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Fujitsu Services stores 100 millionth patient image in UK data centre
Fujitsu Services has recorded the milestone at its southern England data centre which was set up under the NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT). 19 Dec 2006

Gamma camera detects small breast tumours
The new technique, called molecular breast imaging, can complement mammography but will be much more comfortable for women as less pressure is needed for imaging. 19 Dec 2006

Device to help patient control breathing during CT-guided biopsy
The device developed by Mayo Clinic will allow physicians to more rapidly and accurately diagnose patients, reducing the need for a more invasive surgical biopsy. 18 December 2006

Olympus endoscope offers true HD video with Sony medical recorder
Olympus has ordered 150 HD medical recorders from Sony for its new endoscopic camera unit, which will allow it to offer the first end-to-end HD endoscopic workflow. 14 Dec 2006

Agfa launches second phase of hospital digitization in central Tuscany
Agfa HealthCare has launched the second phase of the Tuscan Medical Technology (TMT) hospital digitization project, in which it will install its integrated radiology information system (RIS) in 12 hospitals of the central health region of Tuscany. 12 Dec 2006

Agfa wins PACS contract from private UK group Classic Hospitals. 11 Dec 2006

GE's new volume CT scanner reduces radiation exposure by 70%. 4 Dec 2004

Kodak and NDMA collaborate to support mammography screening in Europe. 4 Dec

Ferrania shows new LifeWeb radiology systems at RSNA 2006. 30 Nov 2006

Mercury showcases enhanced PACS solutions at RSNA 2006. 30 Nov 2006

A model illustrating the direction and strength of blood flow through a child's pulmonary artery and connecting veins after certain changes are made to its shape.4D MRI scans of child heart help predict outcome of heart surgery
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the hearts of children with heart defects can be used to create three-dimensional models to test the effect of surgical procedures. This can help surgeons plan optimum surgery for each child’s congenital heart defect. 29 November 2006

Siemens' Axiom Aristos VX Plus allows easier entry into digital radiography.
The new digital X-ray system drastically reduces the number of work steps. The workflow is greatly optimized, resulting in higher patient throughput. 28 Nov 2006

Whittington Hospital imaging department equipped by £30m managed-service contract
The fully digital department has been designed and developed by Asteral as part of a £30 million 15-year standalone Managed Equipment Service (MES) contract. 27 Nov 2006

Esaote harnesses TI DSP chips to deliver new range of medical diagnostic systems. 20 Nov 2006

Philips introduces new MR simulator and CT applications.  8 Nov 2006

Calcium binds superparamagnetic nanoparticles coated with proteinMagnetic nanoparticles enable magnetic resonance imaging of neuron activity in brain
New chemical sensors that indicate the firing of neurons in the brain and show up strongly in magnetic resonance imaging will open the way for new research into the way the brain works. 7 Nov 2006

A Heidelberg Spectralis HRA+OCT image of a retinaHeidelberg's high-speed retinal imaging device receives US clearance
The new device scans the retina 100 times faster than older technology and combines laser angiography with spectral domain optical coherence tomography to give unprecedented detail of the retina. 7 Nov 2006

New method to focus T-rays could lead to breakthrough in disease detection
Researchers at the University of Bath, UK, and in Spain have found a way to control the flow of terahertz radiation down a metal wire so that it can be focused finely enough to examine biological cells for signs of disease and abnormalities. 3 Nov 2006

Mercury Computer Systems and BRIT Systems form partnership in medical image management
BRIT Systems will integrate the Mercury Visage PACS and Visage CS thin client server in its Roentgen RIS radiology information system, enabling a significantly faster radiological workflow and outstanding image quality for 2D, 3D and 4D data. 2 Nov 2006

Software to perform MRI scans online by remote control
Software that enables an off-site medical imaging expert to operate a magnetic resonance imaging machine by remote control has been developed jointly by UCLA radiologists and Siemens Medical Solutions. 31 October 2006

MRIs made safe for people with defibrillators and pacemakers
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University claim to have overcome the problems of taking magnetic resonance images of people with implanted defibrillators and pacemakers. They have painstakingly figured out how to safely perform MRI scans on men and women who have any one of 24 modern types of these implanted devices. 8 Oct 2006

Mercury introduces advanced digital MRI receiver.
The Visage MRI receiver from Mercury Computer Systems uses advanced noise-reduction technology to deliver high quality images. 2 Oct 2006

Philips launches new cardiology ultrasound system
The new Philips HD11 XE is designed to meet the specific needs of cardiologists through more powerful cardiac capabilities. 29 Sept 2006

Digitisation of hospitals driving demand for medical imaging displays and cheaper alternatives
The market for medical imaging displays is experiencing a dynamic shift. Digitisation initiatives are creating opportunities and challenges across Europe, as data and image sharing across hospital departments and regions becomes an established driver of efficiency. Some hospitals, however, are seeking to save costs by using non-medical grade displays, which poses a significant threat to the business of suppliers. 27 Sept 2006

St Maartenskliniek pushing boundaries of orthopaedics diagnosis with Fonar upright MRI scanner
The St. Maartenskliniek, Nijmegen, The Netherlands has ordered a Fonar Upright Multi-Position MRI scanner for its world renowned spine centre and for orthopaedic applications where weight-bearing and multi-position imaging are key factors. 27 Sept 2006

Space Shuttle Endeavour over New ZealandNASA uses live 3D ultrasound imaging to study Space Shuttle astronaut heart mass loss
The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is using a Philips ultrasound system to evaluate the effects of space flight on the hearts of Space Shuttle astronauts and, in the near future, astronauts on the International Space Station. 25 Sept 2006

North West Wales is first customer for AiMS image management. 18 Sept 2006

GE and Volcano receive FDA clearance for integrated ultrasound and X-ray imaging system
Volcano's intravascular ultrasound imaging system has been integrated with GE's Innova X-ray cath lab imaging system to give interventional cardiologists and interventional radiologists a clearer view of coronary and peripheral vessel morphology. 30 August 2006

SUSE Linux software selected by Siemens for advanced MRI Technology
Siemens Medical Solutions has selected SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time operating system and NightStar application development tools to improve processing performance of their ultra-high-field MAGNETOM magnetic resolution imaging (MRI) products. 30 August 2006

