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Varian acquires contouring software


Other headlines: SonoSite teaches via iPhoneContext Vision snags new client

Varian acquires contouring software

Varian Medical Systems has acquired the assets of Houston-based IKOEmed and IKOEtech, privately owned suppliers of software used in the planning of radiotherapy and radiosurgery treatments. Of greatest interest to Varian is IKOE software that cuts in half the time needed to contour radiotherapy treatment planning. The multinational provider of radiation oncology products is paying about $2.2 million for this tool and other assets, but the final cost of the acquisition may rise, depending on the achievement of specified milestones, according to Varian.

SonoSite teaches via iPhone

SonoSite is providing its multimedia library of ultrasound resource materials over the iPhone. The company's SonoAccess is an iPhone or iPod touch-interactive application designed for continuing education in emergency medicine, critical care, and anesthesia. Other specialties will be added soon. Users can access high-quality instructional videos, case studies and reimbursement guides, nearly 100 clinical reference images, and news feeds on SonoAccess.

Context Vision snags new client

ContextVision has signed a contract to implement its interventional radiology imaging software, GOPView iRVPlus, on products made by a "global manufacturer of interventional radiology equipment." The company, whose name ContextVision cannot publicly disclose, is described as a provider of "stationary interventional radiology machines." Its image-enhancement software will be available on the end products shipped later this year. Released at RSNA 2008, GOPView iRVPlus enhances image enough that radiation dose can be cut by more than one third, according to ContextVision, minimizing both patient and medical staff exposure during a procedure.

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