December 5, 2013 — eRAD announced the availability of its upgraded, Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared Mammography Module, with a full feature set for breast imaging and integration with eRAD PACS (picture archiving and communications system).
With this product, eRAD — a subsidiary of RadNet Inc., a provider of standards-based, Web-centric radiology image and data management solutions — eliminates the need for a dedicated mammography workstation and provides significant gains in efficiency for radiologists.
"What should be a simple action — say, viewing calcifications on an ultrasound for comparison — should not require a separate workflow," said Seth Koeppel, senior vice president of sales, eRAD. "We have it integrated. There is no need to switch to a different workstation, with a different monitors and layout, to call up another worklist in disparate system, and then try to find the patient and the related prior. All of that back-and-forth is a time, money, and resource drain that eRAD can eliminate."
eRAD enables multiple modalities: computed tomography (CT), ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), mammography and tomosynthesis to be viewed side-by-side on the same workstation from anywhere, whether reading from the LAN or WAN.
"We enable radiologists to read and report out of the same system, and that solves cost and workflow issues," said Koeppel.
eRAD technology is optimized to handle the storage capacity, archive costs and distribution infrastructure necessary to support tomosynthesis, enabling imaging groups to provide this innovative modality to patients and find early curable breast cancers. With an eRAD solution, comparison studies — priors for that day's appointments, for example — can be pre-staged on a specific workstation for faster reads even if those studies are archived in a third-party system.
Productivity gains are achieved not only by multi-modality reads from the same workstation but also with features designed specifically for breast imaging workflow, such as industry standard preset mammography layouts, mirrored image linking, anatomical grayscale inversion, tomo cine and configurable keyboard, mouse and keypad macros that enable users to further customize and replicate the behavior of a dedicated workstation. Skin-line detection enables users to auto-position a full resolution image according to anatomy or image area. Flexible custom layouts can be set to initialize together so users can toggle quickly between multiple views.
eRAD's Mammography Module also delivers advanced diagnostic tools. Along with CAD support (with configurable archiving for CAD objects) and image manipulation tools, eRAD delivers the optional AIE Image Enhancement Module to assist in visualizing and evaluating subtleties in digital mammograms. Accuracy is improved by AIE's sophisticated processing algorithms, which enhance the clarity of abnormalities in dense breast tissue.
Integrated mammography tracking is available and provides another uptick in efficiency as well as a means of building patient relationships.
eRAD offers a complete suite of workflow solutions for the imaging industry. Its Meaningful Use-ready radiology information system (RIS), Web-based PACS and multi-site workflow solutions are used by teleradiology businesses, specialty reading groups, multi-site reading groups, hospitals and outpatient imaging centers. With over 300 customers in the United States and several other countries, eRAD's solutions are available as cloud-based hosted solutions or as in-house enterprise solutions.