Two renowned original equipment manufacturers (OEM) of CT or computed tomography systems have signed a transatlantic agreement to support each other in the development of innovative multi-slice technology for advanced clinical applications. The German Medical Engineering Group of Siemens AG, based in Erlangen, will collaborate with Picker International Corporation, headquartered in Cleveland, to continue a 1996 contract with Elscint Ltd. The CT division of this latter company will pass into the hands of the Picker management.
Although Siemens as well as Picker both will keep their own CT product lines and independently will market their CT equipment, the new contract will undoubtedly help to save important costs in the design and the manufacturing process. According to Cary Nolen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Picker, the agreement will lead to economies of scale for components, vital to the production of medical imaging technology. The two companies will therefore focus on development and OEM issues.
Klaus Hambuchen, who is president of the Siemens AG medical engineering computed tomography division, announced a doubling of the manufacturing volume for leading-edge UFC detectors and high-speed sub-second imaging technology, used in CT systems. Both the Picker and Siemens CT systems will integrate the recently designed multi-slice technology. The collaboration between the two companies fits into the current business climate of growing consolidation and more intense co-operation in the fast changing medical imaging marketplace.
Siemens' medical engineering CT division has been awarded "Factory of the year" for 1998 in Germany because of its innovative initiatives in the German region of Forchheim. The Medical Engineering Group as a whole concentrates on the development of imaging systems and the deployment of electro-medicine, therapy, audiological engineering and clinical networking. Worldwide, the group employs a staff of more than 20.000 people to supply hi-tech products, systems and services for medical diagnosis and therapy.