FDA Approves FibroScan for Non-invasive Liver Diagnosis
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For best results when printing this announcement, please click on the link below: http://pdf.reuters.com/pdfnews/pdfnews.asp?i=43059c3bf0e37541&u=urn:newsml:reuters.com:20130416:nPn119666B PARIS, April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- - Echosens is pleased to announce that FibroScan device received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on April 5th, 2013 and is now ready to market its pioneering technology in the United States. Today, 1800 FibroScan devices are used worldwide both in research and routine clinical practice. The United States of America is the last major market to approve FibroScan. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130415/607780-a ) (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130415/607780-b ) FibroScan is used in the clinical management of patients with liver disease such as chronic viral hepatitis C and B and fatty liver diseases. Based on a technology called transient elastography, FibroScan assesses liver shear wave speed (expressed in meter per second) and equivalent stiffness (expressed in kilopascal) at 50 Hz in a rapid, simple, non-invasive and totally painless way. Initially introduced in the European market in 2003, FibroScan pioneered the quantitative elastography medical field. It received market clearances in China (2008), Canada (2009), Brazil (2010), Japan (2011) and is currently available in 70 countries. With more than 660 peer-reviewed publications, FibroScan is by far the elastography device with the largest body of evidence on its clinical usefulness. Moreover, the use of FibroScan is also mentioned in guidelines and recommendations in different regions of the world: World Health Organization, European Association for the Study of Liver (EASL), Asian Pacific Association for the Study of Liver (APASL), etc. FibroScan is manufactured by Echosens (Paris, France). Since its foundation in 2001, Echosens has gathered strong leadership in quantitative elastography. Very active in research and development, Echosens holds 17 patent families mainly focused on its core technology: Vibration-Controlled Transient Elastography (VCTE). Contact Echosens: Aurélie Houet, Communication Manager Tel: +33-1-44-82-78-50 Email: aurelie.houet@Echosens.com http://www.echosens.com SOURCE Echosens
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