Saturday, May 7, 2011

Volcano Corporation to Supply Intravascular Ultrasound Technology to Covidien

Volcano Corporation (NASDAQ: VOLC), the leading developer and manufacturer of precision guided therapy tools designed to enhance the treatment of coronary and peripheral vascular disease, today announced the signing of a supply agreement with ev3, a Covidien company, under which Volcano will supply its proprietary Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS) technology for use in ev3's Plaque Excision Systems. Utilizing the digital IVUS transducer incorporated in Volcano's market leading EagleEye® catheter product line, this new product will be capable of running on Volcano's global installed base of 5,000 systems.

"At Volcano, our imaging and physiology tools provide a level of precision that angiography alone simply cannot match," commented Scott Huennekens, President and CEO of Volcano. "In addition to our internally developed image guided therapy products, such as the VIBE® RX Imaging Balloon (commercially available in the EU only), we have looked to other medical device industry leaders to join us in differentiating therapeutic devices by adding integrated imaging capabilities. Covidien is an innovative company that recognizes the value of onboard visualization and is committed to bringing these new, more precise therapies to market to help improve patient outcomes. This agreement also exemplifies the value of our one system, many solutions strategy facilitated by our multi-modality platform."

source: Volcano

Monday, May 2, 2011

Surgeons Get FIT for Breast Health with Terason Ultrasound

BURLINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Terason, the innovator and leader in laptop ultrasound technology today announced the release of the Terason t3200™ Ultrasound System – Breast Series. This fully-functional, portable ultrasound system is the first of its kind designed specifically for the Breast Surgeon.

David Kaufman, Chief of Breast Surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bethpage, NY stated, "The Terason t3200 is a dedicated Breast Ultrasound system that is truly in a class by itself, with state-of-the-art digital quality imaging in a portable laptop format that is fully integrated into an Apple MacBook Pro. Simply stated, the Terason t3200 is a unique system that not only is a fully functional laptop PC, but is a fully equipped ultrasound system as well. This unique feature, seen only in this Terason unit, will allow any physician to streamline their workflow, allowing more time to provide diagnostic and interventional ultrasound to their patients. One can scan and store images and reports directly on the laptop, plus they can be e-mailed directly to referring physicians. The image quality is outstanding and far superior compared to other laptop-style ultrasound units. In short, the Terason t3200 is easy to use and inexpensive to purchase. This system stands alone as best in category.”

The t3200 Breast Series is the second release in a family of Terason systems with a new wave of advancements in ground-breaking technology. FIT, exclusively from Terason, provides Flexible Imaging Technology using innovative new features to produce high quality images and simplify the ultrasound exam. All new X-Site™ Transducers and DDR™ provide top-notch image quality in both superficial and deeper targets to further enhance clinical confidence. A re-designed intuitive interface, with simplified measurements and annotations, will increase productivity and patient throughput.

source: Business Wire