicine solution brings together a wide array of tools and functions geared to proving better patient care within the highly secure and customizable platform.

With quality at the heart of its solutions, ETIAM has been developing software for top ranking hospitals since 1997 and has since helped share more than 500,000 medical records worldwide. With prestigious customers such as John Hopkins, Boone Hospital and Dell, ETIAM constantly provides robust, meaningful telemedicine solutions at the forefront of care.

ETIAM continues to develop its One-Click Telemedicine solution further by providing diagnostic quality webbased solutions, answering today's growing demand for a mobile driven healthcare environment. The company has invested significant hours of development into an iOS and Android application which allows patients and physicians to use mobile devices to capture images and video of patient conditions and securely send to a specialist for commenting or consultation.

Visit ETIAM at Booth #7708, North Building, Hall B this year at RSNA to demo the new One Click Telemedicine platform and our new mobile development application. Our CEO will be answering questions concerning the development and direction of the company. Assisting him will be our VP of Sales, Rob Damiani to discuss his planned strategy for the quarters to come and how telemedicine will be the company’s driving goal.

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Medicalis (Booth #6520)— Enterprise Worklist, Decision Support, Referral Management

Medicalis has had another great year, really finding its stride in helping to integrate longitudinal workflow in the country’s leading IDNs. Medicalis is the first choice for IDNs as they struggle with the complexities of bringing their newly acquired and affiliated hospitals and diverse provider groups onto a single seamless workflow platform.

While simultaneously dealing with changes in re-imbursement models as CMS and private payors are shifting more emphasis to value based reimbursement models.

Medicalis delivers the first integrated clinical platform to optimize the delivery of radiology services in an environment where (1) radiology groups are aggregating to become mega groups, or being acquired into providers, (2) hospitals are merging into ever-larger networks and (3) population financial risk is beginning to shift to providers. This will require providers to optimize across the three dimensions of quality, productivity and resource utilization They must strive to improve productivity in the face of declining payer reimbursement while maintaining high quality to sustain or improve market share in a more competitive and transparent world.

The Medicalis Solutions are built on an integrated architectural platform designed to address the future state of clinical and financial integration as providers consolidate and take on financial risk. The platform is also designed as a set of modules to facilitate targeted deployment in today’s largely non-integrated environments. As the affiliated and non-affiliated provider communities evolve, they can seamlessly add Medicalis modules to this common platform.

Enterprise Worklist
Professional radiology groups have aggregated from 5,000 down to 3,000 groups in the last four years, with further reduction anticipated to result in just 500 to 1,000 in the next five years. The challenge of PACS/Reading workflow has evolved from eliminating film to managing professional physician resources to optimize quality and reading productivity across multiple systems and environments. The Professional Solution is an enterprise worklist for radiologists that orchestrate multiple disparate PACS solutions while optimizing turnaround times, physician RVU loading, sub-specialty reading, credentialing, critical results reporting and peer review. The utilization of the Professional Solution in a mixed PACS, multi-site distributed environment has been shown to increase physician productivity by 15 to 30 percent, reduce turn around times by 30 percent and increase sub-specialty reads by 50 percent, while managing to capture all the compliance information for Joint Commission reviews.

Decision Support
Through its content partnership with ACRSelect, and Medicalis’ integrations to all leading EMR/CPOE systems and it’s comprehensive analytics the Medicalis Decision Support platform minimizes your EMR build process. It is also the most flexible, adaptable, and simplest platform to get you up and running in order to meet the new CMS federal mandate requiring decision-support on all high-tech procedures beginning in 2017. Medicalis is also your vendor for the future as you transition from a volumebased practice to a value-based practice allowing you to align with your ACO and at risk partners.

Referral Management
As radiology practices, and hospitals aggregate, they are coalescing into much more complex imaging environments across their community, requiring equally more sophisticated operational solutions to manage their imaging resources, patient outreach, and referring physician engagement strategies. This is occurring while most hospitals are adopting enterprise EMRs with limited RIS functionality. Medicalis Referral Management solution is the only is designed from the ground up to be complimentary to enterprise EMR’s, uniquely providing point of care “self service” radiology scheduling that eliminates leakage, increasing market share by 15 to 20 percent while improves imaging asset utilization.

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PaxScan 2530W Radiographic Detector

Significant Workflow Efficiencies, Value, and Performance

Varian Medical Systems is presenting a new wireless flatpanel detector ideal for imaging extremities and for use in neonatal imaging systems. The panel is optimized for fast patient throughput, flexibility, and usability.

