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Leading hospitals implement Motion C5 in clinician usability studies, collaborating with Motion, Intel and clinical system vendors. February 2007

InforSense launches clinical decision support solution
InforSense's HealthSense is a workflow-based decision-support solution that enables clinicians to analyse large patient data sets to identify key risk factors for better decision-making in patient care. 28 February 2007

Averion expands European operations
Averion International Corp. a clinical research organization (CRO) specializing in oncology, medical devices, dermatology and nephrology, has opened four European-based offices. 28 February 2007

Robotic exoskeleton helps regain limb function
A robotic exoskeleton controlled by nerve signals could help people with partial nervous system impairment regain limb function. 27 February 2007

Medtronic Experience Stealthstation combines spinal surgery navigation with minimal access
The new system improves treatment of spinal conditions by enabling spinal surgeons and their patients to experience less invasive procedures, smaller incisions and less exposure to radiation. 23 February 2007

Philips unveils networked patient monitor combined with defibrillator
The Philips HeartStart MRx can serve as a wireless transport monitor/defibrillator or cardiac bedside monitor/defibrillator with built-in pacing, synchronized cardioversion and defibrillation capabilities. 23 February 2007

Computer model of brain's visual processing could lead to better image analysis and robot vision
A new computer model of how the brain processes visual information has surprised researchers at its power. Developed as a tool for neuroscientists it could now have applications in surveillance and automobile driver’s assistance, visual search engines, biomedical imaging analysis, and robots with realistic vision. 22 February 2007

BioLED lab-on-chip technology to be demonstrated at Imperial College, London
A demonstration version of the BioLED Lab On A Chip platform combining microfluidics, organic semiconductor diodes and photodetectors will be presented to a selected audience. 21 February 2007

Tecan and Applied Biosystems develop automated analyser for forensic DNA. 21 February 2007

Misonix expands distribution of ultrasound surgical devices in Europe. 21 February 2007

3M takes over UK rapid diagnostics company Acolyte Biomedica
The addition of Acolyte Biomedica allows 3M to expand more quickly into the emerging market of infection prevention diagnostics, especially in Europe where Acolyte Biomedica has a commercialized product for MRSA detection. 20 February 2007

Cardinal Health joins US Dossia project to develop online personal health records for employees
Dossia is a Web-based infrastructure which will empower individuals to manage their own healthcare records and maintain comprehensive, up-to-date histories for themselves and their families, in a secure and private environment. 19 February 2007

Inverness Medical Innovations acquires assets of First Check Diagnostics
Inverness Medical Innovations, Inc. has paid $25 million in cash for the assests of California-based First Check, a market leader in home testing for drugs of abuse, such as marijuana, cocaine and opiates. 19 February 2007

Portable refinery efficiently generates electricity from trash
A portable refinery developed by researchers at Purdue University  efficiently converts food, paper and plastic trash into electricity, producing 90% more energy than it consumes. 19 February 2007

Siemens to build first molecular imaging centre for UAE
Mubadala Development has awarded Siemens Medical Solutions a 16.7 million contract to build and operate a Molecular Imaging Centre (MIC) in Abu Dhabi. This provide diagnostic services for oncology, cardiology and neurology. Expected to open in summer 2008, the facility will be the first of its kind in the region. 16 February 2007

Global molecular diagnostics market could reach $92bn by 2016
The market will be driven by the addition of new tests in high-volume testing areas coupled with the introduction of new instrumentation which will provide greater ease, speed, and quality. 15 February 2007.

Sweden donates US$42m to GAVI Alliance for child immunisation in poorest countries
The SEK 300 million (US $42 million) donation from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) reflects the country's long-term commitment to global health and poverty eradication goals. 14 February 2007 Deutsch Español Francais

Bio-Imaging acquires French neurology imaging lab Theralys SA
Bio-Imaging Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: BITI), has acquired French company Theralys SA, a leading provider of customized imaging services in the field of central nervous system disorders (CNS) and neurovascular diseases. 14 February 2007

€12m European SOPRANO project to develop technology for  independent living for older people
The Service Orientated Programmable Smart Environments for Older Europeans (SOPRANO) project will develop affordable, smart IT-based assisted living services aimed at promoting independence for older people, improving quality of life and addressing the issue of an ageing population across Europe. 13 February 2007

Medtronic begins European and US trial of MRI-compatible pacemaker system
The first patients in the trial were recently implanted with the new Medtronic EnRhythm MRI SureScan pacing system. The study will compare the electrical and diagnostic system performance, as well as complication rates of patients with and without MRI scans. 13 February 2007

Project to combine biology and engineering to create soft-bodied robots
Researchers at Tufts University in the USA have launched a multidisciplinary initiative focused on the science and engineering of a new class of robots that are completely soft-bodied. These devices will make possible advances in such far flung arenas as medicine and space exploration. 12 February 2007

Philips introduces imaging tool for complex cardiac arrhythmias
The Philips EP navigator combines pre–interventional 3D CT images of a patients’ cardiac anatomy with live X-ray fluoroscopy catheter position information in a single image, allowing physicians to navigate more easily through the heart during complex procedures. 7 Feb 2007

Chinese market for personal blood-pressure monitors growing at 33%
The Chinese market for home-use digital blood-pressure monitors will grow at over 33% per year, driven by lower prices and increased awareness, according to a new report from InMedica. 7 Feb 2007

Image-guided radiosurgery system for new Dublin hospital
The newly opened Beacon Hospital in Sandyford, Dublin has ordered Europe’s first Trilogy Tx image-guided radiosurgery system from Varian Medical Systems. 7 Feb 2007

Healthcare products should be chosen for quality not price, say German hospital directors
German medical technology companies and sickness funds agreed that competing on product quality is better than a price-based economy in the BVMed's January conference on German health reforms. 7 Feb 2007

Call for masterplan for German health economy
A cross-party "Masterplan for the health economy" is needed in Germany, with innovative medical technologies playing a key role, according to BVMed. 7 Feb 2007

Swedish Cancer Institute first to offer organ-motion tracking for precision-treatment of prostate cancer
The Seattle-based Institute is the first to offer prostate cancer treatment with the Calypso 4D Localization System for precision-guided radiation therapy with organ-motion tracking, giving the ability to pinpoint a prostate tumour's location with greater accuracy and reduced side-effects. 5 Feb 2007

Smiths Medical launches medication control software for infusion pumps
Smiths Medical, part of the global technology business Smiths Group, has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for software that makes programming pain management infusion pumps simpler and safer. 1 Feb 2007

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