• BioImagene (Cupertino, California) has introduced the new iScan family of slide scanners. The company says the iScan line, together with BioImagene's Virtuoso web-based software, provides an end-to-end solution for all stakeholders in the digital pathology workflow, including pathologists, histotechnologists, lab administrators and clinicians.

Omnicell (Mountain View, California) has introduced its Omnicell Tissue Center solution. Debuted with the latest release of Omnicell OptiFlex 10.0 advanced supply chain management software, the Tissue Center helps hospitals increase efficiency of their tissue tracking processes.The Omnicell Tissue Center solution includes bar code and touch screen technology to increase ease-of-use and accuracy versus systems reliant more on keyboard entry. The tissue tracking solution is implemented with the option of open or closed cabinet management and FlexLock, a remote locking mechanism, with TempCheck which monitors refrigerator temperature continuously.

• Pressure Profile Systems (Los Angeles), together with its partner eSoles (Scottsdale, Arizona), reported the introduction of the 3-D TruCapture Kiosk Scanning System. The free-standing, interactive system collects and analyzes information about customers' foot measurements using sensitive tactile and 3-D scan data. It then recommends the ideal configuration of components from eSoles' new eFit modular insole system to best suit the user's foot shape and type of activity.

• ProSolv CardioVascular (Indianapolis) reported the release of its newest software version Synapse ProSolv cardiovascular 4.0.1. Key features of this release include integrated ECG management capability and integration with the Siemens Sensis Hemodynamic system. The company's previous software release, version 4.0, enhanced the product to be a Web-based application using Web communication protocols and a Web URL single-click application download and installation for easier deployment across the enterprise. Now Synapse ProSolv cardiovascular 4.0.1 takes that Web foundation, along with its vendor- and hardware-neutral attributes, and provides additional third party integrations that will increase efficiencies in the diagnostic process for cardiologists and the cardiovascular staff.

A report in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology/Biology/Physics showed that the use of 3-D ultrasound with the Clarity Breast System, made by Resonant Medical (Montreal, Canada), provided enhanced image information to enable radiation oncologists to better define the treatment region when delivering partial breast irradiation treatment (PBI) for breast cancer. The Clarity Breast System marks the first application of 3-D ultrasound technology to Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT). In addition to its application with treatment planning, the Clarity System is also used to image the lumpectomy cavity daily with each radiation treatment, to get an actual visual image and location of the tumor cavity on a regular basis. Clarity provides the first method of daily lumpectomy cavity monitoring that is based on visualization of the actual anatomy rather than an estimation of the location of the cavity.

• W.L. Gore & Associates (Flagstaff, Arizona) reported the first clinical use of the Gore Flow Reversal System for neuroprotection during carotid artery stenting (CAS). The Gore Flow Reversal System is a new technology which minimizes the risk of emboli reaching the brain during critical stages of CAS, thereby expanding treatment options for broad patient populations with carotid artery disease. The system is a technology that establishes neuroprotection by reversing blood flow at the treatment site prior to crossing the lesion. Flow reversal is achieved by selectively occluding common carotid and external carotid artery blood flow. By establishing an arterio-venous shunt, blood from collateral vessels via the Circle of Willis is redirected to the lower pressure venous return. Macro and micro emboli are continuously directed away from the brain during flow reversal.

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