• eyeonics (Aliso Viejo, California) reported that the crystalens Five-O is now available in an expanded range of 10 to 30 diopters. In addition, in the range of the most commonly used diopters, 16 to 27, the Five-O is available in quarter (0.25) diopter steps to provide ophthalmic surgeons with a more precise selection of lenses to achieve their refractive targets. The Five-O is now also manufactured in a 12mm overall length from 10 to 16.75 diopters to accommodate larger eyes. The crystalens technology is designed to allow the lens to move in the eye in a manner similar to the natural lens. By using the eye’s muscle to move the lens backwards and forwards naturally, patients can focus through a continuous range of vision including near, far and intermediate vision. eyeonics makes vision enhancement products and the crystalens Five-O.

• Masimo (Irvine, California) reported that an independent study demonstrated the superiority of Masimo LNOP Blue Sensors in providing accurate, reliable and continuous pulse oximetry readings in cyanotic infants with congenital heart disease. The Masimo LNOP Blue sensor — which was specifically designed for use in pediatric patients with low oxygen saturation — was compared to a Nellcor OxiMax sensor and to a standard Masimo LNOP sensor not designed for cyanotic patients, and was shown to have a “significantly higher correlation to arterial blood gas in comparison to the two other sensors studied.” Masimo assists clinicians to accurately monitor blood oxygen saturation in critical care situations.

• Merge Healthcare (Milwaukee) reported the release of Fusion PACS MX version 2.2 with native 64-bit processing. This type of processing assists radiologists in overcoming limitations on their computer systems’ memory usage. Many imaging vendors run 32-bit software on top of a 64-bit operating platform. This leverages a “32-bit emulation model” in which your software thinks the machine is smaller, and thus more solutions can run. Merge is fully porting its PACS workstation to a 64-bit environment and making 64-bit processing native within its system. ) Merge Healthcare is a provider of imaging software and services.

• Neoprobe (Dublin, Ohio) reported that the results from the first stage of a multi-center Phase II clinical study of Lymphoseek support the commencement of enrollment in the second stage of the Phase II study. Lymphoseek is a radioactive tracing agent being developed for use in connection with gamma detection devices in a surgical procedure known as intraoperative lymphatic mapping (ILM). The study is evaluating the efficacy and safety of Lymphoseek in patients with either melanoma or breast cancer. Neoprobe makes cardiovascular surgical and diagnostic products.

• OSI Systems (Hawthorne, California) said that its healthcare division, Spacelabs Healthcare, has received clearance to distribute in the U.S. its new cardiology data management system, brand-named “Sentinel.” Sentinel is designed to consolidate and manage of diagnostic cardiology procedures by centralizing all solutions in a central networked database that reduces the need for paper records. The system has been designed for use either in a single station, such as within a physician’s office, or as a fully scalable solution for large multi-centered hospitals. OSI Systems is a provider of specialized electronic products for critical applications in the security and healthcare industries.

• Positron (Houston) reported that it has developed intellectual property in the field of solid-state photo detection and its applications. It has four patents pending covering the design and construction of diagnostic molecular imaging scanners and radiation detection scanners for homeland security with its new class of solid state photodetectors. The miniaturization gained with the photodetector technology is designed to help the development of the next generation of efficient and economical full-body scanning devices, integrated PET/MRI scanners and the development of a single-use organ specific low-cost camera that can be disposed of after a single medical procedure. Positron makes PET devices.

• RespCare (Coconut Creek, Florida) reported the release of the Hybrid continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask, designed to help obstructive sleep apnea patients to breath more comfortably and easily. CPAP machines contain a fan that blows air under pressure into the nostrils. Most users of conventional CPAP (especially at pressures exceeding 10-12 cm H2O) find the pressure hard to exhale against. The Hybrid is a dual airway mask that can allow for mouth leaking (due to the high pressure air flow). RespCare, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mergenet Solutions, makes products to treat obstructive sleep apnea and other respiratory disorders.

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