• Merge eMed (Milwaukee), a Merge Healthcare company providing healthcare software and services, reported that it has released Fusion Matrix PACS (picture archiving and communications system), version 2.1. The company said its newest release introduces several enhancements to help radiologists efficiently read studies, including the ability to query and retrieve studies from third-party DICOM sources, reserve studies, and mark studies as preliminary. In addition, Fusion Matrix PACS 2.1 has added new tools such as triangulation, which lets the user easily define a target point on an image to view the corresponding anatomical position in other series.

• Meridian (Seoul, South Korea) said its has entered into an agreement with Dr. R.A. Chubaty of Aestheticmd (Scottsdale, Arizona) to undertake a study involving the effects of the company s Lipo-Laser on subdermal adipose (fat) tissue. Chubaty is a well-known physician with a practice focusing on cellulite and spot fat reduction known as mesotherapy. The study will involve 10 patients of varying demographic backgrounds and will include measurements both before and after treatment. The treatment will be performed for a period of 30 days. This is an important step for Meridian to demonstrate to the North American market the effectiveness of the Lipo-Laser from a third party, said Hyeon Seong Myeong, president of Meridian. Validation of the performance of our product will greatly assist in our efforts to achieve worldwide approvals from agencies such as the FDA.

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