Gary Levine, M.D., president of the National Consortium of Breast Centers, discusses breast density, alternative screening technologies and the impact of "Inform Law" on clinical workflow.
VIDEO: Examples of Improved PACS Workflow to Aid Speed and Efficiency
ITN Editor Dave Fornell collected numerous examples of how PACS and enterprise imaging vendors are improving the speed and workflow of their systems during booth demonstrations at the 2021 Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS). The 11 minute video condenses down the highlights of workflow efficiencies seen during two days o vendor booth tours.
There was a clear trend of many vendors moving to new platforms that leverage more modern cloud-platform interfaces. This enables faster study loading speeds over web connections. These platforms are also using deeper integration of third-party applications and artificial intelligence (AI) software that do not require separate logins or workflows. Read more about these key trends observed at HIMSS 2021.
Vendors also showed various ways they have speed up radiology workflows. These included easier to customize hanging protocols, automated fetching of prior exams, synchronizing views and scrolling between a current a prior exams, use of timeline views of patient priors and procedures to make it easier to find relevant images and reports, and integration of all types of images into one unified viewer.
Specific examples in this video include:
• Visage Imaging: Example of high speed cloud PACS access to 3D mammograms and and priors. This first video clip shows a demonstration of opening large datasets in a matter of a couple seconds over a network connection from a tethered cellphone.
• Visage Imaging: Ability to access multiple modalities on one PACS viewer
• GE Healthcare: Examples of fast access to priors and location on screen
• GE Healthcare: Example of deep integration of third-party AI software
• Siemens: Overview of its Lung AI Pathway Companion workflow
• Change Healthcare: Enabling fast ability to free rotate around lung anatomy rather than going slice by slice manually
• Change Healthcare: Color-coded bar shows loading progress of an image or data set
• Infinitt: Hanging protocol automation to find same view on prior and link for synchronized scrolling
• Infinitt: Use of timeline to get quick view of prior reports and images without needing to open whole exam
• Siemens: Example of deeper integration with third-party apps, in this case Epsilon strain echo analysis
• Fujifilm: Integrated advanced visualization in the radiology workflow for liver segmentation used for surgical or embolization planning
• Fujifilm: Example of life-like cinematic rendering of a CT scan offers new ways to view anatomy and explain it to a patient
• Visage Imaging: Example of enterprise platform able to bring in full original format advanced visualization reconstructed images on a single platform viewer
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Nancy Cappello, Ph.D., founder/director of Are You Dense, Inc., discusses breast density, Inform Laws and her mission to expand screening options for women.
Gary Levine, M.D., president of the National Consortium of Breast Centers, discusses highlights of the NCoBC conference and NCBC's mission for 2014.
A big trend in healthcare IT at Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2014 annual meeting was the creation of enterprise-wide image access systems. With the introduction of vendor neutral archives (VNAs), enterprise imaging will increasingly be taken out of the hands of radiology and move to the responsibility of hospital IT directors. In this form, radiology may become just another department contributing images to the VNA. HIMSS also highlighted the proliferation of new, inexpensive home use patient monitors.
The BodyTom is the latest development in NeuroLogica's portable computed tomography imaging line. It is a portable, full body, 32 slice CT that boasts an impressive 85 cm gantry and 60 cm field of view. The battery powered BodyTom can be transported from room to room and is compatible with PACS, surgical navigation, electronic medical records, and planning systems. Its unique capabilities provide high quality CT images wherever needed, including the clinic, ICU, OR and emergency/trauma department. The combination of rapid scan time, flexible settings and immediate image viewing makes the BodyTom a valuable tool to any facility needing versatile real time CT imaging.
EIZO offers the most extensive line-up of high quality LCD monitors into the medical industry. Focusing on monitors that are stable and accurate over time makes them the monitor of choice for leading facilities around the world. This year marked their emphasis on Multi-Modality displays that can accurately display both color and grayscale images on the same screen optimized to the appropriate color settings for diagnosis. LED backlight technology ensures the best image quality and longer backlight life. Built-in front calibration sensors allow for easy quality control even from a remote location, eliminating the need to physically calibrate at every workstation. EIZO stands behind every monitor they make with a 5 year warranty guaranteed for up to 20,000 hours of life. EIZO offers the industry's first FDA approved color mammography 8MP monitor and have recently announced the second generation of this product with the RadiForce RX850. A new 6MP color display, The RadiForce RX650, rounds out the EIZO line-up to solidify them with an offering for every medical imaging modality. Clinical Review displays, the RadiForce MX-Series, were also a focus at RSNA 2013 for all non-diagnostic imaging and can be a great cost effective alternative for facilities that need to stay within strict budgets. Surgical displays have been added to the EIZO line-up in recent years where EIZO offer large 56 to 60 inch monitors for the replacement of multiple monitors in OR and surgical suite environments. EIZO also ensures quality control is maintained throughout facilities by offering the RadiCS QC software for calibrating their displays and generating necessary reporting over time.
