New Products: AADCO, BrainLab, Cedara, GE
AADCO Medical developed a Sterilized Disposable Surgical Drape that can be placed within the sterile field over a patient’s body to absorb the radiation scattered from the patient. Called X-drape, the product is made from AADCO’s proprietary non-leaded composite radiation absorbing material, X-Ban. X-Drape works within the sterile field to significantly reduce dose, from scatter radiation, up to 98 percent. AADCO also recently introduced MRI-Safe, a mobile examination lamp with a floor-mounted mobile base. The device has been tested to be safe in a 3 Tesla MRI environment and mounting it on an offset mobile stand that allows the user to roll the light close over the table. It also features an adjustable design that allows users general ease of movement, rotation about the horizontal and vertical planes, and beam focus adjustments 14 cm to 22 cm, all with single-hand operation.

BrainLAB AG, a developer of image-guided surgery systems and comprehensive cancer therapy, released Kolibri 2.0 -- a portable image-guided surgery platform for ENT (ear, nose, and throat) procedures that can be used in operating rooms. Kolibri 2.0 is built to expand the role of image-guided surgery (IGS) and facilitates pre-operative planning required in ENT procedures. Being portable and lightweight, Kolibri includes the most recent IGS technology that can be used virtually anywhere in the hospital.

Cedara Software released a new version of its DICOM toolkit, MergeCOM-3, which has been redesigned for the Microsoft .NET development environment. MergeCOM-3 toolkit is a software developers’ kit that supports flexible DICOM connectivity for software applications. Previous versions of MergeCOM-3 Advanced Integrator’s Toolkit have been developed to support software development in more than 30 operating system/platform combinations, including native Java. As a comprehensive toolkit, MergeCOM-3 reduces the time required to bring DICOM-conformant products to market in any area of medical technology because it enables developers to focus on their application program logic rather than specific details of the DICOM protocol, the company said.

Companion Technologies released Companion EMRx, a standalone electronic prescription system, and Companion EMRxpress, an application that includes all the functionality of Companion EMRx plus many of the features of a complete electronic medical record (EMR). The modular design of both products allows medical practices to add features over time or eventually grow the software into a fully functional EMR.

GE Healthcare released its new chemistry system, FASTlab, designed to streamline positron emission tomography (PET) radiopharmaceutical production. The system features a single-use cassette system that enables PET diagnostics to become more accessible to patients. FASTlab’s performance for fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) synthesis has been tested at commercial distribution and academic sites in the United States and Europe. The cassette platform was shown to produce batches of FDG with a mean uncorrected yield of 70 percent (equivalent to 81 percent corrected yield), as reported by at team at Mayo Clinic and the University of Liege, Belgium. FASTlab’s single-use cassette contains pre-measured quantities of all chemicals needed for the synthesis of radiopharmaceuticals accounting for its high yield and high reproducibility.