RT Computed X-ray Reader
Orex Computed Radiography, Auburndale, Mass, introduces the CR”RT PcCR 1417 dedicated radiotherapy computed x-ray reader. This product is reportedly the first to capture on a phosphor plate the mega-voltage portal images used in the radiation treatment phase, along with kilo-images used for simulation in treatment planning. The CR”RT system comes with an Orex special cassette (patent pending), developed to work with linear accelerators and cobalt-60 units, that forms and stores the temporary latent image. The image is read when a laser beam inside the reader illuminates the plate. The phosphor plate is erased and can be reused almost immediately. The unit’s RT-specific software allows radiotherapists to view images and send them via a DICOM interface to treatment planning or record and verify systems. (888) 844-7775; www.orex-cr.com .
Image-Guided Localization System
Northwest Medical Physics Equipment (NMPE), Lynnwood, Wash, a MED-TEC Company, introduces the ACCULOC? image-guided localization system, a product that provides submillimeter target positioning for IMRT with real-time or near real-time high precision localization. Based on implanted gold markers or anatomic landmarks, the ISOLOC? software outputs precise couch shifts to achieve target alignment. Markers are imperative in all situations where the target moves with respect to external marks (eg, tattoos). In cases where the target moves in an identical fashion with respect to the adjacent bony anatomy, it is possible to utilize the bony anatomy as the registration points. (800) 842-8688; www.medtec.com .
Mammography Screen-Film System
Eastman Kodak Co, Rochester, NY, introduces the Min-R EV, a new mammography screen-film system that provides enhanced visualization (EV) of subtle abnormalities in breast tissue. The Min-R EV film contains a new asymmetric emulsion that provides both high contrast and wide exposure latitude, resulting in optimal exposure of glandular tissue without contrast loss in fatty areas and the breast periphery, according to the company. This capability produces improved imaging of all areas of the breast in a single exposure. In addition, the film’s emulsion grains enable increased visibility of breast anatomy and maintain contrast even as optical density increases. The system, which will be available worldwide by the end of this year, was recently trade tested at selected US breast imaging clinics. (877) TO-KODAK; www.kodak.com/go/health .
Image-guided Radiotherapy System
Elekta, Stockholm, Sweden, introduces the Synergy” Kilovoltage image-guided radiotherapy system. This new product is a linear accelerator equipped with kV source and solid state detector to allow planar or x-ray volume imaging of the patient in the treatment position. (800) 535-7355; www.elekta.com .
Enhanced Imaging Workstation
Viatronix Inc, Stony Brook, NY, has received FDA clearance for using its general-purpose 2D/3D medical imaging workstation V3D Explorer for x-ray modality data. The x-ray modality is an addition to the modalities of CT, MR, PET, and SPECT that are already supported by Viatronix’s V3D Explorer general-purpose 2D/3D visualization software. The V3D Explorer workstation can process large and small radiology studies with precision and ease. A multi-purpose 2D and 3D viewing and postprocessing workstation, the V3D Explorer accepts DICOM-compliant images from multiple modalities. (866) 887-4636; www.viatronix.com .
Recliner Gamma Camera
Siemens Medical Solutions, Malvern, Pa, introduces the c.cam, a reclining dedicated cardiac gamma camera system, delivering a small footprint and improved patient comfort. The c.cam offers myocardial viability and perfusion capabilities with analysis of ejection fraction and wall motion. Unique to the system is a reclining chair that allows patients to sit back comfortably throughout the imaging procedure, reducing the presence of motion artifacts and improving image quality. (888) 826-9702; www.usa.siemens.com/medical .