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SIEMENS, UK, January 14, 2014 - Addenbrooke’s Hospital, part of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has increased its CT capacity to patients with the installation of a SOMATOM® Definition AS CT scanner from Siemens Healthcare. Supplementary to the hospital’s four existing Siemens CT systems, the Definition AS will primarily be used for outpatient procedures, with a focus on CT colonography and vascular work. The Definition AS provides fast and accurate diagnosis and is suitable for routine diagnostic work as well as complex examinations. The hospital staff’s familiarity and proficiency with the Siemens user interface was a key factor in the selection process of the system, with this existing knowledge ensuring continuity of service delivery to the site’s large volume of patients. The system also offers applications and functionality to help ensure the right dose is received by patients with the use of Combined Applications to Reduce Exposure (CARE). Supporting workflow at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, the Definition AS also uses Fully Assisting Scanner Technologies (FAST) to enable clinicians to undertake time-consuming and complex procedures rapidly. “We explored a number of alternatives and decided that the SOMATOM Definition AS was best suited to our needs. The addition of the system has allowed us to replicate the ease of use and patient benefits that we have realised using other Siemens CT systems,” states Hilary Charlesworth, CT and Angiography Manager at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. “The new Definition AS, which provides us with iterative reconstruction capabilities for the first time, will be the main workhorse for all outpatient procedures as we look to increase CT imaging capacity.” “We are delighted to be continuing to work with Addenbrooke’s Hospital and ensuring the latest CT technology is applied in a way that fully supports staff and the hospital’s outpatient procedures,” states Graham Walker, Regional Sales Manager at Siemens Healthcare. “The hospital already has dual-source CT capabilities for more specialist procedures with systems such as the Definition Flash from Siemens. The Definition AS is an excellent choice to boost capacity at Addenbrooke’s, ensuring staff productivity and patient outcomes remain consistently ... Read more

Loughborough Hospital Reduces Waiting Times with New …

SIEMENS, UK, January 13, 2014 - Loughborough Hospital, currently part of Derbyshire Community Health Services, has recently improved its ultrasound capabilities and decreased patient waiting times by installing the ACUSON S1000TM ultrasound system from Siemens Healthcare. The system, which was chosen for its excellent imaging quality, has been installed in a newly converted ultrasound room allowing the hospital to increase capacity to over 120 patients per week. A third of the time the S1000 will be utilized for musculoskeletal ultrasound procedures, with the rest of its use for more generalised ultrasound work. The ACUSON S1000 will supply Loughborough Hospital with first-rate imaging performance utilizing Advanced SieClearTM spatial compounding. Siemens Dynamic TCETM will also help to increase diagnostic accuracy by improving contrast resolution and border detection with a real-time compounding technique that applies industry-first 13 lines of sight at greater steering angles. Furthermore, the syngo® eSieCalcs™ native tracing application helps to increase the speed of exams using border detection technology to segment an area of interest and automatically calculate results. Together, it is hoped these features will offer an improved and more efficient service to patients at the hospital. “We selected the ACUSON S1000 ultrasound system from Siemens Healthcare as we were impressed with the high image quality and excellent staff training provided. It was essential that the staff were at ease with the system as it is in high demand within the hospital,” states Rowena Jessiman, Radiology Manager at Loughborough Hospital. “The S1000 is a great addition to our ultrasound rooms, allowing us to see more patients and decrease the waiting list.” “We have an excellent relationship with Loughborough Hospital, so are delighted it has bolstered its existing range of Siemens ultrasound technology with the ACUSON S1000,” states Peter Downing, Regional Sales Manager at Siemens Healthcare. “It is good to know that the new system is helping improve department productivity by increasing patient throughput. Plus, patients are gaining a faster service with dependable results thanks to the excellent image ... Read more

