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3D Reconstruction System from Barco

Barco, based in Belgium, has developed a 3D reconstruction system that utilizes Graphics Processing Unit technology to improve the speed and accuracy of CT image acquisition. Named TDRS-7101, the product uses the computing power of Barco’s MXRT-7100 graphics board to produce real-time reconstructions of raw CT images with uncompromised image quality. The solution also has 3D-rendering capabilities, based on Barco’s 3D advanced visualization technology. Implementing the Feldkamp Davis Kress algorithm, the system consists of a software and hardware card that fits into a PCI-express computer slot. It features CT reconstruction DLL, file-exporting Barco native API, full end-to-end floating point 32-bit precision, error density as small as 0.5%, and a maximum absolute error of 1HU. Furthermore, reconstruction is performed at a rate that is equal to or greater than the rate of raw data acquisition.

(866) 360-3545

Telescopic Lifting Pillars from SKF

Swedish company SKF has launched a line of telescopic lifting pillars for the manipulation of diagnostic imaging tables used in computed tomography, MRI, nuclear imaging, and x-ray, among others. “TMS” pillars, with optimized stroke/retracted length ratios, have the ability to lift centric loads up to 400 kg and eccentric loads up to 150 kg for a distance of 2 m. Pillars consist of three telescopic aluminum profiles mounted on two circulating ball rollers. Depending on user preference, stroke lengths range from 300 mm to 700 mm and retracted lengths range from 326 mm to 526 mm. Speeds from 16 mm per second to 28 mm per second can be reached. The pillars are available in two versions: TMS Easy and TMS Mechanical. TMS Easy, which features two DC motors with worm gears as drives, converts rotational motion through a spindle-nut system to linear motion for lift. TMS Mechanical is an “open” version without drive motors, allowing for integration into existing systems and units.

(800) 440-4753

Xcelera R2 from Philips

Clinical tools from multiple imaging modalities are placed into one centralized solution developed by Philips Electronics, Andover, Mass, called the Philips Xcelera R2. The image-management, physician-reporting, and information-distribution system organizes and provides access to images and data from various cardiology subspecialties. An enhanced version of its earlier model in 2004, Xcelera R2’s capabilities have expanded beyond echocardiography and cardiac catheterization to encompass cardiovascular ultrasound, nuclear cardiology, cardiac CT and MR, and electrophysiology. As part of Philips’ initiative to standardize user interfaces across all of its products, the Xcelera R2 is a result of a multiyear investment from the company to develop a consistent next-generation user interface complemented by an integrated platform. The fully scalable solution can be tailored to each individual institution, from a single workstation at a private office to multiple sets in large medical centers.

(800) 934-7372

Kidney Check Panel from Abaxis

Medical products supplier Abaxis Inc, Union City, Calif, has released the Kidney Check Panel, designed for use in conjunction with the Piccolo xpress point-of-care analyzer. Through the device, which contains creatinine and urea nitrogen, renal insufficiency can be measured prior to the injection of contrast agents for MRI procedures. Specifically, the product is intended for use during in vitro quantitative determination of creatinine and blood urea nitrogen in heparinized whole blood, heparinized plasma, or serum. Each reagent disc contains buffer, surfactants, excipients, and preservatives for use in calculating concentrations of BUN, as well as a diluent consisting of surfactants, excipients, and preservatives. Due to prior FDA clearance on the two analytes, the Kidney Check Panel is released as a CLIA-waived panel. If a lab modifies the test-system instructions, then the tests are considered high complexity and subject to all CLIA requirements.

(800) 822-2947

KODAK CARESTREAM RIS/PACS from Carestream Health

Recently introduced to the worldwide market is the latest RIS/PACS solution from Carestream Health, based in Rochester, NY. The enhanced platform includes new features designed to provide added convenience and significant time savings, according to the company. Voice-activated controls and voice-activated standardized reporting allow users to dictate reports from any location. Carestream’s RIS technology has the ability to prepopulate radiology reports with patient and exam information captured during order entry, eliminating the need for radiologists to dictate patient and exam information, such as patient name, date, type of exam, referring physician, and symptoms. Additionally, optional integrated applications are now available, including native 3D, image fusion, orthopedic templating, and cardiac analysis, on-site and remote. The RIS/PACS package is also equipped with a global worklist, dynamic streaming, and a single desktop with integrated clinical applications.

(800) 328-2910

MAGNETOM Verio from Siemens

Designed to increase patient access to advanced diagnostic capabilities, the latest imaging solution from Germany-based Siemens Medical Solutions combines 3T field strength with an open-bore design. The MAGNETOM Verio is an MRI system with a 70-cm open bore and total imaging matrix technology. According to the company, it offers the shortest length of any 3T system on the market, as well as the largest bore. As a result, it can be applied to a wider range of patients, including children, patients with pain or mobility problems, the elderly, and the claustrophobic. Addressing the limitations of those who are obese, the Verio has a 550-pound table-weight capacity. It also features up to 102 integrated matrix coil elements and up to 32 independent radiofrequency channels, allowing flexible combinations of up to four different coils. It is equipped with syngo MR, Siemens’ user interface that consists of syngo BLADE, TWIST, SPACE, GRAPPA, fMRI, and SWI. These applications correct for motion artifacts in neurological procedures, enable 3D MR angiography, obtain 3D imaging in all contrasts, visualize blood products, and allow for shorter breath holds, among other features. Using syngo Expert-I software, the system can be remotely accessed from anywhere within the enterprise network.

(888) 826-9702