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
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
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
“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
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.