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
VIDEO: Example of an Eye Proton Therapy Treatment Plan
A new area for proton therapy in treatment of eye cancer, because of the ability to control the tissue penetration and eliminate full beam lines through a multitude of critical structures in the head. RaySearch unveiled a new treatment planning software for the eye at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting. The vendor showed some of the first patient cases coming out of the Westdeutsches Protonentherapiezentrum Essen (WPE) proton center in Germany. RaySearch said several U.S. proton centers had interest in the technology at the conference.
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.
Gary Dillehay, M.D., FACR, FACNM, SNMMI president, explains some of the trends in Nuclear Imaging at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) 2013 annual meeting in Vancouver, Canada.
Agfa Healthcare introduced new functionality and workflow improvements for its completely revised cardiovascular information system (CVIS), introduced at the American College of Cardiology 2013 meeting. The CV12 system offers new solutions for echocardiography, nuclear perfusion imaging, cath lab reporting and ECG management and reporting. For more information, visit www.agfahealthcare.com
McKesson highlighted enhancements to its cardiovascular information system (CVIS) version 13. The system offers new modules for electrophysiology, inventory control and aids interoperability for better change capture and data mining. For more information, visit www.allaboutCVIS.com
At RSNA 2012, Hitachi featured its Echelon Oval 1.5T MRI system, which features the widest bore on the market at 74 cm, a wide table and the ability to perform non-contrast MR angiography exams. Hitachi also highlighted new features for its Scenaria CT system, which is upgradeable to a 128-slice system, offers new, faster iterative reconstruction software and cardiac imaging packages.
ITN and DAIC Editor Dave Fornell highlights the latest advancements that will impact cardiovascular imaging from the 2012 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. RSNA is the largest medical imaging show in the world and most advancements are shown here first.
ITN Editor Dave Fornell highlights his choices for the most innovative radiology technologies and trends at Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), 2012. Choices include the first wireless ultrasound transducer, noiseless MRI, a 640-slice CT scanner and a printer than creates sculptures from 3-D datasets.
At RSNA 2012, Konica Minolta showed its three latest advances in digital radiography (DR) X-ray. The company featured its X70 radiography room, which centers around the Aero DR wireless detector. The room integrates to even locate where the DR detector is located. The company also highlighted its automatic stitching solution, 10 x 12 detector for pediatric and table use, and the Aero Sync solution that wirelessly synchronizes with X-ray generators to eliminate cables.
Intelerad showcased improvements to its radiology worklist, its InteleConnect Web-based portal and showed new features to its InteleOne distributed radiology solution. It also introduced RadVoice, a Web-based education component.
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.
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, Ray Search Americas demonstrated the latest features for its radiation therapy treatment planning system.
At ASTRO 2012, Mevion featured its compact Mevion S250 Proton Therapy System, which has a footprint comparable to traditional radiation therapy systems.
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.
Carestream is changing the DR game and putting you in control of the move to digital.
See the versatility of the DRX Evolution room with the wireless DRX detector.
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.