• Covidien (North Haven, Connecticut) said that its surgical devices business unit has received FDA clearance to market the Covidien SILS procedure kit, indicated for single-incision laparoscopic surgery and other advanced laparoscopic procedures. The devices in the kit can be used by surgeons to perform laparoscopic procedures through a single skin incision located within the patient's umbilicus, or belly button. The kit features several advanced articulating instruments and access ports, which enable improved access to the surgical site and maneuverability for tissue dissection and retraction. Covidien makes product lines in four segments: Medical Devices, Imaging Solutions, Pharmaceutical Products and Medical Supplies.

• InfraReDx (Burlington, Massachusetts) said physicians at Beaumont Hospital (Royal Oak, Michigan) have successfully used its LipiScan coronary imaging system in a patient undergoing a cardiac catheterization. This is the first patient in whom it has been possible to assess the chemical composition of coronary artery plaques and use such information to assist in the management of coronary artery disease. The LipiScan is a catheter-based device that uses laser light to detect how much fat and other substances are contained in a plaque. The identification of the chemical composition of coronary plaques is expected to be of value to cardiologists in the selection of medical, stenting or surgical therapy for coronary lesions. The device is also expected to be of value to the pharmaceutical industry as a means to assess the effect of novel anti-atherosclerotic agents on lipid core plaque burden. InfraReDx specializes in near-infrared spectroscopic technology and its application to coronary imaging.

• Instrumentarium Dental (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) reported introduction of the Soredex Scanora 3-D X-ray system with HD panoramic. Soredex Scanora 3-D combines a cone beam with high definition panoramic imaging in a single system to produce anatomically correct images of teeth, bone and soft tissue plus the highest quality panoramic images. In cone beam mode, Scanora 3-D offers three fields of view allowing the proper image volume to be selected for each specific diagnostic task. The field of view can be positioned anywhere within the maxillofacial area. The smallest view is 60 mm x 60 mm and is ideal for single implant operations, localized dental problems and TM joints. The medium view, 75 mm x 100 mm, is suitable when the entire dentition, including the mental and mandibular foramen, needs to be examined. The largest view, 75mm x 145 mm, is the best choice when the complete dentition, both TM joints and upper cervical spine, or maxillofacial area, with airways, must be examined. Instrumentarium Dental makes dental imaging equipment.

• Optos (London) has launched an upgraded version of its retinal imaging software — V2 Vantage Dx. Some features include: Exact Disk Optic Nerve Enhancement, 3-D Wrap, and intraocular lens. Optos' devices are scalable to accommodate software upgrades. Annual upgrades are part of the company's 'Evergreen Strategy' which is about supporting customers through new business processes and software packages. This strategy is designed to keep customers on the leading edge of retinal imaging and practice technologies. Optos makes retinal imaging devices.