Magnetic resonance imaging systems evaluated
ECRI, has published an evaluation of three 1.5-tesla magnetic resonance imaging systems from GE, Siemens, and Toshiba on selection criteria, extensive product specifications, and detailed results and analysis. 30 August 2006

Digitisation and high costs driving consolidation in European medical imaging market
Novel picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) and moves towards digitisation are spurring growth in the European medical imaging market, but this is set against pressures from cost reduction, reduced hospital beds, lack of radiologists and a trend towards multi-modality deals. 17 August 2006

Helium atom beams may provide new imaging technique
A new system for delivering beams of helium atoms with X-ray-like waves has potential for use in diffraction imaging at the nanoscale level. 17 August 2006

Mercury Computer Systems signs agreements with German, French & Australian PACS suppliers. 9 August 2006

Fractals improve detection of breast cancer
A unique software platform for the analysis and display of dynamic magnetic resonance imaging of the breast uses fractal theory to help detect tumours with greater accuracy than mammography and ultrasound. 8 August 2006

Schering and Avid Radiopharmaceuticals collaborate to develop imaging agents to detect Alzheimer's disease
Imaging agents made by Avid directly bind to the amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease. Schering will have the option to assume exclusive rights to these for use with PET scanning technology. 25 July 2006

Poole Hospital installs E.Novation's radiology information browser
Poole Hospital NHS Trust in England has become the fifth UK client for E.Novation's radiology information system viewer. The new viewer can display legacy radiology information using a web browser. 25 July 2006

Boston Scientific launches iLab for ultrasound imaging within heart and blood vessels
The system can be directly installed into the cardiac catheterization lab or radiology suite and give rapid access to images for diagnosis. 25 July 2006

Imaging technology identifies compounds that can fight tumours
Using a newly developed drug screen and combining molecular imaging techniques with human cancer cell culture, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have discovered small-molecule compounds that can perform the functions of a tumour-killing gene commonly mutated in many types of cancer. 21 July 2006

Agfa to integrate radiology and PACS in 15 Norwegian hospitals
The Western Norway Regional Health Authority, Helse Vest, has selected Agfa HealthCare, along with partner eCare, to integrate patient radiology information from 15 private and public hospitals in the region. 19 July 2006

Varian introduces digital X-ray detector for medical, and semiconductor markets
Varian Medical Systems has launched the PaxScan 1313, designed for low-cost, high-quality X-ray imaging. Optimized for use in dental and orthopaedic imaging and semiconductor inspection systems, it offers a 13 x 13 cm imaging area and produces up to 30 images per second. 18 July 2006

GE opens development centre in India to study medical diagnostic products
GE Healthcare has opened its first Integrated Development Centre (IDC) at Manipal Hospital in Bangalore, India. The research at the hospital will help to bring new diagnostic imaging agents to market and address serious unmet medical needs in oncology, neurology and cardiology. 13 July 2006

The new Nikon EMCCD monochrome digital camera (DQC-FS)High-speed, high sensitivity camera for fluorescence imaging
The new Nikon EMCCD monochrome digital camera (DQC-FS) can capture exceptionally low-level fluorescence and TIRF images.  Its single-photon detection sensitivity is typical of more expensive cameras and it offers higher resolution than conventional intensified CCDs. 13 July 2006

3mensio Medical Imaging BV expands distribution network of 3viseon products
3mensio Medical Imaging BV has announced a series of signed partnerships for the distribution of 3viseon products in Benelux, Germany, Italy, and United Kingdom. 12 July 2006

NASA satellite imaging technology used in fight against diabetes
Technology that identifies landforms, geology and vegetation types from satellite images of the earth's surface has been used to help identify insulin-related structures in electron microscope images of the pancreas. 26 June 2006

Ipswich Hospital pilots image-guided radiotherapy to improve breast cancer treatment
The study will examine the feasibility of using image guided radiotherapy for post-lumpectomy breast cancer patients. IGRT improves imaging of the cancer site at the time of treatment and can track and adjust for tumour motion caused by the patient. 23 June 2006

Philips to acquire MRI component and accessory manufacturer Intermagnetics
Royal Philips Electronics has strengthened its position in the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) market with the acquisition of Intermagnetics, one of the leading manufacturers of MRI magnets and other devices. Philips will also move its MRI headquarters to New York. 22 June 2006

GE trials first PET imaging agent to track blood vessel growth in cancer
This could help identify the location and growth patterns of tumours and monitor the effectiveness of anti-angiogenic cancer drugs and patient response to drug therapy. 15 June 2006

Rotterdam hospital installs Europe's first web-based PACS solution
The St Franciscus Hospital, Rotterdam, has begun installing a Philips iSite picture archiving and communication system (PACS) service. The service, developed by Stentor which Philips acquired in 2005, lets doctors read studies — including clinical images — from anywhere in the hospital. 15 June 2006

First installations of GE's 64-slice combined PET/CT system
Brigham and Women's Hospital, USA and the molecular imaging research institution Turku PET Centre in Finland have received the first installations GE Healthcare's new Discovery VCT 64–slice combination positron emission tomography and volume computed tomography (PET/CT) system. 12 June 2006

Leiden and Utrecht Universities choose Philips 7 Tesla MRI scanner for advanced neurological disease research
The contracts are part of a project to establish a Dutch Virtual Institute for Seven Tesla Applications (VISTA) to improve understanding of neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Epilepsy and Multiple Sclerosis. 8 June 2006

GE introduces new series of laptop-size ultrasound systems
GE Healthcare is introducing four new clinically specialized ultrasound systems. The new Compact Series places the power and imaging capabilities of a high-performance, 400-pound system into a laptop-size design. 26 May 2006

Tom Cruise Ultrasound Bill should ban keep-sake scans, says ACR
The American College of Radiology (ACR) has applauded the California Assembly for passing the "Tom Cruise law," which would prohibit the sale of diagnostic ultrasound equipment to anyone but appropriately licensed health care providers. It also urges the California Senate to include the prohibition of sale to foetal keepsake studios. 25 May 2006

