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VIDEO: Walk Around of a Varian Identify Image-guided Patient Positioning System

This is a quick demonstration of the Varian Identify image-guided patient positioning system at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. It helps align patients on the radiotherapy system treatment table to match the position they were in when the computed tomography (CT) scan was created. This ensures the radiation beams are delivered according to the treatment plan and will not be aimed accidentally at health tissue. It uses real-time tracking of the surface of the patient's skin using three visible light emitters, so it does not add dose, such as when on-board X-ray imaging is used. The system compares the patients position to the treatment plan CT scan and color codes in red any areas that are not in the proper position. It also uses RFID tags on the table to help know the exact position of the patient.

The system can show the radiotherapist if the patient is no longer aligned with the plan and the therapist can manually stop the therapy. The vendor said in the future, they plan to integrate the system with Varian's therapy systems so treatment will be stopped automatically by the Identify system. 

The system also uses a biometric scanner to ensure the correct plan is being used with the correct patient. 

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Cardio-oncology | June 30, 2016

Interview with Federico Asch, M.D., FACC, FASE, associate director of the echocardiography core lab at Medstar Health Research Institute and assistant professor of medicine (cardiology) at Georgetown University, at the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) 2016 annual meeting.  Asch discusses the technology used for cardio-oncology cardiotoxcity assessments and how to set up these types of collaborative programs between oncology and cardiology.  For more information, read the article Assessing Cardiotoxicity Due to Cancer Therapy.

 

Cardiovascular Ultrasound | June 28, 2016

Interview with MD Buyline clinical analysts Jon Brubaker and Sabrina Newell at the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) 2016 annual meeting. They highlighted trends they have seen in cardiac  strain imaging, 3-D echo, bubble contrast, interventional echo, structural heart, and point-of-care ultrasound.

Cardiovascular Ultrasound | June 28, 2016

Interview with Rebecca Hahn, M.D., FASE, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, at the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) 2016 meeting. She is an expert in the new subspecialty of interventional echo and discussed considerations for hospitals thinking of creating interventional echo programs to help guide complex transcatheter structural heart procedures in the cath lab or hybrid OR.

Breast Imaging | May 20, 2016

Jennifer Gass, M.D., FACS, president, National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC), discusses the state of the breast imaging industry.

Breast Density | May 20, 2016

This year's keynote speaker, Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D., founder and director of Are You Dense and Are You Dense Advocacy, Inc., expands on her keynote presentation "Why I Talk to Strangers About My Breasts."

Women's Health | May 20, 2016

Cary S. Kaufman, M.D., FACS, discusses best practices in breast centers at NCoBC 2016.

Women's Health | May 20, 2016

Kristie Bobolis, M.D., president elect and current chair of 2016 Planning Committee for the National Consortium of Breast Centers, discusses the role of genetic testing, how it is evolving, and how a physician best assess the high-risk patient.

Breast Density | May 20, 2016

Ernie Bodai, M.D., vice president, National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC), discusses breast density with itnTV. Read an article with related links about breast density.

Women's Health | May 20, 2016

Barbara Rabinowitz, Ph.D., MSW, RN, founder of the National Consortium of Breast Centers, talks with ITN editorial director Melinda Taschetta-Millane during NCoBC's 26th annual conference, and addresses the very important topic of survivorship.

HIMSS | May 13, 2016

ITN Editor Dave Fornell takes a tour of some of the most innovative new trends and health information technologies (IT) on the expo floor of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2016 meeting. Technologies include radiation dose management, wearables, patient engagement, admission kiosks, analytics software and imaging workflow aids.

Cardiovascular Ultrasound | April 29, 2016

MD Buyline market analyst Jon Brubaker explains the new cardiac ultrasound technologies and trends he saw on the show floor at the 2016 meeting of the American College of Cardiology (ACC). 

