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Largest Endoscopic Gynaecology Conference Tolaunch in the Middle East in …

First time an endoscopic conference of this scale will be held in the Middle East region Dubai, UAE, March 18, 2014 - The MESGE and ISGE will present the region’s largest endoscopic conference in Dubai - the Annual Congress Middle East Society & International Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy - which takes placefrom 23-26 April 2014 at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE. This will be the first time an endoscopic conference of this scale to be held in the Middle East. Gynaecological endoscopy is a surgical discipline which uses optical instruments specially designed to help diagnose the most frequent female disorders and pathologies. The conference will encompass dedicated pre-congress workshops, formal lectures and live surgery transmission from India, Germany, Turkey, Portugal and France. The pre-congress workshops will provide a hands-on stimulating experience for attending participants to polish and refine practices and techniques. The conference faculty is comprised of renowned endoscopic surgeons from the Middle East as well as USA, Canada, Africa, Europe and Asia Pacific Countries. The Annual Congress Middle East Society & International Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy is an event where governments, hospitals, dealers and distributors can promote their brands, meet potential customers and entertain existing clients. According to Professor Mohamed Ibrahim, President of the Middle East Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy, “We are planning an inspiring event featuring some of the world’s most renowned surgeons in the field, key opinion leaders in the global gynaecological community, distinguished keynote speakers, and panellists sharing their experiences and exchange ideas.” “The exhibitors at the Congress will discover new innovations as they enter the market, have the opportunity to present and discuss their products and exchange ideas on major issues affecting the industry,” says Dr PrashantMangeshikar, President of the International Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy. The pre-conference workshops and the hands-on training workshops will run on Wednesday 23 April 2014. Some of the topics that will be covered include endometriosis, uro-gynaecology,robotic & new technology, hysterectomy, laparoscopic suturing, hysteroscopy, and gynaecological ... Read more

Mammography Reporting System to Showcase Aspen Breast …

Seattle, WA, March 18, 2014 (PRWeb) - Mammography Reporting Systems (MRS), the leading provider of breast imaging tracking and reporting systems, will be showcasing its next generation software solution, Aspen Breast, at this year’s NCoBC conference. Aspen Breast software, which is on targetto be released for commercial distribution in Summer 2014, is a completely re-imagined and re-engineered product that combines over 27 years of industry experience and marries that experience with the latest software technologies. MRS has spent fouryears, nearly 100,000 man-hours, and millions of dollars in R&D to build a product that meets the needs of its customers, and the industry as a whole. Out of the box, Aspen Breast is loaded withmany powerful tools specifically designed to streamline breast imaging facilities’workflow and raise the benchmarks for the breast healthcare reporting and tracking industry. Aspen Breast is a feature-rich system with robust role-based functionality designed to optimize facility operations. The highly detailed level of control over all aspects of the program allows users, sites, and systems to build their own customized workflows. Aspen Breast Delivers: A Contemporary User Interface with tabbed browsing and intuitive navigation. The Latest Technologies utilizing Microsoft .NET, WPF,and the latest programming languages. Robust security and auditing internally build on the power of Microsoft Server and SQL Server. Workflow configurations can be individually customizable through system, site, and user settings. Rapid ROI from add-on pieces, such as the web patient and referring clinician portal(Secured AccessTM). Enhanced productivity tools designed to promote efficiency andeffectivenesswith lower operational costs. The consistent safety and reliability which is the hallmark ofall MRS products. “Aspen Breast is the greatest product we have created. Through thewhole period of design, development, test, and even before, we have listened intently to many outstanding radiologists, technologists, administrators, and IT departments from all over the worldwho use MRS 6 and MRS 7. From the beginnings of the Aspen project, we wanted to give those breast imaging professionals a product they wanted – and deserved.  With Aspen Breast, I believe we have achieved that,”said Mark Morris, President and CEO of MRS. “I also must congratulate – and thank – the outstanding and dedicated team at this company (MRS) that develops, tests, sells, trains, and supports our products. Every individual on our team has been intimately involved with the development of Aspen Breast, and I could not be more proud of them and the visionary product they have developed.” About Mammography Reporting Systems: Mammography Reporting System (MRS) is the most widely used tracking & reporting system in the world for all breast-related procedures, including mammography, MRI, Ultrasound, and Nuclear Imaging. MRS promotes efficiency and effectiveness in any workflow by offering features such as automated patient lay letters, problem case tracking, and statistical risk models that help optimize work-flows and contribute to quality patient care. MRS’s success is based on an unparalleled patient communication package and accurate calculations of statistical reports. With over 27 years in business, MRS is constantly innovating and improving its products in order to better service the needs of customers and their ... Read more

