Cardiac Imaging Goes Straight to the Heart

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Image courtesy of GE Healthcare  
Image acquired on a GE LightSpeed VCT  

With heart disease still the leading cause of death in the United States—as well as many other countries — imaging and health IT companies are putting forth an all-out effort to develop and connect cutting-edge diagnostic technology for cardiology. At the forefront of R &D efforts are ways to diagnose cardiovascular disease earlier with more and better information.

Vendors are showing great progress as they continue to arm practitioners with newer, better, faster solutions for cardiac care. Among the inroads are enhancements for CT and angiography, upgraded clinical IT systems geared for cardiology and a host of easy-to-use advanced visualization and analysis tools that show more and do more.

3mensio Medical Imaging (Booth 5750) is featuring demonstrations of an optional vascular package for its 3viseon 3D imaging workstation. The package can be used for vascular analysis based on CT angiography (CTA) or MR angiography (MRA) exams. One-click segmentation of the vessels, (semi) automatic central-lumen line detection, and interactive correction functionality provide an accurate measurement tool for pre-operative planning of vascular procedures, the company says.

Agfa HealthCare (Booth 4106) is showcasing its modular approach to clinical-based informatics with its Impax Cardiovascular Suite.

The Impax Cardiovascular Suite is a cardiology-centric solution for cardiovascular imaging and reporting needs, from multi-modality cardiology and vascular image management to multi-vendor ECG management and structured reporting. The system provides the combination of a cardiology-centric application workflow and enterprise-wide resource management and data archiving. Cath lab- and ultrasound-dedicated modules for this product also are available.

Cedara Software (Booth 1316) is demonstrating software solutions for cardiac imaging applications. Some of these include:
Advanced segmentation technology including libraries for lesion contouring in ultrasound, CT and MR. 
Registration technology offering registration for use in clinical packages that require rigid or deformable registration such as cardiac studies.

A new server-side rendering engine, Cedara ISG is able to serve up 2D and 3D compressed images over the web and is being demonstrated using a customized smart-client I-Response viewer. Cedara also is spotlighting a thin-client G6 viewer work-in-progress that can be run on Windows, Linux and Mac OS in standard browsers.

Emageon (Booth 8508) is showcasing its next generation HeartSuite Vericis Version 6 enabling customers to define their system upgrades to meet their clinical and IT roadmap needs with features that include:
  • Enterprise content management
  • Next generation clinical reporting
  • Additional CVIS functions for HeartSuite Vericis
  • 4D echo visualization and analysis
  • CT angiography
  • Advanced nuclear medicine module
  • Electronic report distribution
  • ECG management
  • HeartSuite pediatric reporting for echocardiography (EchoIMS)

Fujifilm Medical Systems USA (Booth 1129), with the acquisition in of ProSolv CardioVascular earlier this year, is demonstrating ProSolv CardioVascular’s cardiovascular image and information system (CVIIS) for any modality, including cath. They are also highlighting the integrated Corridor4DM (previously known as 4DM-SPECT) capabilities. According to Fujifilm, nuclear cardiology physicians and technologists benefit from access to 4DM review, analysis and quantification tools using the ProSolv CardioVascular workstation for reporting and image management.

GE Healthcare (Booth 1729) is showcasing the features of SnapShot Pulse for its LightSpeed VCT XT 64-slice CT system and displaying its Innova 4100IQ flat-panel digital detector for vascular and interventional imaging. The company also is highlighting its LOGIQ line of laptop ultrasound systems. 

SnapShot Pulse reduces a patient’s x-ray exposure time using prospective-triggered gating. In standard cardiac CT exams, x-ray energy is delivered for the duration of the scan, even during periods when a patient’s heart is at an undesirable phase for diagnostic imaging. SnapShot Pulse introduces a timed, automated response to a patient’s heart rate, ensuring the x-ray is only on for portions of the scan, according to GE. Its functionality is further improved by the company’s step-and-shoot scanning feature, which allows the gantry to move from one location to