The plug and play ultrasound probePlug-and-play USB ultrasound probe
Direct Medical Systems has launched a plug and play ultrasound probe system built into a small USB-compatible probe for connecting to a laptop or PC. 22 May 2006

Quality indicators for major endoscopic procedures defined
The objective measures that could be used to define high-quality endoscopic services have been compiled into a series of papers by the US Task Force on Quality in Endoscopy. 17 May 2006

UK MRI scanning charity orders Ferrania imager
The UK medical charity the Cobalt Unit Appeal Fund has ordered a Ferrania UK LifeImager 6050 for its MRI Scanning Service to patients in the West of England. 15 May 2006

Cooled MRI probe doubles sensitivity of in-vivo animal imaging
Bruker BioSpin has developed a novel magnetic resonance imaging probe that improves image quality and can reduce scan time. 11 May 2006

Xograph adds Planmed digital mammography system to portfolio
The Planmed Nuance full field digital mammography system will be unveiled at Symposium Mammographicum 2006 in July. 11 May 2006

Philips adds EDDA Technology's chest analysis software to radiography portfolio
Royal Philips Electronics has licensed EDDA Technology's IQQA-Chest software to help clinicians identify, quantify, evaluate and report pulmonary nodules. It will be available as part of the Philips digital radiography portfolio. 8 May 2006

Biophan to study MRI safety with US Food and Drug Agency
Biophan Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: BIPH; FWB: BTN) has entered into a research partnership with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help improve patient safety in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) environments. 8 May 2006

GE Healthcare's wide-bore computed tomography system gets US FDA go-ahead
The 16-slice CT system will be available in two configurations. The LightSpeed RT16 enables advanced imaging for radiation therapy planning, and the LightSpeed Xtra is designed for radiology needs such as trauma, interventional and bariatric procedures. 6 May 2006

Mercury Computer Systems introduces integrated 3D PACS
Mercury has integrated its web-based Visage PACS software with the Visage CS thin client/server 3D visualization system, enabling users to seamlessly utilize the 3D functionality of Visage CS within the workflow of Visage PACS, throughout the hospital enterprise. 4 May 2006

A doctor examines the MRI of a newborn with a malformation of development of the cerebral cortex and cerebellum in the I-space environment powered by SGI systems.Erasmus University Medical Centre develops interactive immersive 3-D images
The images are projected in an immersive, interactive environment called I-space, developed at the Center. It presents clinicians with new ways to investigate datasets from all kinds of 3D imagery, including MRI and CT scans. 24 April 2006

GE Healthcare's next-generation digital mammography system approved by US FDA
The Senographe Essential is the next-generation of GE's proven Senographe full field digital mammography systems. An advanced digital detector gives improved imaging capability and it has the largest active field of view in the industry. 23 April 2006

Clinical trials of SoftScan optical breast imaging system at Toronto hospital
Advanced Research Technologies is undertaking clinical trials of its time-domain optical imaging technology at Toronto's Princess Margaret Hospital as part of its North American pivotal study to open the way for commercialization of the technology. 6 April 2006. Francais

Postdoctoral fellow Jean-Francois Masson holds a microelectrode modified with a biosensing layer capable of measuring adenosine triphosphate (ATP) release on cell surfaces.New cellular sensing tool aids cystic fibrosis research
A new microelectrode that combines an atomic force microscope with a biosensing layer has been used to investigate the cellular energy transport chemical adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and its role in cystic fibrosis. 31 March 2006

X-ray diffraction algorithm solves Sudoku puzzles
Cornell physicists have discovered that an algorithm they have developed to give clear images from X-ray diffraction microscopy also solves all forms of the internationally popular numbers puzzle Sudoku. 29 March 2006

Biosense Webster to distribute Siemens' cardiac ultrasound catheters
Biosense Webster has been given exclusive worldwide rights to distribute Siemens' ACUSON AcuNav ultrasound catheters to electrophysiologists. 27 March 2006

VisualSonics introduces new cardiovascular features in micro-ultrasound system
New features include Tissue Doppler Imaging (TDI), integrated blood pressure analysis, automated left ventricular functional analysis, anatomical M-Mode and extended measurement capabilities. 14 March 2006

Trials of GE's 64-slice CT as diagnostic tool for cardiovascular disease
GE Healthcare will sponsor a series of multi-centre, multi-patient trials to further validate the clinical efficacy of its LightSpeed VCT computed tomography (CT) system as a method for the diagnosis and treatment planning of cardiovascular disease. 14 March 2006

Mercury and Acuo Technologies collaborate in hosted medical image management
Acuo, in collaboration with U.S. service providers, will include Visage PACS, Mercury's image management solution, as a bundled offering in its application service provider (ASP) offering in the United States. 7 March 2006

Particle time tracking gives breakthrough PET/CT image quality for Philips
Philips' GEMINI TF is the first commercially available PET/CT system in which gamma rays are more accurately tracked using minute time measurements, doubling effective image sensitivity compared to conventional PET. 6 March 2006

Philips stellt bahnbrechende PET/CT-technologie für klinische Anwendungen in Onkologie, Kardiologie und molekularer Bildgebung vor; frühere Diagnose von Erkrankungen durch drastische Verbesserungen der Bildqualität möglich. 6 März 2006

Siemens and Haifu collaborate on high intensity ultrasound tumour treatment
Siemens Medical Solutions and Chinese company Chongqing Haifu (Haifu) Technology Co. will develop a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) guided high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) therapy system for treatment of uterine fibroids, cancer, malignant and benign tumours of the liver, kidney, pancreas and bone. 3 March 2006

Xograph introduces wireless mobile X-ray C-arms
Xograph Imaging Systems has announced wireless network (WLAN) connectivity on its Ziehm range of surgical imaging mobile C-arm image intensifiers. These give flexibility in demanding, minimally invasive and interventional surgical procedures. 2 March 2006

Radiology Academy opened in Norwich
The Academy is one of only three such institutions in the UK that have been specially created to help increase the number of qualified radiologists in the country. 24 February 2006

