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The Coronis Fusion family of medical imaging displays offers high-quality multi-modality imaging and features 30-inch color LCDs that can be used as one widescreen desktop or a seamless two-head display. Radiologists can organize their workspace in any configuration they desire, simultaneously viewing chest X-rays, multiple 2-D and 3-D computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance (MR), cath and echocardiogram images — or any other combination of high-quality grayscale, color-enhanced and fused images — side-by-side on a single, seamless screen. The displays can enhance the productivity of radiologists from a workflow perspective.

Time June 01, 2012
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Novarad, the first picture archiving and communication system (PACS) company to integrate the ACR-DIR upload-certified DoseMonitor ionizing radiation dose monitoring software, now provides alerts and tracking for patient, procedure and modality history. NovaPACS images and reports are available anytime via any Web browser, PDA or smart phone. Advanced hanging protocols, 3D/MPR, single-click peer review, call and stat reports are standard features. Built on the same database, NovaRIS tracks patient information, procedures, exam status, revenues and insurance payouts.

Time June 01, 2012
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MIMcloud is a secure, Internet-based medical image service that provides an easily accessible resource for storing, sharing and viewing data. MIMcloud allows for data to be archived as long as needed. A variety of configurations simplifies sharing among groups and individuals, and only authorized users can decrypt data. Alternatively, data can be accessed remotely through MIMcloud by launching MIMviewer from any Web browser or downloaded onto Mobile MIM for the iPad and iPhone.

Time June 01, 2012
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Plus+ is a new option for Sorna’s Reviewer software suite. Providers can experience Plus+ and view and import almost any disc. All editions of Reviewer can be enhanced by adding Plus+. Simply put in a disc, and Reviewer will view, import and export iSite, Amicas and DICOM discs seamlessly on the fly. A copy of Plus+ can be requested on the company’s website.

Time June 01, 2012
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PACSGear has expanded its popular MediaWriter product line to include cloud-based sharing of images and results. With its Image Exchange, healthcare facilities have a choice: burn DICOM studies to CD/DVD media or securely upload them to a variety of cloud-based repositories. PACSGear Image Exchange also permits partner facilities to download images easily to enhance patient care and limit dosage by reducing retakes.

Time June 01, 2012
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TeraRecon will highlight features that enable innovative cross-deployment between in-house iNtuition solutions, Private Cloud deployments based on VCC and the Internet-based iNtuition Cloud service offering. iNtuition has previously been integrated to all major PACS solutions, via its open integration interface with command-line and URL launch options for the iNtuition Client, which also allows seamless integration to other healthcare informatics systems, including radiology information systems (RIS) and electronic medical records (EMR). Measurements and other quantitative results obtained with iNtuition can be reported, tracked, stored and later mined.

Time June 01, 2012
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LiteView, a mobile application released with the latest Sectra picture archiving and communication system (PACS) in June, allows mobile access to images and information from an iPad. The immediate image access helps radiologists on call make fast and accurate decisions, improves collaboration with clinicians and brings images directly to patients for interactive discussions.

Time June 01, 2012
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DatCard’s PACSCube is the company’s first-generation DICOM disc publishing system. The Agilisys Adaptive Image eXchange extends clinical image access beyond the walls of traditional imaging. Authorized recipients can view cloud-based images, anytime anywhere. Facilities can use Agilisys as a standalone solution or combined with PACSCube, for a practical hybrid of CD/DVD and online image

Time June 01, 2012
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The latest release of the McKesson picture archiving and communication system (PACS) (V11.9) has features and purchasable options that address improved deployment flexibility, innovative radiology workflows and enterprisewide IT infrastructure strategies. McKesson Enterprise Image Repository, a solution independent from Horizon Medical Imaging and other PACS, archives and manages image data on behalf of the systems with which it interfaces. McKesson Enterprise Image Repository Retention Management can be purchased as an optional application that helps organizations maintain studies according to their retention policies, thereby reducing archive storage costs.

