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Siemens’ New Artis Q and Artis Q.zen Angiography Systems

Siemens’ New Artis Q and Artis Q.zen Angiography Systems

Siemens’ New Artis Q and Artis Q.zen Angiography Systems

Siemens Healthcare has developed a revolutionary new X-ray tube and detector technology for its Artis Q and Artis Q.zen angiography systems to improve minimally invasive therapy of diseases such as coronary artery disease, stroke and cancer. In both the Artis Q and Artis Q.zen series, the new X-ray tube can help to identify small vessels up to 70 percent better than conventional X-ray tube technology. The Artis Q.zen combines this innovative X-ray source with a new detector technology that supports interventional imaging in ultra-low-dose ranges. This protects patients, doctors and medical staff, especially during longer interventions. With these new developments, presented for the first time at the 98th Congress of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), Siemens Healthcare has once again demonstrated its innovative strength and market competitiveness as part of its Agenda 2013 global Sector initiative.

Siemens presents new product lines for angiography: The Artis Q and Artis Q.zen introduce groundbreaking new X-ray tube and detector technology

Two hardware components are crucial for angiographic image quality: the X-ray tube and the detector. The X-rays emitted by the tube pass through the patient and hit the detector, which converts them to image signals.

The second generation of Siemens’ flat emitter technology is key to the advances made in the X-ray tube for the Artis Q and Artis Q.zen product lines. Instead of the coiled filaments used in conventional X-ray tubes, flat emitter technology is used exclusively in the new tube to emit electrons. Flat emitters enable smaller quadratic focal spots that lead to improved visibility of small vessels by up to 70 percent. Both physicians and patients benefit from a high level of detail in imaging-supported interventional therapy. Neurologists can more precisely measure the blood circulation in specific areas of the brain, for example; while stenoses in the heart’s smallest blood vessels can be spotted in coronary angiography.

Examinations using ultra-low dose radiation

The Artis Q.zen series combines the X-ray tube with a detector technology that allows detection at ultra-low radiation levels. Artis Q.zen imaging can use doses as low as half the usual levels normally applied in angiography. This improvement is the result of several innovations, including a fundamental change in detector technology. Until now, almost all detectors have been based on amorphous silicon. The new crystalline silicon structure of the Artis Q.zen detector is more homogenous, allowing for more effective amplification of the signal, greatly reducing the electronic noise even at ultra-low doses.

The Artis Q.zen was developed to support better imaging quality at ultra-low-dose ranges, reducing the radiation exposure of patients, physicians, and medical staff. This is especially important in dose-sensitive application fields such as pediatric cardiology and radiology, or electrophysiology, which is being used on more and more patients as rates of cardiac arrhythmia increase in an aging population.

Innovative applications for interventional imaging

In addition to the hardware innovations are several software applications that improve interventional imaging. In coronary artery disease treatment, the applications allow precise correlation of angiography images with ultrasound images taken by a probe inside the coronary arteries. Stents are imaged in real-time during therapy, with motion stabilization created by simultaneous correction for the heartbeat.

Other new 3D applications can image the smallest structures inside the head. Their high spatial resolution is crucial for imaging intracranial stents or other miniscule structures, such as the cochlea in the inner ear. Moving organs such as the lungs can be imaged in 3D in less than 3 seconds, reducing the number of motion artifacts and the amount of contrast agent required. Through visualization and measurement of blood volumes in the liver or other organs, Siemens’ functional 3D imaging provides a basis for planning therapies such as chemo-embolization of hepatic tumors.

Launched in November 2011 by the Siemens Healthcare Sector, “Agenda 2013″ is a two-year global initiative to further strengthen the Healthcare Sector’s innovative power and competitiveness. Specific measures will be implemented in four fields of action: Innovation, Competitiveness, Regional Footprint, and People Development.

Press photos for the Artis Q and Artis Q.zen will be available at: www.siemens.com/healthcare-pictures/Artis-Q

The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world’s largest suppliers to the healthcare industry and a trendsetter in medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, medical information technology and hearing aids. Siemens offers its customers products and solutions for the entire range of patient care from a single source – from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, and on to treatment and aftercare. By optimizing clinical workflows for the most common diseases, Siemens also makes healthcare faster, better and more cost-effective. Siemens Healthcare employs some 51,000 employees worldwide and operates around the world. In fiscal year 2012 (to September 30), the Sector posted revenue of 13.6 billion euros and profit of 1.8 billion euros. For further information please visit: http://www.siemens.com/healthcare

The products/features (here mentioned) are not commercially available in all countries. Due to regulatory reasons their future availability cannot be guaranteed. Please contact your local Siemens organization for further details.

Siemens has unveiled two new angiography systems at RSNA in Chicago that feature brand new X-ray tubes and detectors that together produce a substantially higher spatial resolution over previous generation systems. brain drainage stent Siemens New Artis Q and Artis Q.zen Angiography SystemsThe new systems allow neuro and cardiac surgeons to visualize small vessels with greater precision during interventional procedures and provide options for radiation dose reduction where the absolute best possible imaging is not necessary.