New Version of Syngo.via Brings Anatomical …

SIEMENS, UK, January 9, 2013 - Siemens Healthcare has launched version VA30 of its routine 3D and advanced reading software, syngo®.via, at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2013 Annual Meeting. The innovation provides new applications and functionalists that streamline and accelerate the user experience for greater efficiency and higher diagnostic confidence. The anatomically intelligent software is designed to support clinicians in routine workflows, processing human anatomy and preparing images for diagnostic reading. The new software includes the syngo.via General Engine feature which is a new package of highly automated and standardized applications. Included in this, Anatomical Range Presets identifies individual regions of the body on images captured using CT and MR images, aligns the image projections accordingly, then selects detailed views to facilitate and optimise case preparation. It is able to recognise shoulders, spines, hips, and other areas, optimising how they are displayed in their anatomical environment. syngo.via VA30 also features Automatic Rib Labelling, automatically identifying / labelling the ribs in CT scans, removing the need for radiologists to identify ribs manually and helping to prevent human error. Also part of the syngo.via General Engine, the Advanced Reporting tool helps radiologists create clear, well-structured reports for referrals or follow-up. Standardized templates make it easier to create reports that can still be customized to individual needs, with the ability to consolidate findings from multiple examinations into a single report. The diagnostic report can reflect the patient's entire disease profile making it easier for clinicians to form a comprehensive assessment of the patient's condition, helping to improve the quality of treatment. “Siemens Healthcare continuously strives to update its syngo.via based software options, which could be considered medical devices in their own rights,” states Ronan Kirby, syngo Business Manager at Siemens Healthcare and Head of Service at Siemens Healthcare Ireland. “Version VA30 of syngo.via rapidly understands the human anatomy, providing the essential details needed in case preparation and helping to streamline the process for an enhanced quality of care. Initial clinical feedback at RSNA was very positive and we look forward to hearing from new users in addition to those choosing to upgrade to the latest ... Read more

Siemens Healthcare Offers Ultrasound Professionals …

SIEMENS, UK, January 2, 2014, Nottingham recently played host to a System Optimization Day. The event, which took place at Eastwood Hall Hotel was tailored specifically for ACUSON S2000TM ultrasound system users and provided delegates with a wide-ranging overview of the system’s features. Live scan demonstrations together with Q&A sessions also served to further familiarize clinical users with the system and to enhance clinical confidence. The ACUSON S2000’s key features include its high-density transducers, which deliver exquisite detail resolution allowing clinical users to resolve fine tissue detail and syngo® Auto OB Measurements, a semi automated measurement tool for standard fetal biometric measurements. syngo Auto OB provides up to a 75% reduction in keystrokes helping to reduce exam time and substantially improve the consistency of serial measurements. Siemens representatives were readily available to offer instruction and guidance on how best to utilize the system. The overall aim was to inform and broaden knowledge, ensuring that users are able to drive the system to its full potential. Siemens provided three separate hands on sessions focusing on image optimization, technical explanations of the machine’s key applications, as well as a practical Doppler session. These were interspersed with structured presentations on image optimizing techniques, Siemens ultrasound technologies and ergonomics. “The day was excellent, and really helped to increase attendees’ confidence in using the system to its full capabilities,” states Kathryn Manderson, Superintendent Ultrasonographer at Nottingham City Hospital and Nottingham Queen’s Medical Center. “The practical demonstrations were extremely well presented and supported with an application specialist performing the functions on the machine so that the images shown were live and not just static pictures.” “Delegates were thrilled to be able to be provided with vital hands on training that will help them to scan with their ACUSON S2000 more effectively,” states Bernadette Leonard, UK Business Manager for Ultrasound Products at Siemens Healthcare. “Siemens holds a number of training events each year across the UK, and we look forward to continuing our positive relationship with ultrasound professionals into the future by providing the support needed to enhance clinical ... Read more

