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GE Healthcare introduces world's first volumetric PET/CT System
The new Discovery VCT is the world's first true 64-slice combination positron emission tomography and volume computed tomography (PET/CT) system for cardiac imaging applications, says GE. 30 November 2005

Duravest acquires controlling interest in Bio-Magnetic Therapy Systems
BMTS is a German-US medical technology firm dedicated to the safe, non-invasive treatment of osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and orthopedic injuries using its "Pulsed Signal Therapy" (PST) system. 30 November 2005

Toshiba launches differential tissue harmonic imaging and 4D imaging for ultrasound systems
Toshiba America Medical Systems introduced its newest innovations in ultrasound at RSNA2005 in Chicago this week — expanded differential tissue harmonic imaging (DTHI) for the Aplio and 4D imaging for the Xario ultrasound systems. 30 November 2005

Dräger Medical and Masimo Corporation introduce new pulse oximetry technology
The Masimo SET SpO2 SmartPod pulse oximetry technology for Dräger Infinity patient monitors was unveiled at Medica 2005 mid November. 30 November 2005

Mercury marks 1000th installation of Visage PACS in NW Wales NHS Trust
Installed in September 2005, the PACS is integrated into the existing Radiology Information System at the Trust, enabling all departments at nine hospitals to have online access to medical image data and reports in real time. 30 November 2005

Siemens Medical Solutions to distribute Nucletron oncology system worldwide
Dutch company Nucletron BV and Siemens Medical Solutions have announced a worldwide distribution agreement for Nucletron's  Oncentra MasterPlan. 30 November 2005

Siemens leads the way in molecular medicine, says Reinhardt
Siemens has assumed a leadership role in the evolution of molecular medicine through the allocation of significant resources for research and development and its strategic partnerships. said Dr. Erich Reinhardt, President and CEO of Siemens Medical Solutions. 29 November 2005

AMICAS showcases web-based zero-install PACS for Blackberry
AMICAS debuted at RSNA2005 its new Vision Reach software system that integrates radiology reports with images (from PACS) to  create a single "multi-media" report that can be emailed to any Blackberry-type device. 29 November 2005

Terason launches t3000 laptop-based ultrasound system
It is based upon proprietary Teratech Architecture and runs as a Windows application on a standard laptop computer. 29 November 2005

Medtronic revenues $2.8 billion in second quarter, up 15%
Medtronic, Inc. has announced record revenues for the quarter ended October 28, 2005 of $2.765 billion, a 15% increase over the $2.400 billion recorded in the second quarter of fiscal year 2005. 25 November 2005

Design change can reduce MRI-induced heating in implanted devices
Relatively minor manufacturing design modifications made to implanted medical device leads can substantially decrease MRI-induced heating risks, according to a study published in Magnetic Resonance Imaging. 24 November 2005

Instar to introduce radiology information system at RSNA 2005
InStar Systems International will introduce its next-generation radiology information system, RIS NET, at the Radiological Society of North America's annual congress. 24 November 2005

Siemens and Dräger Medical extend partnership for hospital systems
Siemens will provide expertise in wireless network planning and customer service. Dräger Medical will provide patient monitoring and clinical applications for the acute point of care. 24 November 2005

Faroese hospital chooses Sectra PACS
The hospital in the Faeroe Islands has chosen Swedish company Sectra to provide a digital picture archiving and communications system (PACS) for managing medical images and a radiology information system (RIS) for managing patient information. 22 November

Deep brain stimulation of locomotor region can help Parkinson's sufferers
The part of the brain that plays an important role in the initiation and maintenance of walking behaviour can be safely stimulated to improve postural stability and gait, according to a recent NeuroReport article. 21 November 2005

Siemens launches new generation of ultrasound systems
Siemens presented a new generation of fully digital ultrasound systems with advanced imaging functions at this year's Medica in Dusseldorf last week. 21 November 2005

Ultrasound probe for imaging and ablating heart tissue in development
Engineers from the Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University, are developing technology that could lead to the use of ultrasound waves both to visualize the heart's interior in three dimensions and then selectively destroy heart tissue with heat to correct arrhythmias. 18 November 2005

First study of cardiac resynchronization therapy using ultrasound and CT
The Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in California will use a Toshiba  ultrasound system in conjunction with a 64-slice computerised tomography system to assess outcomes following cardiac resynchronization therapy. 18 November 2005

Nottingham MRI installation marks Philips' 50th in Europe
Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, U.K. has installed a Philips Achieva 3.0T MRI whole-body scanner. It will be used for routine clinical applications including neurological, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and orthopaedic imaging. 18 November 2005.