As an example of what is possible with the new angiography systems, Siemens was showing off an image of an implanted neuro drainage stent that’s about the width of a human hair. Pretty remarkable if you ask us.

More from Siemens:

Instead of the coiled filaments used in conventional X-ray tubes, flat emitter technology is used exclusively in the new tube to emit electrons. Flat emitters enable smaller quadratic focal spots that lead to improved visibility of small vessels by up to 70 percent. In addition to the hardware innovations are several software applications that improve interventional imaging. In coronary artery disease treatment, the applications allow precise correlation of angiography images with ultrasound images taken by a probe inside the coronary arteries.

Artis Q and Artis Q.zen side Siemens New Artis Q and Artis Q.zen Angiography SystemsStents are imaged in real-time during therapy, with motion stabilization created by simultaneous correction for the heartbeat.The Artis Q.zen series combines the X-ray tube with a detector technology that allows detection at ultra-low radiation levels. Artis Q.zen imaging can use doses as low as half the usual levels normally applied in angiography. This improvement is the result of several innovations, including a fundamental change in detector technology. Until now, almost all detectors have been based on amorphous silicon. The new crystalline silicon structure of the Artis Q.zen detector is more homogenous, allowing for more effective amplification of the signal, greatly reducing the electronic noise even at ultra-low doses. Other new 3D applications can image the smallest structures inside the head. Their high spatial resolution is crucial for imaging intracranial stents or other miniscule structures, such as the cochlea in the inner ear. Moving organs such as the lungs can be imaged in 3D in less than 3 seconds, reducing the number of motion artifacts and the amount of contrast agent required.

Source : http://www.siemens.com/press/en/pressrelease/?press=/en/pressrelease/2012/healthcare/imaging-therapy-systems/him201211007.htm

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Neusoft Medical receives FDA 510k clearance for NeuViz 64 multi-slice CT scanner

Neusoft Medical receives FDA 510k clearance for NeuViz 64 multi-slice CT scanner

Neusoft Medical Systems Co., Ltd. (“Neusoft Medical”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Neusoft Corporation, announced today that the NeuViz 64 multi-slice CT scanner has received FDA 510k clearance. The 64-slice CT scanner was developed independently by Neusoft Medical and debuted globally at the 2011 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Conference and the 67th China International Medical Equipment Fair (CMEF) in Spring 2012.

Neusoft Medical has pioneered the rapid evolution of CT technology to meet the global demand for high-quality, affordable imaging. The NeuViz 64 provides a clinical and financial solution for the currently challenged paradigm which places the clinical advantages of 64-slice scanning beyond the financial budget of most hospitals and imaging centers. The NeuViz 64 design delivers low-dose scanning, high patient throughput, ease of use, performs advanced Cardiac Imaging, and provides for a wide variety of clinically-relevant post processing and diagnostic techniques.

Commenting from the 98th RSNA Conference, Christopher McHan, President of Neusoft Medical Systems USA said, “The FDA approval of the NeuViz 64 CT further validates Neusoft Medical’s capacity to introduce high quality technology that meets the requirements of clinical practice around the world. Of equal importance during healthcare reform, Neusoft research, development and manufacturing capabilities enable unprecedented economic feasibility for healthcare providers to purchase and utilize the latest diagnostic imaging tools.”

Neusoft Medical continues to expand its global presence around the world including a rapidly growing installed base in North America. Neusoft Medical has achieved ISO9001 Quality System Certification for all products, among which, CT, MRI, X-ray, diagnostic ultrasound and PET products have been certified by CE and FDA. The addition of a 64-slice scanner complements a full suite of Neusoft Medical CT systems available in over 60 countries including the NeuViz Single, NeuViz Dual, NeuViz 16 and now the NeuViz 64.

Source : http://www.news-medical.net/news/20121127/Neusoft-Medical-receives-FDA-510k-clearance-for-NeuViz-64-multi-slice-CT-scanner.aspx

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Automated Whole Breast Ultrasound Shows Promising Results

Automated Whole Breast Ultrasound Shows Promising Results

Automated Whole Breast Ultrasound Shows Promising Results

TechniScan Medical Systems, a private Salt Lake City company, is reporting receiving $2.8 million from National Institutes of Health to further develop the company’s technology of noninvasive ultrasound-based breast cancer diagnostics. The Medgadget team is perplexed why such promising technology can’t find its own investors and needs to be supported by hard working American taxpayers, who have nothing to do with the UltraSound CT™ Imaging System.

Despite this disgusting fact of parasitism, here are some fact sabout the technology, as reported by the company:

The UltraSound CT™ Imaging System is an automated, fully digital, breast imaging device that uses transmission ultrasound to produce two unique images of the breast; one based on the speed of sound and one based on the attenuation of sound. The system’s key features include the ability to scan the whole breast and produce high resolution 3D images, which provide for easier, more accurate localization and characterization of areas identified as requiring further workup after mammography or conventional ultrasound.

