Diagnostic imaging news

2006 | 2005

First annual pan-Asian computerised tomographic colonography congress
Leading radiology experts from China, Korea, Japan and the UK have draw up plans this week for the first ever pan-Asia computerised tomographic colonography (CTC) Congress. 13 December 2007

MR brain imaging discovers blue light affects memory and alertness
Researchers at the University of Liege, Belgium, and the University of Surrey, UK, have used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to discover a previously unknown affect of light on the brain. They have shown that blue light can affect basic functions of the human brain such as alertness, memory, emotion and cognitive tasks. 12 December 2007

Dräger introduces anaesthesia system for MRI environment
Dräger Medical has introduced the Fabius MRI, its latest generation of  anaesthesia solutions designed specifically for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The system is also suitable for other applications involving magnetic fields such as a cardiac catheterisation laboratory or proton therapy. 12 December 2007

Agfa enhances PACS image distribution with Visage CS thin client technology
Visage Imaging, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. has announced a worldwide integration agreement with Agfa HealthCare, a leading provider of IT-enabled clinical workflow and diagnostic imaging solutions. 12 December 2007

London neuroimaging centre boosts brain research with Siemens 1.5 Tesla MR scanner
The Birkbeck/University College London Centre for NeuroImaging (BUCNI) has boosted its research capabilities with the new scanner, which enables observation of activity in the brain non-invasively and will enhance understanding of human cognition and behaviour. 12 December 2007

Kjaya Medical announces service for distributing high-volume digital CT images
Kjaya Medical has announced new managed services that combine powerful graphics processing units, computer hardware and proprietary software that allows quick distribution of CT images via standard high speed internet. 6 December 2007

The new ultrasound scanner designed by Plexus for SuperSonic Imagine has the potential to speed up cancer diagnosis.Plexus to develop breakthrough ultrasound system for SuperSonic Imagine
French start-up SuperSonic Imagine has contracted design and manufacturing services company Plexus to bring to market a novel ultrasound system that can measure the elasticity of tissue. 6 December 2007

CT angiography highly accurate in detecting coronary artery disease
Computed tomography (CT) angiography is as accurate as an invasive angiogram in detecting coronary artery disease, according to two 64-slice-scanner trials. 29 November 2007

Through-wave ultrasound for image-guided breast biopsy
Advanced Imaging Technologies has announced that its ARIA ultrasound breast imaging system is now equipped for image-guided biopsy. 29 November 2007

Brain scans show gene therapy normalizes brain function in Parkinson's patients
PET scans of the brains of Parkinson's patients given an experimental gene therapy to improve muscular control showed that the treatment worked and had lasting results. 26 November 2007

A 3D image of the heart from the Philips Brilliance iCT scannerPhilips unveils rapid 3D CT scan system
Royal Philips Electronics' latest CT body scanner, Brilliance iCT scanner, allows radiologists to produce high-quality images with exceptional acquisition speed. 26 November 2007

New clinical studies confirm Mauna Kea Technologies’ endomicroscopy system in a range of procedures
Mauna Kea Technologies (MKT), a supplier of in vivo cellular imaging systems, has reported on studies related to the company’s Cellvizio GI system by leading European gastroenterologists presented at the 15th United European Gastroenterology Week (UEGW). 23 November 2007

Siemens Magnetom Verio brings high-resolution MRI to more patients
The Magnetom Verio from Siemens Medical Solutions represents a new class of MRI technology that increases access to advanced diagnostic capabilities. It delivers high-field imaging to many patients who could not benefit from the technology before. 22 November

Dental x-rays made obsolete
The CarieScan from Scottish company IDMoS can detect tooth decay with higher levels of accuracy and certainty than existing techniques and without the safety risks associated with the repeated use of x-rays. 5 November

Siemens Magnetom Essenza sets trend in MRI quality and cost reduction
Siemens has developed a 1.5 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging system (MRI) that is priced at up to several hundred thousand euros below the conventional 1.5 Tesla systems of this type. 5 November 2007

St Luke's orthopaedic clinic installs digital radiology backbone
St Luke’s Hospital in Oxford, UK, has installed an Agfa Web 1000 PACS system to help improve workflow and patient care. 5 November 2007

difference in cortical atrophy between mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's3D MRI imaging highlights brain atrophy in Alzheimer's patients
Researchers at UCLA have used an advanced 3D mapping technique to analyse magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data to highlight the differences in brain atrophy between mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease. 30 October 2007

