At RSNA 2012, IBA showcased several quality assurance (QA) solutions for radiology. The MagicMax is an all-in-one QA system for all X-ray systems, including digital radiography (DR), CT and mammography. The Primus L phantom is an all-in-one QA device for all digital X-ray imaging systems. IBA also offers the LXcan to QA diagnostic-quality black and white flat panel monitors, and the LX Chroma to QA color displays.
VIDEO: Efforts to Define the Roles of Medical Physicists and Assistants for Regulators
Brent Parker, Ph.D., DABR, professor of radiation physics and medical physicist at MD Anderson Cancer Center, explains how the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) is creating guidelines to better define the roles of non-physicist assistants. He said there is a lack of state regulatory oversight for medical physicists or their assistants, partly because there are no guidelines from the medical societies. AAPM has created a series of policy statements to better define these the roles and requirements for all of these positions. Parker said the goal is to give state regulators the the definitions needed to create oversight guidelines. He spoke on this topic in sessions at the AAPM 2019 meeting.
Neurologica demonstrated its BodyTom portable whole-body CT scanner during RSNA 2012. The system is the first mobile scanner that can be moved on casters from room to room and is battery powered. The system has an 85 cm gantry and a 60 cm field of view. Unlike traditional CT scanners, the gantry moves over the patient, rather than the patient table being moved through the gantry. This facilitates use in the operating room, where it is not easy to move a patient who may be connected to several devices.
Imaging Technology News experts discuss the trends and latest technology they saw on the show floor and in sessions at Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), 2012. Their discussions include some of the most innovative new devices and software to solve issues facing radiology today.
During RSNA 2012, SwissRay featured its new DDR Versa Motion Plus X-ray system. The technologist selects a body part to be images and the X-ray head automatically swings into the proper imaging position. The head includes a touch-screen where information can be entered at the patient bedside. Also featured were the DDR Cruze mobile DR X-Ray system and the DDR Shift retrofit kit that enables conversion of mobile CR systems to wireless DR.
Varian introduced the Edge radiosurgery Suite during ASTRO 2012. The system features real-time tumor tracking and a six-degree of freedom couch.
At ASTRO 2012, IBA featured a scale model install of its Proteus One compact proton system combined with the Philips Ambient Experience, designed to count patients through lighting visual effects.
At ASTRO 2012, Mevion featured its compact Mevion S250 Proton Therapy System, which has a footprint comparable to traditional radiation therapy systems.
At ASTRO 2012, Ray Search Americas demonstrated the latest features for its radiation therapy treatment planning system.
Imaging Technology News talks to Mark Watson, executive director of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), and Steve Drew, RSNA's executive director for scientific assembly and informatics, about the upcoming RSNA 2012 event, as well as what's ahead for radiologists in 2013.
See the versatility of the DRX Evolution room with the wireless DRX detector.
Carestream is changing the DR game and putting you in control of the move to digital.
Dr. Gary Ezzell, president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), talks about current trends in medical physics, particularly the melding of imaging and radiation therapy to guide treatment. He also recaps some of the hot topics discussed at this year's annual meeting in Charlotte, N.C., and AAPM's key initiatives for the coming year.
Web Stayman, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, presents an overview of research he presented at the 2012 American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) annual meeting in Charlotte, N.C. It involves an iterative technique for computed tomography (CT) to better contend with implants to improve image-guided surgery or interventions. The technique takes knowledge about the components and integrates it into the reconstruction to eliminate artifacts.
Dr. Sabee Molloi from the School of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine, worked with a team on a study using spectral mammography to develop a quantitative technique to measure volumetric breast density. Their technique also enables a lower dose to be used for a screening mammogram. Two members of the team, Justin Ducote and Huanjun Ding, describe the research, which they presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.
IBA Dosimetry offers commissioning services for linear accelerators (linacs), using state-of-the-art equipment like the Blue Phantom and the linear diode array. A variety of service options are available, from a turnkey operation to segmented individual services or post-installation support, depending on the customer's needs. Utilizing these services can help a clinic get up-and-running in the quickest time possible. Customers also can utilize IBA's new International Competence Center (ICC) to receive training to do commissioning on their own. For more information, visit www.iba-dosimetry.com
Speaking with ITN Editorial Director Helen Kuhl at the SNM annual meeting in Miami Beach, Fla., in June, incoming president Frederic H. Fahey, DSc, explains the reasoning behind the society's name change from Society of Nuclear Medicine to Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. He also shares highlights of the successful 2012 event.
