Carestream Health IT for radiology will go on show

ECR 2009

Carestream Health plans to demonstrate its newest, low cost, digital imaging and IT solutions at ECR 2009 (European Congress of Radiology).

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The range includes: RIS/PACS
This new platform from Carestream will become available worldwide in spring 2009.
The Web-based RIS employs a Microsoft .NET architecture, which will offer tremendous flexibility and scalability in a thin-client solution, Carestream explains. ‘This architecture will allow users to refine features to automate workflow and speed implementation. It also will deliver secure remote access for physicians; enable greater collaboration using IBM Sametime technology; and offer an optional portal that allows patient scheduling within parameters set by healthcare providers.’
The new PACS will help increase radiologist productivity with a unified virtual desktop that can facilitate faster reading of CT, MR and PET/CT exams through automatic registration, Carestream adds. ‘It also will offer an innovative power viewer that builds a single virtual study with real-time volume matching of all relevant studies (new and prior) to automatically register and synchronise them in one click.’
The first SuperPACS Architecture
Carestream Health will showcase the very first SuperPACS Architecture. Designed to integrate multi-vendor, multi-site PACS into an efficient enterprise solution, this can be ordered also in spring 2009.
‘This new architecture will allow healthcare providers to streamline workflow—using existing PACS resources, since it will enable the sharing of patient images and information, while also delivering a global work-list that balances examination reading among on-site and off-site radiologists,’ Carestream reports. ‘This architecture is designed to reduce expenses by maintaining use of existing PACS and storage devices and allowing for consolidation of resources. As part of its workflow grid, the new architecture can synchronise disparate PACS. Images and reports are automatically sent back to the original PACS or RIS for local storage and distribution.’
First Wireless, Cassette-Size DR Detector
The company has announced that it will also demonstrate the industry’s first wireless, cassette-size DR detector that can be used with existing wall stand or table-based Buckys. ‘The Carestream DRX-1 System is expected to be available during the first quarter of 2009. It incorporates a console and a wireless 35 x 43 cm (14 x 17 inch) cassette-size detector that provides a rapid, affordable conversion for users of radiographic film or computed radiography systems. It requires no modifications to existing analogue equipment, resulting in very low installation costs. The DRX-1 system delivers high-quality preview images in fewer than five seconds, which significantly improves productivity, even for users of computed radiography (CR) systems.’
Carestream reports that imaging service providers that have seen advance previews of the new DR detector complimented its affordability and productivity. Radiologist Dr Peeter Ross MD, at East Tallinn Central Hospital of Estonia, commented: ‘The easy transition and affordable price offered by the new DRX-1 system should lead to increased use of DR, which enables greater productivity because it is faster than CR or screen-film systems. It also can offer better image quality, with the possibility of reduced exposures and less radiation dose to patients.’


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