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Manufacturer Admits to Selling Contaminated Ultrasound Gel

On July 6, 2016, New Jersey-based company Pharmaceutical Innovations, Inc., pled guilty to criminal charges and resolved a civil lawsuit arising from the company’s distribution of ultrasound gel contaminated with bacteria. The devices at issue are gels that doctors and hospitals use to take ultrasound scans, sonograms, EKGs and similar procedures. “Pharmaceutical Innovations shipped defective products that exposed hospital patients to dangerous bacterial contamination,” said U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman for the District of New Jersey.  “Today’s plea agreement and civil settlement require Pharmaceutical Innovations to accept responsibility for the contamination and take the necessary steps to prevent it from happening again.” 


Hospital Mobile Devices Improve Workflow, Pose Risks

As mobile devices become a more common tool for hospital settings, questions about leakage of confidential patient information arise. Mobile devices have been on the increase as hospitals realize the return on their investment by facilitating faster communication between nurses, doctors, and other hospital staff. However, cyber-security breaches are also a concern, as about one-quarter of breaches occur with mobile devices. While hospitals are not lessening the increased reliance on mobile devices as medical communication tools, continuing efforts to keep the highest level of security possible are expected.


New report details pre- and postnatal brain defects from Zika virus

Researchers from the epicenter of the current Zika virus outbreak have released a report on imaging findings in babies and fetuses infected with the Zika virus. Zika virus is most dangerous when transmitted from a pregnant mother to her fetus, increasing the likelihood of severe brain defects in the baby. In addition to microcephaly, the report identifies a wide array of brain defects, visible on CT, MRI and ultrasound. 

FDA approves first MRI-guided focused ultrasound device to treat essential tremor

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the first focused ultrasound device to treat essential tremor in patients who have not responded to medication. ExAblate Neuro uses magnetic resonance (MR) images taken during the procedure to deliver focused ultrasound to destroy brain tissue in a tiny area thought to be responsible for causing tremors.

“Patients with essential tremor who have not seen improvement with medication now have a new treatment option that could help them to avoid more invasive surgical treatments,” said Carlos Peña, Ph.D., M.S., director of the division of neurological and physical medicine devices in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “As with other treatments for essential tremor, this new device is not a cure but could help patients enjoy a better quality of life.”


SonoSim, GE Healthcare re-up ultrasound training deal

Ultrasound education focused SonoSim said this week it is extending a collaboration with GE Healthcare (NYSE:GE)  to cover ultrasound training and education for GE’s women’s health and urology divisions.

Through the extended collaboration, Sonosim will offer its SonoSim 365 for GE Healthcare to clients in the women’s health and urology fields who own qualifying ultrasound systems with the goal of accelerating adoption of bedside ultrasound.


Mobile ultrasounds take a step forward with image-sharing

A portable ultrasound device recently used in Africa is making its way to the U.S., giving clinicians the ability to conduct, store and share images at the point of care.

The device is a collaboration between Fujifilm SonoSite and Trice Imaging, whose Tricefy sharing, collaboration and routing software has been integrated with Fujifilm's iViz portable ultrasound unit.

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ISUOG International Symposia

ISUOG’s (International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology) International Symposia are designed to encourage the broader exchange of research and information worldwide. These meetings are specifically targeted to the needs of members in the host region.

12th International Symposium

17-20 February 2016
Miami, Florida (USA)

Check the event website for more details


Echocardiographic Symposium at Vail

21st to 24th July 2014 
Vail, CO, United States of America 

This symposium is an intensive and comprehensive review of state-of-the-art echo to a wide variety of cardiovascular disorders and will have an emphasis on introduction of new technologies. Special emphasis will be integration of Echo, CT, and MRI. 

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Your Smartphone Is a Portable ECG Machine

This new ECG machine app, called the AliveCor, costs about $200. It snaps onto the iPhone 4 and 4S and contains two electrode-type areas which can apparently take a 30-second single lead electrocardiogram. Then, it lets you transmit that data to your doctor if you’re having symptoms. 

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5th Cancer Targets & Therapeutics Conference

7th to 8th July 2014 
Boston, United States of America 

Contact person: Kristen Starkey 

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  • “With the current environment and the direction medicine has taken, our medical practice chose to purchase a refurbished Philips ie33 ultrasound system from Absolute Medical. We have the identical machine in our office and I was pleased to see that the machine functions and operates as well as any other machine we have ever used.”
    – Dr I. Kaplan MD Cardiac Care and Vascular Medicine. Bronx. NY
  • “Over the past decade Nitronics Inc. has sold and purchased dozens of Ultrasound Machines from Absolute Medical Equipment. They are a company with trust, integrity, honesty and A+ service.”
    – Nick Cunetta. Nitronics, Inc. Ramsey, N.J.