The PaxScan 2530W is the newest wireless digital X-ray image detector, a lightweight (2.1kilograms) and space efficient (10 x 12 inches) panel with the same high quality imaging capability of Varian’s larger wireless panels. It offers ease-of-use advantages over large field detectors, and is suitable for use in a broad spectrum of applications. This new wireless panel joins Varian's extensive line-up of dose efficient image detectors.

The cost effective 2530W panel uses Varian’s proprietary, advanced wireless technology with state-of-the art sixth generation architecture incorporating 16- bit data acquisition. The X technology has faster cycle times, 20 percent less pixel noise and 50 percent less line noise with improved resolution in standard modes. The 2530W panel has a six hour battery life and is interchangeable with the PaxScan 4336W wireless detector’s battery.

Systems using a 2530W can create images with the details needed to make accurate medical decisions while keeping X-ray dose to a minimum. This technology allows clinicians to take full advantage of superior image quality with the capability of higher throughput, significant workflow efficiencies and the potential to enhance patient care and comfort for an improved experience.

For more information visit the Varian Medical Systems Booth #4721.

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The LEADER in Radiology Management Services

RadHelp, LLC was established in 2013 by Radiology Associates of Canton, Inc. Dr. Syed F. Zaidi, President of Radiology Associates of Canton (RAC) and Chief Executive Officer of RadHelp, LLC and John Vizzuso, Chief Operating Officer formed RadHelp, LLC to provide assistance to radiology groups, private clinics and health care systems. Their goal is to develop new radiology strategies in the changing health care landscape, particularly in line with the ACR initiative of Imaging 3.0. These strategies include risk based co-management strategies, radiology population health management, utilization management, and physician and employee engagement services. Zaidi has been nationally recognized as an innovator in radiology comanagement services and a pioneer in radiology population management strategies; as well as a leader in implementing Imaging 3.0. RadHelp combines clinical innovation, information systems management, and business acumen to create an environment transforming volume to value in radiology.

“We feel strongly that our patientcentered radiology and co-management model adds significant measurable and lasting value to the healthcare delivery value chain and fits in well with the American College of Radiology Imaging 3.0 initiative,” said Zaidi, MD. Shifting Volume to Value through outcomes analytics positions RAC to be the leader in the development of a value-based payment model for radiology. Recently, Zaidi announced that his group has entered into a collaboration with Montage Healthcare Solutions. Working with our colleagues and clients in the field of radiology to pioneer use of MONTAGE Search and Analytics will allow RadHelp to evaluate clinical outcomes and develop quality metrics. The use of radiology data mining reduced length of stay three days, for inpatients recommended for CT biopsy, according to the results presented by Zaidi in his talk at the Inaugural Montage User Group Meeting. Zaidi believes that, “together, with Montage, we can replicate results, reduce length of stay and costs while developing a value-based payment model for radiology.”

To learn more about Radiology Management Services, Data Mining and Employee & Physician Engagement, please visit RadHelp at RSNA North Hall B, Booth #7808.

Visit www.radhelpllc.com. To hear Dr. Zaidi speak:

• Nuance Booth South Hall A #2529 Monday and Wednesday at 12:00
• Hospital Administrators Symposium Wednesday 1:30-4:45 p.m. SPHA41, S103AB
• Changing Radiologist-Hospital Relationships

Thursday 8:30-10 a.m. RC627, S504AB

Imaging 3.0 is a trademark of the American College of Radiology

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Bar-Ray Products Names Julie P. Klein as Regional Sales Manager for Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and Western Pennsylvania

Julie P. Klein will be coordinating sales efforts for Bar- Ray Products for territories in the Midwest and western Pennsylvania.

LITTLESTOWN, Penn.—Bar-Ray Products (Bar-Ray), the world’s largest manufacturer of radiation protective garments and vinyls, has added Julie P. Klein as a regional sales manager to the company’s expanding business development team. Julie will oversee business development efforts for Bar-Ray in the Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and western Pennsylvania regions.

As regional sales manager, Julie will coordinate all aspects of sales and marketing for Bar-Ray Products in these geographic areas. Her responsibilities will include cultivating new business accounts, conducting personal sales calls and outreach to hospitals on behalf of Bar-Ray’s distributors, developing product presentations for new and existing clients, identifying and executing client-specific opportunities and offering custom fit measuring for Bar-Ray’s full complement of radiation protection materials, including aprons and related radiation protection apparel, apron and patient accessories, protective eyewear, apron racks, X-ray accessories, barriers, shields and curtains.