The quality of the images generated by the system is completely independent of operator skill and experience (unlike conventional breast ultrasound), and, unlike mammography, UltraSound CT uses no ionizing radiation and does not require breast compression. These benefits combine to provide additional information which can result in greater diagnostic confidence for radiologists and a safe and comfortable breast exam for women…

The UltraSound CT™ System produces two sets of images for each breast — speed of sound and attenuation of sound. Each image set is made up of a series of coronal slices of the breast from the nipple to near the chest wall at 2mm increments.

The speed of sound images and the attenuation of sound images are created from a single data set of transmission ultrasound signals processed with proprietary inverse scattering algorithms. Therefore, the two sets of images are perfectly correlated to each other.

The breast is scanned without compression so the location of any lesion or abnormality on the images can be directly correlated to its location in the physical breast.

TechniScan of Salt Lake City, UT has developed the Warm Bath Ultrasound breast imaging system, a software-controlled ultrasound system that performs an automated whole breast examination. The patient lies prone on the system’s examination table with the breast suspended in a warm water bath maintained near skin temperature, while an ultrasound array is moved in a continuous scan so that a complete series of 2-D image slices of the breast are collected. The resulting images can then be viewed on a DICOM review station. First results of a usability study were presented at the breast center conference in Las Vegas on March 21. The technology was able to distinguish between fibroglandular and other complex structures within the breast and was able to provide 3-D visualization of lesion location. Scans took approximately 12 minutes per breast and required no breast compression.

source : http://www.techniscanmedicalsystems.com/index.php?p=Press%20Releases&id=52

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VitaScan LT USB Bladder Scanner Receives FDA Approval

VitaScan LT USB Bladder Scanner Receives FDA Approval

VitaScan LT USB Bladder Scanner Receives FDA Approval

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Vitacon AS, located in Trondheim, Norway, announces major milestones as it continues to expand its global reach. Vitacon has received FDA clearance on its VitaScan LT USB bladder scanner. Vitacon also announces signing a marketing and distribution partnership with SALUS, the Minneapolis-based life science advisory firm.

Non-invasive bladder scanning has become a valuable diagnostic tool. Measuring bladder volume helps avoid indwelling urethral catheters, a major cause of infection. CAUTI (catheter-associated urinary tract infection) treatment is no longer reimbursed if it happens while a patient is hospitalized, thus a major incentive exists to prevent it.

VitaScan LT enables real-time bladder volume measurement in hospitals, clinics, and home health. It connects via USB to laptop and tablets, providing nearly limitless storage and data transmission capabilities. VitaScan software utilizes intelligent targeting algorithms enabling personnel with limited training to obtain accurate measurements in seconds.

SALUS was selected by Vitacon to implement a US marketing and distribution strategy. “The selection of SALUS is essential to our growth,” says Kristin Waro, CEO of Vitacon. “We found their approach unique as they not only created a thorough strategy, but also have the expertise and distribution connections to execute the plan.”

SALUS will be responsible for pre-sales support, logistics, and customer service for a nationwide network of distributors. Spencer Lien, SALUS CEO, says, “Vitacon hit our market perfectly, responding to the need for speed, mobility, and cost-effectiveness. Our research indicates a void in the marketplace and we are confident the respective channels to healthcare providers will be equally impressed.”

About Vitacon:

Vitacon AS was founded in 1985 in Trondheim, Norway. Vitacon develops products to treat incontinence and diagnose bladder dysfunction. Vitacon products are well-known throughout Europe. The company has moved into diagnostic ultrasound and recently launched the VitaScan series of ultrasound scanners offering flexible and cost-effective solutions in bladder volume measurements.

About SALUS:

Salus Consilium, LLC was founded in 2008 by veteran medtech entrepreneur, Spencer Lien. The firm specializes in advising new medical technology ventures and established companies on growth strategies and technology management. Headquartered in Minnesota’s “Medical Alley,” SALUS offers a variety of services including business development, regulatory and reimbursement strategies, commercialization plans, intellectual property management, and technology transfer.

3D USB Ultrasound Probe

- Probe and tablet in softcase for portable solution or connected to mobile cart

- Simple and intuitive software

- Touchscreen or keyboard input

- PC/Laptop/medical grade running Windows XP/Vista/Win 7

- USB 2.0 Type A, Female

- Storage of images, records and reports & also to EMR (Electronic Medical Recording)

Vitacon, from Trondheim, Norway, has received FDA clearance for the VitaScan LT USB bladder scanner. The VitaScan LT consists of a handheld 3D ultrasound probe that connects to a standard Windows-running laptop or tablet using USB. It enables real-time bladder volume measurement in hospitals, clinics and home health.

Bladder volume measurements are almost fully automatic and happen within just a few seconds, only requiring the operator to keep the probe in the right place. Both a three-dimensional image and calculated volumes are displayed. Storage of images, records and reports can be done on the connected computing device or directly in the EMR.

Source : http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/vitacon-receives-fda-510k-clearance-and-creates-us-presence-179638671.html

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Mindray initiates voluntary recall for A3/A5 Anesthesia Delivery System

Mindray initiates voluntary recall for A3/A5 Anesthesia Delivery System

Mindray Medical International Limited (NYSE: MR), a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices worldwide, has initiated a voluntary recall affecting the A3/A5 Anesthesia Delivery System. Mindray has initiated this recall due to the possibility of a system leak resulting from improper seating of the CO2 absorbent canister gasket.

