Industry round-up: AngioDynamics, DMS Health Technologies, iCAD, NeuroLogica, Philips
AngioDynamics, a maker of therapeutic and diagnostic devices, has completed the acquisition of RITA Medical Systems, a developer of products used for oncology therapy. "This business combination is about growth, leadership and long-term value creation. AngioDynamics now stands as a leader in serving the needs of interventional radiologists, surgeons and other medical specialties with a compelling product portfolio of exciting technologies," said Eamonn P. Hobbs, president and chief executive officer of AngioDynamics.

Tom Andersson has been named president of DMS Health Technologies, a member of the DMS Health Group, a national diagnostic imaging and equipment provider. In his role Andersson will focus on strategic planning, financial growth and customer service associated with the sales of diagnostic imaging, cardiac monitoring and resuscitation equipment, and supplies. Andersson most recently served as a vice president for Fuji Medical Systems, USA. Prior to this, Andersson held sales-related positions within GE Medical Systems.

iCAD has released its TotalLook version 8.0. This latest version of the company’s film digitizer provides women's healthcare centers with important workflow and connectivity-related benefits that help with the transition from film to digital mammography and aid clinical productivity. TotalLook provides customers with a comprehensive system for film-to-digital conversion that enables comparative image review on a single digital review workstation. The system provides DICOM query and search capabilities that tighten integration with PACS and HIS/RIS, eliminating redundant patient data entry, minimizing errors and improving workflow. Additionally, the image compression option uses Intelligent Image Sampling and anti-aliasing algorithms to reduce file size 75 percent. Image compression also minimizes storage/archiving requirements and enables images to be shared more easily. A typical facility could save nearly 5TB of storage space annually, the company said.

NeuroLogica Corporation’s, CereTom has been installed at the Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind. The CereTom a portable and wireless head and neck mobile CT scanner that the facility hopes will add new dimension of accessibility for its patients who will benefit from its mobility, which during the first twenty-one working days since being implemented was used for over 90 bedside CT scans. In addition to bedside scans, the CereTom can be used in the intensive care unit, operating room, and emergency room.

Royal Philips Electronics announced installations of new cardiac electrophysiology (EP) labs at University of California San Francisco Medical Center and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Boston, designed to improve catheter navigation within the heart’s chambers.  Pairing the ceiling-mounted Philips Allura Xper FD10 X-ray system together with the Stereotaxis Niobe system using magnetic navigation capabilities, the combined system is designed to provide flexibility and improved catheter stability for physicians during complex interventional cardiovascular procedures. The combination system also enables operators to treat complex lesions with greater confidence and is expected to speed up procedures through accurate and reproducible navigation of catheters and guide wires to targeted locations.