CLINICAL PACS VIEWER
Intelerad Medical Systems, Montreal, introduces the IntelePACS clinical viewer, a rapid-access viewer for referring physicians and other nondiagnostic users. The new viewer is a user-friendly application launched via the InteleBrowser Web interface, and utilizes a streaming protocol that speeds image distribution from server to user by progressively refining image detail as it is retrieved. Existing IntelePACS customers receive the clinical viewer as a software upgrade. (888) 655-3434; www.intelerad.com.
16-SLICE CT SCANNER
Toshiba America Medical Systems, Tustin, Calif, has received FDA clearance for the Aquilion 16, a 16-slice CT scanner. It also contains a 40-row Quantum detector that is capable of generating 16 simultaneous .5-mm slices with each 500-millisecond gantry revolution. (800) 421-1968; www.medical.toshiba.com.
ULTRASOUND ALL-DIGITAL SYSTEM
Siemens Medical Solutions, Mountain View, Calif, introduces the Sonoline G50″ all-digital ultrasound imaging system. This new system offers tissue harmonic imaging, AutoColor technology, MultiHertz” multiple frequency imaging, and directional power Doppler imaging for use in obstetrics, gynecology, abdominal, vascular, shared service cardiac, and urology applications. The system’s open architecture allows for the seamless integration of additional options, such as digital archiving and review and transfer of complete ultrasound studies including digital dynamic clips. (888) 826-9702; www.siemensmedical.com.
MAMMOGRAPHY FILM DIGITIZER
Howtek Devices Corp, Hudson, NH, introduces a new integrated film digitizer, the Fulcrum Mammography Film Digitizer. The product accepts large and small mammography films, digitizing them and serving them directly to the network. At 250 scan lines per second, Fulcrum captures an 8 x 10 mammogram in less than 20 seconds, in addition to capturing the full fidelity of the image. It also utilizes new imaging and electro-optical technology, such as the Red Hot” lamp that is specifically attuned to illuminating x-rays, and a Continuous Bar” imaging sensor that uses a combination of contact image sensor and SHA technology. (800) 444-6983; www.howtek.com.
FLAT PANEL DISPLAY SYSTEM
BarcoView, Kortrijk, Belgium, introduces the 1 MegaPixel, 2 MegaPixel, and 5 MegaPixel Coronis? flat panel display systems. The Coronis systems bundle one or more high-resolution LCD displays with a high-speed, 10-bit graphics controller and MediCal? QA management software into a compact digital display system. The systems are compatible with PIN, Barco’s integrated product intelligence that ensures acceptable-quality image display and distribution by means of intelligent medical display technology. Coronis systems intelligence includes the integrated I-Guard? sensor, which assures continuous and consistent DICOM-compliant viewing, and maintains soft-copy image quality for optimum diagnostic confidence without need for manual QA intervention. (678) 475-8000; www.barcomedical.com.
MR TREATMENT PLANNING
Royal Philips Electronics, Bothell, Wash, introduces AcQSim MR, a new software package that uses MRI to plan radiation treatment for oncology patients, and the Panorama 0.23T R/T, a new MR system dedicated to radiation therapy planning. The Panorama features sideways patient entry, and phased-array RF coil technology that delivers high signal-to-noise images with each application. (800) 526-4963; www.pmsna.com.
IMAGING SOFTWARE UPDATE
StorComm Inc, Jacksonville, Fla, introduces ImageACCESS? 4.3, the latest version of its imaging software that includes new report capabilities, in addition to enhanced features. New features of this version include security enhancements; Knowledge Manager, a new reporting tool that provides customers with information needed to schedule more effective resource management; and ImageWEB Streaming, for high-speed display on low bandwidth. It also features enhancements to the DICOM interchange CD feature, including an integral viewer based on a scaled version of the company’s MedVIEW? that includes viewing and basic image manipulation. (888) 731-0731; www.storcomm.com.
THIN-CLIENT PACS SYSTEM
UltraVisual Medical Systems, Madison, Wis, introduces version 2.1 of VisualPACS”. The product features a single user interface, advanced visualization, and JPEG2000 compression. It also features tools such as real-time MPR, obliques, and image fusion. (866) 256-7775; www.ultravisual.com.
MAMMOGRAPHY CAD READER
iCAD Inc, Boca Raton, Fla, announces the introduction of the MammoReader II” high-speed, high-productivity model for women’s health centers with large case loads, and the MammoWriter” print-based model for smaller facilities. The MammoReader analyzes and presents the results of seven small film and three large film cases in less than 30 minutes. The MammoWriter analyzes films and prints the results on paper, and can be expanded to include access to HIS, RIS, MIS, or DICOM systems offered in MammoReader. (800) 558-6120; www.icadmed.com.
3D PACS READING STATION
Algotec, Duluth, Ga, announces enhancements to MediPrime, its 3D radiology reading station, which automates functions such as multi-planar reformatted views of CT studies and instantaneous displays of MR angiography in MIP mode. The newly enhanced workstation includes a separate dedicated screen for integrated RIS and voice recognition that can also be used for a quick view of entire patient files while reviewing current studies on the main image screen. Relevant prior studies may then be pulled onto the imaging screen for review and comparison.
(888) 655-3434; www.algotec.com.
TREATMENT POSITIONING DEVICE
Gammex RMI?, Middleton, Wis, introduces the Gammex ProbeG, a new green diode laser designed to facilitate precise patient positioning during radiation therapy. The green laser lines are easily visible on any skin tone, and the projected green light is absorbed, which minimizes line diffusion while maintaining crisp lines. The laser has less than 0.8 mm line width projected at a distance of 3 meters. All fine laser controls are performed by raising the hinged cover and making the desired adjustment. The ProbeG is also shielded to reduce radiation exposure to the diode, and incorporates novel power stabilizing circuitry to extend diode life. (800) GAMMEX 1; www.gammex.com.
DIGITAL BREAST IMAGING SYSTEm
Instrumentarium Imaging, Tuusula, Finland, has received FDA clearance for its Delta 32 and Delta 32 TACT? diagnostic digital breast imaging systems. Using the TACT algorithm reconstruction technique, the digital mammography system acquires a number of 2D digital images of the breast from different angles. To obtain the images, the breast is compressed with a normal spot imaging compression paddle and then exposed from different directions using the stereotactic tubehead movement. (800) 558-6120.