Novarad Concludes 2013 Adding New PACS/RIS Contracts…

American Fork, Utah, December 30, 2013 – Novarad is ending 2013 celebrating sales. It closed contracts and is finalizing installs for the following nine facilities: Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus, NJ, purchased NovaPACS. Grand Island Clinic in Grand Island, Neb., purchased NovaPACS. Midwest Radiology Associates in Midwest City, Okla., purchased NovaPro, Novarad’s RIS/PACS for radiology groups. Park South Imaging Center in Braenton, Fla., purchased NovaPACS. Novarad’s distributor Novarad South coordinated the contract. Pioneer Community Hospital of Newton in Newton, Miss., purchased NovaPACS. Novarad’s distributor Novarad South coordinated the contract. Precision MRI in Houston, Texas, purchased NovaPACS. Novarad’s distributor Novarad South coordinated the contract. The Radiology Center at Harding in Morris, NJ, purchased NovaPACS. Reeves County Hospital District, a current installation in Pecos, Texas, added NovaRIS. RS Nuclear Medicine in Brooklyn, NY, purchased NovaPACS and NovaRIS. The web-based systems can be accessed through a zero-footprint viewer, desktop viewer or iPad. All Novarad products are offered as modules as part of its Diagnostic Suite that enables facilities to easily add, expand and integrate products into their software network. About Novarad: With more than 850 installations worldwide, Novarad is the healthcare community's trusted provider of radiology technologies. Novarad's full diagnostic suite of PACS, RIS, cardiology, orthopedic and mammography systems increase radiology efficiency and deliver unmatched value. Images and reports are available anytime, anywhere via the full diagnostic viewer, iPad or any mobile device with web access. Novarad has been ISO certified since 2006 and holds FDA 510(k) ... Read more

NORAD Tracks Santa Program Record-breaking Success in …

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo., December 26, 2013  – The North American Aerospace Defense Command’s NORAD Tracks Santa Program exceeded its own records in the number of calls, emails and social media followers this year. The program, which began after a misprinted ad in a local paper in 1955, has more than 1,200 volunteers and NORAD staff answering queries on the location of Santa Claus as he circles the globe delivering presents. The volunteers in the 23-hour NTS operations center answered 117,371 calls from children looking for Santa Claus (an increase of nearly 3 percent from 2012). Military family members and community leaders volunteered their time to answer phone calls as well as 9,606 emails, exceeding last year’s count. The first lady, Michelle Obama, also helped answer NORAD Tracks Santa calls for the fourth year in a row. The NTS website, www.noradsanta.org, had 19.58 million unique visitors access the site from 234 countries and territories across the globe. The Facebook page topped 1.45 million “Likes”, and the NTS Google+ page had 41,676 fans. More than 146,307 people also followed Santa’s progress on Twitter. Nearly 800 OnStar subscribers asked OnStar operators to locate Santa on Dec. 24, which is nearly 150% more than last year. The NTS site, featuring Bing and Cesium maps and other interactive games, also offered photos, videos and lots of fun facts about Santa and his reindeer throughout themonth of December. “Throughout the year the men and women of NORAD work hard to provide aerospace security for North America, but for this one night every year, we are able to help bring the magic of Christmas to children around the world,” said CAPT Jeff Davis, Public Affairs Director at NORAD. “We at NORAD are honored to be a part of so many peoples’ holiday traditions. Thank you to our many volunteers and corporate contributors for making this program possible, and we look forward to doing it again next ... Read more

