Business news of local interest

CoreLogic: Home prices

in Altoona increase

Home prices in Altoona, including distressed sales, increased by 2.5 percent in November compared with November 2016, according to CoreLogic, a global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider.

On a month-over-month basis, home prices, including distressed sales, increased by 3.2 percent in November compared with October.

Home prices nationally increased year over year by 7 percent in November and on a month-over-month basis home prices increased by 1 percent in November, according to the CoreLogic Home Price Index.


Conemaugh Memorial

adds new PET/CT scanner

Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center has invested in new PET/CT technology that benefits patients by providing a high- quality image in half the time with half the radiation.

“The Discovery IQ PET scanner is the latest technology on the market, and we are excited about the benefits it brings to our patients,” said Dr. John Wherthey, radiologist at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in a statement. “The average PET scan takes about 30 minutes, but with this new technology, the scan should take less than 10 minutes.”

PET-CT stands for Positron Emission Tomography and Computer Tomography scans. It is an advanced nuclear imaging technique that helps to reveal information about cells and tissues in the body. PET/CT is used 98 percent of the time to help diagnose, stage or restage disease in cancer patients.


Laurel Eye Clinic acquires new LASIK technology

The Laurel Eye Clinic in Duncansville has acquired the most advanced LASIK laser technology on the market, according to a company press release.

Dr. Stewart VanHorn, medical director, is the first surgeon in the region to offer custom wavefront guided LASIK using the WaveLight Refractive Suite, the fastest refractive surgery platform in the United States.

“I am excited for the increased level of precision, speed and patient comfort that the WaveLight Refractive Suite will bring to our LASIK and PRK patients. With the advanced technology, I’ll be able to further customize treatments to ensure patients receive the best possible vision outcomes,” VanHorn said in a statement.