Should a system leak occur during use, fresh gas flow may be increased to compensate for any pressure loss resulting from the leak while the absorbent canister is unlocked and locked again to reseat the gasket. If the CO2 absorbent canister gasket is improperly seated, however, a potential leak will likely present itself during the Automatic Circuit Leak and Compliance Test performed at startup and the Manual Leak Test recommended to be performed before each case, at which time the absorbent canister can be unlocked and locked again to reseat the gasket.

The canister gasket subject to this recall may be identified by presence of a small “step” in the gasket surface. A3/A5 units with this gasket may continue to be used. The proper seating of the canister gasket should be confirmed prior to use and after CO2 absorbent is changed.

Customers who have a system(s) subject to this recall were notified by on August 8, 2012 by letter via US Postal Mail, return receipt required. To date, approximately 70% of units affected by this action have been corrected. The issue is corrected through a replacement of the canister gasket by a Mindray Service or authorized representative.

Units with the affected canister gaskets were shipped between May 31, 2011 and July 15, 2012 in the United States, Latin America and Australia.

There have been no reports of injuries associated with this issue. Mindray became aware of the issue when a system leak was reported by a customer. The cause of the leak was determined to be the result of an improperly seated canister gasket.

Mindray has advised the US Food and Drug Administration of this voluntary recall.

Any adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Events Program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

Online: http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm

Regular mail: use postage-paid, pre-addressed Form FDA3500 available at http://www.fda.gov/MedWatch/getforms.htm

Fax: 1-800-FDA-0178

SOURCE Mindray Medical International Limited

Source : http://www.news-medical.net/news/20121114/Mindray-initiates-voluntary-recall-for-A3A5-Anesthesia-Delivery-System.aspx

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Aperio Launches ScanScope AT Digital Pathology Slide Scanner

Aperio Launches ScanScope AT Digital Pathology Slide Scanner

Aperio Launches ScanScope AT Digital Pathology Slide Scanner

Aperio offers industry-leading whole slide eSlide capture devices, including the ScanScope AT Turbo: the newest, most compact, highest capacity eSlide capture device available. Designed with the next generation autoloader and a scalable capacity of up to 400 slides, the ScanScope AT Turbo delivers the superior image quality you have come to expect from Aperio.

Improve Turnaround Times. Expand Your Capacity.

Reduce the time required for slide set-up

Scan an entire carousel of up to 400 slides with a single push of a button

Create hundreds of eSlides without compromising limited laboratory space

Expand your eSlide volumes as your business grows without adding extra hardware

Aperio has announced the launch of the ScanScope AT pathology slide scanner. It is a small-footprint scanner which features robotic slide loading and handling. According to the company it has the highest throughput, lowest cost-per-slide and highest-capacity of all slide scanners currently on the market. Image quality is said to be superior and first scan success rates are high. It has a 400-slide capacity and can process 30 slides per hour. It uses automated tissue finding, focusing, and calibration processes to increase the scanning success rate. Digital slides are stored in standard SVS (TIFF) format.

Source : http://www.aperio.com/lifescience/capture/at

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3M True Definition Scanner, a New Affordable Option for Digital Dental Impressions

3M True Definition Scanner, a New Affordable Option for Digital Dental Impressions

3M True Definition Scanner, a New Affordable Option for Digital Dental Impressions

ST. PAUL, Minn. – (October 16. 2012) – 3M ESPE announces its new advanced digital impression system, the 3M™ True Definition Scanner. The digital impression system features an open and secure cloud-based platform offering dentists and dental labs a multitude of choices. More accurate—and more consistently accurate—than leading systems on the market1, it will enter the US CAD/CAM2 dentistry marketplace at an unprecedented recommended retail price of $11,995.

“Digital impressions bring improved productivity, better oral care and ultimately a better patient experience. We believe those benefits should be within reach for every dental practice,” said Mark Farmer, president, 3M ESPE. “Our new, affordable digital impression system is open and designed for multiple connections with other mills and systems.”

The 3M system delivers powerful 3D video technology and offers:

Predictable clinical outcomes: Provides better oral care, a better patient experience and improved productivity compared to the traditional process

Choice: Supported by the 3M™ Connection Center—an open and secure cloud-based platform to store, share and connect—the system offers more choices for sharing clinical case files. This includes open STL (three-dimensional) files for flexibility. Dentists and dental labs or other partners have the ability to choose the best solution for the desired clinical outcome. The digital impression system is also designed to connect with other systems including chairside and lab-based mills, making it a smart investment for any practice.

Accuracy: The 3M™ True Definition Scanner features the powerful “3D-in-motion” video technology, which allows you to capture and simultaneously view a true replica of the oral anatomy in extraordinary detail. This gives the flexibility needed for quadrant dentistry and the accuracy needed for full arch dentistry.