First Ultrasound System with Cable Free Transducers …

SIEMENS, UK, December 20, 2013 - The University of Dundee Institute for Medical Science and Technology has become the first site in the UK to install an ACUSON Freestyle™ from Siemens Healthcare. The Freestyle is the world’s first ultrasound system that has wireless, cable free transducers that provide unique infection control benefits. The system is being used for a mixture of research and clinical use and is located in the Multipurpose Interventional Suite alongside a Biograph™ mCT PET-CT and a MAGNETOM® Skyra MR also from Siemens Healthcare. The University of Dundee selected the system for its unique wireless technology and the sterile benefits of a cable-free design. Three different types of wireless transducers have been developed for the system, covering a wide range of imaging procedures. The system is being used in a clinical environment for interventional and vascular procedures in conjunction with Ninewells Hospital. It is also being used by the University for clinical research projects including the use of ultrasound within an MR system, along with robotics to provide precise placement of probes and ultrasound guided needle placement. The ACUSON Freestyle provides maximum freedom and ease-of-use with wireless transducers that can be used up to 3 metres from the system, helping to improve departmental workflow and streamline clinical research. Real-time imaging parameters are integrated into the transducers, freeing staff that would otherwise be needed to operate controls. The system also achieves excellent image quality due to multiple antennas and Pixelformer™ image processing which automatically focuses the image. “The ACUSON Freestyle from Siemens Healthcare is ahead of any other ultrasound technology on the market and the first system to be available with wireless transducers,” states Professor Andreas Melzer, Director of The Institute for Medical Science and Technology at The University of Dundee supported by the Northern Research Partnership NRP. “Professor Graeme Houston, NHS Tayside Radiology, and my team have found it easy to use and the interface design is advanced, yet user friendly. We are delighted to be able to conduct a wide range of research projects which will inevitably lead to enhanced clinical practice.” “The first UK installation of an ACUSON Freestyle from Siemens Healthcare marks a milestone in ultrasound technology,” states Brian Kane, Regional Sales Manager at Siemens Healthcare. “Siemens is very proud to be the first to bring out this highly-anticipated system that incorporates wireless technology, without compromising on image quality. We are delighted to see it is having an immediate impact in both a clinical and research ... Read more

PET-CT from Siemens Healthcare Used in Ground-breaking …

SIEMENS, UK, December 19, 2013 - The University of Edinburgh is leading the way in heart disease research with the help of a Biograph mCT™ PET-CT system from Siemens Healthcare. A new study, funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Chief Scientist Office was recently published in The Lancet1. It has found that using the tracer 18F-sodium fluoride (¹?F-NaF) with PET-CT is the first non-invasive imaging method to identify and localise ruptured and high-risk coronary plaque. Cardiovascular disease is the UK’s biggest killer and 200 people die each day from a heart attack2. There is currently no non-invasive way of finding high-risk plaques at risk of rupturing and causing a heart attack. Imaging innovations from Siemens Healthcare are providing the technology to gain new insights and develop new clinical research into early diagnosis of the condition. In the prospective clinical trial, patients with myocardial infarction and stable angina underwent 18F-NaF and 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (¹?F-FDG) PET-CT and invasive coronary angiography. ¹?F-NaF uptake was compared with histology in carotid endarterectomy specimens from patients with symptomatic carotid disease, and with intravascular ultrasound in patients with stable angina. The primary endpoint was the comparison of ¹?F-fluoride tissue-to-background ratios of culprit and non-culprit coronary plaques of patients with acute myocardial infarction. In 93 percent (37) of patients with myocardial infarction, the highest coronary ¹?F-NaF uptake was seen in the culprit plaque. By contrast, coronary ¹?F-FDG uptake was commonly obscured by myocardial uptake and where discernible, there were no differences between culprit and non-culprit plaques. Marked ¹?F-NaF uptake occurred at the site of all carotid plaque ruptures and was associated with histological evidence of active calcification, macrophage infiltration, apoptosis, and necrosis. 45 percent (18) of patients with stable angina had plaques with focal ¹?F-NaF uptake that were associated with more high-risk features on intravascular ultrasound than those without uptake. The plaque areas in the blood vessels were easily identifiable by using the Biograph mCT. In the patients with angina, advanced notice that they had high-risk plaques and a heart attack may be imminent. These patients could then be targeted with aggressive therapy in order to try and avoid future events. “Being able to identify dangerous fatty plaques likely to cause a heart attack is something that conventional heart tests can’t do. This research suggests that PET-CT scanning may provide an answer, identifying ‘ticking time bomb’ patients at risk of a heart attack,” states Professor Peter Weissberg, Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation. “Nearly 20 years of BHF-funded research has led us to this point. We now need to confirm these findings, and then understand how best to use new tests like this in the clinic to benefit heart patients.”  BHF Clinical Lecturer and Cardiologist Dr. Marc Dweck, who led the research at the University of Edinburgh states, “We have developed what we hope is a way to ‘light up’ plaques on the brink of rupturing and causing a heart attack. If we could know how close a person is to having a heart attack, we could step in with medication or surgery before the damage is done. This is a first step towards that goal. The next stage is to confirm these findings in larger studies to establish first that this technique can truly predict heart attacks and secondly that treatment can help patients avoid these events.” “Siemens Healthcare is delighted that the Biograph mCT is aiding ground-breaking research into the UK’s biggest killer - heart disease,” states Lawrence Foulsham, Business Manager Molecular Imaging at Siemens Healthcare. “The condition is a clinical priority for the UK, therefore advancements in this field are incredibly important. We have a long-standing partnership with the Clinical Research Imaging Centre at the University of Edinburgh and look forward to assisting them with further clinical research insights into the future.” The Clinical Research Imaging Centre at the University of Edinburgh installed the Biograph mCT in ... Read more

