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Breast Cancer Detection: New Technologies Push the Envelope

Executive Summary

Technologies for breast cancer detection are evolving rapidly as manufacturers work to push the diagnostic envelope beyond standard screening mammography, ultrasound technology, and magnetic resonance imaging. At two recent meetings, the November 2010 meeting of the Radiology Society of North America and the March 2011 meeting of the European Congress of Radiology, several presentations focused on the latest research and technology developments in breast cancer detection.

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Market & Industry Briefs

Brief summaries of recent medtech market and industry developments. This month we cover recent device M&A, Medtronic and Nile Therapeutics' collaboration in heart failure, Neoprobe and Naviscan PET Systems' deal in cancer detection, and Qiagen and Epigenomics AG's collaboration in a blood test for colorectal cancer.

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