PACS remains the driving force

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PACS continues to dominate the RSNA floor. Vendors are rolling out a host of new systems, upgrades and features. Look for greater integration — advanced visualization and PET/CT and mammography functionality are hot in 2006. PACS-RIS integration is tighter, too. And there is some market segmentation and specialization with new solutions geared specifically to small and community hospitals, orthopedic practices, and cardiology.

Agfa HealthCare (Booth #3339) is highlighting the latest versions of its integrated RIS/PACS/Reporting solutions. The latest version of Agfa’s IMPAX RIS showcases protocoling as well as Agfa’s web-based scheduling and resource management solution, iPlan, which features a functional user interface that is easy to use and reduces the need for extensive training. iPlan also can be used for enterprisewide scheduling. Agfa HealthCare is demonstrating a new data center solution. This advanced solution is ideal for large-scale storage of all types of medical images for hospital groups, regional healthcare organizations, and national medical archives.

Amicas RadstreamAMICAS (Booth #8518) is debuting RadStream, AMICAS Insight Dashboards, and Vision Series PACS Version 5.0. The essence of RadStream is to decrease radiologist interruptions and improve report turnaround time while increasing referring physician satisfaction. RadStream improves radiologist soft-copy reading productivity, and fully documents communication of positive results of radiology studies. Workflow efficiencies also are gained through a sophisticated multifactorial prioritization algorithm.

AMICAS Insight Dashboards is being designed to consolidate information from both operational and clinical systems to provide a comprehensive view of the imaging business. The business intelligence and analysis package is expected to provide web-based access to customized, easy-to-read, graphical data for specific key performance indicators as selected by the end user, the company says.

RadStream is expected to be generally available in the first half of 2007; Insight Dashboards is currently scheduled to be generally available in the first half of 2007.

The heart of Vision Series PACS Version 5.0 is the new Vision Reach software system designed to eliminate the challenge of radiology information delivery and integrate the radiology report with key images and creates a single multimedia report. Vision Reach includes an instant messaging system that uses e-mail and secure messaging to deliver images, reports, and information to any e-mail-enabled device. Vision Series PACS Version 5.0 also introduces a host of deep clinical enhancements to the AMICAS diagnostic capabilities, including full diagnostic support for digital mammography (pending FDA approval), 3D capture for storage of processed images, and full orthopedic templating integration.

BRIT Systems (Booth #1915) is showcasing new reporting features for Roentgen RIS, introducing a new structured reporting tool for radiology, and showing an administrative messaging tool. New Roentgen RIS features include streamlining reporting templates with “three click normals,” which enable a radiologist to prepare quickly a “normal” diagnosis report. BRIT’s new administrative messaging tool, the Discordance Tool, provides a method of communication for other clinicians to report certain findings to the radiologist, then lets the radiologist mark and communicate any discordance back to the clinician. It also provides statistics on the frequency and types of studies involved to enhance patient care.

Cedara Software (Booth #4716) is demonstrating C4 Cedara I-Reach PACS and showcasing a variety of clinical applications including Cedara OrthoWorks ProPlanner, Cedara OrthoWorks Spine Analyzer, Cedara I-Response, Cedara PET/CT Workstation, IlumiView, CalScore, and more.

C4 (Cedara Clinical Control Center) allows clinical applications and plug-ins to be tightly integrated into a single workstation, sharing system resources.

Cedara is showing Cedara I-Response as a works-in-progress integrated PACS application using C4. Cedara I-Response automatically generates a variety of quantitative calculations, compares tumor activity at multiple time points, calculates WHO and RECIST measurements, and visualizes therapy response in individual, configurable layouts.

Cedara is showing Cedara PET/CT workstation as an integrated PACS application using C4. PET/CT has been designed to accommodate the standard methods radiologists use to