Here are ITN Editor Dave Fornell's choices for the most innovative new imaging technologies shown on the expo floor at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2014 annual meeting.
VIDEO: Walk Around of a Mobius 32-slice mobile CT Scanner
This is a quick walk around of a mobile 32-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner used for surgery, brachytherapy and proton therapy on display by Mobius Imaging at the 2019 American Association Of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) meeting. The system simply plugs into a standard wall outlet and all of the required hardware and software is built into the gantry. There is no need for an equipment closet, cabinet or server tower. The company said the CT system was created by some of the same developers who built the O-arm mobile CT system, but they said this CT scanner is much more compact.
Staff at Halifax Health in Daytona Beach, Fla., explain how DR Systems helped them achieve greater efficiency with their PACS.
From the floor at this year's annual meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), Chris Toth, vice president of global marketing and Americas sales at Varian Medical Systems, talks about the latest Varian technologies and how they can help enhance knowledge sharing among oncology care professionals. In the constantly evolving healthcare landscape, learn why Varian is developing leading edge solutions designed to help clinicians leverage data to improve the quality and consistency of care. Varian is creating a knowledge-based network, enabling clinical partners to share information, ideas, and best practices. Toth explains how InSightive Analytics, Varian's latest in a line of recently released informatics products, helps clinics dive deep into existing data in order to achieve actionable insights. Being able to explore, visualize, and aggregate critical data using InSightive can help improve operations as well as clinical care.
Siemens introduces True volume TEE transducer. This 3-D/4-D 90°x90° TEE solution enables clinically meaningful visualization of anatomy, volume color Doppler and function in one volume view, without compromises like stitching. Combined with eSieValves advanced analysis package, it offers automated modeling and quantification in seconds allowing cardiologists to remove the guesswork from valve sizing.
Suzanne Shankle, IBA product marketing specialist, explains how Dolphin helps provide better care and gives online control and confidence of treating patients safely.
Introducing HYPERSCAN , Pencil Beam Scanning Delivery HYPERSCAN enables tumor volumes to be scanned in a matter of seconds, benefiting from the MEVION S250's direct and efficient beam generation. The result is a fast Pencil Beam Scanning enabling robust Intensity Modulated Proton Therapy treatment delivery that is much less sensitive to patient and tumor motions, ultimately increasing the efficacy of the treatment procedure. The MEVION S250 proton therapy platform with HYPERSCAN allows you to treat with precision, accuracy and reproducibility at unparalleled speed with uncompromised beam quality. Designed for greater access by any size cancer care facility, the MEVION S250 significantly reduces the complexity, size, and cost associated with conventional proton therapy systems. The MEVION S250 is specifically engineered as upgrade-ready to continue providing the most advanced proton therapy treatment available today as well as tomorrow. Key Features : Field-Upgradeable; Streamlined Clinical Workflow with Full OIS Integration; High-Accuracy Beam Pointing with Submillimeter Position Tracking; Fast Volumetric and Layer Rescanning Capabilities; Supports Standard Gating Interface for Beam On/Off Hold
John Stevens, chairman and CEO of HeartFlow, explains his company's computed tomography (CT)-based fractional flow reserve (FFR) assessment technology, which may eliminate the need for catheter-based FFR measurements.
Kettering's oncolcogy services worked with Elekta to provide the latest radiation therapy with the Veras HD system.
AAPM President John E. Bayouth, Ph.D., discusses the impact of imaging in medical physics, as well as training that is available through AAPM, with Imaging Technology News Editorial Director Melinda Taschetta-Millane.
Peter G. Maxim, Ph.D., assistant professor of radiation oncology at Stanford University, discusses stereotactic radiotherapy for renal sympathetic nerve ablation for the treatment of refractory hypertension, and some of the challenges involved, with Imaging Technology News Editorial Director Melinda Taschetta-Millane.
Paul Keall, Ph.D., FAAP, professor and NHMRC Australian Fellow at Radiation Physics Laboratory at the University of Sydney, Sydney Medical School, discusses radiosurgery beyond cancer. He explains how radiotherapy might be used to ablate cardiac tissue noninvasively, which could eliminate the need for the current invasive, catheter-based ablation therapies used in electrophysiology.
DAIC Editor Dave Fornell explains some of the most innovative new cardiovascular CT technology displayed at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2014.
Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) Past President Matthew Budoff, M.D., explains some of the new technology and latest trends seen in cardiac CT during the SCCT 2014 annual meeting in San Diego, Calif.
The Aplio 500 CV is the system of choice for all premium 2-D cardiac exams. Featuring Toshiba's 2-D Wall Motion Tracking technology, the system provides stunning visualization and quantitative analysis of myocardial wall motion with unrivaled accuracy and reproducibility. With on-board cardiac quantification measurements in all directions (radial, circumferential, 2D rotation and longitudinal), the Aplio500 CV system is designed to get the most comprehensive information anytime and anywhere in the hospital, right at the patient's bedside. Additional cardiac-specific technologies include Tissue Enhancement, Advanced Dynamic Flow, Lateral Gain Controls, Tissue Doppler, Stress Echo, Flex-M Mode and Auto IMT. The system is easy to use, with superior ergonomics and a smaller footprint, making it easier to maneuver for greater patient access and improved workflow. For more information: http://medical.toshiba.com/products/ul/cardiovascular/index.php
Dome by NDSSI displayed its newest product releases at the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2014 annual meeting. These included the S6C diagnostic monitor, S10 grayscale mammography display, dual-screen SC3 color diagnostic display and the Dome Dashboard software for remote monitoring of Dome displays.
DAIC Editor Dave Fornell highlights his choices for some of the most innovative new technology at the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) 2014 meeting.
DAIC Editor Dave Fornell shares his choices for the most innovative new technologies in nuclear imaging that were on display at the 2014 Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) annual meeting.
Satoshi Minoshima, M.D., Ph.D., chairman of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Scientific Committee, discusses the new technologies and trends at SNMMI 2014.
Eliot Siegel, M.D., professor and vice chairman of radiology at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine, department of radiology, discusses the big data trend, and what it means to personalized medicine as well as precision medicine.
Raym Geis, M.D., SIIM chair, spoke about how SIIM is changing its focus away from radiology and more toward informatics of all medical images. Now that every modality is starting to de-silo images, what are the next steps toward standardization?
Donald Dennison, SIIM Board of Directors and Hackathon organizer, discusses this inaugural event at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) 2014 annual meeting in Long Beach, Calif.
Gary Levine, M.D., president of the National Consortium of Breast Centers, reacts to the recent Canadian study's questioning the value of preventative mammography screening and the confusion it has caused.
Gary Levine, M.D., president of the National Consortium of Breast Centers, discusses breast density, alternative screening technologies and the impact of "Inform Law" on clinical workflow.
Gary Levine, M.D., president of the National Consortium of Breast Centers, discusses highlights of the NCoBC conference and NCBC's mission for 2014.
Nancy Cappello, Ph.D., founder/director of Are You Dense, Inc., discusses breast density, Inform Laws and her mission to expand screening options for women.
A big trend in healthcare IT at Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2014 annual meeting was the creation of enterprise-wide image access systems. With the introduction of vendor neutral archives (VNAs), enterprise imaging will increasingly be taken out of the hands of radiology and move to the responsibility of hospital IT directors. In this form, radiology may become just another department contributing images to the VNA. HIMSS also highlighted the proliferation of new, inexpensive home use patient monitors.
The BodyTom is the latest development in NeuroLogica's portable computed tomography imaging line. It is a portable, full body, 32 slice CT that boasts an impressive 85 cm gantry and 60 cm field of view. The battery powered BodyTom can be transported from room to room and is compatible with PACS, surgical navigation, electronic medical records, and planning systems. Its unique capabilities provide high quality CT images wherever needed, including the clinic, ICU, OR and emergency/trauma department. The combination of rapid scan time, flexible settings and immediate image viewing makes the BodyTom a valuable tool to any facility needing versatile real time CT imaging.