David Widmann, president and COO of Konica Minolta Medical Imaging, discusses the company's commitment to primary imaging solutions within the diagnostic imaging market with ITN. He also shares insight into the company's entrance into the ultrasound market with the launch of the Sonimage P3 hand-held ultrasound system and acquisition of Panasonic Healthcare's ultrasonic diagnostic equipment business, as well as the recently announced global distribution agreement with GE Healthcare for Konica Minolta's AeroDR cassette-size digital X-ray imaging retrofit.
IBA Dosimetry is excited to launch its new Digital Imaging Analysis Software IQ Analyzer Primus at the RSNA 2013. Image Quality assurance can be achieved in three simple steps: Select-Analyze-Report. The IQ Analyzer Primus can perform, fast, quantitative and reproducible constancy measurement on multiple imaging modalities, including CR, DR and RF systems. IQ Analyzer Primus provides an efficient selection and comparison of clinical phantom images from your local network and PACS system. The software includes a DICOM header tool for fast and easy selection of images. Evaluations of six individual IQ parameters is performed automatically in less than one minute. The parameters include positioning, signal to noise ratio, uniformity, dynamic scale, high contrast resolution and geometrical distortion. Users definable IQ tolerances in both absolute and percentage values, allow for simple red, yellow, and green color coded pass / fail criteria. IQ Analyzer Primus reports are available in both PDF and MS Excel formats.
ITN Editor Dave Fornell and contributing editor Greg Freiherr discuss some of the most interesting new developments on the show floor at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2013 annual meeting.
Greg Freiherr speaks from the show floor on day three of the 2013 annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
Greg Freiherr speaks from the show floor on day one of the 2013 annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
Varian Medical Systems celebrates its 65-year anniversary, focused around innovation, partnership, collaboration and service. As it looks to the next 65 years, the company's vision is focused on a world without fear of cancer. Varian's goal is to work closely with the clinical community to help remove fear, provide better tools and also software solutions that will improve care over time. At ASTRO 2013, Varian highlighted what is new this year: The first installations of the Edge Radiosurgery Suite CT on Rails solution for brachytherapy, in partnership with Siemens' Aria and Eclipse Version 11, with over 500 installations to date; Connectivity to Siemens accelerators currently in the process of regulatory filing; Launch of RapidPlan Knowledge-based planning system
Varian Medical Systems launched RapidPlan Knowledge-based Planning at ASTRO 2013. RapidPlan is a new paradigm for treatment planning that will change the way planning is done by helping facilities capture actual clinical practices based on treatment plans that have been done in the past. RapidPlan will help busy clinics increase efficiency overall for the treatment planning process. For clinics new to the technology, models from other clinics can be used, applying past learning experiences to their own model. And with academic medical centers, RapidPlan is a great tool for narrowing the variations between the different clinicians within the practice itself.
IBA Dosimetry's Compass 3.0 is a unique two-in-one solution that allows the user to do both calculations and measurements.
AAPM President John Hazle, Ph.D., discusses trends in medical physics and major initiatives that the association is addressing in 2014 with Imaging Technology News Editorial Director Melinda Taschetta-Millane.
DAIC Editor Dave Fornell highlights some of the biggest trends and most innovative technology discussed during the American Society of Echocardiology (ASE) 2013 annual meeting.
Peter Herscovitch, M.D., SNMMI president-elect, explains the advances in molecular imaging for Alzheimer's disease and Parkinsonian syndromes during the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) 2013 meeting in Vancouver, Canada. While new agents allow imaging of these disease states, reimbursement and treatment decisions sometimes limit their use.
Gary Dillehay, M.D., FACR, FACNM, SNMMI president, explains some of the trends in Nuclear Imaging at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) 2013 annual meeting in Vancouver, Canada.
Agfa Healthcare introduced new functionality and workflow improvements for its completely revised cardiovascular information system (CVIS), introduced at the American College of Cardiology 2013 meeting. The CV12 system offers new solutions for echocardiography, nuclear perfusion imaging, cath lab reporting and ECG management and reporting. For more information, visit www.agfahealthcare.com
McKesson highlighted enhancements to its cardiovascular information system (CVIS) version 13. The system offers new modules for electrophysiology, inventory control and aids interoperability for better change capture and data mining. For more information, visit www.allaboutCVIS.com
At RSNA 2012, Hitachi featured its Echelon Oval 1.5T MRI system, which features the widest bore on the market at 74 cm, a wide table and the ability to perform non-contrast MR angiography exams. Hitachi also highlighted new features for its Scenaria CT system, which is upgradeable to a 128-slice system, offers new, faster iterative reconstruction software and cardiac imaging packages.
