• Align Technology (Santa Clara, California) said it is implementing a product proficiency program in North America to help ensure that Invisalign-trained doctors have the experience and confidence necessary to achieve high quality treatment outcomes for Invisalign patients. The Invisalign System is a procedure that requires regular usage and ongoing education to develop proficiency with the product and technique. Invisalign-trained doctors now have a range of Invisalign products that provide treatment solutions for most day-to-day treatment needs. In 2008, Align introduced three new product offerings with new features, tools and delivery options to meet specific clinical demands while providing a family of end-to-end solutions for doctors. With the launch of these new products, the Invisalign product family includes: Invisalign Express for simple/limited treatment cases, Invisalign Full or Invisalign Assist for comprehensive or complex cases, Invisalign Teen for younger patients, and Vivera Retainers for post-treatment retention.

• athenahealth (Watertown, Massachusetts) said the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) has approved the software component of athenahealth's service-based electronic health record (EHR), athenaClinicals Version 9.15.1, as a conditionally CCHIT Certified 08 Ambulatory EHR pending advanced electronic prescribing verification, additionally certified for Child Health. According to CCHIT, athenahealth's EHR service meets the Certification Commission's electronic health record (EHR) criteria for physician office-based use.

• Canon USA (Lake Success, New York) reported the expansion of its line of digital radiography (DR) systems with the introduction of the Canon CXDI-40G Compact Digital Radiography System. The new flat panel detector, which is Canon's tenth-generation DR offering, can be retrofitted onto existing radiography equipment. The new system is equipped with a large image sensor and high-quality capabilities similar to the CXDI-40EG but in minimal housing. It is equipped with a 17" x 17" imaging area that enables X-ray images to be confirmed on an optional preview monitor about three seconds after exposure; the system contributes to timely and effective patient care.

• Magellan Spine Technologies (Irvine, California) reported the first human implant of its DART (Disc Annular Repair Technology) System for use after lumbar discectomy procedures. Following a standard discectomy procedure for a lumbar disc herniation, the patient was implanted with the Magellan DART device. The device is designed to prevent recurrent disc herniation and maintain disc height. The DART is an implant that provides a seal of the annulus following a standard lumbar discectomy procedure. When implanted, the DART is placed near the central axis of rotation along the posterior edge of the vertebral body. The device is aligned with the vertebral body load column, the strongest of the three primary spinal vertical load columns and is secured in place at the apophyseal ring. The DART has structural integrity similar to interbody fusion devices and provides support to maintain disc height.