• Fenwal Controls (Ashland, Massachusetts) said it has expanded and enhanced its line of temperature controls and high-limits for medical equipment OEMs. Fenwal devices are widely used to protect X-ray tube assemblies in CT machines and compressors in pure air service as well as to provide precise, repeatable temperature control in autoclaves, sterilizers and warmer/heaters in dental applications. The Fenwal 08 Series of surface mount high-limits offers a variety of mountings for rapid sensing of temperature changes and features enhanced body material for reliable operation at temperatures up to 550 degrees F. In a probe configuration, the Fenwal Series 08 high-limits allow the temperature of air or fluid to be monitored directly within the flow stream. For temperature control applications, the narrow-differential Fenwal 30000 Series ThermoSwitch in either surface mount or probe configurations provides precise, consistent process temperatures in a medical device up to 500 degrees F, and the new Fenwal 30003 Series complements the existing 30000 Series range with the additional capabilities of air-sensing and infinite control, up to 600 degrees F.

A DICOM Importer that enables users to bring data from Cone Beam Computerized Tomography (CBCT) systems into Geomagic software is now available as a technology preview on Geomagic Labs (Research Triangle Park, North Carolina). Geomagic Labs is a community website that provides early access to new technologies, innovation and product concepts before they appear in commercial Geomagic software. DICOM (Digital Imaging Communication in Medicine) data is the format generated by CBCT scanners that enable users to capture both external and internal shapes of an object without invasive or destructive methods. In the medical and dental fields, practitioners use CBCT scanners to view anatomically accurate and precise images, complete with bones, nerves and tissues. The capabilities of CBCT scanning systems have also made them popular for capturing data from a wide range of industrial parts and objects. CBCT systems work with any surface, shape, color or material and are not affected by dark, reflective or transparent surfaces or shaded zones that cause difficulty with other 3-D scanning methods.

• Interson (Pleasanton, California) reported the launch of the SeeMore USB Ultrasound Imaging probe. SeeMore probes plug directly into the USB port of a laptop, netbook, or desktop computer. General purpose and specialty probes are available for a wide range of clinical applications including: abdominal, OB/GYN, bladder scanning, emergency, vascular access, small parts, musculo-skeletal, nerve blocks, endocavity (prostate, transvaginal) and more, and range in frequency from 3.5 MHz to 24 MHz.

• Lantheus Medical Imaging (North Billerica, Massachusetts) said it has completed patient enrollment of CaRES (Contrast Echocardiography REgistry for Safety Surveillance), the first, multicenter Phase IV observational registry that evaluates the use of ultrasound imaging agents in routine clinical practice. The patients in the study required Definity Vial for (Perflutren Lipid Microsphere) injectable suspension-enhanced echocardiography because of a previous suboptimal, unenhanced echocardiogram. In patients with suboptimal echocardiograms, Definity enables physicians to visualize the borders of the heart more clearly.

• Neoprobe (Dublin, Ohio) said a second multi-center Phase III study of Lymphoseek (NEO3-06) has received investigational review board approval to begin enrollment of patients diagnosed with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. The study will evaluate the efficacy of Lymphoseek to identify sentinel lymph nodes that may be predictive of determining whether a patient's cancer has spread into the lymphatic system.

• Olympus America (Center Valley, Pennsylvania) reported the introduction of X-Suit NIR, a biliary metallic stent designed with exceptional anatomic conformability and superior radial support. The stent's NIRflex cell design provides a physician support and flexibility; the company said, both critical to help relieve the symptoms associated with pancreatic, liver and bile duct cancers. Olympus said the NIRflex advanced cell design biliary metallic stent provides flexible construction to fit the shape of any biliary duct. "Constructed of Nitinol, the stent is water-jet cut and electro-polished for much greater durability." Each strut is also rounded, helping to reduce stress to the tissue and prevent damage to the bile duct and duodenal walls.

• PhotoMedex (Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania) reported the availability of its Xtrac Velocity Excimer Laser, a device expected to redefine laser treatment options for patients suffering from psoriasis and vitiligo. The laser features an average laser power of up to 7.2 watts delivered to the patient. The company claims that because the innovative Velocity excimer laser can cover a much greater surface area in the average treatment session – up to 20% of the body surface in five minutes vs. only 2% to 4% for alternative lasers – it is the first practical alternative to potent pharmaceuticals or full-body UV irradiation for patients with severe psoriasis.ording to the company.

• SPO Medical (New York) said it has expanded its product offering for the hand-held SPO Medical PulseOx 6100 device with the introduction of a new pediatric sensor. The pediatric sensor is designed to further enhance applications of the product in the professional medical sector. In addition, the PulseOx 6100 now supports the Six Minute Walk Test (6MWT) which is widely used for preoperative and postoperative evaluation and for measuring the response to therapeutic interventions for pulmonary and cardiac disease.