November 20, 2013 — Medic Vision Imaging Solutions Ltd. and Brit Systems Inc. jointly announced that they have teamed up to offer a new cloud-based service supporting low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) lung cancer screening. The service allows any radiology department/practice to perform LDCT lung screening and obtain diagnostic-quality images without having to purchase and implement new iterative reconstruction technology at their site.
The new service is based on Medic Vision’s SafeCT Iterative Image Reconstruction system and Brit’s Roentgen Cloud. With this service, LDCT lung images are securely forwarded via https (no virtual private network [VPN] required) to remote cloud-based SafeCT servers for immediate transformation into diagnostic-quality images. Processed images are immediately sent back to the customer’s network via the secure link and forwarded to the customer’s picture archiving and communication system (PACS). The processed images remain accessible via Roentgen Cloud to the provider and, optionally, to the patient. The service is available at a pay-per-scan fee for CT scanners of all major vendors.
LDCT has recently garnered support from many major medical societies as the modality of choice for screening heavy smokers for lung cancer. Several important studies indicate that the implementation of LDCT for lung cancer screening can save as many as 20,000 lives each year.
Medic Vision’s SafeCT uses proprietary, patented 3-D iterative image reconstruction algorithms to enhance CT images acquired with low-dose protocols. The add-on SafeCT is in routine clinical use at major hospitals and imaging centers nationwide, supporting CT scanner systems from all manufacturers including GE, Philips, Siemens and Toshiba.
“We routinely perform low-dose CT lung cancer screening procedures at all of our 10 imaging sites in the San Diego area using SafeCT to ensure consistent high-quality diagnostic images for confident reading,” said Jon Robins, M.D., chairman and CEO, Imaging Healthcare Specialists, San Diego. “We are extremely satisfied with SafeCT’s performance and strongly recommend the use of this new service.”
Brit’s Roentgen Cloud provides user-managed, virtual DICOM servers to individuals/organizations, enabling users to securely upload, store, share and view studies via any HTML-5 compliant browser. Studies may also be viewed on mobile devices.
“With cloud-based SafeCT, hospitals and imaging centers can take advantage of cost-effective pay-per-scan, remote, albeit real-time, SafeCT service,” said Eyal Aharon, CEO, Medic Vision. “While LDCT lung screening is a hot application, many hospitals and private practices are hesitant, or in some cases unable, to make the capital investment required to purchase SafeCT. The new service allows any radiology practice to offer the up-and-coming LDCT lung screening service without having to invest in image enhancement solutions.”