aycan Introduces New Neuro/Oncology Workstation…

Rochester, N.Y., March 11, 2014 - aycan, a recognized worldwide leader in medical imaging, expands its portfolio of specialty imaging workstations with the introduction of aycan Neuro/Oncology workstation. Designed for neuro-oncology applications, the new workstation is powered by aycan workstation OsiriX PRO, and FDA 510(k) cleared plug-ins from partner company Imaging Biometrics, LLC. aycan’s specialty workstations for Mammography, Oncology, Vascular Surgery, and now Neuro/Oncology provide all the tools for general diagnostic reading and advanced post-processing, plus certified plug-ins beneficial to those specific fields of study. “aycan is dedicated to providing high value, low cost plug-ins to our Mac-based post-processing workstation, OsiriX PRO, designed to help improve workflow and productivity in various medical disciplines while reducing costs,” said Frank Burkhardt, aycan Director, North & Latin American Operations. “We chose plug-ins for our Neuro/Oncology workstation from our partner company, Imaging Biometrics, given their extensive software development experience, client-centric focus, and similar quality management approach, which follows ISO standards.” By leveraging the computational power of IB products, aycan‘s new Neuro/Oncology Workstation enables physicians to make accurate treatment considerations by providing them with proven and exclusive imaging information that has been specifically designed for monitoring therapeutic response in patients with brain cancer and other neurological diseases. “Our plug-ins dovetail seamlessly within the OsiriX PRO workstation and the bundling of our combined solutions offers the neuro-oncological community exciting and rapid access to highly sophisticated technology“, said Michael Schmainda, President and CEO of Imaging Biometrics. All OsiriX PRO workstations offer excellent image-loading times and intuitive-user interfaces. Increasing their capability is companion product aycan mobile, the FDA-cleared iPad App for Teleradiology, which is designed for easy, fast, and secure viewing and transfer of DICOM images with an iPad. OsiriX PRO is a 64-bit fast, Mac-based, vendor-neutral, highly functional advanced image-processing tool and DICOM PACS workstation for conventional, multi-slice and other image reading. Based on the open source project OsiriX, aycan’s version is turnkey with FDA 510(k) clearance, CE Marking, and full-integration service and customer support. ABOUT aycan With a focus on vendor-neutral integration and service, aycan is a worldwide provider of solutions for archiving, viewing, and printing medical images and information that improve workflow efficiency and drive down costs. Leveraging this experience and DICOM expertise, aycan also offers an archive solution built on the companion DICONDE standard for non-destructive testing (NDT) images and information. aycan works with other industry innovators such as Apple, Xerox, MedQ, and EIZO whose quality products are part of their solutions. aycan supports customers worldwide with European headquarters in Wuerzburg, Germany, and U.S. headquarters in Rochester, New York. The company is privately held. ABOUT Imaging Biometrics, LLC Imaging Biometrics develops rapid and robust image processing and advanced visualization tools for the healthcare industry, making them available through application programming interfaces (APIs) and ready to use plug-ins. Through close collaboration with top researchers in the medical imaging field, proprietary and sophisticated advancements are translated into easy and intuitive analytical software solutions for clinicians and ... Read more

