Norwegian maker of ultrasound bladder scanners wins FDA nod, launches product

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FDA, approvedThe Food and Drug Administration has cleared an ultrasound bladder scanner made by Norwegian  firm Vitacon AS to diagnose bladder dysfunction and the firm has signed a marketing agreement that will launch the product in the U.S.

The VitaScan LT USB Scanner is an alternative to measuring bladder volume using urethral catheters, the company said in a news release. Treatment for urinary tract infections acquired in the hospital through the use of the catheter is no longer reimbursed by Medicare, which makes Vitacon’s product attractive, the company implied in a news release.

To make this product available for U.S. patients suffering from incontinence and other bladder problems, Vitacon is signing a marketing and distribution agreement with Minneapolis-based life sciences advisory firm Salus Consilium.

The VitaScan also has USB capability so that data collected on bladder functioning can be transmitted to laptops and tablets.


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Arundhati Parmar

By Arundhati Parmar

Arundhati Parmar is the Medical Devices Reporter at MedCity News. She has covered medical technology since 2008 and specialized in business journalism since 2001. Parmar has three degrees from three continents - a Bachelor of Arts in English from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India; a Masters in English Literature from the University of Sydney, Australia and a Masters in Journalism from Northwestern University in Chicago. She has sworn never to enter a classroom again.
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