CT Angiography (CTA) | April 12, 2016

A discussion on the adoption rate of FFR-CT with Campbell Rogers, M.D., chief medical officer of HeartFlow. It is the first vendor to gain FDA approval for noninvasive, virtual fractional flow reserve measurements derived from cardiac computed tomography scans.

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Clinical Decision Support | March 24, 2016

Examples of clinical decision support software currently on the market that might be leveraged to address Stage 3 Meaningful Use from the expo floor of HIMSS 2016. Ascendian Healthcare Consulting CEO Shawn McKenzie also discusses how and why CDS should be integrated into the radiology workflow.

Patient Engagement | March 21, 2016

Examples of patient engagement technologies for medical imaging to meet health IT Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements. Discussion includes examples from the expo floor at HIMSS 2016 and Ascendian Healthcare Consulting CEO Shawn McKenzie explaining ways radiology can leverage technology to engage patients with images, reports and radiation dose records. 

PACS | March 11, 2016

Examples of technologies on the market and a discussion of what to look for in PACS and CVIS workflow efficiencies with Ascendian Healthcare Consultant Jef Williams. Editor Dave Fornell takes viewers on a tour of some of the key workflow improvements offered by health IT vendors in their software on the expo floor at Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) 2016 meeting.

 

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Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) | January 26, 2016

Bill Lacy, division vice president of Fujifilm Medical Systems USA, showcases the new products in its medical informatics portfolio including Synapse VNA and the introduction of Synapse 5 visualization technology.

Digital Radiography (DR) | January 26, 2016

Rob Fabrizio, director of product development and marketing, introduces the Fujifilm FDR D-EVO GL long-length DR detector at RSNA 2015. The 17 x 49-inch field-of-view DR detector captures long-length imaging with DR in one exposure.

Proton Therapy | January 22, 2016

At ASTRO 2015, Mevion highlighted the exceptional results its customers are seeing with the Mevion S250 Series proton therapy system.

Ultrasound Women's Health | January 21, 2016

At RSNA 2015, Matthew Ernst, marketing segment manager with Hitachi, introduced Sofia, an automated breast tomography system designed for whole breast bilateral ultrasound scanning for women with dense breasts.

Breast Density | January 19, 2016

Ralph Highnam, chief executive officer, reviews product highlights at RSNA 2015, including the recent FDA 510(k) clearance of Volpara Density Software.

Digital Radiography (DR) | January 12, 2016

David Sorensen, director of operations, reviews product highlights including the Thales ArtPix EZ2GO DR System, Image Systems diagnostic displays, Anthro Carl’s Table ergonomic workstation, and International Medical Equipment and Service (IMES) - the recently acquired business providing cost-saving OEM-quality replacement parts and training for major brands of CT and MRI equipment.  The common thread is that these are products Richardson Healthcare uses to fulfill its mission to provide high-value components for imaging that enable customers to reduce the cost of healthcare with confidence.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | January 08, 2016

Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015. Below is related MRI content:

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Computed Tomography (CT) | January 08, 2016

Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of computed tomography (CT) advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015. The video includes Freiherr during his booth tours with some of the key vendors who were featuring new technology.

Ultrasound Imaging | January 06, 2016

With the LOGIQ E9 XDclear 2.0 ultrasound system, GE Healthcare rethought virtually every element of the imaging chain, from the pulse of the probes to the clarity of the pixels. The result is their highest level of imaging performance yet.

Flat Panel Displays | January 06, 2016

Eizo showcased its latest image display technology during the 2015 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting in December. Technologies included the latest radiology imaging screens for mammography, video management solutions for the operating room and cath lab, and remote quality control monitoring software.

Digital Radiography (DR) | January 05, 2016

RSNA 2015 was the first time Konica Minolta and Viztek displayed as a combined company. David Widmann, president and CEO, and Joe Cermin, president of healthcare IT, explain how the merger will help clinicians and how health IT plays a major role in imaging today.

