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April 2005

Philips TV-based personal healthcare platform wins Medical Design Excellence Award
The Motiva interactive healthcare platform has received a 2005 Medical Design Excellence Award. It delivers remote patient management and personalised education through the home television. It uses broadband technology, combined with vital-sign measurement devices, to connect patients to their healthcare providers and medical support team. April 2005

Worldwide research to demonstrate benefits of fluid status monitoring for heart failure patients
Medtronic has announced a series of worldwide clinical studies designed to further demonstrate the patient and clinician advantages of the new implantable InSync Sentry system to help detect and manage worsening heart failure. April 2005

Medtronic recalls additional defibrillators
Medtronic has identified an additional 396 monophasic LIFEPAK 500 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to be included in a voluntary recall originally announced on Feb. 25, 2005. The company will be contacting the owners of the devices. April 2005

GE delivers strong first quarter 2005 financial results
GE achieved record first-quarter earnings of $4.0 billion, up 25% from $3.2 billion in first quarter 2004, on revenue growth of 19%, the Company announced 15 April. April 2005

Research and Markets profiles GE Healthcare
Research and Markets has announced the addition of GE Healthcare Medical Device Company Intelligence Report to their offering. April 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

Longport, Inc. announces financial results for fourth quarter and year end 2004
Longport is a medical technology specialist in high resolution ultrasound imaging. Its revenues for 2004 were $2.5 million compared to $500,000 for 2003. This increase is primarily due to the increase in sales of the Company's scanner device of over $2.0 million. 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

Agfa to acquire cardiology supplier Heartlab
The move strengthens Agfa's leadership position in healthcare IT significantly, enhancing its cardiology solutions portfolio. In addition, Agfa expands its presence in U.S. hospitals. April 2005

Philips first quarter 2005 net income down €433
The drop was due to a €435 million lower contribution from unconsolidated companies. Sales amounted to €6,635 million and were flat compared to Q1 2004. 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 to install particle therapy technology at Heidelberg ion beam therapy centre
The first combined particle therapy solution in Europe will be used for treating tumours with carbon ions and protons. April 2005

Medtronic receives FDA approval for rechargeable neurostimulation system
It is a new treatment option for people suffering from complex, difficult-to-treat chronic pain, and those requiring high-power stimulation for pain relief. April 2005

Kontron adopts PC-Doctor Network Factory 5 diagnostics software
Kontron has adopted the software to be used in its manufacturing and service organisations for embedded computer technology to the communications, automation, mobile, medical, military, aerospace, test and measurement, and encryption security markets. April 2005

Draeger Medical consolidates US manufacturing in Telford, Pa
The manufacturing of all Draeger Medical monitoring and IT products will be moved to Telford from the current location in Danvers as of August 15, 2005. April 2005

Biophan announces smaller ceramic implantable motor
News Scale Technologies has developed a new, ultra-small implantable ceramic Squiggle motor. It is half the size of previous models, with significant improvements in precision and electrical efficiency compared to electromagnetic motors. April 2005

Midmark Diagnostics recognised for leadership in patient monitoring diagnostic devices
The ability to accurately and efficiently facilitate patient-centric information has become increasingly challenging. Midmark moves beyond interfacing and places greater emphasis on the ability to integrate and facilitate information transfer on a continual basis. April 2005

RITA Medical Systems introduces radiofrequency ablation device for tumours.
RITA Medical Systems has introduced the StarBurst TALON, a radiofrequency ablation (RFA) device that offers clinicians the ability to perform fast 4cm spherical ablations with a novel side-deploy design that assists precise device positioning in tumours that may be mobile in soft tissue or adjacent to critical structures. April 2005

Lifeline Biotechnologies ships first MastaScope to Greece. April 2005

AHA expresses concern over satellite interference with medical devices. 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 unrivaled image quality with remarkable speed. April 2005

GE Healthcare wins Market Leadership Award for PET-CT business. April 2005

Medical technology investment and partnering conference
In3 EUROPE is a forum for senior executives in the medical device, diagnostics, biotech and investment communities to preview promising early-stage medical technology companies in need of funding, acquisition and/or strategic partnership. April 2005

New investment for IVMD to develop labour prediction and blood glucose devices
IVMD, developer of non-invasive diagnostic products, has received second-phase funding from the UK government. April 2005

Patient monitoring market worth $2bn
The worldwide multi-parameter patient monitoring market is estimated at approximately $2 billion according to a new report by Research and Markets. The home healthcare and remote monitoring market are expected to grow at an accelerated rate. April 2005

Smiths Medical acquires Medex
Medex has announced the acquisition of its worldwide business by Smiths Medical, a division of UK-based Smiths Group plc. The combined annual sales of the two companies are approx $1.25bn. April 2005

Masimo corporation awarded $420 million in US antitrust lawsuit on medical device purchasing practices. April 2005

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