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Mindray Introduces Significant Ultrasound Gem Upgrades

Ultrasound Imaging | December 14, 2018

Based on Mindray’s Living Technology, the Resona 7 (Sapphire), ZS3 (Diamond) and TE7 (Crystal) new ultrasound upgrades offer significant enhancements in support of the company’s commitment to providing state-of-the-art ultrasound imaging. Maher Elhihi, director of marketing, North America Ultrasound, summarizes the key benefits included in the company's Gem Series introduction.

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Ultrasound Imaging | December 14, 2018

Based on Mindray’s Living Technology, the Resona 7 (Sapphire), ZS3 (Diamond) and TE7 (Crystal) new ultrasound upgrades offer significant enhancements in support of the company’s commitment to providing state-of-the-art ultrasound imaging. Maher Elhihi, director of marketing, North America Ultrasound, summarizes the key benefits included in the company's Gem Series introduction.

SPECT-CT | December 12, 2018

This is a walk around of the new Spectrum Dynamics Veriton SPECT-CT nuclear imaging system introduced at the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. 

This is a walk around of an innovative new SPECT-CT nuclear imaging system shown at the Radiological Society Of North America (RSNA) 2018 meeting this week. It's CT system with comes in 16, 64 or 128 slice configurations. It has 12 SPECT detector robotic arms that automatically move toward the patient and use a sensor to stop a few millimeters from the skin to optimize photon counts and SPECT image quality. It also uses more sensitive CZT digital detectors, which allows either faster scan times, or use of only half the radiotracer dose of analog detector scans.

Read the article “Nuclear Imaging Moves Toward Digital Detector Technology.” 

Read the article "Spectrum Dynamics Sues GE for Theft, Misappropriation of Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition."

Mammography | December 10, 2018

Stamatia Destounis, M.D., FACR, associate professor, University of Rochester School of Medicine, and attending radiologist, Elizabeth Wende Breast Care, explains the details of a new study showing the benefits of mammography in elderly women at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2018 annual meeting.

Radiation Oncology | November 30, 2018

Accuray's philosophy is to personalize treatments to exactly fit the patient. Senior Director of Marketing Andrew Delao explains this philosophy in a conversation with Greg Freiherr at ASTRO 2018.

Advanced Visualization | November 30, 2018

This is an example of the FDA-cleared OpenSight augmented reality (AR) system for surgical planning from NovaRad at the Radiological Society Of North America (RSNA) 2018 meeting. It uses a Hololens headset to register an overlay of the patient’s MR or Ct scan in the patient. The operator can use hand movements to slice through and manipulate the images.

The vendor gained an FDA indication for AR to be used in surgical planning in 2018. NovaRad is working with the FDA for a second indication for use of the AR in the operating room during procedures.

This video is jerky, slightly misaligned and the hand movements did not always respond because itwas shot with an iPhone inside the visor. The image quality and hand movements are much better when actually wearing it on your head and aligned for the specific user.

Read more about this technology

Digital Radiography (DR) | November 30, 2018

This is an example of moving X-ray images displayed by Konica Minolta today at the Radiological Society Of North America (RSNA) 2018 meeting. This Dynamic Digital Radiography (DDR) technology shoots 15 frames per second for 20 seconds. The resulting 300 images are stitched together by the software to create a cine loop

 

Ultrasound Imaging | November 28, 2018

This is an example of the new Fetal HQ heart and vascular software from GE Healthcare for fetal ultrasound. The software, for the Voluson E10, helps evaluate the fetal heart shape, size and contractibility. A feature called Radiant Flow shows the blood flow in a 3-D view. It can also help show slow-flow blood, such as neuro-vascular circulation. This was shown for the first time at the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting.

 

Read more about this technology. 

 

Watch a VIDEO showing the fetal ventricular contractibility measures.

 

Artificial Intelligence | November 28, 2018

Here is an example of how artificial intelligence (AI) is helping radiologists with faster workflow to improve care. This example from the Philips Illumeo system shows a spine CT and how the radiologist can use the tool bar to gain one-click, immediate access to three prior CT studies that will open with the exact slate slice view and orientation as the current exam. This was shown at the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting.