Small handpiece: The wand is light and balanced, and the small size mimics a handpiece, providing comfortable, clinical familiarity.

Affordable CAD/CAM dentistry: The 3M™ True Definition Scanner is shattering the high financial barrier of CAD/CAM dentistry with an unparalleled US market price. The suggested retail price is just $11,995 coupled with data plans as low as $199 per month. The scanner and data plans are available from qualified 3M True Definition Scanner Channel Partners.

“I am very pleased that 3M has opened the True Definition Scanner to my chairside milling system,” said Brent Fredrickson, DDS, an early clinical evaluator of the digital impression system. “I’ve used the device for a large number of model-free cases with outstanding clinical results. The restorations consistently drop right in, and my patients have been extremely satisfied with the outcome.”

To learn more about this affordable, state-of-the-art digital impression system, watch a video of the new True Definition Scanner or visit www.3M.com/TrueDef. Stop by 3M ESPE booth #5644, C7N at the ADA annual session in San Francisco from October 18-21, 2012 to see the scanner first-hand.

1. Study methodology described in: van der Meer WJ, et. al. (2012). Application of Intra-Oral Dental Scanners in the Digital Workflow of Implantology. PLoS ONE 7(8):e43312. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0043312. Additional measurements conducted by ACTA (Academic Center for Dentistry Amsterdam); Wicher J. van der Meer, et. al. (2012). Publication pending.

2. CAD/CAM dentistry (Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing in dentistry), is an area of dentistry utilizing CAD/CAM technologies to produce different types of dental restorations.

About 3M ESPE

3M ESPE is a dental product manufacturer that markets more than 2,000 dental products and services. 3M ESPE dental products are designed to help dental professionals improve their patients’ oral health care. 3M Health Care, one of 3M’s six major business segments, provides world-class innovative products and services to help health care professionals improve the practice and delivery of patient care in medical, oral care, drug delivery and health information markets. For more information on the complete 3M ESPE line of dental products, visit the 3M ESPE website at 3MESPE.com or call the 3M ESPE Technical Hotline at 1-800-634-2249. Products are available for purchase through authorized 3M ESPE distributors.

3M and ESPE are trademarks of 3M or 3M Deutschland GmbH. Used under license in Canada. (C) 3M 2012. All rights reserved.

About 3M

3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $30 billion in sales, 3M employs 84,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 65 countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com or follow @3MNews on Twitter.

3M is releasing a new dental scanner that was designed to offer high quality 3D imaging while being affordable enough to find itself in financially modest practices. Both dentists and patients generally prefer the quick and comfortable virtual impressions offered by such scanners. 3M’s True Definition Scanner features the company’s 3D-in-motion technology that continuously and simultaneously captures and renders the oral anatomy for immediate review.

3M True Definition scanner 3M True Definition Scanner, a New Affordable Option for Digital Dental Impressions (video)The device interfaces with chairside and lab-based mills, stores volumetric data on the 3M Connection Center cloud for easy sharing with colleagues, and costs $12,000 a pop with a $200 monthly data plan.

Features from the product page:

Better Oral Care

View each case in amazing detail and eliminate inaccuracies

Digital files enable better communication with your lab for better results

Better Patient Experience

Digital technology transforms the procedure into an interactive, educational experience

Seeing images on screen gives patients a true understanding of their oral situation and what is needed

Improved Productivity

Digital processes elevate dentistry for you and your staff in ways that can have a profound impact on your practice

Less stress for you and your staff

Fewer procedural steps and less hassle

Faster turnaround and more accurate results from the lab

Reduced seating times and remakes

Flexibility for quadrant dentistry and accuracy for full arch.

“3D-in-motion” video technology allows you to capture and simultaneously view a true replica of the oral anatomy in extraordinary detail

Advanced technology enhanced by a small and comfortable wand and interactive touch monitor

Digital impressions eliminate inaccuracies that are inherent to the traditional process, making clinical outcomes more predictable

Source : http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/3M-ESPE-NA/dental-professionals/

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OmniGuide FELS-25A Surgical Laser Now Available

OmniGuide FELS-25A Surgical Laser Now Available

OmniGuide FELS-25A Surgical Laser Now Available

The FELS-25A Intelliguide™ is a precision CO2 laser system combined with an OmniGuide beam delivery system, wherein the laser energy transmission is delivered through a hollow core flexible fiber. The laser’s operating wavelength is 10.6 µm, providing clinically documented safety and efficacy for a number of medical procedures. Since the absorption depth of CO2 laser energy is small, damage to underlying or surrounding tissue can be minimized. The ability to bend CO2 laser energy through a flexible fiber enables beam delivery to many locations throughout the body while providing increased control through a handheld instrument.

The FELS-25A Intelliguide offers full system integration including laser with cart, gas tanks, regulator, storage and flexible fiber components.

