Industry round-up: Canon, CIVCO, Compuware, Dynamic Imaging, GE Healthcare, NovaRad, Sage, Varian
Canon USA said that Riverside Medical Clinic of Riverside, Calif., has installed two Canon CXDI-40EG general DR systems and four Canon CXDI-50G portable DR systems. The Canon DR systems have been integrated into Riverside Medical Clinic’s Shimadzu Rad and RF systems. This increases the number of Canon DR sensors used by Riverside Medical Clinic to 12.  Riverside Medical Clinic, with four facilities in Southern California, is a fully-accredited, multi-specialty group that serves a community of more than 226,000 people. Riverside Medical Clinic purchased the Canon DR systems through Preferred Diagnostic Equipment Service, a member of the dealer network for Virtual Imaging, an authorized Canon distributor.

CIVCO Medical Solutions introduced a new, disposable endocavity needle guide for use with Ultrasonix EC9-5 transducer. The EC9-5 biopsy guide is engineered to direct minimally invasive instruments by following on-screen guidelines, providing the imaging professional with a fixed path of guidance and a standard of precision in biopsy procedures. The use of a needle guide aids in procedural efficiencies and patient comfort, leading to better patient care.
Packaged in procedure kits, CIVCO’s needle guide snaps securely to the transducer locating features, guiding instruments according to on-screen guidelines. The over-molded design of the needle guide features zero needle resistance for smooth movement and navigation and increased patient safety during puncture procedures. The single piece design of this endocavity guide features a large funnel for instrument insertion and will not compromise cover integrity during set-up. The disposable design of the guide reduces the risks associated with cross-contamination and for easier clean-up between procedures.

Compuware Corporation has implemented a digital, filmless imaging system for Oakwood Healthcare in Southeast Michigan. Compuware professional services provided project management and production support throughout the implementation of PACS, across Oakwood's network of hospitals and selected ambulatory sites in Southeast Michigan. Oakwood physicians now have immediate access to patient diagnostic images from any network-connected PC, allowing collaboration of patient care anytime and anywhere. Radiology turnaround time has improved by 50 percent, enabling physicians to obtain patient results more quickly and to make more efficient treatment decisions.

Dynamic Imaging has earned quality-management ISO certification based on international standards for designers and manufacturers of medical devices and related services. In addition, the company’s IntegradWebR PACS has received a medical device license from Health Canada.
Both EN ISO 13485:2003 and CAN/CSA ISO 13485:2003 (Canadian Medical Devices Conformity Assessment System) registrations were granted by Intertek Services NA, following a comprehensive third-party audit. Dynamic Imaging showed it meets worldwide quality management standards by fulfilling customer needs and regulatory requirements.
And on April 4, 2007, Health Canada delivered a medical device license to Dynamic Imaging for IntegradWeb PACS.
Dynamic Imaging pursued ISO and Health Canada as part of a push to achieve compliance with the regulatory requirements of the global medical community. ISO certification and Health Canada medical device licensure add to Dynamic Imaging's other international qualifications, which include CE Mark certification for its IntegradWeb PACS.

Premier PET Imaging of Jacksonville, Fla., has installed GE Healthcare’s Discovery ST PET/CT, at its freestanding outpatient facility.

NovaRad Corporation announced its expansion in the Carolinas with four new NovaPACS contracts. The newest Carolina facilities selecting NovaPACS include:
  • The Johnson Neurological Clinic in Highpoint, N.C., that specializes in medical and surgical diseases of the nervous system;
  • 55-bed Cannon Memorial Hospital in Pickens, S.C.;
  • Internal Medicine Associates of Greenville, a multi-specialty medical practice in Greenville, S.C.; and
  • Southeastern Spine Institute in Mount Pleasant, S.C., dedicated exclusively to spine care.

Sage Software said that Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa, a multi-specialty practice based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has selected Intergy by Sage as its electronic health records and practice management system. PCI is a 50-provider, multi-specialty practice servicing 15 locations in Eastern Iowa. The move was made by the facility to facilitate a shift to a paperless environment. 

A top public cancer center in China has introduced image-guided radiotherapy treatments for cancer patients using a Clinac linear accelerator and On-Board Imager from Varian Medical Systems. The new device enables clinicians at Shandong Cancer Hospital in East China to use advanced image-guided radiation therapy techniques that improve precision and potentially increase cure rates.