Remote cardiac monitoring network  reaches 50,000 patients
The Medtronic CareLink Network has enrolled 50,000 patients and registered over 120,000 data downloads since its launch in 2002. The system allows patients to receive expert medical advice from their physician while at home or travelling. 18 November 2005

Non-invasive blood glucose monitoring device shows positive results in trials
Israeli start-up company Glucon announced the recent trial results of its flagship product, Aprise, a continuous, non-invasive, glucose monitoring device. Results were  presented at Medica this week. 18 November 2005

Siemens launches low cost X-ray unit at Medica
Siemens Medical Solutions showcased a new X-ray unit that gives high quality diagnostics for practices with limited budgets. Known as Multix Swing, the system is aimed at medical practices headed by radiologists, surgeons and orthopaedists. 17 November 2005

Xograph’s dental imaging solution installed at BMI Chaucer Hospital
Xograph Imaging Systems has installed a Planmeca Proline XC dental X-ray system into the BMI Chaucer Hospital in Canterbury, England. This is the first installation of Planmeca’s newest model into a UK Hospital. 17 November 2005

Johnson & Johnson and Guidant Corporation come to agreement over reduced Guidant acquisition value
Johnson & Johnson and Guidant Corporation have announced that they have entered into a revised agreement by which Johnson & Johnson will acquire Guidant for a net $19 billion. 16 November 2005

New algorithms may help predict risk of sudden cardiac death
GE Healthcare has announced that the company has developed two new algorithms that when inputted with ambulatory electrocardiography (ECG) data have been shown to help predict if a person is at risk for sudden cardiac death. 16 November 2005

Patient-centric strategy crucial for EU Healthcare
Health First Europe (HFE) outlined a series of recommendations to contribute to a debate on the challenges and the future of healthcare in the EU at the annual Open Health Forum held by the European Commission. 16 November 2005

CT image of heart captured in five beats
A study conducted at the at Centre Cardiologique de Nord in France has shown that the LightSpeed VCT computed tomography scanner, can capture images of the human heart in as few as five beats. This can help physicians improve the success rate of coronary CT imaging when compared with scan durations of 10 seconds or longer. 15 November 2005

Real-time monitoring and feedback improves cardiopulmonary resuscitation delivery
Verbal and visual feedback improves the quality of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) delivered by paramedics and emergency medical technicians, according to the findings of a study announced by Royal Philips Electronics, in partnership with Laerdal. 15 November 2005

Health systems worldwide unsustainable, says PwC
Faced with rapidly rising costs, diminished resources and growing demands, health systems around the world are under siege and many will be unsustainable within 15 years unless fundamental change occurs, according to a survey of 700 health leaders by PricewaterhouseCoopers. 15 November 2005

SonoSite improves cardiology capabilities of MicroMaxx ultrasound System
SonoSite has enhanced the imaging capabilities of its new handheld ultrasound system the MicroMaxx. It has added two new cardiology transducers for pediatric cardiology imaging and the for non-imaging, continuous wave Doppler to provide improved access to obtain peak velocities within the heart. 14 November 2005

Drug-eluting stent sales stimulate growth in the European interventional cardiology market
The European market for interventional cardiology generated over $1.4 billion in 2004, and will sustain a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) exceeding 7% over the next 5 years, according to a new report by Millennium Research Group (MRG). 13 November 2005

Guidant moves to bolster market confidence
Guidant announced the establishment of a Design for Reliability Team last week and published an updated Cardiac Rythm Management Product Performance Report that provides confirmed failure details by product family. The share price rose steadily over the week. 13 November 2005

Next-generation surgical robot for therapeutic radiology unveiled
Accuray has launched the latest generation of its intelligent robotic radiosurgery system, CyberKnife. It combines  image-guidance technology and computer-controlled robotics to deliver sub-millimetre radiosurgery. 13 November 2005

Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre installs world's first room-size MRI scanner
The Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre (NOC) in Oxford, England, is installing MR imaging unit, the Fonar 360. Its first applications will be orthopaedic MR imaging and the development of MR image guided intraoperative techniques for surgery of the spine and other orthopaedic structures. 12 November 2005