System Highlights

• Two modes of operation: Continuous wave and Superpulse

• Three exposure modes: Continuous, Single pulse and Repeat pulse

• Intuitive and easy-to-use touch screen interface

• Programmable settings for simplicity in system set up and operation

• Automated control of cooling helium flow throughout the procedure

• Includes 2 years 100% uptime guarantee (extended service options available)

OmniGuide out of Cambridge, MA is releasing its new FELS-25A Intelliguide surgical laser for minimally invasive surgery. The CO2 laser system has a relatively small footprint, a touchscreen for controlling various parameters like the cooling gas supply, and the ability to supply continuous, single pulse, and repeated pulse energy for cutting, cauterization, or ablation.

The device already has FDA approval.

From the product page:

The FELS-25A Intelliguide™ is a precision CO2 laser system combined with an OmniGuide beam delivery system, wherein the laser energy transmission is delivered through a hollow core flexible fiber. The laser’s operating wavelength is 10.6 µm, providing clinically documented safety and efficacy for a number of medical procedures. Since the absorption depth of CO2 laser energy is small, damage to underlying or surrounding tissue can be minimized. The ability to bend CO2 laser energy through a flexible fiber enables beam delivery to many locations throughout the body while providing increased control through a handheld instrument.

• Two modes of operation: Continuous wave and Superpulse

• Three exposure modes: Continuous, Single pulse and Repeat pulse

• Intuitive and easy-to-use touch screen interface

• Programmable settings for simplicity in system set up and operation

• Automated control of cooling helium flow throughout the procedure

• Includes 2 years 100% uptime guarantee (extended service options available)

Source : http://www.omni-guide.com/omniguide-laser-system.htm

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CE Mark for The iDesign Advanced WaveScan Studio Aberrometer

CE Mark for The iDesign Advanced WaveScan Studio Aberrometer

CE Mark for The iDesign Advanced WaveScan Studio Aberrometer

Abbott Receives CE Mark for iDesign Advanced

WaveScan Studio Aberrometer

iDesign is the industry’s most advanced, high-definition measurement device for

wavefront-guided LASIK procedures.

MILAN, Italy, September 8, 2012 – Abbott announced today it has obtained European

CE Mark for the iDesign Advanced WaveScan Studio aberrometer, a next-generation

diagnostic tool for mapping and analyzing corneal aberrations in the eye for

wavefront-guided LASIK procedures.

The iDesign system measurement makes an individual “blueprint” of the eyes,

mapping the imperfections and creating a treatment plan. Once a corneal flap is

created using the iFS Femtosecond laser, this iDesign treatment plan is then

executed using the STAR S4 IR Excimer Laser system for a computer-driven custom

laser correction, unique to each patient.

“The approval of the iDesign Advanced WaveScan Studio in Europe further enhances

the three-step iLASIK process to set a new standard for laser vision correction,” said

Jim Mazzo, senior vice president, Abbott Medical Optics. “Since the introduction of

Abbott’s iLASIK technologies, organizations with the highest standards for safety and

visual acuity, including the U.S. Military and NASA, have embraced these for their

most elite personnel, including sharpshooters, fighter pilots and astronauts because

of our exclusive, validated safety and precision performance.”

The iDesign system offers high-definition measurements and state-of-the-art

technology benefits including:

· Precise alignment for more accurate, customized corneal and wavefront

measurement;

· Five diagnostic ocular measurements within a single capture sequence that

determine the eye’s refractive error, wavefront error, corneal topography and

curvature, and pupil size, providing a more efficient workflow for the physician;

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· A higher-definition wavefront sensor that can detect and map highly aberrated

corneas, maximizing ocular capture rates and potentially expanding the pool

of patients who may qualify for wavefront-guided LASIK procedures; and

· Improved ease-of-use for the physician through an enhanced graphical

interface with advanced video target aids and onscreen tools.

“The iDesign aberrometer represents a new and exciting direction for diagnostic

devices in the world of refractive surgery,” said Steve Schallhorn, M.D., Global

Medical Director of Optical Express. “Accurately measuring many important

parameters of the eye not only maximizes clinical efficiency for the physician, but also

allows patients with highly blurred or distorted vision, the benefits of a truly

customized, wavefront guided LASIK procedure.”

The iDesign Advanced WaveScan Studio aberrometer was tested in a clinical study

for patient safety and effectiveness with positive outcomes.

“We were extremely pleased with the operation of the iDesign aberrometer, and

patients treated in the clinical study, where it was used to map their eyes, were some

of the most satisfied patients we’ve seen to date,” said Bruce Jackson, M.D. clinical

investigator, University of Ottawa Eye Institute. “The iDesign Advanced WaveScan

Studio also allows physicians to capture a wider range of myopic patients than any

other aberrometer in my experience.”

Clinical trials to support United States registration for the iDesign Advanced

WaveScan Studio aberrometer have recently commenced at several sites across the

country.

About Abbott Medical Optics (AMO)

Abbott Medical Optics is focused on delivering life-improving vision technologies to

people of all ages. The company offers a comprehensive portfolio of cataract,

refractive and eye care products. Products in the cataract line include monofocal and

multifocal intraocular lenses (IOLs), phacoemulsification systems, viscoelastics, and

related products used in ocular surgery. Products in the refractive line include

wavefront diagnostic devices, femtosecond lasers and associated patient interface

devices; excimer laser vision correction systems and treatment cards. Products in the

eye care line include disinfecting solutions, enzymatic cleaners, lens rewetting drops

and artificial tears.

