Radiosurgery Product Line for Noninvasive Lung Cancer Treatment from Accuray
Accuray Inc, Sunnyvale, Calif, offers three new tools to enable better noninvasive lung cancer treatment: the Xsight Lung Tracking System, the Xchange Robotic Collimator Changer, and the 4D Treatment Optimization and Planning System. Combined with Accuray’s preexisting CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System, these products offer a noninvasive, fiducial-free lung cancer treatment option, with the aim of minimizing complications from the implantation of markers or fiducials and shortening overall treatment time. The Xsight system (shown here) uses image processing and registration technology to lock onto and track the tumor throughout the treatment, coordinating seamlessly with Accuray’s Synchrony Respiratory Tracking System to correct for patient movement. The Xchange system automatically changes secondary collimators during treatment, and the 4D optimization technology corrects for the movement and deformation of tissue.
(408) 716-4600; www.accuray.com
Multicatheter, Single-Entry Breast Brachytherapy Applicator from BioLucent
New from BioLucent Inc, Aliso Viejo, Calif, is the SAVI device, a multicatheter, single-entry breast brachytherapy applicator. The SAVI applicator features a bundle of catheters, which—after insertion in the lumpectomy cavity—are expanded by the physician from outside the breast. The physician can control the radiation dose delivered by each catheter, and each catheter allows for multiple dwell positions of the radiation source; the physician also can select which catheters will deliver radiation. The SAVI device comes in three different models: a six-catheter model, expandable to 3 cm; an eight-catheter model, expandable to 4 cm; and a 10-catheter model, expandable to 5 cm. The applicator and its catheters are compatible with most commercially available high-dose-rate afterloaders and transfer tubes.
(949) 349-1380; www.biolucent.com
Color LCDs from Double Black Imaging
Double Black Imaging Corp (DBI), Westminster, Colo, is offering a new addition to its M-series of monitors, a color 3-megapixel high-bright LCD with retractable front sensors for auto-calibration. The display features an electronic front sensor, which emerges from the bezel; it then retracts when DICOM grayscale calibration is complete. This process eliminates any permanent protrusion into the active area of the LCD. The monitor also offers integrated backlight sensors to assure backlight consistency and minimize fluctuations in brightness owing to internal and environmental temperature shifts. Also new from DBI is a 45-inch color high-brightness, high-contrast LCD with full 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, 500 cd/m2 brightness, and a contrast ratio of 800:1. This monitor is designed for operating room and emergency department environments, where distance viewing is crucial.
(877) 852-2870; www.doubleblackimaging.com
Upgraded PACS from Kodak’s Health Group
A new upgrade is available to the Carestream PACS from Kodak’s Health Group, Rochester, NY. The primary benefit of the upgrade is the improved dynamic streaming capability, facilitating the flow of information directly into diagnostic workstations. For extremely large studies, the upgrade features fast visualization and 3D tools, which offer advanced functionality over a variety of network speeds. Also included in the latest upgrade are specialized mammography features that interface with integrated breast MRI, ultrasound CAD software, and automated CD/DVD archiving management capabilities focused on the entry-tier market.
(800) 328-2910; www.kodak.com/go/health/
Electronic Brachytherapy System from Xoft
The FDA has cleared a new electronic brachytherapy system from Xoft Inc, Fremont, Calif. The Axxent platform (right, top) uses Xoft’s proprietary miniaturized x-ray source (right, bottom) to apply radiation directly to a tumor bed from within the lumpectomy cavity, eliminating the need for radioactive isotopes, heavy shielding, or major capital equipment. Radiation from the Axxent electronic source mimics 192Ir, the isotope commonly used in high-dose-rate brachytherapy, but radiation is attenuated beyond the target area with the Axxent FlexiShield. This delivery method for accelerated partial breast irradiation can minimize radiation exposure of surrounding healthy tissues and shorten treatment times.
(510) 580-2900; www.xoftinc.com
Nuclear Medicine Image Management System from Numa
The new image management system from Numa Inc, Amherst, NH, features support in the form of list mode image data, sinograms, and image slices, giving users the ability to archive and retrieve list mode data to expand development of reconstruction algorithms and other functions. The NumaStore system is calibrated specifically to manage nuclear medicine and PET/CT images, and it allows users to sort and query images by 46 different attributes. Users also can create custom attributes for research or teaching. The NumaStore system is designed to be expandable while maintaining image integrity. Numa also offers the NumaRead migration system to import archives to image management platforms (shown here), and the NumaServer, which facilitates remote site connectivity.
(800) 733-6862; www.numa-inc.com