Advanced Visualization adds a new dimension

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Vendors are bringing a wide array of 3D imaging tools to RSNA, including integrated displays, enterprise platforms, and advanced workstations for multiple modalities including orthopedics, mammography, chest, and lung. Also look for software and clinical solutions that feature improved accessibility, integration, and functionality.

3mensio Medical Imaging BV (Booth #5104) is featuring the 3viseon 3D imaging workstation, a turnkey solution that enables large medical data sets, generated by CT and MRI scanners, to be displayed as a 3D reconstruction using standard PC technology. Providing easy-to-use tools to communicate more easily with referring physicians, it will save time while remaining affordable. 3viseon can be extended with several options ranging from stereoscopy to clinical applications.

Barco Voxar 3DBarco (Booth #4729) is showcasing Voxar 3D Enterprise, a major enhancement to its Voxar 3D software designed to provide rapid enterprisewide access to advanced visualization. Using server-based technology and high-performance graphics processing units (GPUs), Voxar 3D Enterprise dramatically accelerates the speed at which users can load, review, report, and communicate patient cases with clinical colleagues. Whether the user is working on a high-performance diagnostic workstation or a standard PC, the system delivers large volumetric studies faster and provides real-time interaction with studies, such as multi-phase CT cardiac studies. Voxar 3D Enterprise can be integrated into enterprisewide PACS environments, providing a rapid, one-click integration with the advanced visualization tools of Voxar 3D. New color-augmented modalities deliver larger data sets with richer content. New techniques, such as 3D imaging, Doppler ultrasound, CAD, and PET-CT fusion, are improving the workflow to provide better clinical decision-making.

BRIT Systems (Booth #1915) is launching its multi-modality mammography workstation, BRIT Vision, for use with any FDA-cleared full-field digital mammography system or with digitized film from a film-screen system. The tools developed for mammography will be made available in all other BRIT Systems diagnostic and viewers. In addition to serving as an easy-to-use, multi-purpose viewer for any DICOM conformant exam, the BRIT Vision workstation will provide mammography-specific reading tools, including support for CAD overlays, over-reading tools with statistics, special hot-keys and icons, and animated hanging protocols. Color images, particularly those from ultrasound, can be viewed on the workstation with BRIT’s standard two-portrait grayscale and one-landscape color monitor configuration.

BRIT also is introducing a new set of PACS-native 3D tools. Improved and more powerful MPRs, MIPs, volume rendering, and all basic 3D imaging tools, along with more efficient viewing tools, are now native applications on all BRIT Vision workstations. Throughout the facility or enterprise, any BRIT Vision workstation can now provide advanced 3D rendering tools that were previously available only on third-party 3D software. BRIT continues to integrate and support other third-party 3D reconstruction/image analysis tools.

Cerner (Booth #8513) is highlighting specialty clinical visualization software for mammography and orthopedics. Also featured is MultiMedia Foundation, which integrates digital images and objects within an electronic medical record, compiling a comprehensive patient record from such data as ECG waveforms, documents, photographs, and video images.

GE Centricity AW Suite 2GE Healthcare (Booth #7158) is releasing its Centricity AW Suite 2 (Advantage Workstation) and combining AW software with Centricity PACS. Centricity AW Suite 2 offers five optional modules such as CardIQ (cardiology), Advanced Lung Analysis (oncology), Advanced Vessel Analysis (cardio-vascular), Auto Bone, and CT Colonography. The addition of these modules over the base volume share has completely digitized the diagnostic process, providing capabilities to manage large complex sets of patient data. Through advanced visualization and analysis tools, clinicians can now manage increasingly sophisticated data available from today’s diagnostic imaging modalities, to speed diagnosis and treatment. Additionally, radiologists no longer have to move between workstations to view and manipulate interactive volumetric data sets. Specific tools for CT, MR, PET/CT, and x-ray are now fully enabled on any networked PACS PC, with the benefits of 3D imaging.

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