CareCentric Goes Live in Poole and Across Dorset…

GRAPHNET, UK, March 12, 2014 - Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has successfully gone live with the CareCentric shared care record software from Graphnet Health, the whole system replacement for the Graphnet software it first deployed in the year 2000. Around 5,000 users across Dorset - at the acute Trust, in clinical networks, GP practices, social services, community teams and community hospitals – are now live on the new software. The deployment was a substantial undertaking. On average the electronic patient record system is accessed over 9,000 times each day, with peak daily access volumes of around 14,000. On the deployment weekend, some 47m documents were migrated across, with total system down-time of just over half an hour. Dr Rupert Page, consultant neurologist and clinical IT lead at Poole Hospital, explained that the hospital had decided to move across to CareCentric in order to pave the way for forthcoming developments designed to support continuous improvement in the quality of patient care. “The upgrade was carried out smoothly and ahead of plan thanks to the detailed planning and phenomenally hard work of both the hospital’s IT department and Graphnet staff”, Dr Page said. “We expect CareCentric to remain at the heart of future developments as we focus on finding new and more effective ways to deliver safe, high quality clinical care to our patients.” Data fed in automatically to the Poole EPR includes PAS activity and outcomes, pathology results, radiology reports, GP referral letters, A&E discharge information, neurophysiology results, medical photography, cardio-respiratory results and digital dictation. In addition, Poole has built a large number of specialist clinical solutions around the EPR using Graphnet’s form building capability. There are now 65 specialist data collection form sets in use, contributing to an extremely rich clinical record. The new CareCentric software offers the Trust improved integration with existing systems in use across the health economy. The system is already accessed by the SW Ambulance Service Trust, for example, to allow the co-ordination of community care when patients are discharged from Poole Hospital. Social services are similarly alerted when appropriate. With the new levels of integration, clinicians at the 620-bed Poole Hospital now have access to patient content stored in the Ascribe system at the Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and vice versa. Other new features include customized care summaries to suit every care setting, and the ability to use workflow and data collection forms to create applications in support of clinical processes. CareCentric also gives Poole the platform for deploying mobile access to the shared care record, and for embedding it in host systems, such as GP clinical systems. Users of the Poole EPR include: Most clinicians and clerical staff at Poole Hospital. Specialist clinicians at other local acute Trusts including Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals NHS FT, Dorset Healthcare University NHS FT and Dorset County Hospital NHS FT. Clinicians in Hampshire have been given access to it for cross-border patients. 500 users across 50 GP practices. Community hospitals (eg in Swanage, Wimborne). Specialist community services and clinics (eg children’s). Social services. South West Ambulance Service as part of the Single Point of Access process (SPOA). Andy Bratt, managing director of Graphnet, said the company was delighted that the deployment had gone so smoothly. “The Poole EPR is a fantastic example of how shared care records can be used across a large health community. The Trust has developed an extremely rich record which is tailored specifically to support its care pathways and working practices.” By providing more complete information, and reducing the time spent casting around for information, the EPR at Poole delivers important benefits both in terms of the quality of care provided and the efficiency of Trust services. See notes to editors, below, for a resume of key ... Read more

