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Diagnostic imaging

Finnish system approved for digital mammo in Canada

The Finnish Planmed Oy is pleased to announce that the company has received Health Canada approval for its full field digital mammography (FFDM) system – called Planmed Nuance Excel. The approval also includes the Nuance DigiGuide digital stereotactic system.

Planmed Nuance Excel features a large 24x31 cm amorphous selenium (a-Se) detector. The unit is equipped with Planmed’s proprietary MaxView Breast Positioning System, which facilitates breast positioning and helps to draw and capture more chest wall tissue into the field of view, thereby maximizing the amount of visible breast tissue seen on the mammogram.

The digital stereotactic biopsy system Nuance DigiGuide is the most light-weight stereotactic device available today, and it is available as an option for the whole line of Planmed FFDM products.

“We are happy to offer Canadian women our latest innovations in digital mammography,” says Mr. Vesa Mattila, Vice President of Planmed Oy. “Planmed mammography units are widely used in Canada and this approval further expands our product line to cover the on-going transition to digital mammography.”

Earlier Planmed has obtained a Medical Device License for the Canadian market for the Planmed Nuance full field digital mammography system. Planmed Nuance and Planmed Nuance Excel units are well suited for screening and for diagnostic procedures.

In addition to two detector sizes the Planmed FFDM product line is well known for its excellent image quality, low radiation dose, exquisite design and superior ergonomics.

Planmed Full Field Mammography Products are distributed and supported in Canada by CAN-med Healthcare, a Division of I.M.P. Group Limited of Halifax, NS.

“We have enjoyed a long-standing association with Planmed, an innovator in advanced mammography systems,” says Pat Artinoff, National Sales Director for CAN-med Healthcare’s Health Imaging Division. “With about 30 Planmed Analogue Mammography systems installed in Canada, we look forward to taking that association to the next level, by installing the first Nuance Excel FFDM system in Canada very soon”.
For further information, please contact: Mr Vesa Mattila, Vice President, Planmed Oy,

About Planmed and the Planmeca Group
Planmed Oy develops, manufactures, and markets advanced imaging equipment and accessories allowing early detection of breast cancer. The product range covers digital and analogue mammography units, mobile mammography units, stereotactic biopsy devices, and breast positioning systems. Planmed Oy exports more than 98% of its mammography equipment to over 70 countries worldwide. The principal markets are Europe, Japan, Oceania as well as North and Latin America, where the company has considerable market shares. Planmed Oy is part of the Finland-based Planmeca Group, which manufactures and markets advanced products for the medical and the dental field. The Group currently employs approximately 2,300 people worldwide and expects a turnover of EUR 600 million in 2009.

About CAN-med Healthcare
CAN-med Healthcare, a full-line, integrated dealer/distributor, participates in several distinct market segments including health imaging, medical/surgical, dental, and specialized rehab and mobility. Incorporated in 1974 and fuelled by a combination of internal growth and strategic acquisitions including Medtec Marketing Limited in Burnaby, CAN-med has become one of Canada’s major health imaging sales and distribution companies with a total of eight offices and logistical facilities located from St. John’s, NL to Vancouver, BC. CAN-med Healthcare is wholly owned by I.M.P. Group Limited of Halifax, Nova Scotia, a Canadian conglomerate active in the fields of Aviation, Aerospace, CanJet, Industrial Marine and Healthcare.

Posted Aug. 27/09.