Incoming president Frederic H. Fahey, DSc, describes the primary initiatives the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging will be undertaking during the coming year, during an interview with ITN Editorial Director Helen Kuhl at the society's annual meeting in June. These include growing global initiatives, including more involvement in developing countries, plus continued education and efforts with regard to radiation dose and dose optimization.
Frederic H. Fahey, DSc, incoming president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, shares his views about significant trends in the field, including the emergence of new amyloid imaging agents and other new agents, radionuclide therapy and the ongoing focus on quality and safety.
McKesson's new Enterprise Image Repository, featured at the 2012 Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) meeting, facilitates the sharing of images and data both within and outside an organization. It enables sharing of data with referring physicians and also among different departments, all at an affordable cost.
Retention Management is a new feature of McKessonâ??s Enterprise Image Repository (EIR), offering the ability to delete data that no longer needs to be retained. It provides the flexibility to set different parameters according to different policies and requirements. System Dashboard is a new tool in the EIR which helps administrators manage and monitor how the system is performing. These features were showcased at the 2012 Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) meeting.
ITN Editorial Director Helen Kuhl talks to Katherine Andriole, Ph.D., FSIIM, program chair for the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) 2012 meeting, about current trends in imaging informatics, including topics such as social media, quantitiative imaging and mobile technologies. Dr. Andriole also discusses some of the topics that will be of importance in the coming year, including the continuing challenge of integration and the evolving role of the radiologist.
J. Raymond Geis, M.D., SIIM Chair, and Mitchell M. Goldburgh, Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences, discuss the "Corporate Leadership Circle," a partnership allowing vendors to communicate with SIIM members in expanded ways about new technology and to create vendor/provider collaborations to resolve technology challenges.
Elizabeth Krupinski, Ph.D., FSIIM, and David Brown, BSCS, CNMT, CIIP, discuss the new SIIM Knowledge Center, a specialized website housing new educational material, including the updated "Need to Know" series, as well as discussion forums and top 10 lists.
Gary Levine, M.D., program chair/incoming president of the National Consortium of Breast Centers, gives an overview of current trends in technology, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, and regulatory activity that will impact women's health.
Philips' new Microdose digital mammography system provides comfort for the patient, efficiency for the physician and department manager, plus 50 percent less dose.
Gary Levine, M.D., program chair/incoming president of the National Consortium of Breast Centers, discusses legislation regarding breast density at the 22nd annual National Interdisciplinary Breast Center Conference (NCoBC), held in Las Vegas in March.
Gary Levine, M.D., program chair/incoming president of the National Consortium of Breast Centers, discusses how breast centers can use social media to educate the public regarding breast health and their services at the 2012 NCoBC meeting, held in Las Vegas in March.
Gary Levine, M.D., program chair/incoming president of the National Consortium of Breast Centers, discusses the emergence of interoperative radiation therapy (IORT) at the 22nd annual National Interdisciplinary Breast Center Conference (NCoBC), held in Las Vegas in March.
Gary Levine, M.D., program chair/incoming president of the National Consortium of Breast Centers, discusses the role of politics on women's health in an election year, during the 2012 National Interdisciplinary Breast Center Conference (NCoBC), held in Las Vegas in March.
New IntelePACS 4.4 enhances communication by improving cross-functional and remote collaboration between radiologists, referring physicians and technologists through expanded instant messaging, as well as internal notes that are linked to the patient record. IntelePACS 4.4 also features workflow improvements such as new InteleViewer layouts, timeline and thumbnail views, with greater flexibility to customize displays and filter for relevancy. With the new InteleConnect edition, referring physicians have access to secure chat sessions with radiologists, improving ad-hoc consultation and clarification of results, as well as multi-level critical result SMS and e-mail notifications.
Vendors showcase the latest medical imaging technological advances each year during the annual Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting in Chicago, always held the week following Thanksgiving. After spending a week walking the show floor and meeting with scores of vendors, the following are some of ITN Editor Dave Fornell's choices for the most innovative new radiology technologies introduced in 2011.
Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) President George Segall, M.D., chief of the nuclear medicine service at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, and is a professor of radiology and professor of cardiology (by courtesy) at Stanford University School of Medicine, offers insights into the trends he saw at the society's 2011 annual meeting. This included the creation of PET/MRI and new technqiues to image amyloid plaque in Alzheimer's Disease.
At ASTRO 2010, one of the big topics was how radiation oncology as a profession is in a period of retrenchment due to the economic crisis. There is also a growing demand from payors to show value for these treatments, said American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) President Anthony Zeitman, M.D., director, Harvard Radiation Oncology Residency Program, Jenot and William Shipley Professor of Radiation Oncology at Harvard Medical School. He said the radiotherapy technologies used need to undergo rigorous clinical testing to show what technologies and techniques work best and what is most cost-effective. Part of ASTRO's push is for a national registry to help advance this data collection.
"Most people have no idea what a tremendous impact radiology and telemedicine have on poor and remote regions of the world," said Rebecca Cornelius, M.D., professor of radiology, neuroradiology, department of radiology, University Hospital, University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine. Cornelius was one of the physicians on the panel and video presentation "Zero Footprint Radiology and Telemedicine Build a Platform for Sustainable Care," which Imaging Technology News (ITN) hosted at the SIIM 2010 annual meeting.
The panelists described how physicians based in the United States used teleradiology and telemedicine technology to treat patients located in a remote clinic in Honduras. The panelists made the case that this technology suite is the basis for sustainable health care outreach programs in the future. ITN Editor Cristen Bolan then presented a video illustrating how physicians and technicians equipped The Roy and Melanie Sanders Frontera Medical Center in Honduras with the digital imaging and informatics infrastructure.
Several providers donated the suite of imaging technology. The equipment included a telemedicine system and ultrasound probe from Global Media, the VirtualPACS Web-based picture archiving and communication system (PACS) from MedWeb, a portable digital x-ray system from MinXray and a computed radiography (CR) unit from iCRco.
In this video, Dr. Juan Vasquez gives a live demonstration of how the imaging suite quickly and seamlessly operates. Vasquez started by taking an X-ray image, processing and reviewing it on the CR, and uploading the data set to the PACS in under 10 minutes. The guest of honor, Honduran Minister of Health Arturo Bendaña, himself a trained physician, easily toggled through the streamlined digital workflow. Vasquez explained how the transition from film to digital x-ray would save the clinic on significant costs incurred from developing film. Vasquez then examined a patient's thyroid gland with the ultrasound probe connected to a laptop computer. Next, he used a high-definition telemedicine camera to capture superficial anatomical images. Finally, he uploaded the images and consulted with physicians over Global Media's video-conferencing system. Jeffrey E. Heck, M.D., executive director and founder of Shoulder to Shoulder, explained to onlookers this was a model for delivering high-tech care, including expert specialty consultations, to some of the most remote and isolated areas of the developing world.
"With the addition of this technology, poor people have access to the same set of services that any well-equipped health center in the United States has access to," Heck said.
The panelists included: - Rebecca Cornelius, M.D., professor of radiology, neuroradiology (Clin Geo), University Hospital; University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine; Department of Radiology - Phillip Silberberg, M.D., head of Shoulder-to-Shoulder Radiology, pediatric radiologist, Kosair Childrenâ??s Hospital, - Roland Talanow, M.D., Ph.D., department of radiology, The Cleveland Clinic - Hayley Holland, MPH, director of grants and projects, Shoulder-to-Shoulder - Kim Guevara, corporate philanthropy officer and director of emergency management, Medweb. For more information: www.shouldertoshoulder.org
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Advanced breast imaging capabilities added elastography to the list, fused MR/CT image data combined with angiography navigation systems to guide percutaneous oncology, and 3.0 Tesla MR debut at the 2009 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). All these innovations headlined the news at RSNA. To find out where these trends are leading radiology and radiation oncology, Imaging Technology News spoke with The MarkeTech Group's (TMTG) CEO and Founder Dr. Christian Renaudin. In an exclusive interview, Dr. Renaudin analyzes what these key market trends mean to diagnostic imaging. The MarkeTech Group is a CASRO certified international marketing research and consulting firm focused exclusively on medical technology. As a leading ad hoc Voice-of-Customer solution provider in medical imaging, The MarkeTech Group attends the annual RSNA meeting to investigate what new technological innovations in diagnostic imaging manufacturers are displaying on the show room floor. For more information: www.themarketechgroup.com