New Products for the Imaging Industry

2D/3D Visualization Software from Calgary Scientific

The ResolutionMD system from Calgary Scientific Medical Group, Calgary, Alberta—which received FDA 510(k) clearance in November 2006—enables standard desktop and laptop personal computers to adapt CT, MR, PET, and other medical-image data from scanning systems into dynamic 2D and 3D visualizations. Offering radiologists, their colleagues, and referring physicians the ability to perform 2D or 3D interpretations from the office, the hospital, at home, or while traveling, ResolutionMD accelerates workflow by facilitating faster diagnosis. The system works by leveraging advanced gaming graphic capabilities to manipulate and display large data sets using the computing power of both standard Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems. ResolutionMD also uses its graphic capabilities to deliver real-time 3D rendering and contextual close-up capabilities for exploration of obstructed anatomy without cumbersome volume segmentation. An interactive lens tool and an edge-enhancement tool improve visualization of low-contrast internal structures. (403) 270-7159;

Integrated CD/DVD Recorder and Labeler Products from AMS

American Medical Sales Inc (AMS), Hawthorne, Calif, recently announced updates—and price decreases—in its Catella line of integrated CD/DVD recorder and labeler products. At a discount of 30% off its 2006 prices, AMS is offering its HIPAA-compliant wares complete with patented Radial Printing technology, which allows AMS to produce a product with a smaller-than-customary footprint. The Catella devices are all based around AMS’ Duet engine, which records and prints a full-color label onto the media without removing it from the drive drawer, eliminating the possibility of patient images being mislabeled. AMS’ offerings include the CAT-CD automatic CD burner and labeler; the CAT-CD-HS manual CD burner with automatic label printing; and the CAT-CD-HO manual CD burner with automatic label upgrade. (800) 423-3535;

Updated RIS/PACS Features from DR Systems

The Unity RIS/PACS from DR Systems Inc, San Diego, now features several new functionalities. The PatientLink capability is designed to help hospitals and imaging centers consolidate patient records, circumventing the usual time-consuming and expensive enterprise master patient indexing process. Unity’s capacity for data migration has been enhanced; now, the system can migrate significant amounts of data from a legacy PACS to the new DR Systems PACS, facilitating implementation. Finally, the Unity PACS is also more flexible, accessible from both electronic medical records and HIS Web portals. Unity continues to feature functionalities like patient administration and registration, examination quality control, advanced 3D image processing, automated report preparation, and off-site disaster recovery. (800) 794-5955;

New DR Product Line from Fuji

FUJIFILM Medical Systems USA, Stamford, Conn, has introduced an entirely new DR product line, including a new detector, table, and U-arm device for general imaging applications. Fuji’s new solid-state DR detector offers high spatial resolution and high detective quantum efficiency; it is integrated into the company’s Velocity-Ufp—a compact reader for chest and other upright examinations featuring throughput of up to 240 images per hour—and the Velocity-Tfp table system. The Velocity-Tfp is notable for its capacity to accommodate patients weighing up to 506 pounds. Rounding out the new product line is the SpeedSuite Unity (shown here), a U-arm system for general imaging applications. The SpeedSuite Unity is easy to position and ideal for applications as diverse as chest exams or extremity imaging; its compact design makes installation simple. The product line utilizes the same interface as Fuji’s existing CR systems. (800) 431-1850;

PACS Mammography Solution from RADinfo Systems

A new PACS solution for mammography, the Micro PowerPACS Mammography system from RADinfo Systems, Dulles, Va, allows a facility to efficiently view, manage, distribute, and store digital mammography images from CR, full-field digital mammography, and other modalities. Micro PowerPACS Mammography is scalable and configurable, featuring the capability to upgrade to RADinfo Systems’ full PowerPACS or work as a stand-alone solution integrated with a facility’s PACS vendor of choice. It communicates with multiple modalities to acquire DICOM images, and it supports a DICOM modality worklist to register or retrieve patient demographic information from a RIS/HIS, saving time and reducing error. (703) 713-3313;

Free, Automated CD/DVD/BD Publishing from Primera

Primera Technology Inc, Plymouth, Minn, has announced the introduction of its new PTDevSuite Software Developers Kit (SDK). Version 2.6.5 of PTDevSuite offers a comprehensive application programming interface for Windows XP/2000 and Windows Vista operating systems; this interface enables software developers to integrate automated CD-R, DVD-R, and BD-R burning and printing into their own software programs. The SDK also supports Primera’s Bravo line of disk publishers. PTDevSuite contains two software modules—PTRobot, which allows developers to add robotic control and automated disk printing to OS applications, and PTBurn, which adds an integrated burn engine licensed from Sonic Solutions—and includes sample applications complete with source code. It is available free of charge to software developers and integrators after registration at (800) 797-2772;

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