SCAR 06: The Lone Star Line-up

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hiit040410.jpgThe annual meeting of The Society for Computer Applications in Radiology (SCAR) heads to the Lone Star State this year from April 27-30, with the round up slated for Austin. The conference includes a scientific program, timely and topical special sessions, and the entire course load of SCAR University to keep up-to-date in the latest industry developments.

One theme of this year’s meeting will be making technology — specifically computers — work for you instead of it working you. For detailed information visit:

For those attendees hoping to get a peak at the latest and greatest technology and products on the market what follows is a summary of what an assortment of vendors will be showcasing in SCAR’s exhibit hall.

3mensio Medical Imaging (Booth #547) is highlighting at SCAR 2006 its 3viseon SD1710 stereoscopic application, an extension to the 3viseon product line. The 3viseon product line consists of software products being used on standard PCs to visualize 3D images based on volumetric datasets derived from CT and MR. The 3viseon SD1710 stereoscopic application has been designed for both viewing and advanced 3D manipulations of medical images and can be used both inside and outside the radiology department.

Acuo Technologies (Booth #542) is showcasing its Version 4.3 next-generation archive. Version 4.3 adds enhanced and expanded capabilities and functionality to Acuo’s portfolio of server-side PACS components for integration into both new and legacy diagnostic image management systems.

AFC Industries Inc. (Booth #509) is featuring the Ergo Tier Deluxe, a next-generation, single-tier table with a tilting work surface and electronically adjustable mon-itor arms. The work surface and display heights adjust to the desired level at the touch of a button, while the work surface tilts to the user’s preference. The monitor’s forward, backward and tilt positions also can be fine-tuned to meet the user’s exact needs via electronic adjustment.  

The ErgoTier Deluxe comes with a full range of features including cable management to keep wires neat and unobtrusive; dimmer-controlled task lighting that illuminates the user’s work to the desired intensity; and adjustable phone and dictation equipment supports.

Agfa HealthCare (Booth #115) is highlighting its IMPAX Enterprise for radiology, cardiology, orthopedics, and women’s care in one single integrated RIS/PACS/Reporting workflow. The IMPAX Enterprise system encompasses the building blocks for an EHR and includes the most advanced version of Agfa’s enterprise PACS solution, IMPAX 6.0.

IMPAX 6.0 is a robust, web-deployable application for imaging-based planning, interpretation and results distribution.  Integrated with IMPAX RIS, IMPAX 6.0 enables healthcare facilities to optimize clinical and IT efficiencies, using a single workflow-based system to service users inside and outside the walls of a facility, providing consolidated management of patient image and information data.  

Agfa also will discuss its IMPAX OnLine program designed to eliminate the need for capital expenditures. With this program, all required storage hardware and continuously available servers are included, optimizing the configuration and maximizing uptime. Also included is a software site license.

Finally, Agfa is demonstrating the DX-S, a CR system that has created a new threshold in CR.

At the heart of the DX-S are two new technologies unique to Agfa: DirectriX needle-based detector technology and Scanhead line-to-line CR simulation and light collection technology.

AMICAS Inc. (Booth #731) is showcasing an enhanced web-based integration toolkit designed to provide seamless connectivity and integration to third-party applications to all users of Vision Series PACS. Radiologists will be able to combine the imaging and workflow management tools provided by the Vision Series PACS with instant, integrated access to complementary applications without having to re-enter information such as user ID, patient name, or study information. The toolkit is already in use by several strategic partners such as Dictaphone, Hyland Software and PeerVue. 

Amicas also is featuring its new Vision Reach software system, a module of its Vision Series PACS and designed as a tool for referring physicians. Vision Reach is a ‘zero install client free web-based application which uses the latest web-based technologies to integrate with radiology report and key images to creates a single “multi-media” report.