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For more information, please visit www.abbottmedicaloptics.com.

About Abbott

Abbott is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to the discovery,

development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceuticals and medical products,

including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics. The company employs approximately

90,000 people and markets its products in more than 130 countries.

Abbott’s news releases and other information are available on the company’s Web

site at www.abbott.com.

Abbott Medical Optics’ iDesign Advanced WaveScan Studio Aberrometer has been awarded CE Mark. The device is a diagnostic tool used to map and assess corneal aberrations in the eye for wavefront-guided LASIK procedures. By making a “blueprint”, the device is able to map out the cornea with its aberrations and set out a treatment plan, which is custom-based per patient and computer-driven.

The device provides precise alignment for accurate wavefront measurements and its ability to map highly aberrated corneas potentially expands the number of possible patients that may qualify for the procedure. The device is to have more user-friendly features for physicians to promote ease of use.

Studies in the United States are currently under way.

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SOMATOM Definition Edge CT with Stellar Detector Now U.S. Approved

SOMATOM Definition Edge CT with Stellar Detector Now U.S. Approved

SOMATOM Definition Edge CT with Stellar Detector Now U.S. Approved

SOMATOM® Definition Edge is designed to provide you with excellence in Single Source CT. Its revolutionary Stellar Detector is the first fully-integrated detector with TrueSignal Technology that minimizes electronic noise for uncompromised diagnostic outcome with the lowest dose for your patients.

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Benefiting from new Stellar Detector integrated technology, SOMATOM Definition Edge CT system offers high image quality, dose reduction and dual energy in clinical settings, including the Emergency Department (ED)

Malvern, Pa., June 19, 2012– Siemens Healthcare has announced that the SOMATOM Definition Edge single-source computed tomography (CT) system – the first single-source CT to use Siemens’ recently introduced Stellar Detector – has been approved for sale in the United States. With ever-greater patient volumes in the Emergency Department (ED) setting, where 40 percent¹ of CT examinations are performed, hospital demand is increasing for more efficient and cost-effective imaging solutions. With these escalating ED needs in mind, Siemens designed the SOMATOM Definition Edge CT system, which demonstrates Siemens’ innovation and competitiveness – goals of the Healthcare Sector’s Agenda 2013 two-year global initiative.

The system’s revolutionary Stellar Detector – which for the first time fully integrates the detector’s miniaturized electronics with the photodiode – has the potential to significantly reduce electronic noise and cross-talk and improve the signal-to-noise ratio of the images. With the Stellar Detector, the SOMATOM Definition Edge can generate ultra-thin slices to deliver an extremely high spatial resolution with an optimal signal-to-noise ratio and without any increase in dose. The increased spatial resolution may potentially benefit critical cases such as emergency diagnostics and cardiovascular examinations, where every additional visible micrometer can be beneficial.

“Physicians are potentially able to visualize even the finest details of the vascular system or micro fractures of the bone, which may potentially provide more detailed information when they are attempting to identify coronary artery blockages or subtle spinal fractures that, if undiscovered, could result in paralysis,” says Kulin Hemani, U.S. vice president of CT, Siemens Healthcare. “These revolutionary innovations have the potential to help clinicians make more sound diagnoses, even for the most challenging cases such as trauma and bariatric patients. This is part of our continuing commitment to excellence in patient care, particularly in the ED environment.”

The SOMATOM Definition Edge CT system can enable visualization of structures up to 0.30 millimeters, with potential improvement in image sharpness. Siemens’ fastest single-source CT scanner, the SOMATOM Definition Edge has a rotation speed as fast as 0.28 seconds and can acquire up to 23 cm/s. And the new Dual Energy mode enables the system to scan at two different tube voltages to help better characterize tissue types.

Increased speed in single-source CT

Maintaining high spatial resolution at high gantry rotation speeds has long proven challenging in CT. With patients who are unable to remain still for long periods, or with scans involving fast-moving organs such as the heart, the shortest possible scanning time may reduce image motion artifacts. The new gantry design of the SOMATOM Definition Edge CT system has a very high temporal resolution of 142 ms. The system allows a pitch of 1.7, thus enabling an acquisition speed of up to 23 cm/sec, and is capable of reconstructing 384 slices per rotation. With the SOMATOM Definition Edge, a typical thorax-abdomen examination can be performed in about two seconds, potentially minimizing the need for patient breath-holding during scanning. A 6-foot patient can potentially be scanned in 8.3 seconds at full speed using the system.

