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September when a pair of MINI Coopers tra- versed the country car- rying Ion Personal Ge- nome Machines from Life Technologies in their trunks. The eight- stop university tour aimed to show “how we can make accurate sequencing accessible for all,” says Peter Sil- vester, Life Technolo- gies’ president, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and how simple (and truly mini) this technol- ogy has become.
DNA sequencing took to the road in the United Kingdom this
to help physicians target the right medicine to the right person at the right time.
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One of the many uses for the machines is to sequence the DNA of a bacterium or virus for identification pur- poses and to develop disease treatments for people. A long-term mission is to help create personalized medicine solutions by using a patient’s unique genetic information
Technologies has chosen to stretch its legs a little (well, a lot) when it comes to demos. Since 2010, the company’s Ion Bus, featuring Ion Torrent technology, has been cruising back and forth across the country to visit universities, medical centers and conferences in a tricked- out 1976 Greyhound. The lengthy
lab on wheels includes several semiconductor sequencing machines and loads of learning space. Find out more at www.iontorrent.com.
Five-second x-ray systems roll into Texas
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University Health System is one of the first organizations in
the U.S. to install Carestream’s DRX-Revolution Mobile X-ray Systems. The DRX-Revolution units are part of an order for five Carestream wireless digital radiography (DR) systems to help improve care at University Hospital in the South Texas Medi- cal Center and a new outpatient Clinical Pavilion in downtown San Antonio. The wheeled systems provide bedside imaging and allow physicians to view x-ray images in
The DRX-Revolution systems are currently in use at University Hospital’s emergency center, intensive care units, surgical suites and nursing units. The 498-bed hospital has 12 floors and serves as the leading Level 1 trauma center for San Antonio and all of South Texas. “Carestream’s DRX-Revolution is our mobile imaging platform for the future,” says Rick Pena, University Hospital’s director of radiology. “The ability to communicate wirelessly with our RIS/PACS enables images to be immediately read by radiologists and viewed by physicians throughout the hospital.” Learn more at www.carestream.com.
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