Industry news from AMICAS, KLAS, Philips, Vital Images

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AMICAS announced the sponsorship of a complimentary web-based seminar developed and presented by PACS consultant Michael J. Cannavo to be available before and during RSNA. Titled “No Bull — Making the Most of Your RSNA PACS Experience,” the webcast will be offered online November 13 through November 30 at The 30-minute webinar focuses on how RSNA attendees can make the most of their time on the show floor, and includes pre-show preparation, RSNA team roles and responsibilities, and other items designed to streamline and optimize the RSNA PACS evaluation process. 

KLAS Enterprises announced the availability of its medical equipment ratings for healthcare providers. As part of this offering, KLAS has put out a three-page summary of its most recent medical equipment report, Multichannel 1.5T MR 2006. “Providers requested that KLAS begin researching medical equipment vendors and products. They want to know which vendors deliver on their promises, which products are highly rated, and what current customers are saying about their medical equipment,” said Jeremy Bikman, vice president of strategic research, KLAS. “The Multichannel 1.5T MR study answers these questions and is just the beginning of KLAS’ medical equipment offerings.” The new report addresses the following:
  • How do the MR offerings compare in image quality, throughput, product reliability, and usability?
  • How do the vendors compare in contracting, support, and interfacing?
  • How many procedures do providers perform annually?
  • How many channels and what types of coils are providers using?
  • What ROI/cost ratings are reported for individual vendors?
  • What advice do providers offer for others considering MR vendors?

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Royal Philips Electronics today announced the 100,000 th registered medical professional on the Philips Learning Center, an online resource providing continuing education anytime, anywhere one can access the Internet. The Philips Learning Center offers more than 200 self-directed courses, covering a range of clinical, departmental and industry topics, accredited by various recognized continuing education evaluation mechanisms (RCEEMSs) for radiologic technologists, sonographers, nurses and other allied health professionals.


Vital Images announced the pricing of an underwritten public offering of 3,000,000 shares of newly-issued common stock (at $31.00 per share). Vital Images has granted to the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 450,000 shares of common stock to cover any over-allotments. The company intends to use the approximately $87.5 million in net proceeds for general corporate purposes, including expanding sales and marketing, customer service and training efforts internationally and investing in product development resources. Vital Images also intends to use the net proceeds for the acquisition of or investment in businesses, products and technologies.