At RSNA 2014, Fujifilm highlighted improvements to its Synapse Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) for enterprise imaging, new functionality with its newest version of Synapse PACS, and new advanced visualization applications. Synapse advanced visualization now includes 3-D colonoscopy, kidney analysis and lung analysis, which includes virtual 3-D fly-through of the bronchia).
Talking Trends with Fujifilm
Fujifilm's next generation secure server-side viewer platform extends across enterprise imaging areas to bring together radiology, mammography and cardiology into a single zero footprint platform. Bill Lacy, vice president of medical informatics for Fujifilm Medical Systems USA recently talked with ITN about their Synapse 7x platform.
At RSNA 2014, Fujifilm highlighted improvements with its digital radiography (DR) X-ray technology. This includes the newly redesigned FDR D-EVO II wireless detector, FDR GO mobile DR system and Fujifilm's new Virtual Grid technology to post-process images to reduce X-ray scatter.
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.
McKesson is committed to working with facilities to adapt to the new healthcare reality in both an effective and cost-efficient fashion. The vendor does this by providing a suite of enterprise solutions including: "McKesson Enterprise Image Repository" Brings together all the scattered images from numerous isolated systems into the image repository (VNA) and helps provide a single view of the patient's imaging history, accessible from anywhere across the enterprise. McKesson Clinical Data Exchange: Manage, share and access patient images and clinical documents anywhere in the enterprise or across a region from any common Web-enabled device or workstation by leveraging the IHE cross-enterprise document sharing (XDS) integration profile.
QICS is a unique, automated workflow management solution to help today's medical professionals enhance the delivery of care, reduce risks, optimize user productivity and meet regulatory requirements compliance. QICS can provide workflow efficiencies that help providers improve performance and satisfaction for both physicians and patients. Qualitative Intelligence and Communication System (QICS) solutions can help: Create records for accountability and analytics; Meet regulatory requirements; Reduce manual processes to streamline workflow; Optimize communication to help deliver better care
Staff at Halifax Health in Daytona Beach, Fla., explain how DR Systems helped them achieve greater efficiency with their PACS.
From the floor at this year's annual meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), Chris Toth, vice president of global marketing and Americas sales at Varian Medical Systems, talks about the latest Varian technologies and how they can help enhance knowledge sharing among oncology care professionals. In the constantly evolving healthcare landscape, learn why Varian is developing leading edge solutions designed to help clinicians leverage data to improve the quality and consistency of care. Varian is creating a knowledge-based network, enabling clinical partners to share information, ideas, and best practices. Toth explains how InSightive Analytics, Varian's latest in a line of recently released informatics products, helps clinics dive deep into existing data in order to achieve actionable insights. Being able to explore, visualize, and aggregate critical data using InSightive can help improve operations as well as clinical care.
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
Kettering's oncolcogy services worked with Elekta to provide the latest radiation therapy with the Veras HD system.
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.
Kettering Medical Center Therapist, Sarah Macke, describes how their center improved their treatment process with safety and efficiency by using the Elekta Versa HD system.
See how standardizing on Siemens' breast imaging solutions has helped Heritage Valley Health System optimize efficiency, clinical outcomes and patient experience.
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.
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.
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.
Esteya electronic brachytherapy by Nucletron, an Elekta company, is a new, high-precision treatment solution for treating skin cancer. Esteya mimics high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy by bringing a miniaturized X-ray source very close to the cancerous site, enabling the local application of radiation for effective treatment. By virtue of this direct delivery, Esteya can concentrate more therapeutic radiation to the disease target and minimize radiation to the surrounding tissues and organs. Notably, Esteya requires only minimal room shielding and features a compact design and exceptional mobility, allowing the treatment to occur virtually anywhere patients are seen. Esteya represents a desirable alternative to surgery, the therapy that patients most commonly select to treat their skin cancer. Esteya features: Patient-friendly design, with a high dose rate that enables treatment delivery in less than three minutes; user-centric operation, offering a highly efficient workflow and easy patient set-up; and attractive economic profile
IBA Dosimetry's Compass 3.0 is a unique two-in-one solution that allows the user to do both calculations and measurements.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, Ray Search Americas demonstrated the latest features for its radiation therapy treatment planning system.
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.
Carestream's DRX - transportable / field portable X-ray unit is designed and tested for the rigorous conditions of military, disaster and remote locations.
Jeannie Patterson, PSW at Hamilton General Hospital, explains some of the benefits of the Carestream DRX-Revolution mobile X-ray system, including its compact size, easy detector bagging, storage for markers, gloves, bags and wipes, and the swivel image head.
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
McKesson's new Enterprise Image Repository, featured at the 2012 Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) meeting, facilitates the sharing of images and data both within and outside an organization. It enables sharing of data with referring physicians and also among different departments, all at an affordable cost.
Retention Management is a new feature of McKessonâ??s Enterprise Image Repository (EIR), offering the ability to delete data that no longer needs to be retained. It provides the flexibility to set different parameters according to different policies and requirements. System Dashboard is a new tool in the EIR which helps administrators manage and monitor how the system is performing. These features were showcased at the 2012 Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) meeting.
Visage 7 enterprise imaging platform features a fast, thin-client, server-side processing technology that delivers enterprise diagnostic and clinical viewing solutions for healthcare institutions seeking to accelerate and enhance the delivery of radiology services. Building upon its enterprise-class technology platform, Visage Imaging has strengthened Visage 7 in the areas of performance, usability, integration, workflow, automation and advanced clinical capabilities.