Artificial intelligence for gadolinium reduction; Varex Imaging’s sales slump, plus more radiology vendor news – Radiology Business

Artificial intelligence for gadolinium reduction; Varex Imaging’s sales slump, plus more radiology vendor news – Radiology Business

Nanox eyes $125M IPO

Imaging disrupter Nanox—which is hoping to upend the industry with a new low-cost x-ray system—has taken a step toward its $125 million initial public offering.

The Israel-based firm recently filed its Form F-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission, with plans to use “NNOX” on the Nasdaq. Nanox has already raised more than $100 million in funding from companies including Fujifilm and Foxconn.

It hopes to eventually offer an end-to-end radiology solution that would include AI and image storage. Officials already submitted an application for FDA clearance earlier this year for its core system, the Nanox.Arc, but pushed back the process because of the pandemic, according to reports.

Philips inks multi-year research pact

Royal Philips has inked a multi-year research deal with one Dutch provider in a bid to commercialize “breakthrough” new MRI technology.

The Amsterdam-based imaging giant will work in tandem with University Medical Center Utrecht to establish a worldwide research network to fuel the development of MR-STAT. First created at the academic hospital, the imaging technology relies on a new “smart acquisition scheme,” along with machine-assisted reconstruction. The partners said it’s able to deliver multiple quantitative MR paraments in one scan, representing a “significant” advance in tissue classification.

“With this fast quantitative and single acquisition technology, enhanced with AI, MR-STAT will play a pivotal role in delivering the best diagnostic outcome at an affordable cost, benefitting both healthcare providers and their patients,” Joland Rutgers, research and development leader for MR at Philips, said in a statement.

Canon partners with Zebra Medical

Imaging manufacturer Canon USA recently announced a new partnership with Israeli AI vendor Zebra Medical Systems.

With the pact, Canon will now offer its partner’s AI1 automated imaging analysis solutions, which help docs provide faster diagnoses. The two companies said this is Zebra’s first foray into the “modality space.”

“We are excited about the partnership with Canon Medical Systems USA Inc., a company taking innovative and proactive steps to ensure AI adoption for better patient care,” CEO Ohad Arazi said in an Aug. 11 statement.

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