At RSNA 2014, Konica Minolta released a durable DR detector panel for extreme environments, a new DR panel designed for orthopedic use and a hand-carried ultrasound system for point of care use.
VIDEO: CT and POCUS Emerge As Frontline Imaging Modalities in COVID-19 Era
Interview with Geoffrey Rose, M.D., president of Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute with Atrium Health, in Charlotte, North Carolina, and a board member with the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE). He explains the impact if COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) on the cardiovascular service line and cardiac imaging. He said the virus has led to use of computed tomography (CT) not only as the frontline cardiovascular imaging modality to evaluate chest pain, but also for COVID-19 pneumonia imaging.
Rose said cardiac ultrasound is still used, but requires full personal protective equipment (PPE) and often abbreviated exams because of the close proximity of the sonographer and patient when performing echocardiograms. This has given rise to using dedicated point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) systems to answer specific clinical questions quickly. Smart-phone based POCUS systems that use an app and a transducer plugged into the phone enable basic echo exams or evaluation of other parts of the anatomy quickly without the need to immediately sterilize an entire cart-based ultrasound system. These small systems also can be completely enclosed inside a transducer sheath and the phone and single transducer are much easier and faster to wipe down. He said the quality of the exams are not as good as fully enabled echocardiography systems, but it allows for quick assessments of ejection fractions and to triage if the patient needs more advanced imaging if the basic questions cannot be answered.
Since hospitals have shut down now for about two months, postponing normal checkups, and elective exams and procedures, Rose said doctors still need to visit with patients who have chronic conditions. Sanger and Atrium Heath modified its ambulatory electronic medical record (EMR) and is using video conferencing to perform virtual appointments now for the majority of these patients. He said telemedicine was not widely used before COVID-19 in his hospital system, but the pandemic will likely alter the care model for the future, with more telemedicine visits being used even after epidemic is over. He said use of POCUS and CT as frontline cardiac imaging modalities will also likely remain in place after the pandemic because of the efficiencies in care these technologies offer.
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Carestream introduced the Touch ultrasound system at RSNA 2014. This premium system uses an all- touchscreen interface and is the first of a series of new ultrasound systems Carestream plans to roll-out over the next couple years, each using a similar touchscreen interface system.
ITN discusses the recent trends and advances in breast imaging at RSNA 2014 with Laurie Fajardo, M.D., MBA chief of breast imaging, University of Iowa. Read the following related articles on breast imaging: Mammographic Breast Density — What It Means; Trends in Breast Imaging; Dense Breast Tissue: Supplemental Imaging; and Breast Density: Are You Informed?
Many of the key trends in radiology seen at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2014 meeting are discussed by ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr and ITN Editor Dave Fornell.
Staff at Halifax Health in Daytona Beach, Fla., explain how DR Systems helped them achieve greater efficiency with their PACS.
Siemens introduces True volume TEE transducer. This 3-D/4-D 90°x90° TEE solution enables clinically meaningful visualization of anatomy, volume color Doppler and function in one volume view, without compromises like stitching. Combined with eSieValves advanced analysis package, it offers automated modeling and quantification in seconds allowing cardiologists to remove the guesswork from valve sizing.
Suzanne Shankle, IBA product marketing specialist, explains how Dolphin helps provide better care and gives online control and confidence of treating patients safely.
Introducing HYPERSCAN , Pencil Beam Scanning Delivery HYPERSCAN enables tumor volumes to be scanned in a matter of seconds, benefiting from the MEVION S250's direct and efficient beam generation. The result is a fast Pencil Beam Scanning enabling robust Intensity Modulated Proton Therapy treatment delivery that is much less sensitive to patient and tumor motions, ultimately increasing the efficacy of the treatment procedure. The MEVION S250 proton therapy platform with HYPERSCAN allows you to treat with precision, accuracy and reproducibility at unparalleled speed with uncompromised beam quality. Designed for greater access by any size cancer care facility, the MEVION S250 significantly reduces the complexity, size, and cost associated with conventional proton therapy systems. The MEVION S250 is specifically engineered as upgrade-ready to continue providing the most advanced proton therapy treatment available today as well as tomorrow. Key Features : Field-Upgradeable; Streamlined Clinical Workflow with Full OIS Integration; High-Accuracy Beam Pointing with Submillimeter Position Tracking; Fast Volumetric and Layer Rescanning Capabilities; Supports Standard Gating Interface for Beam On/Off Hold
John Stevens, chairman and CEO of HeartFlow, explains his company's computed tomography (CT)-based fractional flow reserve (FFR) assessment technology, which may eliminate the need for catheter-based FFR measurements.
