Other headlines: Thinking Systems prepares for SNM meetingGE details EP partnershipsAMS offers new digitizer
A dedicated PET scanner from PhotoDetection Systems of Boxboro, MA, will be unveiled June 13 to 17 at the SNM meeting in Toronto. The NeuroPET scanner, which recently cleared the FDA, is built around wavelength-shifting fiber technology that delivers high spatial resolution even at low doses of 18-F and 11-C tracer, according to the company. Its compact, portable design requires no special site preparation.
PACS and RIS products optimized for molecular imaging will appear in the Thinking Systems booth at the SNM meeting June 13 to 17. The company has upgraded its comprehensive PACS and RIS to support PET/CT and SPECT/CT fusion; nuclear cardiology processing, quantification analysis, and template-driven structured reporting; and general nuclear medicine processing and review.
GE Healthcare is enhancing its electrophysiology (EP) portfolio through new and expanded alliances. Details of the partnerships with Imricor Medical Systems, Steris, and Hansen Medical emerged May 13 to 16 at Heart Rhythm 2009. GE and Imricor Medical Systems are collaborating to develop a radiation-free cardiac EP system, using catheter technologies developed by Imricor based on patent licenses from Johns Hopkins University. Steris, a provider of infection prevention and surgical technologies, is working with GE to optimize the physical layout of the hospital EP lab and to increase efficiency and save space. An expanded agreement with Hansen Medical will integrate GE and Hansen products for the treatment of arrhythmias. The two companies last fall began working on ways to improve workflow in the EP lab using Hansen-developed robotics to position, manipulate, and control catheters.
American Medical Sales has developed a new film digitizer. The product, dubbed Vidar Sierra Advantage, incorporates an LED-illuminator and high-definition CCD detector. It includes many features found on the company's earlier Diagnostic PRO Advantage, but in a smaller package, which can be equipped with an optional automatic 10 film, mixed-size feeder.