New Hampshire Orthopedic Center Selects RamSoft …

March 12, 2014 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – New Hampshire Orthopedic Center (NHOC) is a full-service practice focused on diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal diseases and injuries. Their group consists of 21 board-certified, fellowship-trained physicians and a team of physician assistants to keep their patients moving. They selected RamSoft’s Gateway Router for its ability to effortlessly route and archive an unlimited number patient studies. According to Ryan Ouellette, IT Director for NHOC, it was important for them to secure a solution that could easily connect with other PACS and route patient data and study images to outside providers rapidly and efficiently. RamSoft provided NHOC with clear communication during the evaluation process to ensure the Gateway Router would meet their current and future needs. “We worked closely with RamSoft to ensure the Gateway Router met our technical requirements,” says Mr. Ouellette. “We found Gateway Router provided us with the required speed we needed to router and retrieve our patient’s studies so their treatment plans could be developed as quickly as possible.” RamSoft Gateway Router provides NHOC with the ability to store, retrieve, route and archive an unlimited number of studies with its powerful DICOM engine and SQL backend. It utilizes multi-threading technology and TLS encryption to securely send and receive patient data simultaneously over the internet to and from all other compliant devices. ABOUT US: RamSoft, Inc. A Canadian IT software and services company with 20 years of experience, is dedicated to developing and delivering cost effective RIS, PACS and Teleradiology solutions for its clients in the U.S. and around the world. The company’s goal is to enable imaging facilities, radiology centers, and ambulatory and acute-care practices to continue offering superior patient care while improving workflow efficiencies. RamSoft, Inc. offers a wide range of affordable and feature-rich solutions such as the PowerServer™ Series of PACS, RIS/PACS, teleradiology, and patient information management ... Read more

Evolving Service Structure Keeps Siemens at Forefront …

SIEMENS, UK, March 12, 2014 - With routine NHS services moving towards seven-day week availability, Siemens Healthcare has restructured its Customer Service Team to strengthen its offering and provide best-in-class service to better support its customers across the extended working week. Changes include the appointment of three new team members, enabling Siemens to better tailor its service and support approach to meet the current and future needs of imaging and diagnostic customers as the extended working week evolves.  From early 2014, 12 Customer Service Managers have responsibility for 12 service regions across the UK. Through a dedicated regional focus service and support team they are able to manage all imaging, clinical products and diagnostics service interactions within that region. Increasing the number of Customer Service Managers has allowed Siemens to provide a more customer centric approach and build stronger relationships with customers by coordinating smaller regions and teams. The team has been further bolstered by the appointment of three new Customer Service Managers. Tony Madden joins the team for the East Midlands region from his role as Customer Service Engineer at Siemens Healthcare. The South West region will be led by Camille Phillips who has moved from her role as Immunoassay Team Leader at Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics. Andy Duval completes the team and will take on the Customer Service Manager position for the North West region from his previous position as Business Excellence Manager at Siemens Magnet Technology. “Siemens strives to offer its customers the best possible service, at a time when NHS departments are under pressure to deliver excellent levels of care seven days a week,” states Marc Roberts, Director of Customer Services at Siemens Healthcare. “Proactive partnerships allow us to get closer to our customers, ensuring we have an in-depth understanding of their needs and are able to customise our approach accordingly. As the seven-day model becomes fully embedded, we plan to add additional services to further enhance our provision.” Tony Puffer, Head of Field Service at Siemens Healthcare adds, “The structural changes and additions to the Customer Service Team reflect our commitment to anticipating customer needs and providing the tools to maintain the very best patient care. Patients need the NHS every day and Siemens’ remote and on-site support allows us to provide effective, intelligent and sophisticated service when ... Read more

Dutch Hospital Increases Efficiency Using IT Solution …

SECTRA, USA, March 11, 2014 - More and more Dutch hospitals are choosing the medical imaging IT company, Sectra, (STO: SECT B) as their regional IT partner and consequently, Sectra’s market share is growing in the Netherlands. One of the new customers is IJsselland Hospital in Capelle aan den Ijssel, a member of the large Zorgservice XL hospital group, which recently signed a five-year agreement. Sectra will provide a complete radiology IT solution that will enable the hospital to handle radiology images and related patient information throughout the hospital more efficiently thus improving patient care. “Our customer base is growing and Sectra has increased its market share to more than 30% in the Netherlands, which reflects our customer’s requirements for efficient solutions as well as our ongoing efforts to increase customer satisfaction by providing excellent service,” says Peter Osinga, Managing Director of Sectra Benelux. Sectra focuses on solving customer problems and helping customers become more efficient through in-depth knowledge of their day-to-day work. As a result of its work, Sectra has been awarded “Best in KLAS” in the “2013 Best in KLAS: Software and Services” report in the category “Acute care PACS”. The order from IJsselland Hospital includes Sectra PACS for managing digital radiology images and Sectra RIS for efficient handling of patient information. Thea de Jong, Manager of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, explained why IJsselland hospital has chosen Sectra. “For our department to be able to do our work well, the reliability of the information systems is critical. With this new solution from Sectra, we are confident that this condition will be met. Moreover, the solution fits seamlessly with the workflow in our department and improves our efficiency considerably”. The use of an integrated RIS/PACS solution at IJsselland Hospital will increase the availability of images and patient information within the hospital thereby improving patient care and enhancing workflow. About Sectra Sectra was founded in 1978 and has its roots in Linköping University in Sweden. The company’s business operation includes cutting-edge products and services within the niche segments of medical systems and secure communication systems. Sectra has offices in 12 countries and operates through partners worldwide. Sales in the 2012/2013 fiscal year totaled SEK 817 million. The Sectra share is quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm AB ... Read more

