|Royal Philips (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) has signed an agreement to acquire TomTec Imaging Systems GmbH (Munich, Germany), a provider of intelligent image analysis software, especially for diagnostic ultrasound. The acquisition is expected to strengthen Philips’ position in cardiac ultrasound, and support the company’s further expansion in other clinical areas, such as obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN).
Philips’ ultrasound portfolio finds application across a broad range of clinical specialties including radiology, cardiology, point-of-care and OB/GYN. The company’s innovations in ultrasound solutions include real-time 3D imaging of the heart, quantification tools driven by Anatomical Intelligence, and ultra-mobile, portable ultrasound solutions. TomTec offers multi-modality and vendor-neutral diagnostic and analysis applications in cardiology, radiology and OB/GYN, allowing clinicians to increase efficiency and diagnostic quality through automated and reproducible measurements. The company’s clinical applications, workflow solutions and R&D capabilities are expected to complement Philips’ strengths in ultrasound image quality, 3D-imaging and transducer technology.
“We are committed to providing ultrasound solutions that combine superb image quality with advanced analytics to drive efficiency and reproducibility, while reducing costs for our customers,’’ said Vitor Rocha, Business Leader Ultrasound Business Group at Philips. “The acquisition of TOMTEC brings a strong team and new assets that are strategically valuable to Philips and will enable us to accelerate growth in our cardiac ultrasound and OB/GYN portfolios.”