Ultrasound diagnostic tool could improve non-invasive treatment of prostate cancer
HistoScanning, a novel processing technology for ultrasonography could improve the treatment and monitoring of prostate cancer and help avoid unnecessary invasive procedures. 17 October 2007

Medtronic buys MRI-safe technology for implanted devices from Biophan
Biophan's technologies reduce the normally dangerous heating and induced voltages in wires to safe levels during MRI scans. 9 October 2007

Ultrasound-guided biopsy could save thousands of unnecessary operations for melanoma patients
A less-invasive technique to biopsy lymph nodes using an ultrasound-guided fine needle showed a high success rate in identifying cancer and preventing unnecessary surgery. 6 October  2007

Medica 2007: endoscopic advances make the unimaginable possible
3 October 2007

Siemens introduces pocket ultrasound system for emergency care
A revolutionary new portable ultrasound device from Siemens Medical Systems will support medical staff in the crucial first minutes of an emergency situation. The new system, known as Acuson P10, is a hand-held device intended for complementary initial diagnostic care and triage, particularly in cardiology, emergency care and obstetrics. 2 October 2007

European Directive on radiation exposure will ban MRI scans
European Directive aimed at minimising exposure to radiation will prevent the use of MRI scanners, according to Professor Dag Rune Olsen of the the Norwegian Radiation Hospital, Oslo. 27 September 2007

US study to determine if imaging can detect subclinical cardiovascular disease
One of the most challenging aspects of cardiovascular imaging is going to be how to detect subclinical atherothrombosis disease in order to address earlier management. The High Risk Plaque (HRP) study will approach this challenge clinically and economically with a multimodality approach. 18 September 2007

3D image of fruit flyFruit fly imaging aids research into Alzheimer's
Scientists at the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) have developed optical imaging technology that can generate 3D internal images of the fruit fly for the first time. Due to the similarity between fly and human genes, the technique could help to speed up genetic research into Alzheimer’s and other human diseases that affect brain cells. 18 September 2007

OCT image of oesophagusSuccessful trial of optical imaging of tissue during cancer surgery
The tests, performed on cancerous and precancerous human oesophagus and lymph node tissue, were designed to establish the potential for MDL’s optical imaging technology to revolutionise cancer surgery. 13 September 2007

im3D's CAD-Colon diagnostic system deployed in hospitals across Italy
im3D Medical Imaging Lab, a research centre based in Torino, Italy has installed its diagnostic system in thirteen healthcare facilities. It is being used to support medical specialists in the early diagnosis and prevention of colorectal tumours. 12 September 2007

Groundbreaking treatments at new London centre for cardiovascular MR
Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, has recently opened its new Centre for Cardiovascular MR with two Magnetom Avanto MRI scanners and an interventional cardiac catheterisation laboratory from Siemens Medical Solutions. 11 September 2007

New technique allows scans of babies' brains with infrared light
An improved technique that uses infrared light to scan the brain using a head cap will enable infants to be scanned for studying brain development or for assessing brain injury. 7 September

MRI beats mammography in detecting early-stage breast cancer
A study by researchers at the University of Bonn has shown that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is more accurate than mammography in diagnosing very early stages of breast cancer. 21 August 2007

Barco and Medicsight produce virtual colonoscopy solution
Barco will integrate Medicsight’s CAD function into its ColonMetrix software solution, thereby enabling faster and more efficient recognition of suspect lesions during virtual colonography. 17 August 2007

Swedish County Council chooses Sectra mammography system
Värmland County Council in Sweden is expanding its digital mammography service with two Sectra MicroDose Mammography systems. 25 July 2007

Browsing medical images on the iPhoneMedical images on iPhone
Using Heart Imaging Technologies' system, physicians can simply click on a web link on the phone sent via email by one of their colleagues, enter their password, and view medical images. 25 July 2007

The mummy of HatshepsutCT scans and DNA tests help unveil mystery of long-lost female pharaoh
Computed tomography (CT) scanning and DNA analysis has helped identify a 3,500-year-old mummy as Hatshepsut, one of history's few female pharaohs, whose record was virtually wiped from history. 13 July 2007

Philips and UKE develop computer-aided diagnosis of PET and MRI brain scans
The University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) and Royal Philips Electronics have developed software for computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) of PET and MRI imaging of the brain to aid the identification of neurodegenerative diseases. 11 July 2007