Major Imaging Study Uses Siemens MR Technology to …

SIEMENS, UK, December 17, 2013 - UK Biobank, a world-leading health research resource, is putting preparations in place for a study to help scientists gain a more detailed understanding of a wide range of diseases including dementia, cancer and heart, bone and brain disorders. Drawing on the MR imaging capabilities of a MAGNETOM® Aera and a MAGNETOM Skyra from Siemens Healthcare, it is expected to be the most detailed study of its kind ever undertaken. The MR systems will be used to obtain the crucial translational research images of participants’ hearts and brains. Bone scans and scanning of the carotid artery (in the neck) are also planned. Funded primarily by the Department of Health, Medical Research Council and Wellcome Trust charity, UK Biobank will monitor the health of 500,000 Britons over many years. The imaging part of the project, due to take place in spring 2014, will be the first time researchers have attempted to image so many people in a single study. It is anticipated the research will provide additional information for scientists and clinicians seeking to develop a better understanding of illnesses that cause disability, pain and premature death. The MAGNETOM Aera and Skyra MR systems feature 48 RF channels as standard and lightweight coils. The systems’ Open Bore design with a 70cm wide aperture, allows a wide variety of body types to be scanned either feet or head first, significantly improving comfort for research participants. The systems also feature TimTM 4G (Total imaging matrix) and DotTM (Day optimising throughput) technology integration for high resolution imaging, enhanced productivity and improved efficiency. “UK Biobank is the major health research success story of recent decades. Our 500,000 participants have already provided lots of information about their health, lifestyles and wellbeing, as well as blood, urine and saliva samples for long-term storage and analysis, including genetic research,” states Professor Rory Collins, Principal Investigator at UK Biobank. “Adding this detailed extra information will help in many ways. For instance, it may help to identify early changes that indicate the start of disease, and it may suggest new ways to slow that process, or to prevent the disease altogether.” “Siemens MR technology is already pivotal to many imaging research projects across the UK and we are delighted to take this one step further by taking part in one of the most detailed imaging studies of its kind,” states Jane Kilkenny, MR Business Manager at Siemens Healthcare. “We look forward to supporting the project with the MAGNETOM Aera and Skyra’s excellent image quality and rapid acquisition times, with the end goal of producing images of a quality that can help with pioneering research into the cause and treatment of major ... Read more

