Industry News: Kodak, FDA, GE, Mazor, PACSGEAR, Research Corporation Technologies

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Eastman Kodak is showing a computer-aided detection (CAD) system for its CR-based mammography platforms as a work-in-progress at the Breast Imaging Conference (BIC) in Las Vegas, Sept. 28-30. The CAD system is expected to be introduced next year. The company has offered mammography functionality as an optional feature on its KODAK DIRECTVIEW CR 850, CR 950, and CR 975 systems outside the United States and Canada since May 2005. The company is currently pursuing regulatory approval for its use within the United States and Canada. When this CR-based CAD system is available, Kodak will offer an integrated, single-vendor system for digital mammography.
 


The FDA has made a call for participants in a public meeting on October 25 on Unique Device Identification. The meeting will comprise a discussion on the issue as well as vendor display to explore the issues associated with the development, implementation, and use of a unique device identification system and the use of various automatic identification technologies. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 9am to 4pm at Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center, 9751 Washingtonian Boulevard, Gaithersburg, Md.
 
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GE Healthcare and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists’ Education and Research Foundation have presented two scholarships to radiologic technologists as part of the GE Healthcare Management Scholarship Program. The program assists registered radiologic technologists who are completing a master’s degree in business administration, healthcare administration, or healthcare management. Each scholarship is for $5,000. The winners are Brian J. Haines of Westerville, Ohio, enrolled in a master’s in business administration degree program at Ohio State University Fisher College of Business; and Amy K. Hofmann of Bismarck, N.D., enrolled in a master’s in business administration degree program at the University of Mary.
 
GE Healthcare also announced that it was ranked first among all other vendors for CT and MR Service, according to IMV ServiceTrak, an independent marketing research firm. The IMV ServiceTrak assessment reached 722 imaging personnel for CT and 481 imaging personnel for MR.
 

Mazor Surgical Technologies is showcasing a new system for precise placement of artificial discs at the North American Spine Society Annual Meeting (NASS) in Seattle. Mazor’s DiscAssist is designed to reduce the length and complexity of lumbar and thoracic disc replacement surgeries. Using DiscAssist, surgeons develop an extremely precise but simple 3D surgical blueprint that includes artificial disc sizing and precise disc placement, inclusive of alignment and orientation, the company says. To assist surgeons in optimizing the plan, DiscAssist calculates the center of disc rotation, simulates the effects of artificial disc placement on adjacent vertebrae, and evaluates other important parameters.
 

Document and multimedia connectivity firm PACSGEAR has moved to bigger corporate offices because of growth requirements. The new headquarters: PACSGEAR, 7020 Koll Center Parkway, Suite 100, Pleasanton, CA  94566.
 

Research Corporation Technologies was recently issued a patent (U.S. Patent No. 7,104,956) for tissue harmonic imaging (THI) technology, now commonly used in ultrasound. The patent broadly covers the fundamental components of the technology. THI -- developed by P. Ted Christopher, PhD, at the University of Rochester’s Center for Biomedical Ultrasound in New York -- reduces artifacts and enables physicians to make better diagnoses.