• Anthro (Portland, Oregon) reported the introduction the new Carl’s Table, Model CT08 — radiology furniture for reading soft copy and for teleradiology applications. The CT08 is an ergonomic desk with motorized height movement and increased leg speed for quick adjustment from 28.5” to 48.5”. The tilt adjustment facilitates all individual work positions, sitting or standing. The tilting surface supports the forearm and shoulders, dramatically decreasing the risk of musculoskeletal disorders. CT08 also has ninety-nine memory presets for multiple users. It can hold up to four monitors on arms, it has a Monitor Positioning System that electronically moves the monitors with the push of a button. Monitors are mounted to a rail and actuators control the up/down and in/out action. Anthro makes furniture for high-tech equipment.

• Immunicon (Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania) said that it filed with the FDA a request for clearance of the Cellsearch circulating tumor cell kit as an aid in the monitoring of patients with metastatic androgen-independent prostate cancer. Immunicon announced that it had successfully met the primary endpoint associated with its pivotal clinical trial in metastatic androgen-independent prostate cancer in January 2007. The primary endpoint required demonstrating that circulating tumor cells levels three-to-five weeks after the initiation of chemotherapy predict overall survival. Results showed that serial CTC measurement before and after initiation of therapy in men with androgen-independent prostate cancer delivered more reliable information about disease progression and patient survival months earlier than the traditional measurement of changes in prostate-specific antigen (PSA) measurements. Immunicon makes cell- and molecular-based human diagnostic and life science research products with an initial focus on cancer disease management.

• Merge Healthcare (Milwaukee) reported the introduction of eFilm Workstation version 3.0, an enhanced version of Merge’s desktop diagnostic imaging software. eFilm offers enhancements in both a gold version and a platinum version that are designed to accelerate radiologist productivity. With a range of tools, including window/level presets, synchronized stacking, MPR reference lines, cine function and integrated CD burning — in addition to other capabilities such as volume rendering and MPR creation — eFilm supports the daily workflow of any imaging environment. eFilm also can be used as a back-up viewer during disaster recovery if an existing PACS goes off-line. Merge Healthcare is a medical imaging software and services provider.

• PLC Systems (Franklin, Massachusetts) reported that it has discussed the results of its pilot safety study of the RenalGuard system and therapy with the FDA. Based upon the positive safety data already collected in the pilot study and its discussions with FDA, PLC has stopped enrolling new patients in the pilot study and will submit a request to transition into a new pivotal trial protocol. The trial is expected to demonstrate that RenalGuard is effective in reducing the incidence of contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) in at-risk patients undergoing cardiovascular imaging procedures. PLC Systems specializes in technologies for the cardiac and vascular markets.

• SPO Medical (New York) reported the introduction of the new PulseOx 6000 and PulseOx 6100. The PulseOx 6000 (finger device) and PulseOx 6100 (hand-held device) have both been designed for use by medical professionals, hospitals and managed care facilities. Both the devices use reflective pulse oximetry (RPO) technology for accurate and reliable measurements of blood oxygen saturation and heart rate, and include the SPO Medical new AutoSpot technology for patients suffering low perfusion. SPO Medical makes biosensor and microprocessor technologies for use in portable monitoring devices.

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