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The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, is the first medical facility in the U.S. to begin operating Siemens' latest CT product, the Somatom Definition Flash. The scanner, unveiled late last year, offers dual-source x-ray beams yet minimizes patient exposure to radiation. A spiral heart scan exposes the patient to less than 1 mSv. Such scans typically expose patients to between 8 mSv and 20 mSv, according to the company. The Flash is also very quick, completing a scan of the entire chest in 0.6 seconds.
Financial statements filed by radiotherapy specialist TomoTherapy for 2008 are wrong and must be corrected. The company notified the Securities and Exchange Commission that its Form 10-K annual report filed March 12 and amended April 1 "should not be relied upon due to errors in such financial statements relating to the accounting for income taxes, including a potential overstatement of the valuation allowance." The company is currently investigating the identified errors and their underlying causes, according to a Form 8-K filing with the SEC. TomoTherapy has informed the SEC that it intends to file an amendment to its 2008 Form 10-K containing restated financial statements for 2008.
Web-based Opal-RAD PACS from Viztek can now acquire, manage, and integrate imaging studies from multiple PACS made by other vendors into a single enterprise work list, automatically sending reports back to the original PACS for storage. This new functionality enables radiology groups reading for multiple facilities and enterprises running multiple PACS to communicate and work with each other as if they were functioning in a single PACS environment, according to the company.
Henry Ford Health System has purchased five more ultrasound scanners made by Zonare and ordered another two. When all are in place, the Detroit-based healthcare system will have an installed base of 11 Zonare scanners.