Radiographers Advise Alliance Medical as They Expand …

ALLIANCE MEDICAL, UK, March 11, 2014 - Alliance Medical has taken delivery of a new GE Optima MR360 Advance MRI scanner after consulting radiographers on their preferred MRI model, to add to their existing fleet of over 30 mobile imaging units. The new unit, which will be scanning 20-30 patients a day, 7 days a week, was chosen after Alliance Medical convened a working group of their radiographers to provide feedback on working practices of all types of mobiles. As a result, Alliance Medical opted for the GE model, which is now one of only a handful of mobile GE 360 units in the world. The new system is particularly beneficial for the radiographer as the Express suite coils have been designed to help eliminate the need for repositioning between scans and the table design easily adapts to the patients height. In addition, the automatic coil selection helps enable quicker and more consistent exams. Diane Birch, Head of Logistics and Rob Hallet, Head of Procurement at Alliance Medical team flew out to collect the unit from SMIT mobiles in the Netherlands who worked with GE to develop the specialist trailer to house the new system. Alliance Medical will work closely with GE over the coming months to provide a number of classroom and practical sessions to ensure staff are fully trained in the new system. Rob Hallet, Head of Procurement, Alliance Medical, commented: “We are lucky to work with some of the most skilled radiographers in the UK, so it was an obvious decision to draw on this extensive knowledge when considering this significant investment in our mobile fleet. This purchase reflects our focus on redesigning our services around patient and clinician need and convenience.” About Alliance Medical Limited: Alliance Medical Limited is Europe’s leading independent provider of medical imaging services. Established in 1989, Alliance Medical operates in 17 European countries. Alliance Medical’s “intelligent imaging” services focus on the convergence of skill, technology and information and help provide clinicians with vital knowledge to make accurate and speedy diagnoses. In the UK, Alliance Medical has 25 years experience of delivering a range of diagnostic imaging services for patients. The company operates a network of scanning centers which offer predominantly MRI scanning, but some sites also offer a range of other diagnostic modalities including CT, PET/CT, DEXA, X-ray and Ultrasound. Alliance Medical currently provides over 120 medical imaging services to the NHS and independent sector and has developed services in partnership with local NHS Trusts to ensure that patients receive the best possible care at the right time. In July 2013, Alliance Medical completed the purchase of Erigal, a leading UK manufacturer of radiotracers, to create the UK’s only integrated radiotracer supply and imaging ... Read more

