VirtualExplorer Version 3.1 from Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc

Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc, Tustin, Calif, has received FDA approval of VirtualExplorer Version 3.1, a software upgrade package for Toshiba MR VirtualExplorer workstations. VirtualExplorer Version 3.1 includes features such as 3D image visualization, DICOM Viewer, 2D filming, Double Oblique, and Virtual Endoscope. The Cardiac Edition of the software upgrade also includes features specific to cardiac imaging, such as MR Flow Analysis, MR Cardiac Analysis, MR Coronary Analysis, and Delayed Enhancement. The MR Flow Analysis allows clinicians to measure flow and velocity when imaging the heart. The company also offers the Neuro Edition of the software, which includes Brain Perfusion for neuro evaluation. (800) 421-1968

SOMATOM Definition AS Open from Siemens Healthcare

The SOMATOM® Definition AS Open, a high-end CT system from Siemens Healthcare, Malvern, Pa, has received FDA clearance. The Definition AS Open enables exact contouring for planning while minimizing exposure to the patient. With its full on-site upgradability from 20 to 64 slices, it can grow with user demands and be fully customized to user requirements. The system offers a bore diameter of up to 80 cm. In addition to the regular field of view (FoV) of 50 cm and the extended FoV of 80 cm, it includes a high-definition FoV of 65 cm that is intended for treatment planning. The treatment table with a bariatric top ensures high reproducibility of patient positioning up to 676 pounds, with a deflection of less than 2 mm. The new ReferenceFix function aligns the relation between the different coordinate systems of the CT system and the linear accelerator. (800) 888-7436

MultiSync MD301C4 from NEC Display Solutions

NEC Display Solutions of America Inc, Itasca, Ill, offers the 30-inch MultiSync® MD301C4 medical diagnostic display. The 4-megapixel MD301C4 was created for medical imaging and PACS in hospitals, doctor offices, urgent care centers, and other health care facilities. The display offers factory-adjusted DICOM calibration with self-monitoring brightness and, combined with the optional MDSVSENSOR2 color calibration sensor, the MD301C4 also supports stand-alone calibration and exact monitor matching, while enhancing calibration and white-point matching for outstanding DICOM GSDF conformance. Other features include a 30-inch widescreen P-IPS panel, Digital Uniformity Correction, and 14-bit 3D internal programmable lookup tables. (800) 632-4662

ViZion DR Panel from Viztek

Viztek, Garner, NC, has released the ViZion Digital Radiology (DR) solution for the mobile imaging market. The mobile offering includes a 14″ x 17″ cesium tethered panel and an integration kit for use with most portable/mobile x-ray units. Viztek’s cesium technology offers mobile users enhanced image quality and speed compared to currently available mobile computed radiology (CR) solutions. Viztek’s ViZion DR solution transmits images instantly and securely over cellular or WiFi connections, without the need for VPN devices. The ViZion DR mobile solution eliminates the need to accommodate a large CR and cassettes, in addition to the x-ray acquisition devices. (800) 366-5343

syngo Neuro PBV IR from Siemens Healthcare

The syngo® Neuro PBV IR (Parenchymal Blood Volume Interventional Radiology) from Siemens Healthcare, Malvern, Pa, has FDA 510(k) marketing clearance. The software package is intended to provide visual assistance to physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of vessel malformations. syngo Neuro PBV uses cone-beam CT technology (syngo DynaCT) to produce a qualitative colorized image similar to CT perfusion. It is designed for the visualization of contrast-enhanced blood distribution in the arterial and venous vessels in the head using color-coded relative values for diagnosis. Parenchymal blood volume information is acquired with two C-arm rotations around the patient and a steady-state contrast injection. The system applies sophisticated processing algorithms to generate a neurological PBV map. The information is available at tableside, in less than 40 seconds, without the need for any further user interaction. (800) 888-7436

Centricity Practice Solution 10 from GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare, Waukesha, Wis, has launched its fully integrated EMR and practice management (PM) system for physician practices, Centricity Practice Solution 10. The system offers embedded reports that providers can use to track their progress toward achieving federal benchmarks for Meaningful Use incentive payments. The solution has previously attained 2011/2012 Meaningful Use Stage I certification as a complete EHR from CCHIT®. Centricity Practice Solution 10 offers EMR/PM integration, which helps ensure that one set of patient information flows throughout the practice, reducing medical errors and driving down operating costs. Reports are directly embedded in the patient record to help medical practices manage their efforts to qualify for Meaningful Use incentives and other value-based payment initiatives. The new interface introduces simplified scheduling, claims filing, and billing, while enabling staff to monitor progress in real time. (800) 886-0815

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