Hitachi Medical Systems America has developed a service and support program for its Scenaria SE 64/128 CT system, available as a 64- or 128-slice model. Under Hitachi’s All-Inclusive Service and Support Program, the company provides the CT scanner with 5 years of comprehensive support.
Konica Minolta has unveiled a new version of its Sonimage HS1 ultrasound system, which comes equipped with new features for the point-of-care cardiac ultrasound market. Offering the functionality of a full-sized ultrasound system in a compact size, the handheld Sonimage HS1 is designed for scanning patients at the bedside and in the exam room.
Southwest X-ray in El Paso, Tex, has installed Gamma Medica’s LumaGEM molecular breast imaging system at one of its locations. The imaging center is utilizing the LumaGEM system as a secondary diagnostic tool for inconclusive mammograms in patients with dense breast tissue.
Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett, Ark, has installed Carestream’s new DRX-Excel Plus radiography/fluoroscopy system, making it the first hospital in the United States to do so. The center’s emergency department also houses a Carestream DRX-Evolution and a DRX-Revolution mobile x-ray imaging system.
The FDA has awarded 510(k) clearance to Philips Healthcare’s line of CT products for low-dose lung cancer screening. The product line includes 27 CT and PET/CT models, as well as integrated software and services that work to detect lung cancer—the number one cancer killer in the United States.
Strategic planning is the driving force behind new purchases at a healthcare facility. It's a process that clearly defines an organization’s objectives while incorporating critical analysis of both internal and external factors to determine long-range plans. Strategic planning begins with examining the mission statement of the organization and ends with developing a results-based system of accountability.
Abbott and St Jude Medical have announced a deal for Abbott to acquire St Jude Medical, strengthening Abbott's position in the cardiovascular, diabetes, vision, and neuromodulation markets. The new company will occupy the first or second position across the cardiovascular device markets, with combined annual sales totaling approximately $8.7 billion.
The Compass pressure transducer device from Centurion Medical Products, Williamston, Mich, is designed to enable precise, quantitative pressure measurement for central line insertion, central venous pressure for sepsis management, lumbar puncture opening pressure, and compartment pressure.
Tripp Lite has revealed new charging stations designed to enable high-speed charging, secure storage, and easy deployment of mobile devices in healthcare facilities and other technology-driven environments. Available in both 16- and 32-device models, the stations offer increasing spacing between dividers to fit devices up to 16 inches wide, and can be mounted to a wall, desk, table, counter or floor.
The ECRI Institute Patient Safety Organization (PSO) is partnering with Coastal Insurance Company's Healthcare Improvement Patient Safety Organization (HIPSO) to provide enhanced patient safety services. HIPSO offers a compliant and AHRQ-accredited PSO supplemented with the expertise of ECRI Institute.
Succession planning refers to the process for identifying and developing internal candidates with the potential to fill key leadership positions throughout an organization. According to this approach, leaders are always looking for star performers to cultivate for the next level of responsibility. But if you ask most leaders whether they have identified and helped prepare their replacement, the answer is usually "no."
The Life Scope G9 bedside monitor from Nihon Kohden provides comprehensive parameter observation and can be customized to each patient regardless of health status or care setting. Patient-friendly features include a sleep mode that darkens the bedside screen and integrated 12-lead ECG capability that reduces the need to change electrodes.
Continuing last month's discussion of data packets and the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) reference model, this Networking column focuses on layer 2 of the OSI model and the base portion of network communication: Ethernet. Ethernet can be seen as the most important of all the enclosed packets, in that it needs to pass muster at the data link level where it operates to further communication.
The Affirm prone breast biopsy system from Hologic has received FDA clearance. Offering both 2D and 3D image-guided breast biopsies, Affirm enables radiologists to target lesions found during Hologic’s Genius 3D mammography exams.
The Netherlands Cancer Institute has installed Royal Philips’ 1.5T MR-guided linear accelerator system, the Elekta MR-linac. The system integrates a radiotherapy system and high-field MRI scanner with software that enables clinicians to visualize anatomy in real time.
Fujifilm SonoSite subsidiary Fujifilm VisualSonics has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its Vevo MD ultra-high-frequency ultrasound system. Designed for vascular, musculoskeletal, dermatological, and neonatological applications, the Vevo MD enables clinicians to visualize anatomy within the first 3 cm of the body.
The FDA has cleared Siemens Healthcare’s new GOBrain and Simultaneous Multi-Slice (SMS) MRI applications, which are designed to reduce the time it takes to perform MRI brain exams. The SMS application reduces the time to acquire 2D MR images by as much as eight times.
Toshiba_Aquilion Lightning CTToshiba America Medical Systems has received FDA clearance for its Aquilion Lightning CT system with a 50 kW generator. The Aquilion Lightning—a 16-detector row system designed for volumetric scanning—is an entry-level CT system that saves space without sacrificing technology.
The FDA has issued a 30-day extension for comments on the repair and refurbishment of medical devices by both original equipment manufacturers and third parties, including healthcare organizations. Stakeholders can now submit feedback through June 3.
As Dave Harrington prepares to step away from the 24x7 editorial board, he shares a few thoughts about how the biomed field should prepare itself to manage emerging technologies. It starts, he says, with reviewing technicians' present workload and dumping a good portion of it.