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August 2005

US FDA issues White Paper on automatic identification of medical devices
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a White Paper giving a general overview of some of the most prevalent technologies for automatic identification of medical devices. 31 August 2005

Implantable heart monitor automatically alerts via satellite
A new FDA-approved defibrillator can automatically send a signal to a doctor via wireless satellite transmission if a patient’s heart beats abnormally or if the device malfunctions. 31 August 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

Huntleigh acquires analysis and monitoring business of Viasys Healthcare
Huntleigh Technology plc acquired the assets of the cardiovascular and obstetric analysis and monitoring business of VIASYS Healthcare Inc, originally bought from Oxford Instruments, for a cash consideration of £4 million. 24 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. 23 August 2005

Medtronic reports record first quarter revenues of $2.7 billion
Medtronic recorded first quarter fiscal year 2006 (ended July 29, 2005) revenues of $2.690 billion, a 15% increase over the $2.346 billion recorded in the first quarter of fiscal year 2005. 20 August 2005

Trial of  gastric electrical stimulation for treatment of obesity in diabetes patients
Medtronic has announced that it is conducting a feasibility trial, called ASSIST (Appetite Suppression Induced by Stimulation Trial), to test the safety and efficacy of gastric electrical stimulation (GES) for the treatment of obesity in patients with type 2 diabetes. 20 August 2005

Medtronic acquires gastric electrical stimulator manufacturer Transneuronix
Medtronic has completed the acuisition of Transneuronix, Inc., a privately held medical device company focused on therapies designed to treat obesity by electrical stimulation of the stomach. 20 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 ultrasound system
Four months after releasing its 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 healthy lungA 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

New laser therapy for tendon and muscle injuries
MLS (Multiwave Locked System) is a new therapy based on the transfer of high quality laser energy to injured body tissues. 14 August 2005

CT scan radiation dose can be reduced by small changes in technique
A study published in the August 2005 issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology shows that two minor changes in technique could make a major difference in the radiation dose used in survey CT scans. The radiation dose in a survey scan can be as high as that of four chest X-rays. 14 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

Brain pacemaker developers win Erwin Schrödinger Prize
Researchers from Cologne University and the Research Centre Jülich have won the 2005 Erwin Schrödinger Prize for the development of a brain pacemaker for treating neurological disorders. 14 August 2005

Research into Alzheimer's and Parkinson's boosted by Harvard collaboration with GE Healthcare
The Harvard Center for Neurodegeneration & Repair (HCNR) will use GE Healthcare’s state-of-the-art cellular imaging system, the IN Cell Analyzer, to research the human central nervous system and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.  12 August 2005

Finnish healthcare network chooses Agfa radiology and PACS system
Finnish healthcare IT company Medi-IT Oy has chosen a RIS/PACS (radiology information system/picture archiving and communication system) solution from Agfa HealthCare Business Group for the KAAPO project in South Eastern Finland. 12 August 2005

Philips completes takeover of Stentor
Philips Medical Systems, has completed the takeover of PACS supplier Stentor Inc in a move designed to strengthen Philips position as a primary supplier of technology to the healthcare information technology (IT) market. The acquisition makes Philips the number 2 supplier of picture archiving and communications systems (PACS) globally. 10 August 2005

Philips reported solid growth for Medical Systems in second quarter
Philips recorded net income of 983 million (0.78 per share), compared with net income of €616 million (€0.48 per share) in the corresponding period of 2004. Solid growth at Medical Systems and Lighting was offset by declines at Semiconductors and Mobile Display Systems (MDS). 4 August 2005

GE and Virginia University to develop minimally invasive surgery techniques
GE Healthcare has signed an agreement with the University of Virginia Health System (UVa) to develop new, minimally invasive surgery techniques for the brain and spine. Using GE Healthcare's surgical navigation tools, doctors at UVa will research less invasive methods of therapeutic and surgical intervention. 4 August 2005

Definiens expands image intelligence business to US
The Munich-based advanced image intelligence solutions supplier, Definiens AG, has opened a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary, Definiens Inc. to cater for the increased demand for its products and solutions. 4 August 2005

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