Read more in the article “How Artificial Intelligence Will Change Medical Imaging.”

Watch the VIDEO AI Technogy Report from RSNA 2017.

 

Computed Tomography (CT) | November 25, 2018

At the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting, Hitachi showed a new computed tomography (CT) scanner designed for larger sized patients. The Scenaria View offers both 64 and 128 slice versions (it is also field upgradable from 64 to 128 later on). It has an 80 cm bore and the table has a weight capacity of 550 pounds. The X-ray tube also can achieve high energies up to 700 mA.  The system has clearance in Japan and Europe and will be submitted for FDA clearance soon.

Read more about the system.

 

Digital Radiography (DR) | November 12, 2018

VIVIX-S 1417N is a multi-purpose portable flat panel detector for addressing busy workflow in medical facilities. Get more information on our advanced detectors and software lineup at www.vieworks.com.

Watch the VIDEO here.

Interventional Radiology | October 19, 2018

Scott Schwartz, M.D., interventional radiologist and program director for IR residencies and the vascular and interventional radiology fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital, explains how the department uses Yttrium-90 (Y90) embolization therapy to treat liver cancer.

 

Related Articles on Y-90 Radiotherapy:

Current Advances in Targeted Radionuclide Therapy

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NCCN Guidelines Recommend Y-90 Microspheres for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Treatment

 

 

Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | October 15, 2018

Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of radiation oncology at Henry Ford Cancer Institute, describes the benefits the department has realized from using the first FDA-approved magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided radiation therapy system to allow real-time treatment tracking.

Watch the related VIDEO: MRI-Guided Radiation Therapy Trial for Pancreatic Cancer.

Register to view a webinar on the ViewRay MRI-guided radiation therapy system.

 

Treatment Planning | October 08, 2018

Carrie Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., director of translational research, radiation oncology at Henry Ford Health System, describes how the department uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to create synthetic computed tomography (CT) images for use in radiation therapy treatment planning.

Also watch the VIDEOs Using Advanced CT to Enhance Radiation Therapy Planning and MRI-Guided Radiation Therapy Trial for Pancreatic Cancer, which also feature Glide-Hurst.

Treatment Planning | October 05, 2018

Carrie Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., director of translational research, radiation oncology at Henry Ford Health System, describes how the department uses advanced computed tomography (CT) software and techniques to improve radiation therapy treatment plans.

Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | October 04, 2018

Carrie Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., and Benjamin Movsas, M.D., discuss Henry Ford Hospital's involvement in a national clinical trial assessing the effectiveness of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided radiation therapy in pancreatic cancer. 

Watch the related VIDEO: Clinical Use of the ViewRay MRIdian Linac System at Henry Ford — Interview with Benjamin Movsas, M.D.

Register to view a webinar on the ViewRay MRI-guided radiation therapy system.

 

Radiation Therapy | September 07, 2018

A discussion with Ehsan Samei, Ph.D., DABR, FAAPM, FSPIE, director of the Duke University Clinical Imaging Physics Group and head of the Duke medical physics graduate program. He spoke on this topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2018 meeting.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 13, 2018

Haojie Wang, M.D., director of advanced cardiovascular MRI and a member of the heart valve clinic at Baylor Scott White Heart Hospital, Dallas, explains the utility of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in cardiology and the implementation of the cardiac MRI program at his hospital.

Radiomics | August 09, 2018

A discussion with Martin Vallieres, Ph.D., post-doctoral fellow at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He spoke on this topic in sessions at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2018 meeting. He explains radiomics and how it can be used in both medical imaging and radiation therapy. 

Read the related article "Hidden Information Behind Imaging Tests for Cancer May Unlock New Approaches to Radiation Therapy."

Read the related article "Computer Program Beats Physicians at Brain Cancer Diagnoses."

