Industry news: ACR, Boston Scientific, GE Healthcare

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The American College of Radiology (ACR) recently updated its MR safe practice guidelines in its whitepaper ACR Guidance Document for Safe MR Practices: 2007. The 2007 version contains information on, among other topics, nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF), a reaction to gadolinium that has been noted in patients with renal disease. ACR said that all of the reports sections have been re-evaluated and updated, with several entirely new sections and appendices including guidelines on MR facility safety design and facility emergency preparedness. To access the whitepaper, visit:

Boston Scientific Corporation said that worldwide sales of its iLab Ultrasound Imaging (IVUS) System have passed the 300 unit mark in just nine months since launch of the system in May of last year. This is double the number of sales realized by the Galaxy Imaging System, the predecessor to the iLab System and represents a significant increase in market penetration for the company's IVUS technology. The company is featuring the iLab System at the American College of Cardiology meeting from March 24 to 28 in New Orleans, La.

GE Healthcare has achieved International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2000 recertification of its Biomedical Clinical Services Division. ISO certification is a voluntary certification that examines a company’s procedures to ensure the production of quality products and services. Today, ISO is a network of 157 countries working together to establish universal standards for businesses.

As part of the ISO recertification process, the division underwent external audits to prove that quality processes are consistently maintained in all 567 biomedical repair facilities. The certification also provides Biomedical Clinical Services with a standard approach to applying a quality management system.