“We are pleased to have Julie join our sales team during this exciting time of business growth and development for Bar-Ray,” said Buck Thompson, Senior Vice President for Bar-Ray. “Julie’s demonstrated success in identifying and responding to customer needs in the health care industry, combined with her ability to grow new and existing sales territories, will make her a true asset to Bar- Ray’s outreach in Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and western Pennsylvania.”

For the past two years, Julie served as a sales development and operations professional for an Illinois-based pharmaceutical and medical products supplier. Her experience also includes working as an outside sales consultant responsible for contacting ambulatory surgery centers, surgical hospitals, physicians’ offices and blood centers to promote and educate clients on products and services applicable for surgical settings.

“It is an honor for me to join the Bar- Ray sales team at this time,” Julie said. “Bar-Ray clearly understands the unique needs of its customers, as evidenced by its full complement of radiation protective garments and products. I feel that my training in supply chain management and operations as they relate to operating room procedures and regulations will definitely help me as I work with new and existing Bar-Ray customers in Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and western Pennsylvania.”

Julie graduated from Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. She currently resides in Ohio.

About Bar-Ray Products
Bar-Ray Products (Bar-Ray) is an ISO 9001, CE, and FDA registered company and the world’s largest manufacturer of personal radiation protection products since 1930. The Bar-Ray product line consists of a full range of personal radiation protection garments, including standard weight, lightweight and lightweight lead-free radiation protection products, xray barriers, airport screening curtains, inspection products and much more. For more information about Bar-Ray and its products, call toll-free 800-359-6115 (717-359-9100 for international callers). Email info4barray@bar-ray.com or visit www.bar-ray.com.

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Cephasonics Launches the cQUB-1, First Product in New Family of cQUB White-Label Ultrasound Systems Targeted at Medical Applications

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Cephasonics, a technology-innovation leader with a game-changing embedded-ultrasound platform, announced the introduction of the cQUB-1 (cQuest Ultrasound Box-1), the first product in a new family of cQUB white-label ultrasound systems designed and manufactured by Cephasonics for purchase by companies to rebrand with their own brand name and model number. Cephasonics showcased the cQUB-1 for the first time at CMEF Autumn 2014 being held in Chongqing, China from Oct. 23- 26.

“The cQUB family is the next natural progression in our go-to-market ultrasound solutions,” said Richard Tobias, CEO of Cephasonics. “In addition to the scanner, we designed a new simple clinical user interface for an iPad mini with intuitive touch controls, including scandepth control and image-enhancement buttons. This provides ease-of-use and improved workflow efficiency.”

“Sonographer input and customer feedback was invaluable in the product and user-interface design process,” Mr. Tobias continued. “We’re seeing high interest in this market-ready product from our customer base and began our first customer shipments in August 2014.”

The cQUB-1 is a complete 64:192 (channels: multiplexed channels) ultrasound system with an integrated computer that has a connection on one end to an ultrasound transducer. It can be displayed on devices such as tablets, laptops or PCs (clients) using Cephasonics’ cQLink client/server wired or wireless technology. The entire system is fully encased in a tough industrial-plastic enclosure with a sturdy handle for portability. It can be configured for any setting, including pole mounting in either vertical or horizontal configurations.

Key Specifications
• Complete ultrasound system with 64 channels: 192 multiplexed channels and connection at one end to ultrasound probe
• Integrated computer with 4GB RAM and 30GB hard drive
• Cephasonics receive analog-front-end modules and AutoFocus receive beamformer
• Cephasonics transmit beamformer, 5- level pulsing
• All high voltage/low voltage rails from single 15V DC input
• Supports probes up to 192 elements: phased array, linear, convex, custom; 1D/2D
• Mid-processor for Doppler modes: CFM, PDI, PWD
• Simple clinical user interface for iPad mini
• cQuest Ultrasound API software
• cQLink networked TCP/IP client/server architecture
• Interfaces to USB, HDMI, Wi-Fi and Ethernet
• Dimensions: 14.14 inches/36.2 centimeters (L) x 7.7 inches/19.7 centimeters (W) x 5.14 inches/13.2 centimeters (H)
• Weight: 11.31 pounds/5 kilograms

Availability
The cQUB-1 is available for order now with eight-weeks lead-time. For additional information, contact info@cepha sonics.com.

