At HIMSS, vendors that have powerful advanced visualization tools will put as much or more emphasis on how the dynamic images can be shared throughout an enterprise rather than just how to process them. The advanced visualization tools already include features that greatly simplify the processing of images, but new features are making it even simpler to do such work remotely. Other systems are placing an emphasis on easing communication between doctors throughout the process, from image acquisition all the way to treatment. Also, various systems provide a number of ways to simplify very sophisticated imaging processes to speed workflow and improve image review.
Kodak Health Group (Booth #1611) is showcasing the advanced visualization features of its KODAK CARESTREAM PACS at HIMSS. Kodak offers specialized cardiac functions (including cardiac review and analysis, cardiac cage removal in 3D imaging and cardiac calcium scoring), as well as MIP (maximum intensity projection), MinIP (minimum intensity projection), MPR (multiplanar reconstruction), volume rendering, tissue definition, and vessel tracking functionality. Kodak’s PACS platform also provides bone removal (to enhance viewing of other structures) and vessel analysis enhancements (including extended stenosis marking) that are used with CT exams of arteries and veins throughout the body. All of these features are part of Kodak’s native real-time 3D capabilities.
Philips Medical Systems (Booth #6137) is highlighting its iSite Advanced Visualization designed to bring interactive advanced visualization tools to all caregivers for fast, easy diagnosis and review of image data with more confidence. By means of iSyntax integration, these tools offer transparent enterprise wide access to slab MPR, MIP and advanced Volume Visualization for improved results sharing and decision making. This system allows all users to navigate through large and volumetric datasets, without having to download the full dataset first or having a dedicated server infrastructure to provide the reconstructed views to the client.
Vital Images (Booth #1310) is showcasing its next generation product releases at HIMSS including Vitrea 3.9; new accessibility tool, VitreaACCESS; and ViTALConnect, Version 4.0. Considerable enhancements to both the flagship software Vitrea and web-based ViTALConnect, combined with additional accessibility options, provide an elegant workflow solution that simplifies complex medical imaging information. The result is easier communication among radiologists, radiology technologists, and other clinical users, such as surgeons, oncologists and referring physicians.
Working together as a robust advanced imaging solution, Vitrea, VitreaACCESS and ViTALConnect provide the power and speed of workstation applications bolstered by the communication and distribution flexibility provided by the internet. For example, physicians using Vitrea 3.9 can manipulate studies creating key images, then push them to the ViTALConnect 4.0 solution where enterprise users both inside and outside of the facility can restore the Vitrea workflow and continue further analysis and manipulation utilizing a web interface. VitreaACCESS-Remote extends this capability by allowing radiologists to access their advanced visualization desktop from a remote location utilizing their VPN (Virtual Private Network).