CARS imaging shows calcium ions may have role in multiple sclerosis
Researchers at Purdue University have discovered that calcium ions could play a crucial role in multiple sclerosis by activating enzymes that degrade the fatty sheath that insulates nerve fibres. 11 July 2007

Siemens advances ultrasound elasticity imaging.
Siemens have developed real-time elasticity imaging on the Acuson Antares system. Ultrasound elasticity imaging gives a different image to conventional ultrasound, showing variation in stiffness within the area of the conventional image. 10 July 2007

Aloka's ultrasound system available with Olympus gastrovideoscope
Aloka's ProSound Alpha 10 ultrasound system is now compatible with the latest ultrasound gastrovideoscope manufactured by Olympus Medical Systems Corp. 19 June 2007

RIS/PACS integration becomes increasingly popular in Europe
The integration of radiology information systems (RIS) with picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) is fast becoming a defining trend in the European RIS market, with sales of RIS systems expected to increase as a result. 19 June 2007

GE to supply digital mammography units to Irish breast screening programme
GE Healthcare is supplying 13 full field digital mammography (FFDM) units to BreastCheck in Ireland, part of the Irish National Cancer Screening Service. 7 June 2007 Deutsch Francais

Invendo demonstrates sedationless colonoscopy
invendo medical GmbH demonstrated a live screening colonoscopy using its sedation-free colonoscope, the invendoscope, in Berlin in May. The device is aimed at the large number of people who avoid colonoscopy because of the discomfort of the examination. 6 June 2007

Compact ultrasound to boost market to US$5 billion by 2008
The world market for ultrasound imaging equipment will reach US$5bn by 2008 and US$5.7bn by 2010, driven by the miniaturisation of ultrasound equipment and the development of new applications. 5 June 2007

Siemens demonstrates simultaneous imaging of the brain by MRI and PET
Siemens Medical Solutions has demonstrated a prototype system capable of performing simultaneously magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET). It could lead to large advances in diagnosis and therapy for millions of patients suffering from neurological diseases, stroke and cancer. 24 May 2007

Philips and Traxtal to develop image-guided therapy solutions using electromagnetic navigation
The companies will combine Philips’ diagnostic and interventional imaging with Traxtal’s surgical navigation and therapy systems to offer a broad spectrum of integrated imaging and navigation solutions. 22 May 2007

Enhanced MR-guided focused ultrasound improves treatment of uterine fibroids
Women undergoing MR-guided focused ultrasound experience rapid and sustained relief from their condition and have a reduced need for alternative, invasive treatments in the future. 17 May 2007

GE Healthcare launches laptop-sized ultrasound system for women's healthcare
The Voluson e is specifically designed for labour and delivery, gynaecological exams and studies and assisted reproductive medicine. It can provide high-quality imaging at the patient bedside and where there are space constraints. 12 May 2007

3-D cut-away view of a human retina in vivoRapid laser scanning produces high resolution 3-D images of living retina
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have produced a new laser that can scan the living eye at record speeds using a method called optical coherence tomography (OCT) and produce a 3-D image of the retina in less than a second. 9 May 2007

New postgraduate course in medical image computing at UCL
University College London's newcourse provides a rigorous background in medical image acquisition coupled with state-of-the-art medical image analysis for diagnosis and therapy. 30 April 2007

New molecular imaging agent identifies Alzheimer’s disease
A clinical study of 18F-AV-1/ZK (AV-1), a radiopharmaceutical for (PET) imaging of amyloid plaques in patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), has shown that it distinguishes AD sufferers from healthy elderly subjects. 24 April 2007

Siemens wins contract to build first molecular imaging centre in the UAE
Siemens Medical Solutions has won a 16.7 million contract to build and operate a molecular imaging centre in Abu Dhabi. The facility will be the first of its kind in the region, providing diagnostic services for oncology, cardiology and neurology. 23 April 2007

Agfa and Free University of Brussels in agreement to develop healthcare IT and imaging solutions. 19 April 2007

CT screening for lung cancer does not increase survival
A US-Italian study of the use of computed tomography (CT) to screen current or former smokers for lung cancer has found that screening did not reduce deaths from lung cancer. Screening found more than three times as many lung cancers and ten times as many surgeries were performed, but there was no effect on survival rate. 29 March 2007

Computer-aided detection for CT colonoscopy
CADCOLON im3D is a computer aided detection (CAD) system from iM3D SpA designed to support radiologists' diagnoses of suspect polyps in the colon and rectum, using high and low dose CT. 27 March 2007