About Cephasonics
A technology-innovation leader with a game-changing embedded-ultrasound platform, Cephasonics provides a complete range of cQuest-based technology, systems and components that increase the performance, lower the power and accelerate time-to- market of ultrasound devices. The company’s cQuest Ultrasound API software is the catalyst for customer innovations that are spurring a revolution in ultrasound from image-guided procedures to ultrasound as an appliance. Launched with a management buyout in March 2012 and headquartered in Santa Clara, California, Cephasonics’ technology, including its AutoFocus beamforming technology, has won multiple industry awards for innovation. Additional information about Cephasonics can be found at www.cephasonics.com.

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Elsevier Announces the Winner of the 5th Ahmed Zewail Prize in Molecular Sciences

Professor Sir John Meurig Thomas from the University of Cambridge, UK is awarded the 5th Ahmed Zewail Prize for his outstanding contributions to the fundamental understanding of the structures of solids and development and application of the concept of single-site heterogeneous catalysis

AMSTERDAM—Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and the editors of the leading international journal Chemical Physics Letters are pleased to announce the winner of the 5th Ahmed Zewail Prize in Molecular Sciences. The award goes to Professor Sir John Meurig Thomas from the University of Cambridge, UK for his outstanding contributions to the fundamental understanding of the structures of solids and development and application of the concept of single-site heterogeneous catalysis.

Professor Thomas was one of the first to exploit and adapt electron microscopy as an indispensable chemical tool, of which he has since made imaginative use. His early work as a solid-state chemist was concerned with the characterization and chemical consequences of dislocations and other structural defects in molecular crystals, certain minerals and layered solids. His approach to active- site engineering recently has led to the design of numerous nanoporous single- site catalysts, where the advantages of both homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis are unified.

Nobel Laureate Professor Ahmed Zewail, in whose name the Prize is honored, commented, “Professor Thomas has made major contributions to materials science, heterogeneous catalysis, and electron microscopy. I am immensely proud that John has been awarded this year's prize as I believe he is one of the greatest scientist and educators of our time.”

Rob van Daalen, Publisher responsible for the Physical Chemistry portfolio of journals at Elsevier added, “For this year's edition of the Ahmed Zewail Prize we received almost twice as many nominations compared to previous years and it is good to see the increased interest in the prize. I am delighted that Professor Thomas has been selected as the 5th Ahmed Zewail Prize winner. I thank both the nominators and the leading scientists in the judging committee, who advised the journal editors in making their decision.”

The Ahmed Zewail Prize consists of a monetary award of $20,000 and a medal. Sir John Thomas will present a review lecture at the Ahmed Zewail Prize Symposium on March 24, to be held during the 2015 ACS Spring meeting, in Denver, USA. The invited speakers are: Ahmed Zewail, Michel Che, Mostafa El- Sayed and Thomas Maschmeyer.

The Ahmed Zewail Prize in Molecular Sciences is a biennial award sponsored by Elsevier in collaboration with the international journal Chemical Physics Letters. Named for the journal's Honorary Advisory Editor Professor Zewail, who received the 1999 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the Prize is awarded to individual scientists who have made significant and creative contributions of a fundamental nature to any of the disciplines of molecular sciences.

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Innovative Equipment Arrives for Breast Cancer Patients

A newly-qualified physiotherapist at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has raised more than £6,000 towards a new piece of hi-tech equipment for breast cancer patients.

Iris Leeson started fundraising after her mother, Angela Hodgson, had breast cancer and sadly passed away three years ago. Iris discovered the department was saving money to purchase a Faxitron system so she decided to start fundraising to contribute towards it and three years later the department has now welcomed the delivery of the Faxitron BioVision.

The portable Faxitron machine means that tissue removed during breast cancer surgery can be X-rayed during the surgery, confirming the complete removal of the breast cancer. In the past the removed tissue had to be X-rayed outside of OR, in the X-ray department, adding time to the operation.

Iris has arranged various events in order to raise the money including participating in a skydive and arranging a charity ball for her 21st birthday at the Greenhill Hotel in Wigton.

Ludger Barthelmes, consultant breast surgeon, said: “We are very pleased to now have a Faxitron machine in our department for the benefit of our patients. The machine allows us to ensure all of the cancerous tissue has been removed during surgery without having to send tissue away to the X-ray department which shortens the time the patient is anaesthetized. Patients tend to recover faster from shorter operations, and this also means that more patients can be operated upon.”

“We are very grateful to Iris for her extremely generous donation.”

Iris has not stopped there and is now raising money to transform the patient waiting area in the radiotherapy and chemotherapy department in the Cumberland Hospital.

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