Technology | November 21, 2013

Carestream Unveils Bone Suppression X-ray Technology at RSNA 2013

Optional Bone Suppression Capability Designed to enhance visualization of soft tssue in the chest

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An example of Carestream's Bone Suppression software filter, removing the ribs in a chest X-ray.

November 21, 2013 — Carestream announced X-ray its newest version of image acquisition software that will include innovative standard and optional features for its computed radiography (CR) and digital radiography (DR) X-ray system at RSNA 2013. Bone Suppression, which is 510(k) pending in the United States, is designed to create a companion image to suppress the appearance of posterior ribs and clavicles while enhancing the visualization of soft tissue in the chest; and IHE Dose Reporting collects and distributes dose information from all Carestream DR and CR systems to a healthcare provider’s PACS. 
“Our new bone suppression feature is designed to increase diagnostic confidence due to improved visibility of lung nodules and other pathology,” said Helen Titus, Carestream’s marketing director of X-ray solutions. “Since the companion image is automatically generated from the original chest image, it will be available in seconds and requires no additional exposure to the patient or a separate X-ray exam. This feature will be available for portable and room-based CR and DR systems.” 
Carestream’s existing image acquisition software offers the ability to create companion images from an original X-ray exposure that can enhance visualization of tubes, PICC lines and pneumothorax. “Radiologists and physicians in trauma and ICU areas have praised the quality of these images and their importance to the prompt diagnosis of injured and ill patients,” Titus added. 
She reported that the new dose reporting feature is intended to streamline the collection of dose information from Carestream CR and DR systems and support the ability to track dose values for each patient.
The new software will also allow a single console to support one CR and one DR system — or two CR systems — from Carestream to help boost workflow, save valuable space and lower costs. Users will be able to identify CR cassettes or DR detectors, view patient demographics and review images from one console for both imaging systems. The software will also offer other workflow improvements. 
Carestream will also demonstrate radiology technologies that help physicians deliver enhanced diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of diseases and conditions:
  • New X-ray image reporting features that will equip referring physicians with access to current and prior imaging studies and radiology reports to help optimize treatment decisions are works in progress.
  • New healthcare IT technology that will allow X-ray imaging studies to be quickly and securely sent digitally to off-site radiologists and specialists to help enable faster diagnosis and treatment — especially for after-hours exams — is a work in progress. 
  • New tools for digital breast tomosynthesis designed to further enhance early detection and treatment of breast cancer are works in progress.
  • Enhancements to Carestream’s radiology information system will include personal information for each patient, including family health history, and will provide patients with online access to their X-ray imaging studies and reports so they can manage and share information with other physicians if desired. These new capabilities are works in progress.
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