Patent awarded for Swing-away Backrest on MPI’s VizaVue® Modified Barium Swallow Study Platform

Patent awarded for Swing-away Backrest on MPI’s VizaVue® Modified Barium Swallow Study Platform

Medical Positioning, Inc. (MPI) has been awarded a patent for the swing-away backrest on the VizaVue® modified barium swallow study platform. This swing-away backrest provides the speech pathology and radiology team unrivaled ease of use and configuration capability while decluttering the procedure space. Removal or storage, and the inherent potential for lost or misplaced parts, is no longer an issue with this option. The swing-away backrest will increase efficiency in the procedure space, enhance clinical team satisfaction and provide flexibility, comfort, and optimal positioning for both clinician and patient.


The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) delivered an Issue Notification for U.S. Patent Number 10,667,976B2 entitled “Low Clearance Medical Imaging Chair,” which covers a patent application related to the company’s Modified Barium Swallow Study platform, VizaVue®. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, this patent will be valid until May 26, 2036. This most recent issue builds upon a previously issued, although unrelated patent, and brings MPI’s total patent count to two.

“Our development team exemplifies an innovative spirit and I am proud to see the hard work and dedication rewarded with this patent. We will continue to incorporate clinician and patient feedback into our efforts as we look forward and continue serving the imaging community,” said Jorge Cadenas, President and General Manager of MPI.

Paul Hickey, President and CEO of Altimate Medical Holdings, Inc. (AMHI) commented, “As one of our stronger businesses within AMHI, MPI is poised for continued growth with a portfolio of highly differentiated products that all help improve care delivery.”

About Medical Positioning 
Based in Kansas City, KS, Medical Positioning Inc. (MPI), was founded in 1988 as American Echo. Its flagship product, the EchoBed®, revolutionized sonography ergonomics, spearheading a specialty imaging table market with the introduction of a drop away section, now known as the Imaging Drop Section. Today, MPI’s product portfolio includes ergonomic and bariatric diagnostic imaging platforms designed to offer optimum positioning and improved imaging results across cardiology, vascular, radiology, breast biopsy, surgery, pain management, and speech pathology. 

About Altimate Medical
Altimate Medical Holdings, Inc. (AMHI), designs and manufactures differentiated medical equipment that optimizes treatment outcomes and maximizes the health and wellbeing of the end-users. Since its inception in 1987, Altimate Medical and its EasyStand brand has lead the standing industry with unsurpassed standing technology. Altimate Medical Holdings has since expanded its product portfolio and made several acquisitions of well-known and respected brands within the complex rehab technology market (Zing, 2015;  ActiveAid, 2018) and the healthcare capital equipment market (MPI, 2015). The AMHI family of brands include: ActiveAid, EasyStand, Justify It, Medical Positioning, Zing, VizaVue®, EchoBed®, UltraScan Versa™, and UltraDBI™.