MRI specialist Fonar records 60% drop in revenue
MRI scanner manufacturer FONAR Corporation, reported revenues of $10.2m for the first quarter of fiscal 2006 (ending 30 Sept), compared to $25.1m for the same period of fiscal 2005. 12 November 2005

Medical technology has vital role in preventing flu pandemic
A wide range of medical technology products, ranging from masks to pulse oximeters, will play a vital role in dealing with any flu pandemic, according to industry association AdvaMed. 11 November 2005

Siemens Medical Solutions shows strong gains while overall income falls
Siemens has announced a fall in profits from €3405 billion to €2248 billion for the 2005 financial year, and a more drastic fall of 88% to €77 million for the fourth quarter, compared to 2004. Siemens Medical Solutions division, however, showed an 8% rise in earnings. 11 November 2005

Nanotechnology power source for implantable medical devices wins award
Biophan Technologies has been awarded a "Best of the Best" award from Nanotech Briefs magazine for a nanomaterial-based biothermal power source. The biothermal power source converts body heat into electricity to power implantable medical devices. 11 November 2005

Cardiac Science reports net loss in first quarter after merger
Cardiac Science Corporation reported a net loss of $0.6 million for the third quarter, ending 30 Sept 2005. Reported revenue for the third quarter increased by 22% to $27.4 million, due principally to the effect of the merger with Quinton Cardiology Systems. 9 November 2005

Guidant reports 14% fall in sales for third quarter
Guidant Corporation has reported third quarter 2005 sales of $795 million, representing a sales decline of $130 million or 14% versus 2004. 9 November 2005

Guidant sues Johnson & Johnson to force takeover. 9 November 2005

Guidant faces new lawsuits
US law firm Stull, Stull & Brody has announced that it has launched a class action lawsuit Guidant Corp over alleged violation of the Securities Exchange Act. 9 November 2005

GE takeover of IDX gets go-ahead. 9 November 2005

Johnson & Johnson $25.4bn takeover of Guidant in doubt as Guidant faces lawsuits
Only days after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) conditionally approved the merger it seems the deal may be in doubt. The company's share price has fallen drastically as it is facing lawsuits, including from New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. 6 November 2005

Oncology information system for paperless and filmless cancer clinics
The ARIA Oncology Information Management System, is a new real-time management system and database product from Varian Medical Systems for operating filmless and paperless cancer clinics that offer radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and/or surgery. 5 November 2005

GE Healthcare and Volcano Corporation to develop cath lab with X-ray and ultrasound
The two companies will collaborate to develop a digital cardiovascular imaging system with fully integrated X-ray and intravascular ultrasound imaging (IVUS) capabilities. This is intended to give interventional cardiologists a clear view of coronary and peripheral vessel morphology for therapeutic procedures such as stent placement. 5 November 2005

Point-of-care I.V. medication management solution launched by Cerner and Hospira
The solution integrates the Hospira MedNet intraveinous medication management system with Cerner's bar code point-of-care (BPOC) system, CareGuard. It uses wireless technology to connect bedside medical devices to hospital IT systems and can eliminate the need to manually enter medications, doses and infusion rates, thereby reducing opportunities for clinical errors. 4 November 2005

Varian Medical Systems reports strong growth
Varian Medical Systems has reported a 12% growth in annual revenue to $1.4bn for fiscal year 2005. Strong demand for advanced radiation therapy products and filmless X-ray imaging components contributed to a year of strong growth in net earnings, revenues, and net orders, and another record year-ending backlog. 4 November 2005

New resource on robotic radiosurgery
The CyberKnife Society Press has published Robotic Radiosurgery — Volume 1, which it claims is the most extensive and well-documented publication ever created on the topic of robotic stereotactic radiosurgery. 3 November 2005

Strong patient support for new medical technologies in doctor's surgery
A survey by Wall Street Journal Online/Harris Interactive Health-Care Poll shows that the vast majority of US adults are in favour of new technologies in doctors' practices and many believe they will reduce the costs or improve the quality of medical care.
3 November 2005

ConMed introduces multifunction electrodes
ConMed Corporation has introduced PadPro, a comprehensive range of multifunction electrodes used in critical care and minimally invasive procedures. 1 November 2005

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