Konica Minolta Showcases Primary Imaging Solutions for …

Wayne, NJ, March 12, 2014 – Konica Minolta Medical Imaging will showcase Primary Imaging Solutions ideal for orthopedic practices at the upcoming American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) 2014 Annual Meeting, March 12-15 in New Orleans. Two newly released systems, ImagePilot Aero and SONIMAGE P3, will be introduced for the first time to orthopedic surgeons. The company will also highlight the ImagePilot Sigma, a complete solution for practices looking to convert to digital radiography. Konica Minolta is exhibiting in booth 2641 at AAOS 2014. “Primary Imaging plays an integral role in the delivery of high-quality patient care for orthopedic practices. The ImagePilot Aero, ImagePilot Sigma and SONIMAGE P3 handheld ultrasound are designed to meet the specific needs of practices and clinics cost-effectively to enable imaging at the point of care.” says Diane Hunt, Vice President of Marketing, Konica Minolta Medical Imaging. “Now with the addition of remote viewing capabilities and the Informity cloud based service, orthopedic surgeons can view high-quality images during patient consultation or in the surgical suite.” ImagePilot Aero is Konica Minolta’s newest all-in-one solution for digital imaging, now available with viewing capabilities on an iPad or tablet computer. It combines the simple to operate ImagePilot workstation with the flexible AeroDR wireless panel. Similarly, the ImagePilot Sigma provides an integrated workflow, from patient registration to long-term storage. Both are the ideal solution for practices and clinics seeking a digital workflow without the expense or need of a separate PACS. The SONIMAGE P3 is Konica Minolta’s newest innovation in point-of-care Primary Imaging. This handheld, durable ultrasound delivers high image quality in B-mode, M-mode, and Doppler, with simple to access presets. 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

The VNA Institute of Technology Hosts Clinical …

Healthcare Provider IT Leaders and Professionals are Invited to this Forum March 5, 2014 - MILWAUKEE, WI - The VNA Institute of Technology invites all healthcare IT professionals to Challenges and Opportunities of Clinical Interoperability, an informative IT symposium in San Francisco, CA on Monday, March 24th. The event brings together notable IT leaders from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Stanford Hospital and Clinics, and The Advisory Board Company to discuss key issues in clinical image interoperability across the enterprise. Radiologists, cardiologists, hospital executives, CIOs, IT managers and more will attend this unique event. Attendees are not required to belong to VNAIT to attend, but may subscribe to VNAIT. The distinguished faculty and topics will include: "A Patient-Centric Database for Digital Objects in a Large Radiation Oncology Department" Peter Balter, M.S., PhD., Medical Physicist, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. "Looking Back and Projecting Forward on the VNA" Boris Zavalkovskiy, IT Director, Imaging Systems & Services, Stanford Hospital and Clinics - Information Technology Services. "State of the Health Care and IT Union for Population Health Management" Doug Thompson, Senior Research Director, The Advisory Board Company. "A Patient-Centric Database for Digital Objects in a Large Radiation Oncology Department" and "Looking Back and Projecting Forward on the VNA” have been submitted for review and approval of continuing education (CE) hours for use in fulfilling the requirements of the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CPHIMS) and the Certified Associate in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CAHIMS). The event begins at 5:00 p.m. in The Presidio Golf Club - Clubhouse Cafe on 300 Finley Road, San Francisco, CA 94129. Cocktails and dinner will be served. TeraMedica, Inc. has subsidized this event so that health care leaders, clinicians and IT professionals may attend at no cost. About VNA Institute of Technology Operated by TeraMedica, Inc., the mission of the VNA Institute of Technology (VNAIT) is to provide healthcare professionals with the most up-to-date industry information in a convenient online setting. The Institute was designed to fill a void of available education on healthcare informatics, and its end goal is to educate the ... Read more


