• KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America (Culver City, California) reported the installation of fully functional integrated operating rooms combined with intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (iMRI) capabilities at Cook Children's Medical Center (Fort Worth, Texas) and Swedish Medical Center (Seattle). The system at Cook Children's is the first installation of its kind to comprise a fully integrated OR (rather than a cart-based system) and to use all-digital high-definition video technology. All images, including PACS, vital signs, endoscope and microscope images, utilize the highest native resolutions. The installation at Swedish is similar to the one at Cook Children's, except the magnet is fixed in the operative field. Both solutions use fiber technology to eliminate interference with the MRI magnet. KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America, an affiliate of KARL STORZ GmbH & Co. KG, makes minimally invasive endoscopic technologies and OR integration.

• Ortho Organizers (Carlsbad, California) reported launch of the Ancor Pro Orthodontic Anchorage System providing, it said, enhanced stabilization compared to traditional techniques, as well as increasing patients' comfort and acceptance. The system uses a multi-functional single head for the attachment of elastic chains, coil springs, archwires or other orthodontic auxiliaries. The sharp tip and threads of the anchor allow for self-drilling and self-tapping, and only require local, or topical, anesthesia for placement. In addition, anchors are available in 1.6 mm diameter and multiple lengths of 6 mm, 8 mm and 10 mm. Ortho Organizers make orthodontic products.

• MedAire (Tempe, Arizona) reported that its new pediatric supplemental Rx Kit to address the medical needs of children traveling away from home. Designed for children under the age of 1, the product allows first responders to treat common pediatric ailments ranging from motion sickness, allergic reactions, asthma and burns, to infection, nausea, nasal congestion and dental pain with milder and lower-dosage medications. Prescription and over-the-counter medications are provided in color-coded, see-through window pouches for quick identification of appropriate items along with a color-coded content card and user's guide that details usage, dosage recommendations and side effect information, primarily for over-the-counter medications. MedAire makes medical equipment for travelers in the aviation and maritime industries.

• Merge Healthcare (Milwaukee) reported the release of its Merge PET/CT Workstation software. The workstation is a vendor-neutral solution that maximizes digital reading with easy-to-use controls for advanced imaging and streamlined reporting. It has incorporated reading tools such as 3D volume rendering and hot-spot scout, and comprehensive reporting tools such as standard uptake value calculations and configurable colormaps. Workflow is enhanced by layouts that mimic PACS (picture archiving and communication systems) layouts split across dual monitors in panoramic mode. This allows simultaneous review of CT, PET Corrected, PET Uncorrected, PET/CT Fused and MIP images. Merge Healthcare makes medical imaging and information management software and services.

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