EIZO offers the most extensive line-up of high quality LCD monitors into the medical industry. Focusing on monitors that are stable and accurate over time makes them the monitor of choice for leading facilities around the world. This year marked their emphasis on Multi-Modality displays that can accurately display both color and grayscale images on the same screen optimized to the appropriate color settings for diagnosis. LED backlight technology ensures the best image quality and longer backlight life. Built-in front calibration sensors allow for easy quality control even from a remote location, eliminating the need to physically calibrate at every workstation. EIZO stands behind every monitor they make with a 5 year warranty guaranteed for up to 20,000 hours of life. EIZO offers the industry's first FDA approved color mammography 8MP monitor and have recently announced the second generation of this product with the RadiForce RX850. A new 6MP color display, The RadiForce RX650, rounds out the EIZO line-up to solidify them with an offering for every medical imaging modality. Clinical Review displays, the RadiForce MX-Series, were also a focus at RSNA 2013 for all non-diagnostic imaging and can be a great cost effective alternative for facilities that need to stay within strict budgets. Surgical displays have been added to the EIZO line-up in recent years where EIZO offer large 56 to 60 inch monitors for the replacement of multiple monitors in OR and surgical suite environments. EIZO also ensures quality control is maintained throughout facilities by offering the RadiCS QC software for calibrating their displays and generating necessary reporting over time.
David Widmann, president and COO of Konica Minolta Medical Imaging, discusses the company's commitment to primary imaging solutions within the diagnostic imaging market with ITN. He also shares insight into the company's entrance into the ultrasound market with the launch of the Sonimage P3 hand-held ultrasound system and acquisition of Panasonic Healthcare's ultrasonic diagnostic equipment business, as well as the recently announced global distribution agreement with GE Healthcare for Konica Minolta's AeroDR cassette-size digital X-ray imaging retrofit.
IBA Dosimetry is excited to launch its new Digital Imaging Analysis Software IQ Analyzer Primus at the RSNA 2013. Image Quality assurance can be achieved in three simple steps: Select-Analyze-Report. The IQ Analyzer Primus can perform, fast, quantitative and reproducible constancy measurement on multiple imaging modalities, including CR, DR and RF systems. IQ Analyzer Primus provides an efficient selection and comparison of clinical phantom images from your local network and PACS system. The software includes a DICOM header tool for fast and easy selection of images. Evaluations of six individual IQ parameters is performed automatically in less than one minute. The parameters include positioning, signal to noise ratio, uniformity, dynamic scale, high contrast resolution and geometrical distortion. Users definable IQ tolerances in both absolute and percentage values, allow for simple red, yellow, and green color coded pass / fail criteria. IQ Analyzer Primus reports are available in both PDF and MS Excel formats.
ITN Editor Dave Fornell and contributing editor Greg Freiherr discuss some of the most interesting new developments on the show floor at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2013 annual meeting.
Greg Freiherr speaks from the show floor on day three of the 2013 annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
Greg Freiherr speaks from the show floor on day one of the 2013 annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
Varian Medical Systems celebrates its 65-year anniversary, focused around innovation, partnership, collaboration and service. As it looks to the next 65 years, the company's vision is focused on a world without fear of cancer. Varian's goal is to work closely with the clinical community to help remove fear, provide better tools and also software solutions that will improve care over time. At ASTRO 2013, Varian highlighted what is new this year: The first installations of the Edge Radiosurgery Suite CT on Rails solution for brachytherapy, in partnership with Siemens' Aria and Eclipse Version 11, with over 500 installations to date; Connectivity to Siemens accelerators currently in the process of regulatory filing; Launch of RapidPlan Knowledge-based planning system
Varian Medical Systems launched RapidPlan Knowledge-based Planning at ASTRO 2013. RapidPlan is a new paradigm for treatment planning that will change the way planning is done by helping facilities capture actual clinical practices based on treatment plans that have been done in the past. RapidPlan will help busy clinics increase efficiency overall for the treatment planning process. For clinics new to the technology, models from other clinics can be used, applying past learning experiences to their own model. And with academic medical centers, RapidPlan is a great tool for narrowing the variations between the different clinicians within the practice itself.
IBA Dosimetry's Compass 3.0 is a unique two-in-one solution that allows the user to do both calculations and measurements.
AAPM President John Hazle, Ph.D., discusses trends in medical physics and major initiatives that the association is addressing in 2014 with Imaging Technology News Editorial Director Melinda Taschetta-Millane.
DAIC Editor Dave Fornell highlights some of the biggest trends and most innovative technology discussed during the American Society of Echocardiology (ASE) 2013 annual meeting.
Peter Herscovitch, M.D., SNMMI president-elect, explains the advances in molecular imaging for Alzheimer's disease and Parkinsonian syndromes during the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) 2013 meeting in Vancouver, Canada. While new agents allow imaging of these disease states, reimbursement and treatment decisions sometimes limit their use.