MRI-Guided Radiation Therapy System from ViewRay Inc

ViewRay Inc, Oakwood Village, Ohio, has received FDA 510(k) premarket notification clearance for its MRI-guided radiation therapy system. The ViewRay system features a unique combination of radiotherapy delivery and simultaneous MRI for the treatment of cancer. ViewRay’s treatment planning and delivery software received 510(k) premarket notification clearance in 2011. The first ViewRay system is installed at the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, where early imaging studies have taken place. Additional ViewRay partners include the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center, where a ViewRay system is currently being installed. (440) 703-3210

VeloCT from Toshiba

Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc, Tustin, Calif, offers the VeloCT. This console upgrade includes new enhancements for patient safety, dose management, and workflow for existing Aquilion 32, Aquilion 64, and Aquilion CX CT systems (pictured) manufactured between 2006 and 2012. The VeloCT console includes multiple dose reduction technologies and dose management tools, including Adaptive Iterative Dose Reduction 3D, NEMA XR 25 Dose Check Software, and DICOM. In addition, the VeloCT console includes advanced hardware that enables accelerated workflow, improving clinical and operational capabilities. (800) 421-1968

NilFeed from Claron Technology

Claron Technology, Toronto, introduces NilFeed, an image sharing extension for its family of Nil medical image viewers that enables easy, flexible communications among unrelated sites. Using NilFeed, a Nil site can now collaborate easily and securely with any external medical facility, whatever its imaging infrastructure, without setting up and maintaining a dedicated VPN connection. A remote site can upload or download a DICOM study from a Nil server using only secure HTTPS protocol. NilFeed is recognized by a DICOM network as a service class provider, enabling images to be easily pushed to Nil from any PACS. NilFeed also supports importing a DICOM file through Windows’ regular drag and drop mechanism. Once imaging data have been received by NilFeed, it is automatically uploaded to the Nil archive and made available to Nil users. (416) 673-8175

O-scan from Esaote

Esaote, Indianapolis, launches its O-scan MRI technology into the UK. The O-scan combines compact MRI technology with a simple user interface to offer GPs, primary care centers, and specialist clinics access to instant imaging. O-scan is an easy-to-use scanner, custom designed for physicians to scan a patient in situ. Captured images can be quickly and easily shared with radiologists as required, to enable faster diagnosis and treatment. The O-scan’s interface and protocols are custom designed for MRI imaging of the body’s extremities to help speed up and simplify the examination procedure. The product also features a fully adjustable chair system for patient comfort and flexibility of scanning. (800) 428-4374

SOMATOM Perspective from Siemens

Siemens Healthcare, Malvern, Pa, has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for the SOMATOM® Perspective, an advanced 128-slice CT scanner engineered to drive efficiency and reduce costs. The SOMATOM Perspective is designed especially for community hospitals, critical access hospitals, and outpatient centers, offering the ability to extend the range of available examinations to their communities at reduced radiation dose in a budget-conscious environment. Exclusive to the SOMATOM Perspective is its eMode feature, which was created to determine and automatically select system scan parameters so that the CT operates with as low a load as possible, with the goal to minimize wear and increase the scanner’s life cycle. The SOMATOM Perspective boasts Fully Assisting Scanner Technologies (FAST) to help simplify and automate time-consuming, complex procedures, thus supporting clinical personnel at every stage of the CT examination. (800) 888-7436

Optima NM/CT 640 from GE

GE Healthcare, Waukesha, Wis, introduces the latest addition to its Nuclear Medicine 600 series with a new performance SPECT/CT system, the Optima NM/CT 640. This system integrates the latest generation general purpose camera with a newly developed four-slice CT designed for hybrid rather than stand-alone CT use. The CT, available in 2.5 mm and 5 mm slice thicknesses to optimize dose and resolution required for particular procedures, offers clinicians confidence with routinely low CT dose at 1-2 mSv for a 40 cm abdomen CT scan. With its small footprint (5.7 m x 3.6 m), the Optima NM/CT 640 requires minimal renovation and installation costs. The Optima NM/CT 640 is engineered to accommodate more patients than previous generation nuclear medicine systems. With its 28″ (70 cm) wide bore and table capable of handling patients up to 500 pounds (227 kg), the Optima NM/CT 640 is ideal for a diverse patient population. (800) 886-0815

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