Analogic has a long history of innovation and achievement resulting from 50 years of developing leading-edge imaging and signal processing technologies. We are innovators in computed tomography signal processing and a recognized leader in medical imaging for MRI, mammography, and ultrasound, as well as security imaging.
Bernie Gordon founds Analogic Corporation and establishes its headquarters in Wakefield, Massachusetts. The company’s business is focused on the design and manufacturing of analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters, digital panel instruments, and computer peripheral A/D subsystems.
1975 – 1985
Pioneers of Innovation
Analogic's patented technology in A to D conversion enables computed tomography (CT) worldwide. In 1975, the company moves to the forefront of CT with the invention of wide dynamic range and instant imaging computed tomography techniques. These are the first of many contributions the company would make to the development of CT, increasing image resolution and reducing processing time. The development of CT remains one of the most outstanding technological advances in medicine.
Less than five years later, in 1979, Analogic engineers invent the logarithmic analog-to-digital converter and Analogic becomes the first and only supplier of CT data acquisition systems (DASs) to medical imaging manufacturers throughout the world.
In 1985, Analogic ships the first 25 kW RF amplifier capable of working from 0.15T to 2T MR systems.
1986 – 1995
Entering New Markets
In 1989, Analogic ships the first solid-state air-cooled 1kW RF amplifier for low field MRI systems.
In 1993, when ultrasound is one of the fastest growing medical imaging modalities in the world, Analogic acquires BK Medical (now called BK Ultrasound), pioneers of medical ultrasound imaging in urology. The business later expands into the image-guided surgery market.
Already a pioneer in CT imaging technology, Analogic engineers develop the world’s first lightweight, mobile, CT scanning system for a major medical OEM in 1993, making CT technology more widely available to rapidly developing countries and niche markets.
1996 – 2005
Entry into Airport Security, Mammography, and Ultrasound Probes
In 1997, in response to the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 in 1988, Analogic is selected as a strategic partner to develop a CT-based scanning system for airport security called the EXACT (EXplosive Assessment Computed Tomography). The system is able to scan a piece of luggage every 5 seconds, automatically detecting explosives and other threats.
After acquiring assets of Noranda Advanced Materials, a company at the forefront of innovative selenium technology, Analogic forms ANRAD in 1999 to focus on selenium-based flat-panel digital X-ray detection technology for mammography. Today, proprietary selenium-based technology enables 2D detectors to be 3D tomosynthesis capable.
In 2002, following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Analogic partners with L-3 Communications and receives its first order to fulfill a government contract for EXACT CT-based airport security imaging systems, delivering 425 before the end of 2003. Today, these systems (now called eXaminer 3DX) represent ~50% of the U.S. install base of ~2,000 systems. Today, CT technology is the gold standard worldwide for checked baggage screening.
In 2002, Analogic strengthens its ultrasound business by acquiring Sound Technology (STI), a manufacturer of advanced ultrasound probes and transducers. That same year, the company develops the first true 64-slice CT data acquisition system (DAS) for a major medical OEM.
2006 – 2017
Growth in Ultrasound and Expanding Security and Detection
PowerLink™ is developed in 2006. The first non-contact power transfer system for CT gantries, PowerLink technology eliminates the limitations of standard rotating gantry systems, such as component failures.
By 2007 Analogic has been a long-standing leader in CT-based security imaging for checked baggage when the company brings gold standard CT detection capabilities to the checkpoint. COBRA™, the first CT-based checkpoint auto-EDS, is installed at an airport checkpoint in Cleveland’s Hopkins International Airport.
Another milestone in 2007 is the acquisition of Copley Controls. Copley’s gradient amplifier manufacturing business complements Analogic’s RF manufacturing capabilities, making Analogic the only company to manufacture both gradient and RF amplifiers, the two main components of an MR system. In addition to its MR component business, Copley Controls delivers high-performance motion control solutions to a wide range of industries, including robotics, semiconductor equipment, and laboratory automation.
In 2011, Analogic announces the most comprehensive transformation of its corporate brand in its more than 40 year history, along with a rebranding of its products to more accurately reflect the company’s new vision and mission.
Analogic's security business expands outside the US in 2012 with international sales of the eXaminer XLB by L-3 Communications and through a partnership with Smiths Detection to produce the HI-SCAN 10080 XCT, a high-speed checked baggage scanner incorporating Analogic's CT technology. The HI-SCAN system is capable of screening up to 1,800 bags per hour.
In 2014, the company launches its BK-branded family of ultrasound systems, the bk3000 and bk5000, with an architecture based on powerful and efficient Graphic Processing Units (GPUs), which results in a new level of imaging and performance for urologists and surgeons.
Expanding its breadth of capabilities in Security and Detection, Analogic partners with NetBio and introduces the DNAscan Rapid DNA Analysis System in 2015 for use by law enforcement and other government agencies. The system analyzes a DNA sample in under 90 minutes to obtain DNA fingerprints, the most accurate and private approach to human identification.
Analogic introduces next-generation ConneCT™ checkpoint CT baggage screening system in 2016, which uses advanced CT technology and state-of-the-art threat detection software to increase passenger throughput at airports while increasing the level of security and, ultimately, to allow personal electronic devices and liquids to remain in bags.
In 2017, bkFusion is added to the BK Family of ultrasound systems. It is the first MR-fusion prostate biopsy application that is fully integrated onto a premium ultrasound system—the bk3000—for use by urologists in both hospital and office settings. bkFusion seamlessly overlays MR image information about lesion location and extent onto real-time ultrasound images, without the need for an additional workstation.