Time June 01, 2012
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Intelerad Medical Systems introduces new tomosynthesis support for InteleViewer, enabling expanded breast imaging interpretation for the IntelePACS or InteleOne reading and reporting platforms. Using InteleViewer’s flexible hanging protocol layouts, radiologists can quickly step through cases for mammography screening or diagnosis, using tomosynthesis 3-D images to advance women’s health.For more information: www.intelerad.com/tomo

Time June 01, 2012
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Vue Archive supports diverse data formats to help healthcare providers consolidate multiple “ologies” in a system-neutral repository. Vue Motion — a vendor-neutral, zero-footprint viewer cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for iPad review — delivers enterprise access to images and reports. Vue Connect intelligently indexes disparate radiology information systems (RIS)/PACS for seamless information exchange as an on-site system or a cloud service. These systems will be featured at SIIM.

Time June 01, 2012
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iConnect delivers an integrated suite of software solutions to share diagnostic content and results. The suite includes a zero-download DICOM image and XDS server, an Internet-based gateway for image sharing between enterprises, and a vendor-neutral archive to create an enterprise imaging strategy. Merge PACS is a real-time picture archiving and communication system that lets radiologists read, review, archive and share images and data from a Web-based system. Using Merge PACS, radiologists can access images anywhere, anytime using their own preferences.

Time June 01, 2012
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The Whitestone workstation features include ambient lighting, power and cable management that facilitates performance, comfort and ease of use. Complete electronic adjustment capabilities include surface height in sit-stand positions, surface tilt, and vertical and horizontal adjustment of monitors. An environmental heating and cooling system controlled at the workstation allows for direct regulation of temperature and alleviates heat generated by computer equipment. Acoustical properties of the partition reduce extraneous sounds.

Time June 01, 2012
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Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) is a 222-bed, rural, nonprofit hospital in Portsmouth, Ohio, that serves approximately 120,000 patients in the Appalachian area. The computed tomography (CT) department is a 24/7 operation. It has two Philips iCT scanners — one in the emergency department (ED) and the other in its medical imaging department — and it utilizes the iDose4 iterative reconstruction technique on iCT scans. Modifying imaging protocols for high image quality while achieving doses as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA) has become an endeavor of the imaging department at SOMC.

Time June 01, 2012
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“Tomosynthesis really allows us to look through the breast, slice by slice, in a way that we haven’t been able to before,” explains Beth Whiteside, M.D., breast imaging specialist at Albany Medical Center and radiologist with Community Care Physicians. “It takes away that vexing issue of tissue overlap and allows us to look underneath. I think it is every radiologist’s dream.”

Time June 01, 2012
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Feature | Thomas S. Chang, M.D., FACR

There has been much talk in the news lately about mammographic breast density, its association with the risk of breast cancer and legislative efforts to mandate reporting it to patients. This article addresses the reasons why breast density has become such a hot-button issue and what we might expect from this topic going forward.

Time June 01, 2012
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Feature | Michael Brown, M.D.

Efficient sharing of data and images is essential for multi-site healthcare systems and radiology groups that read for multiple sites or facilities. In today’s world of consolidation, that represents the majority of radiology service providers. When it came time to replace our PACS, we developed an eight-point checklist for what we wanted.

Time June 01, 2012
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Feature | Helen Kuhl

With the precision afforded by today’s radiation therapy delivery systems, treatment planning software that helps direct the process must keep pace. The treatment planning system provides a 3-D view of the tumor that facilitates decisions about treatment options and helps the clinical team develop the best possible plan. They are a means to achieving the end goal for the patient — perfectly targeted, appropriate dose.

Time June 01, 2012
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June 1, 2012 — Through the rapid growth of multi-slice computer tomography (CT) imaging, radiation protection has become a major issue in the radiological community. In response to this problem, ContextVision has collaborated with Dr. Lars Borgen, Drammen and Buskerud University College, Drammen, Norway, to explore technology solutions that will deliver superior image enhancement in cases of reduced patient image doses. Today Borgen will present his thesis, “Application of Adaptive Non-Linear 2-D and 3-D Post-Processing Filters for Reduced Dose Abdominal CT.”

Time June 01, 2012
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Feature | Robert Kuske, M.D., FAACE

A potential paradigm shift is gathering momentum in the treatment of early-stage breast cancer, driven by data showing strong clinical outcomes for the use of more sophisticated therapies. Newer therapies using accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI, also referred to as breast brachytherapy) not only allow women to remain whole, they also offer properly selected patients several advantages over traditional whole breast irradiation (WBI).

Time June 01, 2012
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