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At the 55th annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology this month in Atlanta, look for the latest and greatest in powerful image acquisition for cardiology including 64-slice CT, PET/CT, nuclear cardiology, and MRI. The images are getting more powerful as are the tools such as cardiovascular information systems (CVIS) which pack the benefits of the finest PACS and the ability to integrate with hospital information systems and EMRs for patient data, billing, office management, and more!

Barco (Booth #4874) is introducing Cardiametrix, a new suite of clinical application modules available within its flagship 3D software product, Voxar 3D. Cardiametrix provides radiologists and cardiologists with a powerful set of tools for structural and functional analysis of contrast-enhanced computed tomography angiography (CTA) studies. The new software suite comes as a clinical application module within Voxar 3D and shares that systems integration with PACS, Barco said.

Cerner Corporation (Booth #4575) is demonstrating advancements in healthcare information technology and practice management solutions such as PowerWorks, a full suite of clinical and practice management solutions designed to provide clinical information systems to run a doctor’s office. Cerner hosts the applications for physician practices that use PowerWorks in a safe, secure data center, called Cerner Works.

The Cerner PowerWorks solution suite for physician practices includes PowerWorks EMR — a practice-based electronic record solution for improving patient safety and office efficiency; PowerWorks practice management — a practice management solution that efficiently manages both the front and back office of a physician’s practice; transaction services — a series of solutions for claims and remits; and community connectivity to Cerner’s physician services — allows for connection to Cerner’s “grid” of services, which includes the ability to send and receive data to and from national laboratories, hospitals and other participating entities.

For large enterprises, Cerner will showcase Millennium, CVNet cardiovascular information system, Cerner ProVision imaging, and Multi-Media Foundation archive.

Camtronics Medical Systems (Booth #2145) — now part of Emageon — is debuting HeartSuite, its new, integrated, enterprise cardiology offering. HeartSuite represents a new suite of tools including a cardiology information system, multi-modality image visualization, archive and content management, hemodynamic monitoring system, and 3D visualization for CT and MR. One of the featured new HeartSuite product offerings is HeartSuite Hemodynamics.

Clinical analysis workstations provider Digisonics (Booth #4237) is showcasing its WebView, a web-based application for viewing patient reports and images for secure access to vital information from virtually anywhere at anytime. Another of the company’s products called DigiServ will be on display, which integrates multi-site facilities by automating data transfers, reconciling patient records and backing-up mission critical data.


GE Healthcare (Booth #2247, 2557) is showing the new Innova 2100IQ cardiovascular imaging system designed to enhance clinicians’ ability to diagnose and treat heart disease and enable more precise placement of interventional devices such as stents, balloons and filters, the company said.

A new set of features on the Mac-Lab IT platform also is on display at the show. This software enhancement offers an interface to the Innova, allowing a wide range of hemodynamic functions to be controlled from the Innova Central system control.

GE also is highlighting its Discovery VCT, a 64–slice PET/CT system for cardiac imaging applications.

The small footprint Ventri is the company’s most advanced nuclear cardiology imaging system, which also includes future upgradeability to the most advanced attenuation correction system.

For MRI, the company is showcasing its high definition magnetic resonance (HDMR) system. HDMR provides physicians with high image clarity of patients who are difficult to image due to movement, as well as perform highly targeted studies of diabetic patients with lower blood flow to the lower legs.

Additionally, new features of the company’s Vivid 7 Dimension, real-time 4D, multi-dimensional cardiovascular ultrasound system are on display.

Medis Medical Imaging Systems (Booth #4022) is presenting the latest versions of its cath lab quantification software solution,