Novarad Tallies Two New PACS Installs in Tennessee…

American Fork, Utah, December 16, 2013 – Novarad expands its southern PACS installations adding a community hospital and clinic. The contracts, facilitated by Novarad South, a Novarad distributor, include: Pioneer Health Services of Oneida, a clinic in Oneida, Tenn. Macon County General Hospital in Lafayette, Tenn. The web-based PACS can be accessed through a zero-footprint viewer, desktop viewer or iPad. Reading and reporting turnaround will significantly improve because of customizable menus, saved preferences, stat reads, and check-out and e-sign capabilities. Radiologists can customize their viewing settings and have settings ‘follow them’ when they access images from any desktop workstation or mobile device. All Novarad products are offered as modules as part of its Diagnostic Suite that enables facilities to easily add, expand and integrate products into their software network. About Novarad With more than 850 installations worldwide, Novarad is the healthcare community's trusted provider of radiology technologies. Novarad's full diagnostic suite of PACS, RIS, cardiology, orthopedic and mammography systems increase radiology efficiency and deliver unmatched value. Images and reports are available anytime, anywhere via the full diagnostic viewer, iPad or any mobile device with web access. Novarad has been ISO certified since 2006 and holds FDA 510(k) ... Read more

University Hospital of North Tees Bolsters Cardiac …

SIEMENS, December 10, 2013 - University Hospital of North Tees, part of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, has officially unveiled a SOMATOM® Definition Flash in its Radiology Department. The system was chosen for its ability to provide low dose imaging without compromising on image quality, which is expected to benefit the hospital’s critically ill patients and pediatric provision. It is also anticipated the system will improve diagnosis accuracy and enhance the hospital’s cardiac offering. The use of Stellar Detectors in the SOMATOM Definition Flash generates ultra-thin slices with high spatial resolution, featuring TrueSignal Technology to keep noise levels to a minimum. Additionally, the Dual Source CT system is equipped with two adaptive dose shields, ensuring patients receive the lowest, clinically relevant dose possible. The system includes two X-ray tubes, allowing it to complete an entire heart scan in 250 milliseconds with the right dose to the patient. “This system is set to transform the service we provide for patients,” states Dr Matthew Trewhella, Clinical Director for Radiology at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust. “Previously the only way we would have been able to look at heart arteries would have been to take an X-ray, by inserting a tube into the body and into the coronary arteries, but this scanner gives us detailed images of the heart without the need to insert any tubes.” “Siemens Healthcare is delighted to have provided a SOMATOM Definition Flash to University Hospital of North Tees to enhance its cardiac services,” states Neil Lincoln, Northern Sales Manager at Siemens Healthcare. “The hospital will now be able to offer its patients across Teesside and the surrounding areas an excellent CT service using technology that supplies radiographers with the advanced features they need, and patients with non-invasive imaging ... Read more