GE ultrasound in backpackBritish Olympic team take "ultrasound in  backpack'' to winter Olympics
The British Olympic team is taking the GE LOGIQ Book XP, the world's smallest, full-function multi-purpose portable ultrasound unit, to the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games. This is the first time that the team will have a dedicated ultrasound system at the site of competition. 17 February 2006

La Team GB porte l'échographe de GE ''dans son sac à dos'' au XXe Jeux Olympiques d'hiver. 17 février 2006

Britische Olympiamannschaft verwendet das "rucksacktaugliche Ultraschallsystem" von GE Healthcare

Digital mobile fluoroscopy system launched in UK
Xograph Imaging Systems has introduced the Ziehm Vision FD mobile digital C-arm fluoroscopy system to the UK hospital marketplace. It is the first of its type in the UK. 16 February 2006

Increasing cardiac disorders in Europe driving demand for diagnostic imaging systems
An increase in the incidence of cardiac disorders has led to a rise in the number of diagnostic procedures, thereby resulting in a spurt in interventional cardiac catheterisation procedures. There is also a greater demand for non-invasive diagnostic techniques using CT and MR imaging systems. 5 February 2006

New mammography software from VIDAR
VIDAR Systems Corporation has released Clinical Express 3.0 software for mammography. Used with the VIDAR Film Digitizer, it allows exisitng film mammograms to be digitized and reviewed alongside new digital mammograms. 5 February 2006

Agfa PACS training courses endorsed
Agfa has received College of Radiographers CPD endorsement for three training courses in picture archiving and communications systems and computed radiography. 3 February 2006

Computed radiography and digital radiography systems lead radiology digitisation across Europe
The uptake of picture archiving and communications systems (PACS) to increase efficiency is driving radiography digitisation to enable hospitals to upload images into the PACS network. 17 January 2006

State-of-the-art diagnostic imaging suite for University of Derby
Students at the University are being taught state-of-the-art imaging techniques with the new Agfa picture archiving and communications system, computed radiography system and a range of scanners. 17 January 2006

Milan clinic first in Italy to offer image-guided radiotherapy
The Humanitas Clinic in Milan has installed the robotic On-Board Imager device from Varian Medical Systems, enabling it to offer state-of-the-art radiotherapy treatments to patients. 16 January 2006

Combined technologies revolutionising diagnostic imaging
Previously unattainable levels of precision in detecting numerous conditions such as tumours, Alzheimer's disease and neural disorders are being obtained using a new technique called fusion imaging. It uses special software to combine functional and anatomical imaging technologies. 16 January 2006

European radiology institutions merge to form European Society of Radiology
Europe's leading radiological institutions, the European Association of Radiology (EAR) and the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) founded the joint European Society of Radiology (ESR) in Vienna in December. 8 January 2006

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Molecular factory on a chip manufactures disease markers for medical imaging
Researchers have built a programmable chip consisting of tiny fluid channels, chambers and switches that can manufacture designer chemicals for highlighting diseased cells for PET imaging. 20 December 2005

Disaster recovery for medical images
i3ARCHIVE, Inc. has extended the capabilities of its GRID-based medical imaging architecture known as the National Digital Medical Archive for business continuity and disaster recovery for picture archive and communications systems (PACS). 13 December 2005

More sensitive imaging system for detecting breast cancer
Trials conducted at Duke University with several mastectomy and patient cases suggest that the new tomosynthesis system is able to detect subtle mass lesions otherwise difficult to pick up with standard mammography. 12 December 2005

Digital tool for planning orthopaedic surgery from medical images
Imagecast PACS for Orthopedics is a digital solution from IDX that offers orthopaedic surgeons software-based tools for orthopaedic image review, analysis and preoperative planning. 10 December 2005

Schering and Philips to develop laser imaging technology for cancer treatment
Optical imaging is an emerging imaging technology with the potential to offer new approaches in the prevention and treatment of breast cancer as well as other diseases. 9 December 2005

Molecular imaging revolutionised by Dynamic SPECT breakthrough
Details of a new medical imaging device that increases the speed of molecular imaging more than 10-fold was revealed at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America last week. It gives the promise of revolutionizing the fields of cardiac and oncology imaging. 7 December 2005

Schering and Siemens to explore new applications for dual-source CT system
Schering AG and Siemens Medical Solutions will jointly explore the potential of Siemens novel Dual Source computer tomography (CT) technology in combination with Schering's imaging agent Ultravist. 5 December 2005

Digital solution for analog optical devices
The Horizon Optical Imaging solution from McKesson enables clinicians to take an analogue optical device, such as an endoscope, and turn it into a fully DICOM-enabled digital device to capture still and cine images. 5 December 2005

Medweb unveils 3D PACS on a PC
The Medweb Advanced 3D Web PACS enables many of the features and functions of 3D medical imaging, currently only available on expensive and dedicated advanced 3D workstations, to be used on a standard PC. 5 December 2005

Zonare upgrades z.one ultrasound system
The upgrades include two new transducers, calculation packages and a program for automatically recognizing and adjusting for the differences in body sound propagation. 5 December 2005

GE Healthcare introduces world's first volumetric PET/CT System
The new Discovery VCT is the world's first true 64-slice combination positron emission tomography and volume computed tomography (PET/CT) system for cardiac imaging applications, says GE. 30 November 2005

Siemens leads the way in molecular medicine, says Reinhardt
Siemens has assumed a leadership role in the evolution of molecular medicine through the allocation of significant resources for research and development and its strategic partnerships. said Dr. Erich Reinhardt, President and CEO of Siemens Medical Solutions. 29 November 2005

AMICAS showcases web-based zero-install PACS for Blackberry
AMICAS debuted at RSNA2005 its new Vision Reach software system that integrates radiology reports with images (from PACS) to  create a single "multi-media" report that can be emailed to any Blackberry-type device. 29 November 2005

Terason launches t3000 laptop-based ultrasound system
It is based upon proprietary Teratech Architecture and runs as a Windows application on a standard laptop computer.

