por Brendon Nafziger
, DOTmed News Associate Editor | February 02, 2012
Canon's European branch said Thursday it bought Dutch PACS and medical imaging supplier Delft Diagnostic Imaging to help beef up its image-sharing and digital X-ray platforms.
Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but a Canon spokesman said the transaction has already been completed.
The acquisition makes Delft a subsidiary of Canon Europa N.V., and Yoshiyuki Masuko, the senior director of Canon's medical imaging group, will sit on its board.
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Although the acquisition includes Delft's Oldelft Benelux branches in Belgium and the Netherlands, as well as its radiology software group Rogan-Delft, it leaves out Delft Imaging Systems, which sells chest X-ray equipment. Delft Imaging Systems will be spun off into a separate company, Canon said.
This group was not included in the purchase for "strategic reasons," a Canon Europe spokesman told DOTmed News by e-mail.
Canon and Delft already have a history together. For the past 10 years, Delft has distributed Canon's digital X-ray equipment in the Netherlands and Belgium, Canon said.
With the new purchase, Canon said it would strengthen its platforms for developing new health IT products, such as cross-enterprise document sharing for imaging systems, and new digital radiography services. However, Delft will retain its own branding, the company said.
Delft is headquartered in Veenendaal, Netherlands.