News | March 17, 2010

3-D Software Offers New Advantages to CVIS

March 15, 2010 — An FDA-pending 3D advanced visualization software package for cardiologists includes a broad array of cardiovascular-specific image analysis applications and boasts several workflow benefits over the use of third-party systems.

Fujifilm Medical Systems USA Inc. demonstrated its 510(k)-pending Synapse 3D during the 59th annual American College of Cardiology (ACC) Scientific Session in Atlanta. Synapse 3D, a comprehensive visualization package reated by Fujifilm with input from cardiologists, will be integrated directly into the Synapse product portfolio, thereby offering users unique workflow and clinical benefits that are not available with other 3D applications.

Applications include CTA, cardiac function analysis for CT/MR and cardiac fusion for CT/nuclear medicine and coronary angiography. Other advanced analysis and visualization tools available include calcium scoring, 3D ultrasound, as well as 3D/4D reconstruction.

Because it will be deeply integrated with the Synapse cardiovascular application versus being a third-party application launch, Synapse 3D offers several workflow benefits. The new software has one user interface and eliminates the need for additional third party "niche" applications. Users can access Synapse 3D directly from Synapse cardiovascular. The integration also allows users to generate reports using Fujifilm’s unparalleled reporting capabilities. And, when coupled with Synapse cardiovascular’s remote reading capabilities, studies can be accessed and interpreted anywhere.

Clinical benefits include its ability to perform analytics on nearly every modality vendor’s images. The software automatically imports images and data from the advanced analysis performed in Synapse 3D directly into the Synapse cardiovascular database and clinical report, creating one common cardiovascular information database and image storage location. The cardiovascular facilities using Synapse 3D and Synapse cardiovascular can avoid the redundant data entry required today by other loosely integrated 3D solutions. This could translate to reduced risk of incorrect information or lost or mislabeled images, providing for a more complete patient record, while also being more manageable for IT staff.

New Scheduling System Unveiled

Fujifilm also showed a works-in-progress electronic white-board scheduling system that is being designed with photos to help clinicians find what they are looking for at a glance. The system uses point-and-click photos and boxes to drag and drop onto the page to quickly build a schedule. A small mug photo of the clinician involved can be added so staff who are unfamiliar with each other can quickly recognize the person they are looking for. The photos also serve as a quick flags for items that are of interest to a particular clinician, instead of reading through the entire list for their name.

The system also allows icon photos of equipment to be added, such as an echo machine for an echo exam, or a cath lab imaging system for an interventional procedure.

A commercial version of the system is expected at RSNA 2010 in November.

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