Other headlines:Siemens passes mammography milestoneMerge enhances mammography productSwissray nabs VA contract
GE will bring tools for measuring bone and fat together through a distribution deal between its Lunar Division and Biospace Company. GE Lunar develops and sells bone densitometry equipment, whose x-ray and ultrasound products ping bones to indicate the presence of osteoporosis. Biospace offers InBody230 and InBody720, bioelectric impedance analyzers that measure body fat versus lean mass. The agreement struck by the two companies puts the impedance analyzers in GE Lunar's U.S. product lineup. The combined technologies provide solutions for patient weight and body composition management, according to GE.
Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital became the 1000th owner of a Siemens full-field digital mammography system. The 80-bed hospital in El Dorado, KS, will use the Mammomat Novation DR system in concert with its recently installed Siemens MammoTest biopsy system.
PACS/IT vendor Merge Healthcare has updated its OEM-mammography visualization software, Cedara I-ReadMammo, to support 10-bit medical monitors that display up to 1024 simultaneous levels of gray, about four times the level of 8-bit monitors. The company has also boosted workflow with tools to contour lesions and correlate images. Added features enhance serviceability, performance, and printing. Version 6.5, like those before it, is available in both stand-alone and plug-in versions, offering vendors the choice to incorporate it directly into a PACS viewer or interface with other products.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has joined the Defense Supply Center of Philadelphia as a Swissray International customer. The contract has options that, if exercised, will extend the deal to 2016. It allows any branch of the Department of Defense, VA Medical Centers, or federal government agencies to purchase digital radiography products directly from Swissray.