TechniScan awarded Phase II grant

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Breast imaging ultrasound technology developer TechniScan Medical Systems reported a continuation of its $2.8 million Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding from the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI)/National Institutes of Health (NIH). Phase II monies for the 12 months beginning April 2007 through March 2008 have been awarded in the amount of $1.66 million, according to the Salt Lake City-based firm.

Phase I goals, including the design of technical improvements to TechniScan’s prototype ultrasound CT (USCT) imaging system, were completed earlier this year. Phase II, which began in April this year, involves production of two systems modeled on an improved USCT Imaging prototype, the company said.

These machines will be used in Phase III for investigational testing of patients at the University of California San Diego in La Jolla, Calif., and at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., TechniScan said.