A Diagnostics & Imaging Week

Fischer Imaging (Denver) said that it had received last-time purchase orders from two major customers. Management also reported it had begun a formal auction process to sell its radiology, electrophysiology and surgical business.

On March 9, Fischer entered into an amendment to the distributor agreement between Ethicon Endo-Surgery Europe (EES), a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson (New Brunswick, New Jersey) and Fischer.

EES agreed to place a binding order with Fischer for 20 MammoTest tables to be shipped to various locations in Europe. Fischer agreed to deliver the tables no later than May 31, and agreed to provide applications training and warranty support for a specified period of time. Applications training and warranty support will be provided by a strategic partner, since Fischer plans to shut down its European subsidiaries in the near future.

It is expected that no further MammoTest systems will be sold to EES after shipment of the tables.

In other grants/contracts news, CompuMed (Los Angeles), a medical informatics company serving the healthcare community with diagnostic software solutions, has signed a one-year agreement with Correctional Medical Services (CMS; St. Louis) to provide correctional facilities with electrocardiogram remote interpretation systems and services.

CompuMed will become a CMS partner. It will use its CardioGram system to provide remote cardiac screening for detainees at 68 correctional facilities that outsource healthcare services to CMS.

Over the past two years, the company has reported long-term contracts with correctional departments in several states including New York, California and Nevada.