Industry round-up: Biodex, Confirma, GE, Patient Conform Systems

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Biodex Medical Systems has released its Ultra Pro Ultrasound Table, a dedicated table for all general ultrasound procedures including OB/GYN. The table offers an optional retractable stirrups for pelvic studies. There are no barriers between sonographer and patient, allowing correct scanning posture to prevent musculoskeletal injury.

Also, the table’s 500-lb patient capacity and power Fowler back make the table suitable for higher risk pregnancies. The Fowler back lets patient sit up to an 80 degree angle. Complementing these features are motor-controlled adjustments for the operator. And, with the table’s height range, it can accommodates wheelchair transfers and patients with ambulatory difficulties.

Confirma has launched a new educational series of online discussions and case reviews of breast MRI analysis and interpretation with the company’s CADstream system. The online case reviews are being offered as an educational tool to meet the increasing need for education in diagnostic and interventional breast MRI studies.
To access Confirma’s complete 2007 course and events calendar visit

GE Healthcare said that Joseph Vinhais has joined the GE Healthcare Quality unit as vice president, Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs (QA/RA) for the company’s Integrated IT Solutions (IITS) business based in Barrington, Ill. 

Vinhais is regulatory affairs certified (RAC) and an authority on the subject of regulatory compliance as applied to operations and manufacturing. He will work to ensure that GE’s IITS products are designed, produced and serviced in a complaint, safe and effective manner while also meeting clinical needs.

Vinhais joins GE Healthcare from Brooks Automation Software where he served as the VP of regulatory compliance. Prior to that, he has served in various posts at Textron, Tyco, and Honeywell.

Patient Comfort Systems Inc. introduced a new infection-resistant design with permanent antimicrobial agents for its medical imaging table pads and positioners. This product line is aimed at the threat of infections spread by contact. 

To improve infection control, Patient Comfort Systems pads incorporate what the company refers to as “ultra-strong” fabric along with sewn and welded seams to protect core material from bodily fluids. This construction also prevents cracking and tearing at the pad corners, where exposure is greatest. Both the TEMPUR pad cores and cover fabrics are manufactured using a permanent antimicrobial agent to inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria. The vapor and moisture-impervious cover allow fluids to pass through it and can be cleaned with any standard approved hospital disinfectant.