Enterprise Imaging | January 04, 2016

Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr offers an overview of enterprise imaging advances at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015.

Radiation Therapy | December 21, 2015

Varian offered an overview of its new technology offerings at ASTRO 2015. These include advancements in analytics, treatment planning, adaptive therapy, clinical decision support and new tools for the integration of MRI and PET/CT into the treatment planning process. 

Digital Radiography (DR) | December 14, 2015

Interview with Lori Webb, BAAS, RT, MD Buyline analyst, covering new technology introductions and trends in digital radiography (DR) systems at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015 meeting.

RSNA 2015 | December 14, 2015

Video discussion of new technology and trend highlights at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015 meeting with ITN editor Dave Fornell and ITN contributing editor Greg Freiherr.

RSNA 2015 | December 11, 2015

ITN/DAIC Editor Dave Fornell shows his choices for some of the most innovative new imaging technologies on the expo floor at Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015 meeting.

Enterprise Imaging | December 11, 2015

Interview with Kim Garriott, principal consultant, Logicalis Inc., and Jef Williams, COO Ascendian Healthcare Consulting, explaining details of how to create an enterprise imaging system at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015 meeting. For more information, watch the video “Six Tenets of Enterprise Imaging Strategy.”
 

 

Ultrasound Imaging | December 11, 2015

Interview with Jon Brubaker, MBA, RCVT, ultrasound technology analyst, MD Buyline, explains the trends and new technology he saw at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015 meeting.

X-Ray | December 07, 2015

Researchers have developed software for the Microsoft Kinect gaming console that measures body part thickness and checks for motion, positioning and beam adjustment immediately before X-ray imaging, according to a feasibility study presented at the 2015 meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). The technology may help reduce radiation exposure and aid in higher quality images to ensure diagnostic accuracy. Microsoft Kinect was originally developed as a motion sensor and facial and voice recognition device for the Xbox gaming system that enabled players to play games without a standard controller. Subsequently, the technology has been adapted for select non-gaming applications. For this feasibility study, researchers combined the technology of the Microsoft Kinect 1.0 with proprietary software to address common problems that affect imaging results, including body-part thickness and motion. This fail-safe helps to reduce or eliminate common causes of unnecessary repeat image acquisition. Read the story

Ultrasound Imaging | December 07, 2015

Research presented at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015 meeting. In the first study of its kind, researchers recorded simultaneous audio and visual evidence of knuckles cracking. The images showed a bright flash on ultrasound, like a firework exploding in the joint, an unexpected finding. There have been several theories over the years and a fair amount of controversy about what is happening in the joint when it cracks. Researchers believe the cracking sound and bright flash on ultrasound are related to the dynamic changes in pressure associated with a gas bubble in the joint. As for which comes first — the cracking sound or the flash of light — more research is needed. Read the story 

Quality Assurance (QA) | August 20, 2015

Learn more about myQA, IBA’s unique platform that connects QA applications, people, and know-how through a central database and the Cloud. It offers full support throughout all of your QA, and enables you access to the different software modules and all of your data from one intuitive interface – anywhere and anytime.

Radiology Imaging | August 07, 2015

ITN Editor Dave Fornell shares his choices for some of the most innovative new technology on the show floor at the 2015 AHRA meeting in Las Vegas.

Information Technology | August 07, 2015

Interview with Melody Mulaik, MSHS, Coding Strategies Inc., Powder Springs, Ga., explains what to look for to avoid coding and reimbursement issues following the implementation of ICD-10 coding after Oct . 1, 2015.

Radiology Imaging | August 07, 2015

Interview with Dave Fox, AHRA president, and president of the North Campus, system vice president of statewide network development, St. Vincent Health, Little Rock, Ark.

Computed Tomography (CT) | August 07, 2015

DAIC Editor Dave Fornell shares some of the most innovative new technologies shown on the expo floor and discusses in sessions at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2015 annual meeting.