Design change can reduce MRI-induced heating in implanted devices
Relatively minor manufacturing design modifications made to implanted medical device leads can substantially decrease MRI-induced heating risks, according to a study published in Magnetic Resonance Imaging. 24 November 2005

Faroese hospital chooses Sectra PACS
The hospital in the Faeroe Islands has chosen Swedish company Sectra to provide a digital picture archiving and communications system (PACS) for managing medical images and a radiology information system (RIS) for managing patient information. 22 November

Siemens launches new generation of ultrasound systems
Siemens presented a new generation of fully digital ultrasound systems with advanced imaging functions at this year's Medica in Dusseldorf last week. 21 November 2005

First study of cardiac resynchronization therapy using
ultrasound and CT
The Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in California will use a Toshiba  ultrasound system in conjunction with a 64-slice computerised tomography system to assess outcomes following cardiac resynchronization therapy. 18 November 2005

Nottingham MRI installation marks Philips' 50th in Europe
Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, U.K. has installed a Philips Achieva 3.0T MRI whole-body scanner. It will be used for routine clinical applications including neurological, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and orthopaedic imaging. 18 November 2005

Siemens launches low cost X-ray unit at Medica
Siemens Medical Solutions showcased a new X-ray unit that gives high quality diagnostics for practices with limited budgets. Known as Multix Swing, the system is aimed at medical practices headed by radiologists, surgeons and orthopaedists. 17 November 2005

Xograph’s dental imaging solution installed at BMI Chaucer Hospital
Xograph Imaging Systems has installed a Planmeca Proline XC dental X-ray system into the BMI Chaucer Hospital in Canterbury, England. This is the first installation of Planmeca’s newest model into a UK Hospital. 17 November 2005

CT image of heart captured in five beats
A study conducted at the at Centre Cardiologique de Nord in France has shown that the LightSpeed VCT computed tomography scanner, can capture images of the human heart in as few as five beats. This can help physicians improve the success rate of coronary CT imaging when compared with scan durations of 10 seconds or longer. 15 November 2005

GE Healthcare and Volcano Corporation to develop cath lab with X-ray and ultrasound
The two companies will collaborate to develop a digital cardiovascular imaging system with fully integrated X-ray and intravascular ultrasound imaging (IVUS) capabilities. This is intended to give interventional cardiologists a clear view of coronary and peripheral vessel morphology for therapeutic procedures such as stent placement. 5 November 2005

US FDA clears GE Healthcare's new bone mineral density system
GE Healthcare has announced that it has received US FDA clearance for its Lunar iDXA, a new bone mineral density system designed to help doctors detect, diagnose and monitor treatment of osteoporosis. The system can also assess body fat composition and ascertain fat distribution. 30 October 2005

Turkish study shows electron beam CT better than angiography at detecting heart defect.
A study of Turkish cardiology patients conducted by Saint Louis University School of Medicine has shown that electron-beam computed tomography (EBCT) is more accurate than conventional catheter angiography for detecting a dangerous congenital heart abnormality that could cause sudden death. 26 October 2005

Biophan to detail nanotechnology medical breakthroughs at conference
Biophan Technologies, Inc. will be among nanotechnology industry and research leaders at the upcoming Lux Executive Summit, a high-profile national conference focused on the business impact of nanotechnology. 21 October 2005

Clinical studies demonstrate effectiveness of Siemens 64-slice CT scans in cardiac care
Three studies of 64-slice computed tomography (CT) in cardiac care have been published in peer-reviewed journals by Siemens' clinical collaborators in Switzerland, USA and Germany. 16 October 2005

Portable brain scanner with Bluetooth for emergency stroke assessment
The UK charity Action Medical Research has awarded Dr Alistair McEwan of University College London a grant of £138,629 to develop a portable brain scanner using electrical impedance tomography. It will enable ambulance crews to assess stroke victims on route to hospital. 14 October 2005

Benefits of MRI scans offset high cost
An analysis of developments in magnetic resonance imaging technology by Frost & Sullivan concludes that the technology has great benefits which offset the high costs. 11 October 2005

Imaging Diagnostic Systems sells laser mammography systems in Italy and Poland. 11 October 2005

Siemens launches new Acuson Antares ultrasound system
The new Antares system is a complete ultrasound system providing highly upgradeable and comprehensive clinical capabilities, research functions, enhanced workflow efficiencies, and user-friendly ergonomics. 4 October 2005

MRI shows blood flow to brain may play key role in dementia
The amount of blood flowing into the brain may play a larger role in the development of dementia than previously believed, according to a study by researchers at Leiden University in the Netherlands.
4 October 2005

Screening of lung cancer with CT scans may save many lives
A new international study shows that early detection of lung cancer for the highest-risk patients could mean the difference between life and death. 97% of tumours found through CT scans, in non-symptomatic patients, are potentially curable with surgery alone. 29 September 2005

CAD software improves detection of breast cancer
Detection rates for small, invasive breast cancers increased by 164% and cancers were found in women at a younger age when radiologists used computer aided detection (CAD) to assist in reading mammograms. 28 September 2005

Siemens interventional cardiac technology provides 3D visualisation of coronary vessels
Interventional Cardiac 3D (IC3D) technology will provide clinicians with a helpful and important tool in the evaluation of patients prior to stenosis. 24 September 2005

Retina tomography shown to predict Glaucoma
Researchers at the Hamilton Glaucoma Center and Department of Ophthalmology at the University of California at San Diego have demonstrated that measurements taken using the Heidelberg Retina Tomograph (HRT) can predict the development of glaucoma. 20 September 2005

Revolutionary lung imaging technology, vibration response imaging (VRI), available in EU
A new technology for imaging lungs, vibration response imaging, has been approved for use in the EU. Vibration Response Imaging (VRI) provides a dynamic image of the lungs, delivering both structural and functional information to aid in assessing lung condition. 20 September 2005.