Dual Energy for single-source CT

Until now, Dual Energy examinations with single-source devices were complicated processes that resulted in dose levels several times higher than levels seen with a customary single-source scan. In keeping with Siemens’ ongoing dose-reduction efforts, The SOMATOM Definition Edge CT system introduces a new scanning technique into single-source CT examinations. During the Dual Energy examination, the SOMATOM Definition Edge performs two CT scans in succession with different energy levels, with each scan potentially using only about half the dose applied in normal mode. Together, the two scans deliver the image signal required. Also, since the voltage in each scan is fixed, the physician can use additional dose-reducing techniques, including CARE Dose4D – a fully automatic radiation exposure control system that adjusts the dose in real time according to the area of the body being scanned. Additionally, the SOMATOM Definition Edge CT system uses the rapid iterative reconstruction method SAFIRE (Sinogram Affirmed Iterative Reconstruction), which may also help to reduce dose levels.² These Siemens offerings enable the generation of Dual Energy images via a single-source system without excessive patient radiation dose.

Advantages in cardiovascular imaging

The new SOMATOM Definition Edge may also offer clinicians a major advantage with its marriage of high temporal resolution and the high degree of spatial resolution provided by the Stellar Detector. Since coronary arteries constantly move along with the heart, the clinician must obtain CT images at a high temporal resolution to sharpen coronary artery images. The sharpness of image provided may improve the clinician’s ability to detect coronary stenosis and atherosclerotic changes in plaque formations. And the high spatial resolution may potentially improve the physician’s ability to safely detect, for example, in-stent restenosis of stents smaller than 3 mm in diameter.

The SOMATOM Definition Edge CT system with Stellar Detector will begin shipping in the summer of 2012. The entire SOMATOM Definition AS and Definition Flash scanner platforms are upgradeable with the Stellar Detector.

¹ IMV 2012 CT Market Outlook Report, May 2012.

² In clinical practice, the use of SAFIRE may reduce CT patient dose depending on the clinical task, patient size, anatomical location, and clinical practice. A consultation with a radiologist and a physicist should be made to determine the appropriate dose to obtain diagnostic image quality for the particular clinical task. The following test method was used to determine a 54 to 60% dose reduction when using the SAFIRE reconstruction software. Noise, CT numbers, homogeneity, low-contrast resolution and high contrast resolution were assessed in a Gammex 438 phantom. Low dose data reconstructed with SAFIRE showed the same image quality compared to full dose data based on this test. Data on file.

Launched recently by Siemens Healthcare Sector, Agenda 2013 is a two-year global initiative to further strengthen the Healthcare Sector’s innovative power and competitiveness. Specific measures will be implemented in four fields of action: Innovation, Competitiveness, Regional Footprint, and People Development.

The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world’s largest suppliers to the healthcare industry and a trendsetter in medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, medical information technology and hearing aids. Siemens offers its customers products and solutions for the entire range of patient care from a single source – from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, and on to treatment and aftercare. By optimizing clinical workflows for the most common diseases, Siemens also makes healthcare faster, better and more cost-effective. Siemens Healthcare employs some 51,000 employees worldwide and operates around the world. In fiscal year 2011 (to September 30), the Sector posted revenue of 12.5 billion euros and profit of around 1.3 billion euros. For further information please visit: www.siemens.com/healthcare.

The FDA cleared the single source SOMATOM Definition Edge CT scanner from Siemens. The device utilizes the company’s new Stellar Detector that fully combines the detector’s electronics with the photodiode in one unit for substantially lower image noise.

Siemens Stellar Detector SOMATOM Definition Edge CT with Stellar Detector Now U.S. ApprovedThe new detector was first introduced in the U.S. earlier this year on the SOMATOM Definition Flash dual-source tomograph, and the technology should prove beneficial on the Definition Edge that’s touted as a CT scanner that is particularly effective in the emergency department thanks to an acquisition speed of 23 cm/sec, allowing for a full scan of a six foot (1.8 meter) patient in about 8.3 seconds.

The new gantry design of the SOMATOM Definition Edge CT system has a very high temporal resolution of 142 ms. The system allows a pitch of 1.7, thus enabling an acquisition speed of up to 23 cm/sec, and is capable of reconstructing 384 slices per rotation. With the SOMATOM Definition Edge, a typical thorax-abdomen examination can be performed in about two seconds, potentially minimizing the need for patient breath-holding during scanning.

Until now, Dual Energy examinations with single-source devices were complicated processes that resulted in dose levels several times higher than levels seen with a customary single-source scan. In keeping with Siemens’ ongoing dose-reduction efforts, The SOMATOM Definition Edge CT system introduces a new scanning technique into single-source CT examinations. During the Dual Energy examination, the SOMATOM Definition Edge performs two CT scans in succession with different energy levels, with each scan potentially using only about half the dose applied in normal mode. Together, the two scans deliver the image signal required. Also, since the voltage in each scan is fixed, the physician can use additional dose-reducing techniques, including CARE Dose4D – a fully automatic radiation exposure control system that adjusts the dose in real time according to the area of the body being scanned. Additionally, the SOMATOM Definition Edge CT system uses the rapid iterative reconstruction method SAFIRE (Sinogram Affirmed Iterative Reconstruction), which may also help to reduce dose levels.² These Siemens offerings enable the generation of Dual Energy images via a single-source system without excessive patient radiation dose.

Here’s a video explaining Siemens’ latest detector technology:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZR2dQBLSc4I&feature=player_embedded

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