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Hospitals Look To Imaging Industry For Help In Treating The Morbidly Obese

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

As the U.S. obesity rate continues to climb, imaging equipment vendors are answering hospitals' demand for machines that can accommodate larger patients

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