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June 2005

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Continuous glucose monitoring can help patients manage type 1 diabetes
Results of a pilot study using Medtronic's Guardian RT Continuous Glucose Monitoring System show participants actively used real-time glucose readings to better control glucose fluctuations. 29 June 2005

Clinical study of Philips' Motiva interactive healthcare system in Rotterdam. 29 June 2005

Study shows viability of monitoring chronic disease patients via interactive TV at home
A pilot study monitoring chronic heart failure patients at home using a set-top box connected to a TV, broadband, and wireless devices has found acceptance by patients and medical staff. The interactive healthcare platform, called Motiva, has been developed by Philips. 29 June 2005

FDA issues notification of recall of Guidant defibrillators and Guidant issues new warnings
The FDA said some Guidant defibrillators can develop an internal short circuit without warning, resulting in failure to deliver a shock when needed. Guidant has said that magnetic switches in other models may become stuck. 26 June 2005

GE reorganisation leaves healthcare division unchanged
General Electric has reorganised its vast business empire from 11 units into 6, but leaves healthcare unchanged, apart from the appointment of new president next year on the retirement of Sir William Castell. 24 June 2005

Siemens takes over development of 'lab on a chip'
Siemens is taking over the development of an award-winning electrochemical biochip from its partners in the project. The transfer to Siemens involves patents, a high-tech biochip lab as well as experts with the know-how of silicon biochip manufacture. 23 June 2005

Philips expects further growth and acquisitions in medical systems
At a meeting with investors and financial analysts on 15 June, Royal Philips Electronics discussed the company's ongoing progress in building a steadily growing Medical Systems division. 21 June 2005

Siemens expands Symbia SPECT-CT range
Siemens Medical Solutions has introduced a new model, the Symbia S to its family of TruePoint SPECT-CT systems at the 2005 Society of Nuclear Medicine Scientific Sessions, held June 18-22 in Toronto, Canada. 21 June 2005

Siemens forms new molecular imaging division after acquisition of CTI
Following the acquisition of CTI Molecular Imaging, the world's leading provider of positron emission technology (PET), Siemens has formed a new division called Siemens Medical Solutions Molecular Imaging, to combine all its nuclear medicine operations. 21 June 2005

New mobile high definition ultrasound system from Philips
Philips has introduced a new low-cost, mobile, high-definition ultrasound system aimed at the basic scanning needs of small office practices, hospitals and clinics. 19 June 2005

Résumé: Philips lance un Système ultrasons HD3 abordable – HD3 : un équipement ergonomique et convivial pour les cabinets médicaux, hôpitaux et cliniques. 19 Juin 2005

Zusammenfassung: Philips führt bezahlbares HD3-Ultraschall-System ein. 19 Juni 2005

Riassunto: Philips introduce un economico sistema ad ultrasuoni HD3. HD3 è di facile utilizzo e presenta un design economico per uffici, ospedali e cliniche. 19 Giugno 2005

Trials show no advantage in digital mammography over traditional film X-rays
A new technology assessment report says that digital mammography provides no clear-cut improvements over traditional film X-rays in the ability to detect cases of breast cancer. It does, however, offer other benefits, including slightly lower radiation doses for patients. 19 June 2005

Magnetic resonance imaging can help predict recurrence of breast cancer
A US study of breast cancer patients has found that measurement of breast tumour volume before, during and after chemotherapy using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can help predict whether a patient’s cancer will return. 19 June 2005

CT screening reduces need for appendectomy
A study of appendectomy patients at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston, USA has shown that, since the advent of CT screening five years ago, the negative appendectomy rate has dropped from 20% to 3%. 19 June 2005

Finnish project to develop surgical robot compatible with magnetic resonance imaging
A research project led by Professor Janne Heikkilä of the University of Oulu is developing a surgical robot that will make it possible to operate on a patient during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The powerful magnetic fields generated by MRI scanners mean that iron-bearing materials such as steel cannot be used in the robot. 17 June 2005

Finnish University to acquire pre-clinical imaging system from Gamma Medica
The University of Kuopio has ordered a dual modality SPECT/CT system. It will be housed in the University's Department of Biomedical Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), part of the A.I. Virtanen Institute (AIVI) for Molecular Sciences. 15 June 2005

Dräger Medical generates revenues of over €1 billion for the first time
According to Dr. Wolfgang Reim, CEO of Dräger Medical, the subgroup’s successive growth in 2004 is attributable to the consistent efforts it has made to globalize operations and bolster its international presence. 14 June 2005

Agfa launches new operating model and appoints country manager for German-speaking market
After the strategic acquisition earlier this year of GWI AG, to add hospital information systems to its portfolio of products, Agfa has announced its operating model in the German, Austrian and Swiss market. 12 June 2005

Agfa acquires remaining shares of Italian RIS supplier Med2Rad. 12 June 2005

Agfa concludes acquisition of Heartlab
Agfa-Gevaert has concluded the acquisition of cardiology systems supplier Heartlab, after complying with regulatory requirements. The transaction price consists of $132.5 million USD / 106.5 million euros. 12 June

McKesson sees strong momentum in medical imaging solutions
McKesson has announced that it has signed a record 28 new customers for its medical imaging solutions since January. The company also said that it had completed 15 installations in the same time period. 10 June 2005

R2 introduces smarter CAD algorithm and workflow for mammography products. 10 June 2005

Combined MRI and X-ray mammography best way to detect breast cancer
Annual screening, using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and X-ray mammography, is the best way to detect breast cancer in women that have a high genetic risk of the disease, say researchers at The Institute of Cancer Research, London. 10 June 2005

Multislice Computed Tomography shows promise for noninvasive detection of coronary artery disease. 10 June 2005

Shock wave therapy gives remarkable results in wound healing and curing myocardial diseases
Extracorporeal shock wave therapy has demonstrated impressive results not only in orthopaedics and traumatology, but also in treating fresh and chronic wounds as well as circulatory disorders of the myocardial muscle. 9 June 2005

Mobile phone use and brain tumours: is there a connection?
Over the past 15 years, there has been growing concern about this possibility. Part of this concern stems from the fact that there are over one billion mobile phone subscribers worldwide, and the number is increasing. 9 June 2005

New cardiovascular imaging system introduced by GE Healthcare
GE Healthcare's new Innova(R) 2100IQ will enhance clinicians' ability to diagnose and treat heart disease and enable more precise placement of interventional devices such as stents, balloons and filters. 2 June 2005

GE's next-generation CT scanner gives rapid imaging of blood vessels in brain and aids stroke diagnosis
GE Healthcare's LightSpeed VCT, is being used to image the brains of stroke patients at University of Michigan Health System (U-M). Its speed and resolution enable rapid examination of blood vessels in the brain (perfusion studies), to provide information to help make an accurate and timely diagnosis of stroke, and to help determine the extent of stroke damage. 2 June 2005

IVMD announces commercial agreement on new diagnostic product for schizophrenia
In Veritas has signed a commercial agreement on a joint project with The Ness Foundation, to develop a low cost, non-invasive diagnostic product for the early and effective detection of mental illness. 2 June 2005


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