Codonics highlighted two works in progress, Integrity image recording system and Infinity medical image server, switching the focus of previous product lines toward the importation of images, at the 93rd annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
Alan Gilbert, vice president of engineering at Codonics, said the previous focus of Codonics’ product lines has been the distribution of images and as a means for diagnosing. Gilbert said that with Integrity, “we are now importing images and reading CD/DVDs. We are taking our product line, and taking what we’ve learned over the years from our printer products, and coming up with a more broad solution of image distribution, importing, scoring, retrieving and managing.” He added that while Codonics is not a PACS company, “we fill in all the gaps and surround it.”
The Infinity medical image server has several applications. Gilbert said that in a large hospital, it could be used as a local storage system for one single multidetector CT system. The smallest model of the Infinity has a two-terabyte capacity, while the largest model will have 16-terabyte capacity. The concept behind the Infinity is that a hospital department can view images before they commit them to PACS, or if the department wants to keep a local archive of images in addition to the keeping those images in PACS. Gilbert said that this will enable a department to make reconstruction, or simply view images, without having to load its PACS with more data. The product will keep datasets local, and each modality or department can manage its own Infinity server, expanding its local archive.
The Infinity could also serve as a PACS for a smaller clinic, or in the emerging markets like South America, Gilbert said. The Infinity serves the same functions because it is a archive system with a DICOM server. He said that if the clinic grows, then the data kept on the Infinity could be merged into a larger PACS.
Another function for the Infinity could be a quarantined archive for imported discs from outside sites. Gilbert said many centers and hospitals prefer not to integrate CD/DVDs from other locations into their PACS, so the Infinity could store that data as well.