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Spacelabs Healthcare launches new wireless patient monitor
Spacelabs Medical as launched the UltraviewSL2600, an advanced monitor that can display all 12 leads of a 12-lead ECG at the bedside and allows clinicians to access lab, radiology and patient records at the point of care. 27 February 2006

NEC develops smallest fibre-optic electric field probe using nanotechnology
NEC Corporation has developed what it claims is the smallest fibre-optic electric field probe, enabled through the adoption of a nanotechnology process. The probe is used to evaluate electrical characteristics of high-density electronic circuits. 27 February 2006

New website to help fight meningitis worldwide
The Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (COMO) has launched a new website with toolkits, case studies, organisation profiles and personal experiences, to help in the fight against meningitis. 27 February 2006

NDI Medical forms business unit to promote neurostimulation products
The manufacturer of neurostimulation products for the medical device industry has formed a new business unit to help companies and researchers develop and market neurostimulation products for neurological and cardiac applications. 27 February 2006

FIRAT simultaneously captures a variety of material properties from just one touch including (from upper left to right) topography, adhesion energy, contact time and stiffness.High-speed molecular imaging microscope
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have created a highly sensitive atomic force microscope (AFM) capable of high-speed imaging 100 times faster than current microscopes. It could have a wide range of uses in nanotechnology development. 26 February 2006

Record earnings for Medtronic, but shares fall
Medtronic has achieved record revenue of $2.770 billion for the third quarter a 9% increase, but its shared reached a four-month low. 26 February 2006

Setting targets improves NHS performance in England but can cause problems
The star rating system for English NHS trusts seems to have improved performance, but systems need to be put in place to minimise gaming and ensure targets are not causing problems elsewhere, according to an article in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). 24 February 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

Cisco, Philips, and Emergin collaboration delivers wireless patient monitoring
Clinicians can receive mobile medical alarms, such as electrocardiogram alerts on wireless Internet Protocol (IP) phones, as a result of developments in Cisco's Clinical Connection Suite. 23 February 2006

Staff location and alarm system ensures safety in hospitals
The Real-Time Location System (RTLS) from Ekahau Inc. provides a personnel tracking solution with an alarm system that will allow security personnel to quickly identify where incidents are taking place and respond to them. 21 February 2006

Ekahau ermöglicht "Panikknopf" zur Lokalisierung von Krankenhauspersonal. 22 Februar 2006

Ekahau lance un << appel panique >> permettant de localiser le personnel d'un hôpital. 22 février 2006

Ekahau attiva il "pulsante anti-panico" per la localizzazione dei dipendenti degli ospedali. 22 febbraio 2005

Low power motion sensor based on microchip technology
A University of Florida engineer has developed a small, easy to manufacture motion sensor that could help popularize the sensors as standard equipment in personal electronics, medical devices and other applications. The sensor which measures about 3 square millimetres is extremely sensitive and draws a tiny amount of power. 21 February 2006

US military electronic healthcare record to be deployed by December 2006
AHLTA, the US military's electronic health record (EHR) is the next- generation system that has global reach and is unrivaled in its complexity and capabilities. When fully deployed by December 2006, it will allow beneficiary health records to be accessed worldwide at any military treatment facility. 21 February 2006

Simple blood monitoring system could save NHS millions and improve surgery
The technology has a proven track record in significantly reducing post-operative death and infections, but the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has ruled that the technology falls outside its remit. 20 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. 17 Februar

Sony launches high-end medical monitor
Sony has introduced its latest medical-grade LCD monitor, the LMD-1950MD. It has a high quality picture with accurate colour reproduction and high resolution. 16 February 2006

Advanced Research Technologies acquires imaging technology of Alerion Biomedical
ART, has acquired the biomarker and contrast media technology for preclinical and clinical imaging devices of US-based Alerion Biomedical, Inc. 16 February 2006

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

GE launches integrated healthcare IT suite
GE Healthcare has unveiled a suite of clinical, financial and business management solutions under the Centricity brand. Its first products resulting from the takeover of IDX. 15 February 2006

Testing method developed to assess safety and health risks of nanomaterials
Nanomaterials are already being used in sporting goods, tyres, stain-resistant clothing, sunscreens, cosmetics, and electronics, but no government or industry regulations exist for this emerging technology. University College Los Angeles (UCLA) has developed a new testing strategy for manufacturers.  15 February 2006

Germany medical technology companies grow 2%
Some 210 member companies of the German medical technology association (BVMed) have recorded an increase in turnover of 2% for 2005, a slight improvement on 2004. 14 February 2006

Salzburg District Hospitals awards Agfa €7m imaging and IT contract
The Salzburger Landeskliniken in Austria has awarded a contract to GWI, a subsidiary of Agfa, to implement its ORBIS hospital information system and radiology information system, as well as Agfa's IMPAX PACS system and computed radiography (CR) equipment. 13 February 2006

Definiens launches automated image analyser for cell-based assays
Definiens has released Cellenger, a set of workflow tools and modular components for cellular image analysis based on cognition software developed for remote sensing. 10 February 2006

Medtronic initiates 50-site study of defibrillator with wireless telemetry
Medtronic has begun the first implants in a trial of its Concerto cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D) with atrial therapies (AT). The study will involve up to 425 patients at approximately 50 sites in Europe, the United States and Japan. 9 February 2006

GE to distribute MP4 remote foetal and maternal monitoring system for PDA
Obstetricians can monitor foetal heart tracings, maternal contraction patterns, and other critical, virtual real-time data from labour and delivery units on their PDAs and mobile phones with the Airstrip OB system. 9 February 2006

Salford Hospital installs NPfIT-compatible reporting system
Salford Royal Hospital NHS Trust has adopted the new management reporting system, HealthData Manager, from System C. It is designed to work both with the current system and the PAS from the NHS National Programme for IT. 7 February 2006

Circulatory support system gains German approval for reimbursement
The governmental authority for healthcare charge reimbursement in Germany (InEK) has granted the highest approval level available for Abiomed's Impella Recover devices. 7 February 2006

Philips introduces two patient-monitor ranges
Royal Philips Electronics has announced two new ranges of patient monitors. The SureSigns VM Series for flexible care and in-hospital transport monitoring and the Avalon line of obstetrical care foetal and maternal monitors. 7 February 2006

Ekips raises $2.9m for development of infrared laser breath analyser
Ekips Technologies gained $2.4 million of equity financing and a $500,000 matching grant from the US National Science Foundation for its Breathmeter. Potential uses included asthma therapy monitoring, kidney function monitoring, and cancer detection.
6 February 2006

Philips wins £100m medical equipment deal at Royal Hospitals, Belfast
Royal Philips Electronics will provide, maintain and replace state-of-the-art medical equipment for monitoring, diagnosing and treating patients in a deal worth over £100m (€173 million) over 15 years. 6 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

Drawing of DNA wrapped round carbon nanotubes and showing response to increase in mercury ion concentrationCarbon nanotubes wrapped in DNA act as optical sensors in cells
The nanotubes can be placed inside living cells and detect trace amounts of harmful contaminants using infrared light. This could lead to new types of subcellular optical sensors. 3 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

Technology adoption easier for German hospitals
The processes for the introduction of medical technology innovations in the German hospital flat-rate reimbursement (DRG) system have been significantly improved and accelerated. 1 February 2006

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