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According to analysts at technology market research firm Technavio, the global portable ultrasound market is predicted to grow at a compound annual growth grate of 8.74% from 2014 to 2019, largely due to an increasing geriatric population. Portable ultrasound devices are lighter and smaller than conventional ultrasound machines, and can be used at point of contact and operated on battery power.
The American College of Clinical Engineering has released the schedule for its 2015-2016 educational webinar series. The 10 sessions offer educational opportunities each month on a range of topics, and will run on Thursdays from September 10, 2015 through June 9, 2016, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time).
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Cadex Electronics has announced the appointment of David Oliver as director of product sales and marketing. Oliver has international experience on four continents across business and channel development, marketing, and project management.
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Temple University Health System and GE Healthcare have signed a value-based radiology services collaboration agreement. The 7-year collaboration targets $39 million in operational savings enabled by new technology and industry best practices.
Zonare ZS3 System
Zonare announced it recently installed its 7.0 upgrade for 50% of its ZS3 ultrasound system customer base in North America. The 7.0 upgrade consists of software and hardware enhancements and is covered for free under the 5-year guarantee for ZS3 owners.
Accuray Incorporated announced it has received a multi-system order from 21st Century Oncology for one CyberKnife M6 and four TomoHDA systems, devices used worldwide to provide precise radiation treatments for cancerous and noncancerous tumors throughout the body.
Agfa HealthCare recently demonstrated its Enterprise Imaging for Cardiology at the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2015 in London. The company reports that its unified imaging platform improves interoperability, and enables a comprehensive patient health record across departments within a single facility or between multiple facilities.
Carestream DRX detectors
Carestream Health has announced the release and FDA clearance of its third generation of DRX detectors, designed to be faster and lighter than previous generations and offer more features for higher productivity and improved image quality. The new Carestream DRX Plus 3543 and DRX Plus 3543C detectors are available in the United States and Europe.
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Over the last 2 months, 24x7 readers took a break from their summer vacations to chime in on a number of important issues. Among the topics that most engaged readers were the challenges of CE-IT convergence, Stephen Grimes' recent article on the dangers of complacency in the HTM field, and GE's plans to partner with hospital C-suites.
AAMI will hold a virtual town hall meeting on September 17 to discuss the impact of a recent FCC ruling to open part of the wireless spectrum used for patient monitoring systems to unlicensed devices. The decision has generated concern in the healthcare community that potential interference could endanger patients.
Greatbatch has signed a $1.7 billion deal to acquire Lake Region Medical, a maker of products for the cardio, vascular, and advanced surgical markets. The agreement will create one of the largest medical device OEM suppliers in the world serving the cardiac, neuromodulation, vascular, orthopedic, and advanced surgical markets.
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ECRI Institute has debuted a new robotic surgery planning service designed to help hospitals and health systems navigate the complexities of robotic surgery by providing evidence-based guidance, surgical caseload assessment, and unbiased purchasing recommendations.
According to a new study by Hexa Research, the global market for portable x-ray and CT scan devices is predicted to grow at a compound annual growth grate of 7.5% from 2013 to 2020. The demand for portable scanning devices will be driven by growing cases of accidents and health conditions among the aging population, necessitating orthopedic, cardiovascular, or brain-related investigations.
Hospira Inc, an Illinois-based provider of injectable drugs, safety-focused medication management systems and infusion technologies, announced the launch and first installation of its Plum 360 smart pump infusion system with Hospira MedNet for improved safety of drug delivery.
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Change is an inevitable part of the healthcare industry, and of life. Last month, it came to 24x7 when John Bethune stepped down after more than 2 years at the magazine’s helm. Jenny Lower has replaced him as chief editor after previously serving as the magazine's associate editor and managing editor.
GE Healthcare Discovery CT
GE Healthcare announced that its low dose computed tomography (CT) lung cancer screening option is cleared by the FDA for lung cancer screening, and can be used with most of the company's qualified 16-slice CT scanner systems.
Ascendian Healthcare, a national healthcare IT consultancy, partnered with Yuma Regional Medical Center to optimize the organization’s enterprise imaging information systems and operations for improved patient care and healthcare information technology.
SuperSonic Aixplorer ultrasound system
SuperSonic Imagine, a company based in Aix-en-Provence, France, that specializes in ultrasound medical imaging, has announced the installation of its Aixplorer ultrasound system at the Agostino Gemelli Teaching Hospital in Rome, Italy. According to SuperSonic, the Aixplorer will be used in the hospital's Internal Medicine & Gastroenterology department, primarily for the assessment of chronic liver disease.
According to a market report from Kalorama Information, an industry intelligence provider, the world market for ultrasound systems will continue to grow until the year 2018, driven by technological advances in ultrasound that make it more affordable and portable.
DRX-Evolution Plus
Carestream Health announced that the Carestream DRX-Evolution Plus, its newest DRX digital imaging system, has software and hardware enhancements that help expedite complex medical imaging exams and support future advanced imaging applications.