Cardiac Imaging Goes Straight to the Heart

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 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 demonstrating an optional vascular package for its 3viseon 3D imaging workstation, which can be used for vascular analysis based on CT angiography or MR angiography. 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.

Agfa HealthCare (Booth 4106) is showcasing its modular approach to clinical-based informatics with the Impax Cardiovascular Suite.
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, including: Advanced segmentation technology; registration technology; a new server-side rendering engine, Cedara ISG, for sending 2D and 3D compressed images over the web.

Emageon (Booth 8508) is showcasing HeartSuite Vericis Version 6, with features for: enterprise content management; next-generation clinical reporting; 4D echo visualization and analysis; CT angiography; advanced nuclear medicine module; electronic report distribution; ECG management; and HeartSuite pediatric reporting for echocardiography.

Fujifilm Medical Systems USA (Booth 1129), with the acquisition of ProSolv CardioVascular earlier this year, is demonstrating ProSolv CardioVascular’s cardiovascular image and information system (CVIIS) for any modality, including cath. They also are highlighting integrated Corridor4DM (previously known as 4DM-SPECT) capabilities.

  Cardiac image acquired using GE’s LightSpeed VCT XT 64-slice CT system

GE Healthcare (Booth 1729) is featuring SnapShot Pulse for the LightSpeed VCT XT 64-slice CT system and displaying the Innova 4100IQ flat-panel digital detector for vascular and interventional imaging. GE also is featuring VolumeShuttle for wide coverage for both dynamic angiography and perfusion in a single CT scan to enable whole organ anatomical and physiological assessment. The Innova 4100IQ flat-panel digital detector delivers 40 percent more field of view for vascular and interventional imaging than conventional 15.5-inch round intensifiers.

McKesson (Booth 2542) is showcasing its Horizon Cardiology 11.1 CVIS which supports hemodynamic monitoring, cardiac catheterization, echocardiography, vascular, nuclear reporting and CPACS on a single platform. It also supports reconstruction of CT angiography and ventricular function.

Medis Medical Imaging Systems (Booth 7032) is introducing new quantification software—QPlaque MR, which enables cardiologists and radiologists to measure thickness, area and volume of diseased cardiac vessel walls and plaque components.

Merge Healthcare (Booth 1122) is demonstrating ts MergeBox Video, a streaming video acquisition device that enables capture from multiple sources of patient data and images, and is fully integrated into the RIS/PACS workflow. MergeBox provides an efficient way to capture legacy data, as well as integrate specialized imaging into an existing RIS/PACS solution.

Philips Medical Systems (Booth 4129) is featuring the Xper Information Management Vascular Monitoring 5 and the Xcelera system for cardiovascular care. The company also is showcasing its Brilliance 64-slice CT scanner.

The Xper Information Management Vascular Monitoring 5 presents intuitive electronic charting, procedural monitoring, and report generation. The Xcelera cardiology information and image system streamlines clinical workflow. It integrates with third-party information systems, and offers scalable solutions to address various configuration