King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre …

Leading healthcare institution in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia partners with Health Matrix and Datix to reduce risk and improve patient care. London, Riyadh and Jeddah – 9th December 2013: King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre (KFSH&RC), a leading healthcare institution in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has chosen Health Matrix and Datix to streamline processes and introduce a more efficient, integrated approach to incident, complaints and risk management. Health Matrix, Datix's local partner in the Middle East region is working with the 1,110-bed facility to implement a phased roll-out of the new technology. The entire system is scheduled to go live in February 2014 in Riyadh, followed just two months later at the hospital in Jeddah. KFSH&RC will benefit from a wide range of Datix functionality including the Incident Reporting, Complaint Handling, Patient Experience, Hotspots, Safety Alerts and Dashboards modules. An increase in incident reporting, from 1,700 to 7,000 incidents annually since 2004 prompted KFSH&RC to look for a unified and more sophisticated solution to replace the organization's two existing systems for handling incidents and analysing data. In particular, the ability to report accurately on all incidents and complaints, proactively spot trends and benchmark the performance of KFSH&RC against similar organizations in the region were key selection criteria. After carefully reviewing the marketplace, Datix was chosen as the supplier of choice. Qasim Al Qasabi, MD, FRCSIFACS, Chief Executive Officer of King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center commented, "The partnership with Health Matrix and Datix reaffirms our commitment and support to quality and patient safety." Using Datix, KFSH&RC will be able to capture all critical incidents, complaint and risk information in one place, helping it to improve the organization's risk profile and so minimise the re-occurence of common events. The structured nature of Datix will encourage KFSH&RC to adopt a common terminology for both clinical and non-clinical events that actively drives efficiencies and accelerates incident resolution. Accurate, real-time data stored in Datix will enable trends to be identified meaning that potential areas for improvement can be recognized quickly and priority issues addressed immediately. The advanced reporting capabilities of Datix will provide KFSH&RC with a powerful tool for tracking and measuring its performance against similar organizations in the healthcare sector giving it a distinct competitive advantage. KFSH&RC also plans to link the new Datix solution with its Clinical Information and Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) systems and make it an integral part of the organization's existing clinical information system, SMS and IT infrastructure. Jonathan Hazan, Chief Executive Officer at Datix added, "Our presence in the Middle East continues to grow and we are delighted to count a prestigious organization like KFSH&RC as one of our customers. Working closely with Health Matrix, we look forward to delivering a totally unique platform that promotes a proactive approach to patient safety. Our flexible, highly scalable solutions are ideally suited to dynamic organizations like KFSH&RC which rely on technology to aid their strategic decision-making and derive quantifiable benefits from day one." Abdul Rahman Qasim, Chief Executive Officer at Health Matrix concluded, "We are proud to partner with KFSH&RC as it strives to make patient safety and risk prevention a natural part of its corporate culture. The successful outcome of the project will impact positively on the KFSH&RC brand, firmly establishing it yet again as one of the most pioneering healthcare institutions in the Kingdom and a recognized leader in the Middle ... Read more

GE Healthcare and Konica Minolta Enhance Strategic …

Wayne, NJ, December 4, 2013 – GE Healthcare (NYSE: GE) and Konica Minolta Inc. have signed a global distribution agreement (*) of Konica Minolta’s AeroDR cassette-size digital X-ray imaging retrofit. Having built a collaborative relationship for nearly ten years related to the sales of computed radiography in the United States, the two partners have now agreed to expand their strategic alliance, with GE Healthcare distributing AeroDR not just within the United States, but globally as well, using GE Healthcare sales channels. “Konica Minolta Medical Imaging continues to expand with a new partnership/alliance with GE Healthcare,” says David Widmann, President and COO, Konica Minolta Medical Imaging. “This relationship will enable KMMI to deliver leading edge primary imaging solutions to a wider range of healthcare providers. The agreement adds the AeroDR panel to the GE Healthcare lineup of digital x-ray devices, thus enabling both partners to accelerate their supply of solutions adapted to the needs of a diverse array of customers.” The AeroDR, introduced as the world’s lightest, most compact wireless-type cassette digital x-ray device of its kind, is already in use in a wide range of medical workplaces, offering the advantages of high image quality and ease of use. The agreement will enable healthcare facilities that have X-ray analog devices to implement digital imaging upgrades using their current imaging equipment. In addition, a selection of three cassette sizes adds versatility: 10”x12” , 14”x17” and 17”x17”. The agreement adds the AeroDR panel to the GE Healthcare lineup of digital x-ray devices, thus enabling both partners to accelerate their supply of solutions adapted to the needs of a diverse array of customers. Building on the solutions to meet a broad range of customer needs globally the alliance contributes to innovation  in  healthcare. (*) except in Japan. Sales by GE Healthcare are underway using a global sales network and will progressively be spanning over 50 countries. About Konica Minolta Medical Imaging Konica Minolta Medical Imaging is a world class provider and market leader in medical diagnostic primary imaging. With over 75 years of endless innovation, Konica Minolta is globally recognized as a leader providing cutting-edge technologies and comprehensive support aimed at providing real solutions to meet customer's needs. Konica Minolta Medical Imaging, headquartered in Wayne, NJ, is a unit of Konica Minolta, Inc. (TSE: ... Read more

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