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May 2008

Cryotherapy option for prostate cancer treatment 
Galil Medical has announced that the American Urological Association has introduced clinical guidelines with best practice statements for prostate cryotherapy. 23 May 2008

Airedale hospital uses Wi-Fi-based location system to track IV pumps
Airedale NHS Trust in West Yorkshire, England, is deploying a real-time location system (RTLS) using from Ekahau to streamline the workflow and improve availability of intravenous (IV) pumps. 23 May 2008

Heart experts issue guidance on management on implantable cardiac devices
The Heart Rhythm Society and the European Heart Rhythm Association have issued an 'expert consensus' on the monitoring of cardiovascular implantable electronic devices to ensure that these life-saving devices are managed properly and patients receive the best possible care. 22 May 2008

UK Health Protection Agency to study health effects of MRI scanners
The UK Health Protection Agency has announced its intention to study the potential harmful effects on patients and medical staff of the high magnetic fields generated by magnetic resonance imaging machines.22 May 2008

Identification of prostate cancer genes opens door to new treatments
For the first time researchers have identified the genetic profile of prostate cancer stem cells. The study by the YCR Cancer Research Unit at the University of York, England, and Pro-cure Therapeutics Ltd, could lead to new ways for treating the cancer. 22 May 2008

GE Healthcare adds M*Modal's speech understanding technology to radiology reporting
GE Healthcare has announced a partnership agreement with M*Modal to integrate its advanced speech understanding solutions into GE's Centricity radiology information system reporting module. 21 May 2008

Remote monitoring of pacemaker patients improves detection of serious events
Remote monitoring of pacemaker patients via the Medtronic CareLink Network detected clinically actionable events more quickly than routine follow-up care of transtelephonic monitoring and in-office visit, according to a study presented last week at the Heart Rhythm 2008 congress. 21 May 2008

Sorin Group to use Greatbatch’s MRI-safe technology in cardiac devices
The Sorin Group has announced that it intends to use technology from Greatbatch Inc to accelerate its programme to make its cardiac rhythm management (CRM) systems MRI compatible. 21 May 2008

NDS Surgical Imaging introduces new visualisation technologies for endoscopic surgery
NDS Surgical Imaging (NDSsi) has introduced new visualisation technologies for surgical and endoscopy suites, including a new touch-screen display and backlit surgical display. 21 May 2008

Australian Safety Agency orders Elekta Synergy for radiation calibration
The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) has ordered an Elekta linear accelerator for benchmarking physics measurements. 21 May 2008

Olympus Medical to market Spiration's pulmonary device in Europe
Olympus Medical Systems Corp. and Spiration, Inc. have signed an agreement granting Olympus exclusive marketing and distribution rights in 43 European countires for Spiration’s IBV Valve System. 21 May 2008

Obesity may increase risk of dementia and Alzheimer's
A study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health of published research has found a consistent relationship between adult obesity and dementia and its clinical subtypes such as Alzheimer's. 21 May 2008

Boston Scientific to sponsor world diabetes day campaign
Boston Scientific Corporation has become an official sponsor of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) World Diabetes Day (14 November 2008) campaign, which is part of the Federation's global fight against the disease. 18 May 2008

Touch Bionics acquires Livingskin
Scottish company Touch Bionics, developer of the i-Limb bionic hand, has acquired Livingskin, the company that produces the lifelike prosthetic skin that is already used to cover the hand. 18 May 2008

Philips releases new version of Xcelera cardiology system
Royal Philips Electronics has begun shipping version 2.2 of its Xcelera cardiology image management, analysis and reporting solution. The new version offers enhanced functionality and greater workflow efficiency, giving improved support for imaging studies and data from key cardiac subspecialties. 18 May 2008

Bridgehead Consulting completes due diligence study for Tyrell Inc
Bridgehead International recently completed an independent due diligence study on Tyrell Inc. as part of a fundraising programme. Tyrell Inc. develops medical devices for the treatment of skin lesions. 18 May 2008

Danish and Dutch hospitals first in Europe to use Varian's RapidArc radiotherapy
Cancer patients at Copenhagen’s Rigshospitalet and Amsterdam’s VU University medical centre have benefited from Varian's advanced form of intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT). 18 May 2008

Newborns’ heart rates altered by incubator electromagnetic fields 
The electromagnetic fields produced by incubators alter newborns’ heart rates, according to a study conducted at the University of Sienna, Italy. 18 May 2008.

