• Biospace med (Atlanta) reported that data from a clinical study of its FDA-cleared EOS 3-D X-ray orthopedic imaging system conducted by a Montreal hospital, "EOS: A New Breed of X-Ray Imager Using Low-Dose Slot-Scanning to Achieve High-Quality Images," showed that the EOS ultra-low-dose orthopedic imaging system makes possible "better image quality than CR (computed radiography) imaging while using nearly 10 times less radiation." EOS is designed to capture head-to-toe images of patients in a standing, weight-bearing position while reducing up to 90% of the radiation dose compared to a conventional x-ray and up to 1000 times less radiation than a conventional CT scan.

• IBT Laboratories (Lenexa, Kansas) said that it has launched two tests to evaluate the response of patients whose immune systems may be compromised due to a primary immunodeficiency disorder, chemotherapy drugs, or because they are taking immuno-suppressing drugs to prevent rejection of a transplant. The company launched the two new assays, the T Cell FxTM test and the Mannan Binding Lectin (MBL) Pathway Function Test, at the November meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology in Seattle. According to IBT founder/CEO, John Halsey, PhD, these two tests provide physicians with much greater insight into a patient's immunology profile than was possible before. "We rely on our body's immune system to defend us from infectious disease. When a patient has an unusual number of infections, physicians need a complete assessment of the capabilities of the patient's immune system to respond to challenge by microorganisms. Both innate and adaptive immunity need to be evaluated. Previously, these kinds of tests were only used by the research community, and were not available in the clinical-diagnostics laboratory."

• MedCurrent (Los Angeles) said it has launched its Web-based insurance eligibility verification tool, MedCurrent Verify. The company says that this downloadable software speeds insurance workflow processes, improves claim submission accuracy, and optimizes reimbursement. Physician office staffs use MedCurrent Verify to connect with databases from more than 350 U.S.-based insurance carriers, to automate verification of insurance eligibility and secure real-time patient coverage information. With MedCurrent Verify, healthcare providers can submit individual or multiple patient requests to multiple insurance carriers through the Web and receive specific coverage confirmations and information about patient plans. The system also notes errors in submitted patient data so that corrections can be made in the practice's records prior to future claim submission. MedCurrent Verify enables practices to tap into the most current information in the insurance company's database in real-time as an appointment is being scheduled. The system provides data in a consistent format that is more accurate and easier to review than information provided on many carriers Web sites.

• Verticor (Midland, Texas) said its new VClipse Cervical Plating System, which the company said has involved design input by some of the industry's leading surgeons in spine stabilization procedures, is in the final stages of testing. Anticipated to be released to the industry in early 2009, this scalable system was designed to offer an efficient, easy-to-use new option for cervical fusion procedures, the company said.

• VIDA Diagnostics (Iowa City, Iowa) said its primary product, Pulmonary Workstation 2.0 (PW2) has received FDA clearance. VIDA's PW2 takes the complex information from a CT (computed tomography) scan of the lung and converts it into 3-D images and measurements that are viewed by the practicing pulmonologist at the point of patient service, or by the radiologist in the radiology department. PW2 features include a number of lung or lobe volume and density measurements, an extensive named airway map and a full suite of measurement tools for each airway. Airway, lung and lobe measurement tools are combined with advanced airway visualization to aid in patient assessment and procedure planning.