Industry round up: Anthro, Fujitsu, Hologic, Novadaq, U-Systems
Anthro Corp. announced the Elevate Corner, a workstation suited for PACS and the latest of the company’s Elevate Electric Lift Table (ELT) family. It utilizes corner spaces, as well as offering an L-shaped configuration. The L-shaped surface is 72 inches wide by 29 inches deep on each side, with enough space for a person to sit comfortably facing the corner.  The entire work surface will house six or more flat panel monitors to make the most of available space, and keep everything within reach. And through the use of an electric keypad, the Corner surface electrically raises and lowers with a range as low as 27 inches, up to 53 inches high. The silver-colored frame is composed of heavy gauge steel, with triple telescoping electrical leg assemblies that are UL tested and approved. Cables from equipment can be routed through grommets provided in the corner of the work surface, and then guided through the cable trough, which comes standard on each table. If the Elevate Corner is used for PACS applications, the transformers for the PACs monitors fit inside the cable trough so they’re hidden and out of the way. Other features include a keyboard caddy that can move in and out, up and down, and swivels and tilts 20° negative to 10° positive, with a movement range from 1-1/2" above a work surface to 5" below. Other accessories include the CPU Siderack that connects a CPU to the side of ELT Corner, or a CPU Slideout that can hang from the shelf outboard of the structure but still within the footprint of the shelf due to the overhanging main work surface wings. Flat Panel Monitor Arms also gain additional flexibility with Flat Panel Monitor Arm accessories, which raise and move them for the optimal viewing angle.

Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation announced the LifeBook P1610 convertible notebook, a 2.2-pound with full PC functionality and an 8.9-inch indoor/outdoor touch screen display for portable computing. Fujitsu also unveiled the LifeBook T4215 Tablet PC, a new edition of its 4.3-pound, full-size convertible notebook featuring the power-efficient Intel Core 2 Duo Processor. LifeBook P1610 and LifeBook T4215 are both Microsoft Windows Vista-capable convertible notebooks, suited for healthcare and other fields. The systems offer the flexibility of a tablet for note-taking or navigating through forms-based applications, along with the traditional keyboard input of a notebook computer. The P1610 notebook is powered by the Intel Core Solo ULV U1400 Processor, and is available with Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 or Microsoft Windows XP Professional. The notebook has a new 8.9-inch WXGA indoor/outdoor display that combines the properties of transmissive and transflective technologies for viewing. The T4215 Tablet PC now offers three 12.1-inch display options including a new indoor SXGA+ display, an indoor XGA display with wide viewing angles, and an indoor/outdoor XGA display with wide viewing angles. Both notebooks are immediately available.

Hologic reported Q4 fiscal 2006 revenues of $154,055,000, a 97 percent increase compared to to $78,217,000 in Q4 fiscal 2005. The company also reported a Q4 net loss of $1,473,000 compared with net income of $9,475,000 in Q4 fiscal 2005. Income from operations for the period totaled $7,560,000 compared with $11,409,000 during the previous year. The company primarily attributes the totals to the in-process research and development and other acquisition-related charges. Hologic stated that these expenses were in part offset by the increase in revenues and gross profit from the sales of Selenia full-field digital mammography systems, and the net reduction in operating expenses resulting from a gain on the disposition of certain intellectual property. For Q4 by segment:
  • Mammography/breast care revenues increased 113 percent to $114,198,000 from $53,544,000 for the same period in fiscal 2005;
  • Osteoporosis assessment revenues decreased slightly to $19,195,000 from $19,640,000 for the same period in fiscal 2005; and
  • All other revenues, which includes the company’s mini C-arm, extremity MRI, AEG, conventional general radiography service and digital general radiography systems businesses, increased 310 percent to $20,662,000 from $5,033,000 for the same period in fiscal 2005.

Novadaq Technologies has received CE Mark Certificates to market its OPTTX System in Europe. The OPTTX System is a medical device that allows for diagnosis, treatment and on-going management of wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) patients, all in a single device. The OPTTX System produces ultra high-speed indocyanine green (ICG) angiograms and facilitates the identification of choroidal feeder vessels (FVs). In addition, the OPTTX System allows for viewing a real-time angiogram in which the treatment laser is able to track and fire precisely while the FV is visible. The system then enables the retinal specialist to immediately confirm the effectiveness of the treatment. This treatment modality with the OPTTX System is called Choroidal Vessel Closure (CVC), which has evolved from the conventional feeder vessel therapy (FVT), that uses two medical devices, one for imaging, and the second for treatment, the company said.

U-Systems introduced the SomoVu System, an automated acquisition and display system designed to raise the clinical value of breast ultrasound by combining the reproducibility of mammography with the clarification of ultrasound. Components of the SomoVu include:
  • An automated intelligent breast image acquisition system — the SomoVu Scan Station;
  • An advanced image data processing algorithm — SomoSynthesis, and
  • A revolutionary breakthrough in ultrasound viewing, reading and evaluation — the SomoVu View Station.