Total imaging matrix reveals new diagnostic possibilities for MRI
Total imaging matrix (Tim) is a new method of magnetic resonance tomography that allows whole-body imaging in a single examination with excellent image quality. The first clinical experiences confirm the broad performance spectrum of this technology. 16 September 2005

England's NHS Connecting for Health completes final contract for PACS
NHS Connecting for Health, the agency running England's National Programme for IT (NPfIT), announced today that it has agreed the final arrangements that will see picture archiving and communications Systems (PACS) rolled out across England's National Health Service. 7 September 2005

Gamma Medica-Ideas launches faster, higher quality imager
In conjunction with Biomolex AS (Oslo, Norway), Gamma Medica-Ideas has introduced the Biomolex 700 Direct Digital Imager, a rapid-acquisition, solid-state instrument for imaging radiolabeled genomic microarrays, proteomic microarrays, and tissue sections. 7 September 2005

Micro-bubbles and CPS technology improve ultrasound cancer detection
A new generation of ultrasound contrast media, micro-bubbles, combined with a new pulse sequencing technology, can enable ultrasound scanners to distinguish healthy tissue from malignant tumours and metastases better than previously. 3 September 2005

Toshiba to supply five 64-slice CT scanners to BMI Healthcare
BMI Healthcare has ordered five state-of-the-art Aquilion 64-slice CT scanners from Toshiba in a deal worth £7.5m. The machines will be installed in five of the company's hospitals in England from August 2005, the first being at The Alexandra Hospital in Cheadle. 25 August 2005

UK and Ireland hospitals can get imaging equipment for no capital outlay
Xograph Healthcare Finance is an innovative capital finance solution that enables hospitals to acquire new imaging equipment for a low monthly cost. 22 August 2005

Cardiac care at Royal Brompton boosted by Siemens cardiac CT system
To fulfil the demand for more complex cardiac care, the Royal Brompton Hospital in London has commissioned the first Siemens Biplane Cardiac CT System with flat plate detectors in England. 19 August 2005

Zonare releases first upgrade to z.one ultrasound system
Four months after releasing its z.one ultrasound system onto the market, Zonare Medical Systems, Inc., has released its first major upgrade. The new release features advancements in 2D imaging, colour and power Doppler performance, Dual Screen imaging and significant additions to network connectivity. 19 August 2005

Functional MRI is new tool in early diagnosis of bronchial asthma
A new method for detailed diagnosis of bronchial asthma using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI or fMR) has been developed by the University Clinic in Erlangen and Siemens. The new method measures the actual ventilation of the lungs as well as precisely locates pathological areals. 17 August 2005

Nanotechnology gives unexplainable boost to MRI scan contrast agents
Carbon nanotubes one billionth of a meter in diameter have become an unexpected source of highly effective contrast agents for enhancing MRI scans. The new agents — dubbed gadonanotubes because they encase the toxic metal gadolinium — are 40 times better than other contrast agents currently in use. 17 August 2005

Acquisition of Sensant gives Siemens access to advanced ultrasound technology
The acquisition of Sensant Corp by Siemens Siemens Medical Solutions Ultrasound Division in June will enable it to develop higher quality ultrasound imaging systems based on Sensant's propriety Silicon Ultrasound technology. 14 August 2005

Computed tomographic colonoscopy can detect cancer outside of colon
The investigation of the colon using computed tomography can detect cancers and other important conditions outside of the colon. Conventional colonoscopy only examines the inside of the colon and would therefore miss these. 28 July 2005

Magnetic resonance spectroscopy improves identification of cancerous breast tumours
A study published in the August issue of Radiology shows that adding spectroscopic analysis to magnetic resonance (MR) imaging increased both the detection rate of cancerous tumours and the success rate of distinguishing benign from malignant tumours. 28 July 2005

PET scans better than CT in detection of vaginal cancer
In patients with vaginal cancer, PET scans detected twice as many primary tumours and cancerous lymph nodes as did CT scans, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. 21 July 2005

Insight into cell metabolism will help interpret PET, MRI scans
By discovering a crucial piece of submicroscopic information about how the brain converts fuel into energy for neurons, Cornell University biophysicists have gleaned new insights into brain cell metabolism that will allow neurologists to better interpret data from such diagnostic tests as PET scans and blood oxygen level dependent functional magnetic resonance imaging (BOLD-fMRI) scans. 13 July 2005

New computer program uses brain scans to assess risk of Alzheimer’s
New York University School of Medicine researchers have developed a brain scan-based computer program that quickly and accurately measures metabolic activity in a key region of the brain affected in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. 13 July 2005

PET scans miss up to eight percent of cancers
Up to 8% of cancerous lesions occur outside the current imaging field. Whole-body scanning using combined PET/CT is needed to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment of cancer. 13 July 2005

Caffeine and exercise can prevent clear PET and CT imaging of heart
Consumption of caffeine before a positron emission tomography (PET) or computed tomography (CT) scan of the heart can increase the amount of chemical tracer in the heart and obscure the images. If a person exercises or drinks coffee before having a PET/CT scan, the heart beats faster, causing more tracer to appear in the heart region, obscuring the view. 13 July 2005

New Philips MRI research centre targets Alzheimer's and Parkinson's
Philips Medical Systems has opened a new ultra high field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) research centre at its Cleveland facility. The Philips Achieva 7.0T (tesla) research system is aimed at improving MRI capabilities, particularly for the study of degenerative neurological diseases.  6 July 2005

Combined PET/CT scanner from GE brings promise of earlier disease detection
GE Healthcare has introduced the Discovery STE, a new molecular imaging system designed to help doctors detect, diagnose and monitor treatment of cancer and other diseases, including heart disease and neurological disease, more accurately and earlier in the disease process. 5 July 2005

Siemens expands Symbia SPECT-CT range
Siemens Medical Solutions has introduced a new model, the Symbia S to its family of TruePoint SPECT-CT systems at the 2005 Society of Nuclear Medicine Scientific Sessions, held June 18-22 in Toronto, Canada. 21 June 2005

New mobile high definition ultrasound system from Philips
Philips has introduced a new low-cost, mobile, high-definition ultrasound system aimed at the basic scanning needs of small office practices, hospitals and clinics. 19 June 2005

Résumé: Philips lance un Système ultrasons HD3 abordable – HD3 : un équipement ergonomique et convivial pour les cabinets médicaux, hôpitaux et cliniques. 19 Juin 2005

Zusammenfassung: Philips führt bezahlbares HD3-Ultraschall-System ein. 19 Juni 2005