Agfa introduces cardiology solution for lesion follow-up
The solution will be part of the company's IMPAX Cardiovascular system for integrated data and image management in cardiology and will allow clinicians to focus on the lesion follow-up history. 15 May 2008

Microphone replaces catheter for detecting benign prostatic enlargement
The sound of urinary flow detected using a microphone placed behind the scrotum can measure the resistance placed on the urethra by an enlarged prostate. 15 May 2008

Open access journal on urology and urologic oncology launched
UroToday Inc. has launched UroToday International Journal (UIJ), a new online, peer-reviewed, fast-tracked urology and urologic oncology publication. 15 May 2008

Interventional imaging system installed at Bradford Royal Infirmary
Bradford Royal Infirmary in northern England has installed a ceiling mounted Artis zee from Siemens. It will primarily be used for embolisations, endovascular aneurysm repairs, angiograms, angioplasty and fistulas. 15 May 2008

Sandvik acquires UK medical instrument company Eurocut
Sandvik Materials Technology has acquired UK medical technology company Eurocut Ltd, manufacturer of medical instruments and implants for the orthopaedic sector. 14 May 2008

GE to supply Merck with molecular imaging agent for respiratory drug development
GE Healthcare has signed a non-exclusive agreement with Merck & Co., Inc. to share Spin Signal Technology (SST) utilizing hyperpolarized Xenon 129 gas, a molecular imaging agent that can provide high speed, quantitative imaging of the lung using MRI. 14 May 2008

Siemens and LabCorp to co-develop clinical diagnostic tests
Siemens Healthcare and Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (LabCorp) have announced that they are exploring possibilities to co-develop new clinical diagnostic tests in the areas of companion diagnostics, metabolic syndrome, oncology and diabetes. 12 May

Volcano Corp announces first human use of imaging catheter
The OCT imaging platform provides high-resolution images in the 10-15 micron range, opening the door for new applications to complement both IVUS and angiography. 12 May

Boston Scientific announces EU and US approval of new pacemakers
Boston Scientific Corporation has announced US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and CE Mark approval of its Altrua family of pacemakers. 12 May

Dräger adds new ventilator to Oxylog family
The Oxylog 2000 plus is the newest member of the Oxylog family of emergency and transport ventilators from Dräger Medical b.v. The device is specifically designed for ambulance services and emergency departments. 9 May

Hospira acquires point-of-care technology company Sculptor
Hospira Inc. has acquired Sculptor Developmental Technologies, a producer of barcode systems for medicines management. 9 May

vision4health acquires Molis lab system from Sysmex
Swiss diagnostics software company vision4health has acquired the Molis laboratory information system division from the Japanese Sysmex Group. 9 May

Computer simulation of surgery to reduce implant complications
A computer simulation breakthrough could mean fewer medical complications and better surgical outcomes for patients undergoing hip, knee or spinal implant surgery. The EU-funded OrthoSim project has developed a platform that could significantly reduce the risk of post-op complications, as well as provide a means for testing new implant devices. 8 May 2008

Mobilis launches compact ultrasound scanners in UK
Medical equipment and services provider Mobilis Healthcare has introduced a range of low cost portable ultrasound scanners into the UK market. 8 May 2008

Picis launches total perioperative automation solution in Europe
Picis has announced the European launch of Picis Total Perioperative Automation suite of products for managing care through every aspect of surgery. 8 May 2008

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