GE Healthcare to acquire Orbotech's nuclear medicine technology

2 Nov 2010

GE Healthcare is to acquire Israeli company Orbotech Medical Solutions Ltd (OMS) a manufacturer of solid state gamma radiation detectors made of cadmium zinc telluride (CZT) for medical imaging.

The detectors are used in GE Healthcare’s Alcyone nuclear medicine technology.

GE Healthcare will pay OMS's parent company Orbotech US$9 million in cash and up to an additional US$5 million in cash, depending on performance. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to be closed in the first quarter of 2011. The takeover also ends GE's litigation against Orbotech in which it claimed for damages related to the supply of CZT modules in Israel.

“We believe the future of nuclear medicine lies in the further development of CZT used in our Alcyone technology,” said Nathan Hermony, general manager Nuclear Medicine for GE Healthcare. “Through this acquisition, we will expand our investment in CZT technology to benefit our molecular imaging customers, bringing new nuclear medicine technologies to healthcare professionals worldwide.”

Representing a significant development in nuclear medicine technology, Alcyone technology is a nuclear cardiology platform that combines cadmium zinc telluride (CZT) detectors, focused pin-hole collimation, 3D reconstruction, and stationary data acquisition to reduce acquisition time and dose and improve overall image quality and workflow.

Available in SPECT (Discovery NM 530c) and SPECT/CT (Discovery NM/CT 570c) configurations, Alcyone technology enables views of cardiac anatomy and functionality with greater clarity and speed, resulting in scan times as short as three minutes or up to a four-fold reduction in dose. Alcyone technology helps clinicians provide patients with faster and more comfortable examinations and improve clinician confidence. Furthermore, unlike conventional nuclear imaging, with Alcyone’s focused pinhole collimation, all views are acquired simultaneously during a fully stationary SPECT acquisition, eliminating equipment movement during the scan and reducing the risk of motion artifacts.

Hermony added, “Alcyone technology opens the doors for developments of new applications such as dynamic acquisition for measuring blood flow and multiple isotopes to improve specificity of the nuclear cardiology examination.”

Commenting on the transaction, Rani Cohen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Orbotech, said, “We believe that a company such as GE will now be very well placed to pursue, and bring to successful commercialization, the cutting edge CZT technology developed by OMS for use in nuclear medicine imaging applications.”


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