For other AAPM 2018 videos and coverage

Contrast Media | August 03, 2018

Lawrence Tanenbaum, M.D., FACR, vice president and director of advanced imaging at RadNet, discusses the latest research on the effects of gadolinium contrast retention following magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams, and how facilities can best manage its use.

Digital Radiography (DR) | August 03, 2018

Sheila Sferrella, president of Regents Health Resources and Bill Finerfrock, president of Capitol Associates, discuss the national progress in transitioning from computed radiography (CR) to digital radiography (DR) systems. Sferrella is the chair and Finerfrock is a member of the AHRA Regulatory Affairs Committee. 

Watch the related Technology Report on Digital Radiography Systems

Watch part 1 of the conversation with Sferrella and Finerfrock on clinical decision support updates

Watch part 3 on site-neutral payments

AAPM | August 03, 2018

Ehsan Samei, Ph.D., DABR, FAAPM, FSPIE, director of the Duke University Clinical Imaging Physics Group and head of the Duke medical physics graduate program, explained this new program at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2018 meeting.

Additional AAPM news and videos

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2018

Robert Junk and Tobias Gilk, MRSO, MRSE, of architectural firm RAD-Planning, discuss the different types of safety hazards associated with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and how to assess your own protocols to find and eliminate inefficiencies that could lead to safety hazards. 

Watch the related VIDEO New App Improves MRI Safety For Implantable Devices

Read the related article "Closing the Loopholes in MRI Safety"

Artificial Intelligence | August 01, 2018

A discussion with Steve Jiang, Ph.D., director of the medical artificial intelligence and automation lab and vice-chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas Southwestern. He spoke in sessions at AAPM 2018 about how AI will change treatment planning, radiation oncology and medical imaging.

Watch the VIDEO: Real-world Implementation of Deep Learning for Treatment Planning — a discussion with Kevin Moore, Ph.D., DABR, deputy director of medical physics and associate professor, University of California San Diego, about his daily clinical use of an artificial intelligence treatment planning software. 

Other coverage from the AAPM 2018 meeting.

 

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Computed Tomography (CT) | July 25, 2018

A discussion with Patricia Dickson, LRT(CT), director of imaging and outpatient services, Capital Cardiology Associates, Albany, N.Y., and Nikki Weber, a lead CT technologist at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. They presented in sessions at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2018 meeting.

Watch the related VIDEO: How to Prepare a Patient for a Cardiac CT Scan

 

Stroke | April 30, 2018

ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis explores how the mobile stroke unit (MSU) program at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Ill., is changing the paradigm of care for stroke patients in the western suburbs of Chicago and beyond.

Take a look around with a 360 degree view inside the mobile stroke unit ambulance.

Read the article "Northwestern Medicine Mobile Stroke Unit Delivers Life-Saving Care 30 Minutes Sooner."

Breast Density | April 26, 2018

ITN Editorial Director Melinda Taschetta-Millane speaks to DenseBreast-info Executive Director JoAnn Pushkin as the website celebrates three years as an information resource on breast density for patients and providers. Pushkin also discusses the latest developments in breast density notification and screening guidelines.

Related Dense Breast Imaging Content: 

VIDEO: The Impact of Breast Density Technology and Legislation

High-Risk Clinic Arms Patients Against Breast Cancer

Greater Evidence, Payment Expansion Driving Tomosynthesis Adoption

Technology to Watch in Breast Imaging

The Transition to 3-D Breast Imaging

 

Women's Health | February 27, 2018

Fujifilm details its latest innovations in women's health including its ASPIRE Cristalle mammography system with digital breast tomosynthesis software option and its Synapse 5 PACS and VNA, enabling secure, easy-to-manage storage and access to the complete patient imaging record throughout the healthcare enterprise.

Pediatric Imaging | February 22, 2018

FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc. and FUJIFILM SonoSite Inc., are offering a full-suite pediatric solutions portfolio, complete with digital radiography (DR), healthcare IT and point-of-care ultrasound to serve the world's most unique patients.

Radiology Imaging | February 15, 2018

David Widmann, president and CEO of Konica Minolta, looks at what the future of healthcare can bring to its customers, focusing on the imaging space.

