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3D Image Processing from Materialise
Materialise NV, Leuven, Belgium, offers its newest product: the Mimics 11 3D image processing software system. Mimics 11 is focused on usability and performance, offering enhanced algorithms for remeshing, volume rendering and segmentation. New features for the latest release in the Mimics family include significant reduction of memory space usage; more accurate 3D volume rendering through improved color schemes; segmentation mask editing directly in 3D; simplification of ANSYS import; 3-matic remesher for mesh optimization; photo mapping, which allows the registration of a digital picture on the 3D soft tissue model; and improved x-ray representation.
New Radiation Oncology Offerings from Philips
New from Philips Medical Systems, Andover, Mass, are two products designed to increase workflow and operational efficiency in the Philips Pinnacle3 radiation treatment planning suite: the Pinnacle3 System 810 and Pinnacle3 Web Publishing. System 810 is custom-built for radiation oncology, significantly improving efficiency by running three to five times faster than previous platforms; it dramatically increases performance for even the most intensive treatment planning functions. System 810 is designed to run with Pinnacle3 Workstation version 8.0h, but is also available for earlier workstation versions. Also new from Philips are enhancements to the Pinnacle3 version 8.0h radiation oncology toolbox; now featuring the capabilities necessary for adaptive radiation therapy planning, the new toolbox is compatible with System 810 as well as older platforms, and incorporates enhancements such as a new bolus feature, a plan-locking feature, and more.
Personal Super-computing from NVIDIA
New from NVIDIA Corp, Santa Clara, Calif, is the Tesla family of graphics processing unit (GPU) computing products, designed for high-performance personal computing in fields including medical diagnostics. The Tesla line of solutions work on PCs and large-scale servers alike, with solutions including the Tesla GPU Computing Processor, a dedicated computing board that scales to multiple Tesla GPUs inside a single PC or workstation; the Tesla Deskside Supercomputer, which includes two Tesla GPUs and attaches to a PC or workstation through an industry-standard PCI-Express connection; and the Tesla GPU Computing Server, a 1U server housing up to eight Tesla GPUs containing more than 1,000 parallel processors that add teraflops of parallel processing to clusters. The Tesla GPU Server is the first server system of its kind to bring GPU computing to the datacenter. Most applications that require massive computing power can leverage NVIDIA Tesla into pervasive and affordable parallel computing power.
Latest RIS Release from NovaRad
NovaRad Corp, American Fork, Utah, recently announced the release of NovaRIS 6.2, the most recent version of its Web-based, open standards RIS. NovaRIS 6.2 generates reports, measures profitability, and facilitates paperless management of patient records; because it was developed on the same platform as NovaRad’s PACS product, NovaPACS, the two work together to enable rapid image retrieval from any Web-enabled computer. NovaRIS 6.2 also features some additional enhancements, including auto distribution of reports through e-mail, phone, or fax with receipt verification; customizable menus by user; electronic signature for radiologists; audit trail; seamless integration with NovaPACS or other third-party PACS or HIS systems; and workflow tracker.
Extravasation Detector Technology from MEDRAD
New from MEDRAD Inc, Warrendale, Pa, is a new extravasation detector technology for the Stellant CT Injection System. The XDS Extravasation Detector directly senses extravasation pooling under the skin during a CT scan using radiofrequency wave technology and a physical property known as permittivity. Employing this technology also enables the XDS system to minimize the false positive detections that can interrupt workflow and inhibit productivity. When XDS detects the start of an extravasation under the patient’s skin, it automatically signals the Stellant to stop injecting until a clinician can examine the patient. Also new from MEDRAD are HandiSTRIPS, which are custom adhesive tape strips designed to aid with placing the catheter, tubing, and wires. HandiSTRIPS streamline setup and allow for proper palpation technique; they also improve sterility, reducing infection risk.
Breast MRI Coil Kit from Image Engineering Labs
New from Image Engineering Laboratories Inc, Avondale, Pa, is the latest in the company’s line of devices developed to improve image quality in breast MRI studies: the Sat Pad Breast Coil Kit. IEL’s Sat Pads are filled with nonprotonated fluid with a magnetic susceptibility similar to that of water-containing tissue, and have been developed for use with breast MRI coils validated for 7- and 8- channel coils, available on all magnets with Tesla strengths ranging from 1 to 3. The Breast Coil Kit was designed to improve the homogeneity of the local magnetic field, thereby creating superior image quality during pulsing MRI techniques, including chemical-shift fat saturation and gradient-echo imaging.