by Loren Bonner
, DOTmed News Online Editor
GE Healthcare announced on Wednesday that the company has acquired Unisyn Medical Technologies' Transactional Business, which provides ultrasound probe repair solutions to biomedical and clinical engineers.
Unisyn owns several proprietary probe-testing devices, including FirstCall, which can diagnose, repair and test each probe through acoustic and electrical properties. According to an official statement from GE, these proprietary products and services from Unisyn will be integrated into GE Healthcare's Global Services organization and be offered initially to customers in the United States and Canada, with global expansion expected to start by the end of 2013.
Unisyn's diagnostic imaging field services business will operate independently under a new name.
"The combination of Unisyn's repair expertise and GE's scale will provide value by meeting customers' needs with a fast, cost-effective and reliable probe repair solution," said Mike Swinford, president and CEO of global services for GE Healthcare. "We see this as a tremendous opportunity to further grow our Ultrasound and Services footprint globally and look forward to providing our customers a cost effective solution at every step of the ultrasound product lifecycle."
The Golden, Colo.-based Unisyn fused
three independent companies into one when it was officially launched in 2009. These companies include Barrington Medical Imaging, Sonora Medical Systems, and Echoserve. Sonora is known for inventing the retail probe repair business.
According to Jeff Soinski, CEO of Unisyn, the acquisition will allow GE to offer customers a complete probe repair solution spanning multiple vendor platforms.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.