Carestream Health, formerly Kodak Health Group, at SIIM 2007 in Providence, R.I., June 7-10, announced worldwide availability of its latest Carestream PACS that includes native 3D and cardiac features and integrated applications including orthopedic digital imaging for surgical planning and templating and image fusion software for use by oncologists. Shipments will begin by the end of the month.
Built-in streaming capabilities of the system make advanced functionality available to authorized users inside and outside the facility by allowing clinicians to review the first images of an exam while the rest of the study is transmitted. Also, a new licensing structure allows facilities to purchase optional features according to number of concurrent users, making the tools not restricted to specific workstations.
This latest version of Carestream PACS includes:
- Native real-time 2D and 3D capabilities such as MIP (maximum intensity projection), MinIP (minimum intensity projection), MPR (multiplanar reconstruction), volume rendering, tissue definition and vessel tracking from a single virtual desktop;
- Specialized cardiac functions include: cardiac review and analysis; cardiac cage removal in 3D imaging; and cardiac calcium scoring for analysis of cardiac CT imaging exams. The PACS also features bone/cage removal to enhance viewing of other structures and vessel analysis enhancements (including extended stenosis marking) that are used with CT exams of arteries and veins throughout the body;
- Native single media archive (CD or DVD) that includes shelf management support to benefit small sites that desire a low-cost solution for data backup and archiving;
- Additional native features include an image map, automatic chest wall justification, enhanced annotation capabilities and the integration of Confirma CADSTREAM software for breast MRI exams and Cedara B-CAD software for breast ultrasound exams. The mammography workstation is capable of displaying images from all modalities for mammography and general radiography exams;
- Enhanced Orthoview 4.0 orthopedic digital planning solution that includes support for specialized surgical templates for trauma cases; and
- Integrated Siemens Medical Solutions’ Fusion7D software that delivers enhanced visualization of cancerous tumors and lesions. This software automatically overlays and registers image data from PET, CT, SPECT and MR systems, allowing oncologists better visualization of anatomic and metabolic information to more confidently assess tumor volumes and disease progression.