Synergis invests in PET camera for cancer detection
Synergis Technologies Ltd. has led a venture capital syndicate investing into Petrra Ltd, a developer of an new positron emission tomography (PET) camera that can diagnose heart disease and cancer more accurately and faster than current cameras, and at a lower cost. 26 March 2007

Sectra launches low-radiation MicroDose mammography system. 16 March 2007

EC tender for study on exposure to electromagnetic fields from MRI equipment. 16 March 2007

MRI of the heartCombined MRI and echocardiography improves stroke diagnosis
Using both MRI and echocardiography to image the heart greatly enables physicians to identify the cause of strokes, especially cardioembolic strokes. The technique could revolutionise patient care. 14 March 2007

B-K Medical introduces prostate transducer with two ultrasound functions
A new transrectal prostate transducer from B-K Medical combines the functionality of simultaneous biplane and endfire transducers in one. It enables urologists to examine any prostate in any plane with control and ease. 13 March 2007

Osteoporosis measurement software for PACS
Medstrat has announced the integration of CompuMed's OsteoGram bone mineral density (BMD) measurement software for osteoporosis screening, diagnosis and monitoring with its echoeSYSTEM PACS software suite. 12 March 2007

New partnerships to trial optical coherence tomography for cancer identification
Two UK hospitals have teamed up with Michelson Diagnostics Ltd to test the use of optical coherence tomography (OCT) for the rapid identification of cancers as an alternative to biopsies. 7 March 2007

ART gains European clearance for SoftScan device. 7 March 2007

Agfa integrates clinical data into RIS/PACS
Agfa HealthCare has launched the IMPAX Clinical Module that brings disparate clinical data such as lab results, pharmacy and pathology to the IMPAX Radiology Desktop. 6 March 2007

Sun expands healthcare IT portfolio
Sun Microsystems has introduced the Sun B2B-enabled Electronic Master Patient Index (EMPI), and two picture archiving systems, iPACS and uPACS aimed at manufactureres for building their own PACS systems. 6 March 2007

Siemens to build first molecular imaging centre for UAE
Mubadala Development has awarded Siemens Medical Solutions a 16.7 million contract to build and operate a Molecular Imaging Centre (MIC) in Abu Dhabi. This provide diagnostic services for oncology, cardiology and neurology. Expected to open in summer 2008, the facility will be the first of its kind in the region. 16 February 2007

Bio-Imaging acquires French neurology imaging lab Theralys SA
Bio-Imaging Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: BITI), has acquired French company Theralys SA, a leading provider of customized imaging services in the field of central nervous system disorders (CNS) and neurovascular diseases. 14 February 2007

Medtronic begins European and US trial of MRI-compatible pacemaker system
The first patients in the trial were recently implanted with the new Medtronic EnRhythm MRI SureScan pacing system. The study will compare the electrical and diagnostic system performance, as well as complication rates of patients with and without MRI scans. 13 February 2007

Philips introduces imaging tool for complex cardiac arrhythmias
The Philips EP navigator combines pre–interventional 3D CT images of a patients’ cardiac anatomy with live X-ray fluoroscopy catheter position information in a single image, allowing physicians to navigate more easily through the heart during complex procedures. 7 Feb 2007

Philips wins €27 million contract for digital radiography systems in China
Royal Philips Electronics has signed an agreement with Ascent Profit, a leading Chinese medical equipment wholesaler, to supply 200 high-end radiography systems for small and medium-sized hospitals. 30 Jan 2007

CT imaging locates site of bowel perforation
Multidetector CT (MDCT) without the use of contrast media can show the precise site of a bowel perforation, avoiding the need for surgeons to do exploratory surgery of the patient’s gastrointestinal tract to locate the problem, a new study shows. 28 Jan 2007

University Medical Center Utrecht acquires 3D surgery imaging workstations
The University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands, has signed a contract with 3mensio Medical Imaging BV for the development and delivery and of its 3surgery workstations to convert 2D CT and MRI images into 3D images for the specific needs of vascular surgeons. 25 Jan 2007

MRI improves treatment of ankle pain.
MR imaging can make a dramatic difference in the management of patients with ankle pain, changing treatment in about one-third of the patients, a new study finds. 9 Jan 2007

Brain imaging identifies early Alzheimer’s
A new chemical marker developed by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), enables PET scans to highlight abnormal brain proteins in patients years before Alzheimer’s can be diagnosed with current methods. 3 Jan 2007

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