A Diagnostics & Imaging Week

GW Medical Technologies (Phoenix) said it was recently awarded a $1,036,000 Phase II SBIR Grant from the National Institute on Aging, a division of the National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, Maryland).

The grant will assist GW Medical to further develop, refine and commercialize its new LymPro Test, a blood diagnostic test for early detection of Alzheimer's disease.

In other contract news:

Logical Images (Rochester, New York) said its clinical decision support software system, VisualDx, is now listed on the U.S. GSA Schedule 70 for Information Technology products and services. The General Services Administration is the central management agency that sets federal policy for federal procurement of real property and information resources management.

The company said the five-year contract will streamline the acquisition and installation process for customers using federal funds to procure VisualDx. Hospitals, clinics, military installations, and research facilities authorized to buy from the GSA Schedule will now be able to use federal allocations to acquire VisualDx.

Installed at more than 350 sites in 20 states, Logical Images said VisualDx is a comprehensive resource for the diagnosis of visually identifiable diseases. By merging medical imaging with clinical information, VisualDx provides a technologically advanced approach to point-of-care decision making and disease recognition, the company said. Health care professionals can enter observations, symptoms, patient medical histories and test results and then compare the patient's visual or radiological presentation side-by-side with images of possible diagnoses. VisualDx contains more than 13,000 professionally photographed medical images organized in 18 discrete modules including acute pulmonary infections; neonate and infant dermatological conditions; rashes, growths and lesions in adult and pediatric patients; drug eruptions; oral lesions and growths; terrorism recognition; international travel; and female and male genital rashes and growths.

The GSA Schedule Contact Number is GS-35F-0093T with access innovations awarded to two SINs: 132-32 for Term Software Licenses and 132-34 for Software Maintenance. Logical Images develops products designed to speed visual recognition and clinical decision making.

Mercury Computer Systems (Chelmsford, Massachusetts) has entered a three-year contract to provide a picture archiving and communications system (PACS) solutions to Genesis Digital Imaging (Los Angeles).

Genesis supports distributors in the medical imaging industry with products and services, and will distribute Mercury's Visage web-enabled PACS solutions under their product umbrella Omni-WEB PACS, throughout the North American market. The agreement with Genesis extends Mercury's strategy of providing its medical imaging solutions to the marketplace through top-tier dealers and distributors.

Genesis plans to combine the Kodak desktop CR system with the Mercury Visage web-PACS server.