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July 2005

Computed tomographic colonoscopy can detect cancer outside of colon
The investigation of the colon using computed tomography can detect cancers and other important conditions outside of the colon. Conventional colonoscopy only examines the inside of the colon and would therefore miss these. 28 July 2005

Magnetic resonance spectroscopy improves identification of cancerous breast tumours
A study published in the August issue of Radiology shows that adding spectroscopic analysis to magnetic resonance (MR) imaging increased both the detection rate of cancerous tumours and the success rate of distinguishing benign from malignant tumours. 28 July 2005

Laser and fibre optics could help early cancer detection
A novel technology using an optical fibre to carry laser light into suspicious tissue and performing spectral analysis of the cells, could help detect cancer earlier, without performing invasive biopsies. 27 July 2005

St Jude Medical's remote patient monitoring system receives FDA approval
The new version of software for the St Jude Medical's Housecall Plus remote patient monitoring system has received approval from the United States FDA. The system monitors implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) patients. 21 July 2005

Space Shuttle astronauts' health on space walks monitored with GE technology
The health of the astronauts will be monitored in real time during  space walks using GE Healthcare's advanced monitoring and networking technology. 21 July 2005

PET scans better than CT in detection of vaginal cancer
In patients with vaginal cancer, PET scans detected twice as many primary tumours and cancerous lymph nodes as did CT scans, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. 21 July 2005

Record financial results for GE in second quarter 2005
GE achieved record second-quarter earnings of $4.6 billion, 24% higher than second quarter 2004, on 13% growth in revenues to $41.6 billion, the Company announced on 15 July 2005. First-half cash flow from operating activities (CFOA) of $8.0 billion rose 18%, with CFOA of GE's industrial businesses up 24%. 17 July 2005

Insight into cell metabolism will help interpret PET, MRI scans
By discovering a crucial piece of submicroscopic information about how the brain converts fuel into energy for neurons, Cornell University biophysicists have gleaned new insights into brain cell metabolism that will allow neurologists to better interpret data from such diagnostic tests as PET scans and blood oxygen level dependent functional magnetic resonance imaging (BOLD-fMRI) scans. 13 July 2005

New computer program uses brain scans to assess risk of Alzheimer’s
New York University School of Medicine researchers have developed a brain scan-based computer program that quickly and accurately measures metabolic activity in a key region of the brain affected in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. 13 July 2005

PET scans miss up to eight percent of cancers
Up to 8% of cancerous lesions occur outside the current imaging field. Whole-body scanning using combined PET/CT is needed to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment of cancer. 13 July 2005

Caffeine and exercise can prevent clear PET and CT imaging of heart
Consumption of caffeine before a positron emission tomography (PET) or computed tomography (CT) scan of the heart can increase the amount of chemical tracer in the heart and obscure the images. If a person exercises or drinks coffee before having a PET/CT scan, the heart beats faster, causing more tracer to appear in the heart region, obscuring the view. 13 July 2005

Scotland's support for life sciences and medical technology paying off
Scotland's strategy to build foreign direct investment in life sciences and technology through a comprehensive government, academic and private corporate support infrastructure strategy seems to have paid off after just a few years. 12 July 2005

Roche and GE Healthcare collaborate to develop personalised medicine for Alzheimer's patients
Roche and GE Healthcare, have announced a collaboration aimed at developing personalised care for patients with Alzheimer's disease. In controlled clinical trials, patients taking a Roche anti-amyloid drug candidate for Alzheimer's disease will be monitored clinically for drug response using GE's positron emission tomography (PET) diagnostic imaging agent. 11 July 2005

Roche und GE Healthcare werden personalisierte Medizin für Alzheimer-Patienten erforschen. 11 Juli 2005

Roche e GE Healthcare esploreranno la medicina personalizzata in pazienti affetti dal morbo di Alzheimer. 11 luglio 2005

Roche et GE Healthcare vont explorer la médecine personnalisée pour les patients atteints de la maladie d’Alzheimer. 11 Juillet 2005

Philips to acquire leading US PACS supplier Stentor
Royal Philips Electronics and Stentor Inc. have announced that Philips will acquire Stentor, a leading US PACS supplier. The Merger strengthens Philips' presence in the high-growth healthcare information technology market by enabling it to give a more complete package of products. The geographic reach of Stentor also complements that of Philips. 8 July 2005

Heart monitoring device lets patients record their own ECG
A new handheld monitoring device launched by Trident International Corporation lets patients record their electrocardiogram (ECG) anytime and anywhere. The ReadMyHeart  captures information vital to better cardiovascular disease management n only 30 seconds. 6 July 2005

First implants of Medtronic Adapta pacemaker for slow heart rhythm
Medtronic has started clinical studies to evaluate its Adapta pacemaker in Serbia, Germany and Austria. Within the next year, Medtronic expects to introduce a portfolio of fully automatic pacemakers, the Adapta, Versa, and Sensia, in countries worldwide. 6 July 2005

New Philips MRI research centre targets Alzheimer's and Parkinson's
Philips Medical Systems has opened a new ultra high field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) research centre at its Cleveland facility. The Philips Achieva 7.0T (tesla) research system is aimed at improving MRI capabilities, particularly for the study of degenerative neurological diseases.  6 July 2005

Combined PET/CT scanner from GE brings promise of earlier disease detection
GE Healthcare has introduced the Discovery STE, a new molecular imaging system designed to help doctors detect, diagnose and monitor treatment of cancer and other diseases, including heart disease and neurological disease, more accurately and earlier in the disease process. 5 July 2005

Biofeedback device for improving gait
Andante Medical Devices Ltd has released its first product, SmartStep, to improve the gait of patients undergoing rehabilitation during recovery from  neurological, orthopaedic, and other disorders affecting the lower limb. 5 July 2005

Implantable pain therapy device receives FDA approval
The SynergyPlus+ is the newest "pain pacemaker" to join Medtronic's family of implantable chronic pain therapies. It was designed to give patients more control over the delivery of stimulation that blocks pain signals from reaching the brain while performing a variety of daily activities. 4 July 2005

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