ACC Preview 2005

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The exhibits at the 2005 American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Sessions this month in Orlando, Fla., promise scores of solutions to advance the practice of cardiology.

Vendors are bringing new image management and distribution solutions and touting integration with EMR and monitoring systems to streamline workflow and boost patient care. Diagnostic imaging solutions optimized for cardiac applications, from souped-up high-speed 64-slice CT scanners to handheld ultrasound units, cardio-friendly MRI scanners, cardiovascular x-ray systems and hybrid solutions could take center stage. Other wares on display include storage solutions, new and improved software and next-generation catheters.

Camtronics Medical Systems
(booth #329) is hosting McKesson Medical Imaging Group in Camtronics' booth, showcasing the McKesson Horizon for Cardiology system. McKesson has teamed with Camtronics to offer customers an integrated radiology and cardiology image and information solution, part of McKesson's expanding portfolio for managing all medical
specialties across the hospital enterprise.

Horizon for Cardiology, provides a complete suite of applications designed to manage cardiology departmental workflow. Based on Camtronics' VERICIS cardiovascular information system, the system enables single-point access to the complete cardiovascular patient record.

The companies will be demonstrating Horizon for Cardiology integrated with the McKesson Horizon Radiology system, highlighting McKesson's enterprise-wide approach to diagnostic image capture, visualization and archiving that allows customers to take advantage of specialty-specific workstations while building one integrated image repository that manages all of the images captured throughout the care continuum.

Camtronics also will be highlighting its participation in the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) for Cardiology Year 1 demonstration project. IHE for Cardiology is an industry-wide initiative designed to enhance the interoperability of systems. Camtronics systems are being used to demonstrate connectivity within the IHE demonstration area.

Digirad Corp.
(booth #4362) is showcasing its Cardius-3 imager and Digirad Imaging Solutions (in a second booth).

The Cardius-3 imager is a dedicated cardiac triple-head gamma camera. Capable of performing a seven-minute stress acquisition study, the new system offers enhanced workflow and imaging efficiency while maintaining resolution and image quality. The Cardius-3 features SeeQuantaM image acquisition toolset, Digirad's enhanced imaging software interface.

Digirad Imaging Solutions (DIS), a division of Digirad, is offering a mobile, in-office imaging leasing services program for physicians who wish to perform nuclear cardiology procedures in their offices but do not have the patient volume, capital or resources to justify purchasing a system. 

Fujitsu Computer Products of America
(booth #1113) is unveiling the Fujitsu DynaMO 1300 Pocket with DICOM Viewer and DynaMO 2300U2 at ACC.

Powered by USB 2.0, the portable DynaMO 1300 Magneto-Optical (MO) drive features DICOM image viewing software to allow healthcare professionals to transport DICOM data and image files on 3.5-inch MO disks to notebook and desktop PCs for offline review. DynaMO 1300 Pocket can provide a backup and archival solution. SecureMO Folder file encryption software allows users to create secure data archives with password-protected files.

DynaMO 2300U2 offers 2.3GB of removable archival data storage and includes SecureMO.

GE Healthcare
(booth #3463) is featuring its enhanced CardioSoft multi-function ECG software with Centricity EMR integration, Vivid i and Vivid 7 ultrasound systems and the LightSpeed VCT 64-slice CT scanner.

Designed for the physician's office, CardioSoft offers resting ECG, Exercise Stress ECG, Spirometry, ABP and Holter functionality and a database for basic archiving. CardioSoft version 6 provides integration with Centricity EMR for a comprehensive software package.

The Vivid i is a miniaturized cardiovascular ultrasound system that combines high-performance, full-featured imaging and a lightweight design, while the Vivid 7 provides fully integrated real-time 4D and multi-dimensional imaging capabilities.

The LightSpeed VCT noninvasively captures the image of any organ in one second, performs whole body trauma scans in fewer than 10 seconds and captures images of the heart and coronary arteries in fewer than