Industry Roundup: Agfa, Aurora, NovaRad, Rogan-Delft, VirtuRad

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Agfa HealthCare announced that the TalkStation radiology reporting system will be installed at more than 45 hospitals run by Veterans Affairs (VA). This will be the largest TalkStation installation in the United States and will include the most recent version, TalkStation 3.1, which has been validated to work with the VistA information system in use at every VA hospital. Also, systems integrator VirtuRad has inked an agreement with Agfa HealthCare to sell the company’s PACS IMPAX 6.0 into the orthopaedic imaging market in the United States. With the agreement, VirtuRad expands its commitment to sell Agfa's complete line of Orthopaedic imaging solutions, which includes CR, orthopaedic pre-surgical planning tools, and IMPAX PACS systems.

Aurora Imaging Technology announced that William “Bill” Valters has been named vice president of sales. Valters served as vice president of sales for Hitachi Medical Systems America from 1990 through 2005 with responsibility for hiring, training, and managing a sales team that developed sale and servicing of open MRI systems. Previously, he was a partner and held management positions in sales with Summit Medical and affiliated entities.

Three Virginia hospitals are the latest to select NovaPACS by NovaRad. The hospitals include 199-bed Clinch Valley Hospital in Richlands; 203-bed Southampton Memorial Hospital in Franklin; and 104-bed Wythe County Community Hospital in Wytheville.

Rogan-Delft announced that it has received an order to install and maintain a PACS system for Shantou University Hospital. Shantou Hospital is, with 800 beds, the largest university hospital in East Guangdong Region, South China, where it serves an area with a population of around 5 million.