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SECTRA, USA, March 4, 2014 - Nine-month Period The IT and medical technology company Sectra (STO: SECT B) increased its operating profit 53.3% to SEK 73.9 million (48.2), corresponding to an operating margin of 12.7% (8.5). The Group’s net sales rose 2.5% to SEK 583.2 million (568.9). Cash flow after changes in working capital amounted to SEK 104.3 million (127.6). Order bookings rose 16.8% to SEK 661.1 million (566.1). Third Quarter: Operating profit increased 45.0% to SEK 30.6 million (21.1), corresponding to an operating margin of 14.6% (10.3). Net sales rose 2.1% to SEK 209.6 million (205.2). Order bookings increased 10.1% to SEK 256.5 million (232.9). Comments by Torbjörn Kronander, President and CEO of Sectra AB: During the quarter, we learned that hospitals in the US had given our medical IT system, Sectra PACS, the top ranking in the industry’s foremost customer satisfaction survey, conducted by the analyst company KLAS. We are extremely happy and proud to have been named “Best in KLAS.” Customer satisfaction is also the single most important factor for long-term success and profitability. Sectra’s profitability target is an operating margin of 15% and we achieved 12.7% for the nine-month period. For the third consecutive quarter, a positive profit trend has been recorded. Through internal efficiency enhancement and a focus on favorable transactions with strong margins, we are continuing to approach our profitability target. Sectra assumes a long-term approach to customer relations in its operating areas and a growing portion of the industry’s sales are being derived from multi-year agreements with customers purchasing medical IT systems and secure communication solutions as a service. Sectra’s financial strength is thus giving us an increasingly important edge on our competitors and providing a sense of security for our customers. The favorable growth of our largest business area – Imaging IT Solutions – was mainly attributable to long-term managed service agreements. Within this business area, the percentage of sales from new managed service agreements financed internally by the Group increased to 9% (3) during the nine-month period. This increasing proportion of internally financed managed service agreements has given Sectra a more stable trend at the Group level, since growth and profits from customer projects are distributed evenly over the duration of the agreements. In summary, we feel confident in our future prospects, having been bolstered by praise from satisfied customers and increased order ... Read more

Women in Finland to Benefit from Early Detection of …

Public mammography screening provider in Finland mobilizes against osteoporosis SECTRA, USA, February 27, 2014 - The Finnish mammography provider Suomen Radiologikeskus Oy has signed an agreement with the IT and medical technology company Sectra (STO: SECT B) to provide osteoporosis assessment in conjunction with public mammography screening in all of Keskus’ nine mammography centers in Finland. Women can choose to have their bone health examined at the same time as having their regular mammogram, thus enabling the early detection of osteoporosis and reducing the risk of future fractures. Post-menopausal women comprise a risk group for osteoporosis, one of the most painful and costly diseases in the world. In severe cases, osteoporosis can cause fractures which, in turn, can cause great suffering and, at worst, death. The assessment of bone health is made possible by Sectra’s patented online service, Sectra OneScreen. “Through this commitment, we will extend our preventive health offering to the Finnish population and enable Finnish women to take responsibility for their own bone health,” says Jari Juola, CEO at Suomen Radiologikeskus Oy. By offering early detection of osteoporosis, Suomen Radiologikeskus will take more comprehensive responsibility for diagnosing severe diseases in women, while at the same time increasing profitability in diagnostic imaging with high utilization of their mammography equipment in a rapid workflow. Suomen Radiologikeskus will offer osteoporosis assessment to 60,000 women participating in the public mammography screening program in Finland. Preventive osteoporosis care will result in large savings for society by preventing osteoporosis-related fractures rather than treating the fractures that have already occurred. Sectra OneScreen will be demonstrated in Sectra’s booth 411 at ECR in Vienna. About Sectra OneScreen Osteoporosis is a heavily under-diagnosed disease and a simple method for identifying patients requiring treatment is needed. The Sectra OneScreen online service is a cost-efficient solution for identifying patients at risk of osteoporosis. The service is well suited to the mammography workflow. After the four breast images included in the mammography examination, an image of the hand is acquired using the same radiology equipment. Since the woman is already standing by the modality, this adds no more than 30 seconds to the examination time. With the standard X-ray image of the hand, the women’s bone health (Bone Mineral Density, BMD) is analyzed using Sectra’s online service. Clinics in Germany, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, France, the UK and the US provide Sectra OneScreen in conjunction with mammography examinations. Benefits women, mammography clinics and society The benefits of using Sectra’s online service to identify patients at risk of osteoporosis include: Allowing women to assess and take control of their bone health, thereby avoiding fractures and unnecessary suffering. Identification of women at high risk of fractures, meaning that treatment or further investigation using DXA scanning can be initiated. The woman only needs to visit once for two examinations. Seamless integration into the regular mammography workflow. Possibility of combining two examinations in one visit, adding only 30 seconds per woman. No radiologist time needed. The procedure is based on FDA and CE-approved automatic image analysis done “in the cloud” while preserving patient integrity. No need for new hardware – no major initial investment. Can be used with all major digital mammography devices. Improvement of the bottom line for clinics and hospitals by doing more on the same visit. Also generates new and more patients for existing DXA systems. Reduction in healthcare costs for insurance companies and society. About osteoporosis: Some 200 million people are estimated to suffer from osteoporosis. The disease is caused by an imbalance in the remodeling of the skeleton, which in turn can be caused, for example, by an unhealthy lifestyle, genetic factors or drugs used to treat other diseases. Nine million osteoporosis-related fractures, primarily radio carpal, hip and vertebra fractures occur annually. Affects one in three women, and one in five men, over the age of 50. One of the diseases that causes the highest economic burden for healthcare. About Sectra: Sectra was founded in 1978 and has its roots in Linköping University in Sweden. The company’s business operation includes cutting-edge products and services within the niche segments of medical systems and secure communication systems. Sectra has offices in 12 countries and operates through partners worldwide. Sales in the 2012/2013 fiscal year totaled SEK 817 million. The Sectra share is quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm AB ... Read more

