CytoCore (Chicago) reported “highly accurate results” in using its P2X7 biomarker to detect bladder cancer, suggesting broader implications for use in the early detection of cancer in all epithelial cells, the company said. Following recent test results confirming the efficacy of the P2X7 marker in early identification of endometrial and cervical cancers, the new finding indicates the biomarker’s potential effectiveness in early screening for bladder cancer, in confirming the presence of bladder cancer in diagnostically difficult cases and in predicting the biologic potential of an individual tumor in terms of recurrence and progression to advanced disease, the company said. CytoCore said it is in clinical trials and development with a range of screening, diagnostic and treatment products related to the P2X7 marker and its efficacy in the identification of pervasive reproductive cancers.

• Exavera Technologies (Portsmouth, New Hampshire) and Patient Care Technology Systems (PCTS; Mission Viejo, California) reported their successful implementation of an integrated Real-Time Location System (RTLS) at the Harmon Medical and Rehabilitation Hospital (Las Vegas). The hospital’s staff will use the browser-based solution to locate nearly 300 assets in both clinical and non-clinical areas throughout the entire hospital. At the core of the solution is Exavera’s eShepherd Location Services solution, which includes RFID tags and readers as well as intelligent software to calculate the whereabouts of tagged items. PCTS’ Amelior Tracker software represents an intuitive end-user interface that allows hospital staff to locate a wide array of clinical and non-clinical assets, including pumps, wheelchairs, telemetry equipment and even maintenance tools from any computer on the hospital network. Amelior Tracker also offers the analytical tools designed to optimize asset usage and inventory. From any nurse’s station throughout the hospital, staff members can search for a specific item or the nearest of a particular type of asset. The results are shown both as a text-based report sorted by location and as a “dot-on-a-map” visual representation. When clicking on a particular item, the asset record appears, including information such as manufacturer, serial number, and calibration or maintenance notes. In the second phase of the deployment, security alerts will be delivered to appropriate staff members when certain items are leaving the building. Furthermore, through the analysis of location history, asset utilization and inventory can be significantly improved. Exavera combines RFID and WLAN technologies to build advanced networks intended to enable the identification, location and tracking of people and assets. PCTS, a subsidiary of Consulier Engineering , provides hospitals with workflow solutions designed to improve patient flow and to reduce the risk of medical errors.

• Viasys Healthcare (Conshohocken, Pennsylvania) has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its Sonara and Sonara/tek digital Transcranial Doppler (TCD) systems. TCD is a noninvasive method of measuring blood flow velocities in the arteries of the brain using ultrasound Doppler technology. Sonara and Sonara/tek systems were developed with a new digital data acquisition approach that is designed to provide much higher resolution data than has ever been available. The Sonara product is a fully integrated system, while the Sonara/tek is a Doppler module that allows connectivity to a PC or our current TCD products for an affordable choice without compromising high-end features. Viasysis a medical technology company focused on respiratory, neurology, medical disposable and orthopedic products.

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