AAPM President John E. Bayouth, Ph.D., discusses the impact of imaging in medical physics, as well as training that is available through AAPM, with Imaging Technology News Editorial Director Melinda Taschetta-Millane.
DAIC Editor Dave Fornell explains some of the most innovative new cardiovascular CT technology displayed at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2014.
Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) Past President Matthew Budoff, M.D., explains some of the new technology and latest trends seen in cardiac CT during the SCCT 2014 annual meeting in San Diego, Calif.
The Aplio 500 CV is the system of choice for all premium 2-D cardiac exams. Featuring Toshiba's 2-D Wall Motion Tracking technology, the system provides stunning visualization and quantitative analysis of myocardial wall motion with unrivaled accuracy and reproducibility. With on-board cardiac quantification measurements in all directions (radial, circumferential, 2D rotation and longitudinal), the Aplio500 CV system is designed to get the most comprehensive information anytime and anywhere in the hospital, right at the patient's bedside. Additional cardiac-specific technologies include Tissue Enhancement, Advanced Dynamic Flow, Lateral Gain Controls, Tissue Doppler, Stress Echo, Flex-M Mode and Auto IMT. The system is easy to use, with superior ergonomics and a smaller footprint, making it easier to maneuver for greater patient access and improved workflow. For more information: http://medical.toshiba.com/products/ul/cardiovascular/index.php
Todd Kranpitz, Executive Director of Radiology at Iowa Health, Des Moines, shares feedback from his health system on the portable imaging unit, the DRX Revolution - highlighting the wireless detector and collapsible column. He also discusses how adding a DRX-Revolution in surgery could replace c-arm technology. Hear Todd's thoughts about the transformation underway in radiology and the importance of the specialty becoming educators with other providers in the care continuum.
DAIC Editor Dave Fornell highlights his choices for some of the most innovative new technology at the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) 2014 meeting.
DAIC Editor Dave Fornell shares his choices for the most innovative new technologies in nuclear imaging that were on display at the 2014 Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) annual meeting.
Satoshi Minoshima, M.D., Ph.D., chairman of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Scientific Committee, discusses the new technologies and trends at SNMMI 2014.
See how standardizing on Siemens' breast imaging solutions has helped Heritage Valley Health System optimize efficiency, clinical outcomes and patient experience.
Eliot Siegel, M.D., professor and vice chairman of radiology at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine, department of radiology, discusses the big data trend, and what it means to personalized medicine as well as precision medicine.
Raym Geis, M.D., SIIM chair, spoke about how SIIM is changing its focus away from radiology and more toward informatics of all medical images. Now that every modality is starting to de-silo images, what are the next steps toward standardization?
Donald Dennison, SIIM Board of Directors and Hackathon organizer, discusses this inaugural event at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) 2014 annual meeting in Long Beach, Calif.
Improved patient comfort, more efficient workflow, and high-quality images at low dose are just some of the benefits realized in the radiology department at Philadelphia area's Riddle Memorial Hospital using Siemens fixed and mobile X-ray, and fluoroscopy solutions.
Gary Levine, M.D., president of the National Consortium of Breast Centers, reacts to the recent Canadian study's questioning the value of preventative mammography screening and the confusion it has caused.
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.
Gary Levine, M.D., president of the National Consortium of Breast Centers, predicts a future of personalized breast screening and addresses related challenges that will need to be addressed for successful implementation.
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.
GE Healthcare is dedicated to helping healthcare organizations build a roadmap for a comprehensive radiation dose management strategy. Learn about current trends in dose management and how GE Healthcare's DoseWatch solution can help you.
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.
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 four of the 2013 annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
Hear why Siemens SOMATOM Definition Edge is the CT your emergency department (ED) has been dreaming about from the leadership at Gwinett Medical Center. From physicians to the C-suite, see why the Edge is helping them meet their most demanding and time sensitive imaging needs with low-dose and high image quality.
Greg Freiherr speaks from the show floor on day three of the 2013 annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
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.
Philips Healthcare introduced the NanoPanel Elite CT detector which reduces image noise at low energy and at low radiation dose.