• Canon U.S.A. (Lake Success, New York) reported expansion of its line of digital radiography (DR) systems with the introduction of the Canon CXDI-60G portable flat panel detector. The CXDI-60G succeeds the CXDI-31, which the company calls the world's first portable cassette-type DR system. Features include low power consumption and a detachable sensor cable for maintenance and installation. The model's detachable sensor cable, which provides power to the unit and transfers data, enables room-to-room installation from multiple locations such as the patient's bedside or wheelchair, trauma or intensive care unit (with an optional power box and PC) and fits into most neo-natal incubator trays. Canon U.S.A. develops imaging solutions.

• Pioneer Surgical Technology (Marquette, Michigan) reported the availability of the SlimFuse anterior cervical plate system, designed to optimize anterior cervical fusion procedures while addressing the needs of anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) surgery. Pioneer says that SlimFuse provides surgeons "the flexibility to choose between a rigid, semi-rigid, or translationally dynamic system without additional instrumentation." And SlimFuse's narrow plate width and scalloped cutouts provide improved interoperative visualization. Pioneer Surgical is a develops motion preservation devices.

• Tecan (Durham, North Carolina) has introduced the new Cavro Omni Robot, a general purpose OEM liquid handling robot for a wide range of applications within clinical diagnostics, life sciences and analytical chemistry. The robot's closed-loop positioning system provides assurance of knowing exactly where the pipetting probe is located at all times, while its high payload opens up a broad range of capabilities for automation solutions. Using the Cavro Integration Kit, any Tecan Cavro pump or robot can be set up for evaluation in a matter of minutes. The Cavro Fusion Software included in the Cavro Integration Kit automatically recognizes the device, and pumps and robots can even be operated simultaneously via an intuitive graphical user interface.

Electronic payment solutions from Vanco Services (Minnetonka, Minnesota) are now integrated into practice management software from Ortho II. This new integration allows Ortho II users to process credit card, debit card and direct debit transactions through Vanco Services. The integration eliminates the dual entry of payment information. Vanco Services makes payment solutions to businesses and organizations of every size. Vanco is a payment card industry level 1 compliant service provider. Ortho II is a provider of practice management, imaging and communication solutions for orthodontists.

• Zeus Scientific (Raritan, New Jersey) said it will offer a rapid nasal screening test for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), based upon the company's own technology, using the enrichment and nucleic acid amplification of a target pathogen. The new test will enable identification of the carriers of this pathogen within two hours. The company noted that studies "have shown that time to results is critical in demonstrating a reduction in MRSA hospital infection rates." Zeus makes clinical diagnostics.