Kodak has received clearance from the FDA for several specialized functions that enable radiologists to diagnose images generated by cardiac CT exams. These specialized functions include: cardiac review and analysis; cardiac cage removal in 3-D imaging; and cardiac calcium scoring. These features will be integrated into the next version of KODAK CARESTREAM PACS software, which is scheduled for commercial availability in mid-2006. All of these features are part of Kodak’s native, real-time 3-D capabilities that also include MIP (maximum intensity projection), MinIP (minimum intensity projection), MPR (multiplanar reconstruction), volume rendering, tissue definition and vessel tracking functionality.
PACS Software to Feature Integrated Cardiac Functions
Since the widespread adoption of digital imaging and PACS, referring physicians seldom visit radiology reading rooms, substantially reducing a major source of feedback for radiologists. (Shown are 2-D and 3-D digital breast images.) A software module to be described April 5 at the SBI/ACR Breast Imaging Symposium has been providing that feedback for radiologists interpreting breast images at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Image courtesy of Hologic