Riassunto: Philips introduce un economico sistema ad ultrasuoni HD3. HD3 è di facile utilizzo e presenta un design economico per uffici, ospedali e cliniche. 19 Giugno 2005

Trials show no advantage in digital mammography over traditional film X-rays
A new technology assessment report says that digital mammography provides no clear-cut improvements over traditional film X-rays in the ability to detect cases of breast cancer. It does, however, offer other benefits, including slightly lower radiation doses for patients. 19 June 2005

Magnetic resonance imaging can help predict recurrence of breast cancer
A US study of breast cancer patients has found that measurement of breast tumour volume before, during and after chemotherapy using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can help predict whether a patient’s cancer will return. 19 June 2005

CT screening reduces need for appendectomy
A study of appendectomy patients at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston, USA has shown that, since the advent of CT screening five years ago, the negative appendectomy rate has dropped from 20% to 3%. 19 June 2005

Finnish project to develop surgical robot compatible with magnetic resonance imaging
A research project led by Professor Janne Heikkilä of the University of Oulu is developing a surgical robot that will make it possible to operate on a patient during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The powerful magnetic fields generated by MRI scanners mean that iron-bearing materials such as steel cannot be used in the robot. 16 June 2005

MDS Nordion and Macrocyclics collaborate in development of new compounds for molecular imaging
MDS Nordion and Macrocyclics Inc. have entered into a research and development collaboration to develop innovative, bifunctional chelates for use in molecular imaging and targeted therapeutic pharmaceuticals. 10 June 2005

McKesson sees strong momentum in medical imaging solutions
McKesson has announced that it has signed a record 28 new customers for its medical imaging solutions since January. The company also said that it had completed 15 installations in the same time period. 10 June 2005

R2 introduces smarter CAD algorithm and workflow for mammography products. 10 June 2005

Combined MRI and X-ray mammography best way to detect breast cancer
Annual screening, using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and X-ray mammography, is the best way to detect breast cancer in women that have a high genetic risk of the disease, say researchers at The Institute of Cancer Research, London. 10 June 2005

Multislice Computed Tomography shows promise for noninvasive detection of coronary artery disease. 10 June 2005

New cardiovascular imaging system introduced by GE Healthcare
GE Healthcare's new Innova(R) 2100IQ will enhance clinicians' ability to diagnose and treat heart disease and enable more precise placement of interventional devices such as stents, balloons and filters. 2 June 2005

GE's next-generation CT scanner gives rapid imaging of blood vessels in brain and aids stroke diagnosis
GE Healthcare's LightSpeed VCT, is being used to image the brains of stroke patients at University of Michigan Health System (U-M). Its speed and resolution enable rapid examination of blood vessels in the brain (perfusion studies), to provide information to help make an accurate and timely diagnosis of stroke, and to help determine the extent of stroke damage. 2 June 2005

Biosense Webster software provides more precise imaging and navigation of the heart
The software enables electrophysiologists to create 3-D electroanatomical maps to give a more precise view of the heart, allowing them to better navigate catheters to targeted points within the heart. 21 May 2005

Fonar sells first Upright MRI in Switzerland.
FONAR Corporation, the oldest MRI manufacturer, has sold its first Upright(TM) MRI in Switzerland, and its third in Europe, to FMRI Zentrum AG of Zurich. 14 May 2005

Siemens showcases new portable ultrasound system
Siemens Medical Solutions is highlighting the all-digital Sonoline G40 ultrasound system at the 53rd annual clinical meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, May 9 - 11, San Francisco.  11 May 2005

Advanced colonography reaches milestone in Liège clinic
GE Healthcare announced the 1000th CT colonography exam at the Clinique Saint-Joseph, Liège, Belgium. The AdvantageCTC allows a 360-degree dissection view of the colon as an  alternative to the standard 2D or 3D reading approach. 11 May 2005

Xograph partners with Planmeca to deliver digital dental X-ray systems
Xograph Imaging Systems has signed an agreement with Finland based Planmeca to promote and support its range of digital dental X-ray equipment to hospitals in the UK and Republic of Ireland. 10 May 2005

New medical ultrasound drivers deliver deeper body tissue imaging capability
Supertex has introduced a low switch resistance, low charge injection, 8-channel, high-voltage analog switch integrated circuit (IC) that is perfectly suited for use in medical ultrasound imaging applications 9 May 2005.

Ultrasonix launches Sonix SP ultrasound system
The Sonix SP is suitable for a broad range of clinical applications and provides a balance of performance and affordability. 9 May 2005

Siemens introduces revolutionary nuclear cardiology imaging system
Siemens Medical Solutions has announced that its c.cam — a unique, reclining dedicated cardiac gamma camera system — will be available for the European market. 4 May 2005

Dynamic examinations of cervical spine possible for the first time with NeuroSwing
The NeuroswingNeuroSwing provides the ability to perform dynamic imaging of the cervical spine in daily routine diagnostics. All cervical spine movements relevant to the examination can be realized with a single device, without retrofitting or repositioning the patient. 4 May 2005

MRI technology enables non-invasive imaging of implantable blood filters to prevent pulmonary embolism
Biophan Technologies has announced that a new round of experimental tests have demonstrated the ability of the company's proprietary technology to enable MRIs of Vena Cava filters. Vena Cava filters are implanted in the Vena Cava of some patients undergoing surgery to capture and trap blood clots that have the potential to cause embolisms. May 2005

Siemens brings first 3 Tesla MRI system with Tim technology to market
Siemens Medical Solutions has announced the availability of the Magnetom Trio magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system with total imaging matrix (Tim) technology. The system is the first capable of 3 Tesla (3T) whole-body MRI available with Tim. April 2005

Siemens secures contracts for MRI, ultrasound with HealthTrust Purchasing Group
Siemens Medical Solutions has been awarded three-year contracts with HealthTrust Purchasing Group to provide its network of 1,500 participating hospitals access to Siemens MRI and ultrasound technologies. April 2005

Technology for earlier detection of lung cancer
Newly available medical technology is helping radiologists cost-effectively find more early-stage lung cancers,
permitting earlier treatment. RapidScreen is an FDA-approved computerised detection system for digital and film chest X-rays. It identifies suspected nodule sites for further analysis by the radiologist. April 2005

