Last month, GE Medical Systems and Ohio State University announced they will
collaborate to develop an institute where researchers on OSU's Columbus
campus can address imaging issues that cross several medical specialties, including
cardiology, radiology, oncology, and surgery.
GE and OSU signed a master agreement in early April establishing the terms
for technology licensing and research, as well as for the acquisition of GE
imaging equipment by the university (SCAN 5/10/00).
Last July, Philips Medical Systems announced it would partner with the radiology
department at the University of California, San Francisco to explore the emerging
field of MR-guided endovascular work for cardiac, neurological, and whole-body
UCSF has signed a letter of intent to purchase Philips' top-end MR system,
the 1.5-tesla Gyroscan ACS-NT. The ACS-NT is modified for interventional MR
work. Included in the letter of intent is the Integris V5000, Philips'
top-end vascular x-ray system.
The systems will be installed in adjacent rooms that can turn into one interventional
MR and vascular x-ray suite. As part of the agreement, a Philips Tomoscan portable
CT system will also be installed in UCSF's intensive care unit. It can
potentially be used for surgery at the hospital.