Siemens Healthcare Launches Angiography System for …

SIEMENS, UK, February 25, 2014 - Siemens Healthcare has launched the Artis one, a new angiography system optimised for a broad clinical utilisation, at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). The system is ideal for routine diagnostics and interventions, with a large selection of low dose features, designed to fit a broad range of clinical requirements. Energy consumption with the new system is up to 20 percent lower than the Artis zee floor. The Artis one supports various routine interventions including revascularisations of peripheral arterial or venous occlusions, functional tests of dialysis shunts (surgical vascular connections between arteries and veins) in patients with kidney failure or of implanted ports in tumour patients. Diagnostic angiographies of narrowed coronary arteries (coronary stenosis) and their treatment or pacemaker implantations are also established routine procedures for which the Artis one is suitable. Despite being floor-mounted, the new angiography system is similar in positioning flexibility to ceiling-mounted systems and requires substantially less space: Artis one occupies only 25 square meters, compared to the usual 45 square meters required by ceiling-mounted systems. The system features several axes which can be moved independently of each other. This allows hospital staff to easily position the system where needed, regardless of where the clinician is standing. The system covers body heights of up to 2.1 meters without the need to reposition the patient, even for the imaging of peripheral vessels. When necessary, the system allows free access to the patient's head in order to provide optimal care during the procedure. Buttons on the table side console are tactile so that they can be easily operated even under the sterile covering. The on-screen menu allows the clinician to navigate directly using the heads-up display. All information about the procedure is thus kept right in front of the operator’s eyes. The comfortable 30 inch display size delivers images up to 90 percent larger than conventional 19 inch monitors. With Clearstent Live, Artis one offers a feature which until now was only available with the premium family Artis Q and Artis Q.zen. This application for interventional cardiology allows the clinician to mask out the movement of the beating heart in order to place the stent in precisely the right position. Furthermore, the new system is equipped with the proven "Megalix" x-ray tube of the Artis zee system family featuring flat emitter technology. Using a tube current of up to 250 milliampere (mA), the system generates images with outstanding quality and high contrast resolution. In order to keep radiation exposure for the clinician and patient as low as possible, Artis one offers the most extensive feature set for dose reduction of any angiography system on the market. “Siemens Healthcare is delighted to launch the Artis one at RSNA 2013 which uses 20 percent less energy than the Artis zee floor, helping to reduce operational costs,” states Jane Whittaker, Angiography Business Manager at Siemens Healthcare. “The system is ideal for routine interventions, with a large selection of low dose features, and comes in various different configurations tailored to fit a broad range of clinical ... Read more

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