ITN and DAIC Editor Dave Fornell highlights the latest advancements that will impact cardiovascular imaging from the 2012 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. RSNA is the largest medical imaging show in the world and most advancements are shown here first.
ITN Editor Dave Fornell highlights his choices for the most innovative radiology technologies and trends at Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), 2012. Choices include the first wireless ultrasound transducer, noiseless MRI, a 640-slice CT scanner and a printer than creates sculptures from 3-D datasets.
At RSNA 2012, Konica Minolta showed its three latest advances in digital radiography (DR) X-ray. The company featured its X70 radiography room, which centers around the Aero DR wireless detector. The room integrates to even locate where the DR detector is located. The company also highlighted its automatic stitching solution, 10 x 12 detector for pediatric and table use, and the Aero Sync solution that wirelessly synchronizes with X-ray generators to eliminate cables.
At RSNA 2012, IBA showcased several quality assurance (QA) solutions for radiology. The MagicMax is an all-in-one QA system for all X-ray systems, including digital radiography (DR), CT and mammography. The Primus L phantom is an all-in-one QA device for all digital X-ray imaging systems. IBA also offers the LXcan to QA diagnostic-quality black and white flat panel monitors, and the LX Chroma to QA color displays.
Intelerad showcased improvements to its radiology worklist, its InteleConnect Web-based portal and showed new features to its InteleOne distributed radiology solution. It also introduced RadVoice, a Web-based education component.
Neurologica demonstrated its BodyTom portable whole-body CT scanner during RSNA 2012. The system is the first mobile scanner that can be moved on casters from room to room and is battery powered. The system has an 85 cm gantry and a 60 cm field of view. Unlike traditional CT scanners, the gantry moves over the patient, rather than the patient table being moved through the gantry. This facilitates use in the operating room, where it is not easy to move a patient who may be connected to several devices.
During RSNA 2012, SwissRay featured its new DDR Versa Motion Plus X-ray system. The technologist selects a body part to be images and the X-ray head automatically swings into the proper imaging position. The head includes a touch-screen where information can be entered at the patient bedside. Also featured were the DDR Cruze mobile DR X-Ray system and the DDR Shift retrofit kit that enables conversion of mobile CR systems to wireless DR.
Imaging Technology News experts discuss the trends and latest technology they saw on the show floor and in sessions at Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), 2012. Their discussions include some of the most innovative new devices and software to solve issues facing radiology today.
Varian introduced the Edge radiosurgery Suite during ASTRO 2012. The system features real-time tumor tracking and a six-degree of freedom couch.
At ASTRO 2012, IBA featured a scale model install of its Proteus One compact proton system combined with the Philips Ambient Experience, designed to count patients through lighting visual effects.
At ASTRO 2012, Mevion featured its compact Mevion S250 Proton Therapy System, which has a footprint comparable to traditional radiation therapy systems.
At ASTRO 2012, Ray Search Americas demonstrated the latest features for its radiation therapy treatment planning system.
Imaging Technology News talks to Mark Watson, executive director of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), and Steve Drew, RSNA's executive director for scientific assembly and informatics, about the upcoming RSNA 2012 event, as well as what's ahead for radiologists in 2013.
See the versatility of the DRX Evolution room with the wireless DRX detector.
Carestream is changing the DR game and putting you in control of the move to digital.
Dr. Gary Ezzell, president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), talks about current trends in medical physics, particularly the melding of imaging and radiation therapy to guide treatment. He also recaps some of the hot topics discussed at this year's annual meeting in Charlotte, N.C., and AAPM's key initiatives for the coming year.
Web Stayman, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, presents an overview of research he presented at the 2012 American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) annual meeting in Charlotte, N.C. It involves an iterative technique for computed tomography (CT) to better contend with implants to improve image-guided surgery or interventions. The technique takes knowledge about the components and integrates it into the reconstruction to eliminate artifacts.
Dr. Sabee Molloi from the School of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine, worked with a team on a study using spectral mammography to develop a quantitative technique to measure volumetric breast density. Their technique also enables a lower dose to be used for a screening mammogram. Two members of the team, Justin Ducote and Huanjun Ding, describe the research, which they presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.
IBA Dosimetry offers commissioning services for linear accelerators (linacs), using state-of-the-art equipment like the Blue Phantom and the linear diode array. A variety of service options are available, from a turnkey operation to segmented individual services or post-installation support, depending on the customer's needs. Utilizing these services can help a clinic get up-and-running in the quickest time possible. Customers also can utilize IBA's new International Competence Center (ICC) to receive training to do commissioning on their own. For more information, visit www.iba-dosimetry.com