SonoSite launches new hand-held ultrasound system
SonoSite has announced the launch of its MicroMaxx ultrasound system, its third-generation hand-carried product. At less than eight pounds and the size of a laptop computer, it delivers image resolution and performance comparable to costly, conventional cart-based ultrasound systems weighing over 200 pounds. April 2005

Kodak sells 70 PACS/RIS systems in Europe and US
During the past twelve months, Kodak has signed contracts with more than 70 European and US healthcare institutions for its RIS/PACS suite and Enterprise Information Management solutions. April 2005

Imaging technology could guide therapy designed to prevent heart attacks
A catheter-based imaging technology called optical coherence tomography (OCT) can successfully identify the characteristics of coronary plaques in patients with various cardiac symptoms, according to researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). April 2005

Society of Nuclear Medicine holds its 52nd annual meeting June 18-22

European premier for combined single photon emission CT and diagnostic CT at Erlangen Hospital
The Nuclear Medicine Clinic and the Radiological Institute at Erlangen University Hospital have begun using Europe’s first combined system for SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography) and diagnostic Computed Tomography from Siemens Medical Solutions, the Symbia TruePoint SPECT•CT. April 2005

New MRI technology allows imaging inside vascular stents
Biophan Technologies has announced results of tests of its patented technology that will allow physicians for the first time to assess the health of stented arteries by means of non-invasive MRI technology. April 2005.

CT scans unwrap secrets of British Museum's Egyptian mummies
The Bowers Museum, USA, a team of local radiologists and international curators, and GE Healthcare, a unit of General Electric Company announced the results of CT scans of six ancient Egyptian mummies from the collections of the British Museum. April 2005

Philips' 64-slice CT scanner installed in University of Chicago Hospitals
The scanner, which has four times as many detectors as a typical multi-detector CT scanner, combines unrivalled image quality with remarkable speed. April 2005

Siemens expands its 16-slice CT scanner portfolio
Siemens Medical Solutions has announced a new SOMATOM Emotion 16 suitable for hospitals with limited budgets or space allocations. March 2005

National Naval Medical Center transfers four terabytes of PACS data with Agfa Data Migration Service. March 2005

Agfa launches global CR radiotherapy solution
Agfa HealthCare has launched a new CR radiotherapy solution, a digital simulation and portal imaging system for both low and high dose applications that handles both low and high energy x-rays. March 2005

Philips introduces advanced motorised radiography system
A mobile, motorized X-ray system, the Philips Practix Convenio is the newest member of the Philips mobile radiography systems family. Introduced at the European Congress of Radiology, The system runs off its own power with a long battery life giving operators a whole day of full applications. March 2005

Philips lance un système de radiographie avançé et motorisé. March 2005

Philips stellt vorgerücktes motorisiertes Röntgenphotographiesystem vor. März 2005

Computer-aided detection for breast MRI may improve diagnostic analysis, according to Spanish study
An abstract presented at the 2005 European Congress of Radiology, demonstrates that CADstream, computer-aided detection (CAD) for breast MRI, may improve diagnostic accuracy and increase efficiency of breast MRI analysis. March 2005

Präsentation einer Studie auf dem europäischen Radiologiekongress 2005 zeigt die Wirksamkeit von CADstream zur Verbesserung der diagnostischen Genauigkeit und als Methode zur Einstufung von Brustkrebs. März 2005

Direct Medical Systems in agreement with Chinese government for distribution and manufacturing of diagnostic imaging products. March 2005

Results of Tutankhamen scan revealed
An initial X-ray analysis in 1968 revealed a bone splinter embedded in the pharaoh's skull led to speculation that Tutankhamen had died from head injuries, and possibly been murdered. A CT examination outside the pharaoh's tomb using a mobile scanner, based on images generated from a total of 1,700 slices, has found no evidence for this theory. March 2005

SonoSite to highlight cardiac capabilities of TITAN ultrasound system at congress
SonoSite will showcase its high performance TITAN ultrasound system, including the new SonoCalc IMT software for assessment of cardiovascular risk, at the 54th Annual Scientific Session of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), March 6-9, 2005. March 2005

EKOS to expand ultrasound catheter production with $18 million finance deal
EKOS is focused on developing and commercializing novel high technology ultrasound-enhanced micro-catheters for dissolving blood clots in the brain or in the peripheral arteries in the legs. March 2005

DOBI Medical International to exhibit ComfortScan system at the 2005 European Congress of Radiology
The ComfortScan system is a non-invasive, non-ionizing device that uses light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and gentle external pressure to identify angiogenesis, the growth of new blood vessels, in the breast. March 2005

Advanced breast cancer diagnosis system installed in Washington hospital
Providence Centralia Hospital is the first health care facility in Washington to use breast specific gamma imaging, the most technologically advanced method of detecting breast cancer. February 2005

New image sensor for revolutionary swallowable camera
Given Imaging has launched a new version of its PillCam, a swallowable diagnostic device which takes high-quality, high-speed photos as it passes through a patient's oesophagus. February 2005

Health plans attempt to rein in radiology costs
While prescription cost increases have moderated, radiology costs grow almost 20% a year, according to new research from HealthLeaders-InterStudy. February 2005

Second CT laser mammography system sold in Italy
Imaging Diagnostic Systems announced that it has shipped and sold a second CTLM system to its distributor Biomedical International SNC for installation at the Biomedical Mammography Center, Alba Adriatica, Teramo, Italy. February 2005

'Future Vision 2005' to feature innovation in endoscopy
Innovation, research and emerging endoscopic techniques are some of the topics that will be discussed at "Future Vision 2005," March 10-11, Rancho Mirage, California. February 2005

Catholic University in Rome receives CT laser mammography system to support clinical research. January 2005

First commercial laser breast imaging system in Italy. January 2005

CTI Mirada wins FDA approval to market its Scenium PET scan analysis software. January 2005

Siemens introduces first 3 Tesla magnetic resonance system with Tim technology. December 2004

FDA approves pre-market application for Siemens mammography system. August 2004


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