Radiology Imaging | February 15, 2018

Kiyotaka Fujii, global healthcare senior executive officer and president of Konica Minolta, discusses the company's medical strategy as it grows into precision medicine.

Pediatric Imaging | February 14, 2018

ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis demonstrates several mobile apps designed to help pediatric patients learn what an MRI exam is like to help calm their fears and make it easier to conduct the exam. Read the article "Pediatric MRI Calming Techniques"

January 24, 2018

ITN Editor Dave Fornell previews the launch of augmented reality (AR) technology in the January/February 2018 issue of ITN. Augmented reality brings new depth to print content through your smartphone by connecting to related videos and other resources.

Ultrasound Imaging | January 11, 2018

Mindray recently featured a new upgrade for its premium Resona 7 ultrasound system at the Radiological Society of North America annual conference. The new upgrade is based on the system’s core ZONE Sonography Technology (ZST+), which enables software upgrades for new applications such as contrast enhanced ultrasound (CEUS), Sound Touch shear wave elastography and 10 new transducer options. Other imaging, software, and calculation enhancements include fetal CNS “Smart Planes,” “Smart Pelvis” and a dedicated pelvic congestion syndrome package. The new transducers include C6-2GU interventional/intraoperative; C11-3U microconvex; P10-4U and P7-3U phased pediatric cardiac; P7-3TU adult transesophageal; L16-4HU; SC6-1U and DE10-3WU (3D). There are also two new CW transducers, CW2S and CW5S, for the support of shared service. The new upgrade is expected to be available to Resona 7 customers early next year. For more information: www.mindraynorthamerica.com

Artificial Intelligence | December 21, 2017

ITN and DAIC Editor Dave Fornell shows several examples of how vendors are incorporating AI, deep learning algorithms into their medical imaging information system and the modalities themselves to speed workflow, improve imaging accuracy, improve reimbursements, monitor analytics in real time and eliminate the need for humans to do tedious, time consuming tasks. These examples were seen on the show floor at at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2017 meeting.  For more on deep learning, watch the VIDEO "Deep Learning is Key Technology Trend at RSNA 2017," and an interview with Adam Flanders, M.D., chair of the RSNA Radiology Informatics Committee, in the VIDEO "How Utilization of Artificial Intelligence Will Impact Radiology." ITN also created an indepth VIDEO Technology Report — Artificial Intelligence at RSNA 2017  with interviews with numerous AI vendors.

Watch the VIDEO “Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Imaging Technology at RSNA 2017.”

 

Neuro Imaging | December 21, 2017

Max Wintermark, M.D., professor of radiology and chief of neuroradiology, Stanford Hospital and Clinics, discussed MRI neurology quantification apps at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2017 meeting. Read the article “Software Advances in MRI Technology.” Watch the VIDEO “Neuroimaging Advances.”

RSNA 2017 | December 20, 2017

ITN and DAIC Editor Dave Fornell takes a tour of some of the most interesting new medical imaging technologies on the expo floor at the 2017 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. Watch the editor’s choice video for new health IT technologies at HIMSS 2017, new advances in cardiac ultrasound at ASE 2017, and CT advances at the SCCT 2017 meeting.

Breast Density | December 20, 2017

Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D., executive director and founder, Are You Dense Inc. and Are You Dense Advocacy. Read the article “The Evolution of Breast Imaging Technology.” Watch the VIDEO “Implementing Advanced Breast Imaging Technology.” 

Artificial Intelligence | December 19, 2017

A post-game roundup by ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr and ITN Editor Dave Fornell on the key trend of artificial intelligence seen on the show floor at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2017 meeting.

For more on artificial intelligence at RSNA 2017, watch the VIDEO "How Utilization of Artificial Intelligence Will Impact Radiology." For more trends in imaging, watch the VIDEO "Key Imaging Technology Trends at RSNA 2017." ITN also created an indepth VIDEO Technology Report — Artificial Intelligence at RSNA 2017  with interviews with numerous AI vendors.