Foresight previews TIMS DICOM System Version 2.2
Foresight Imaging showcased version 2.2 of the TIMS DICOM System software at the 2008 Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) conference in Seattle.

“Version 2.2 is all about delivering on customer functionality and workflow requests. Our audio recording, file attachment and editing features are very important enhancements for our speech pathology, endoscopy and other motion video modality customers,” Tony Molinari, vice president of sales and marketing, told Health Imaging News.

The new version includes several new features that have been requested by the installed base of TIMS customers including audio recording and annotation, audio playback, audio recording to CD/DVD, file attachment, editing of saved studies, GIF and TIF file import (in addition to the current BMP, AVI, JPG, and PNG), DICOM send lists and study editing improvements.

“We are making a push into speech pathology where we are able to handle the long format studies and write them in high resolution on CD/DVDs with a viewer for the pathologist to review at their own workstation,” he added. “We can give them high resolution and non-linear access to a digital system.”

TIMS converts any non-DICOM medical modality to DICOM, including ultrasound, fluoroscopy, endoscopy, motion x-ray, angiography, nuclear medicine, MR and CT. The resulting digital study can be sent to PACS, recorded to CD/DVD/USB and printed to film or paper.  TIMS captures both static images and streaming video at 30 frames per second, 15 frames per second, or at virtually any frame rate desired. TIMS also converts to JPG, BMP, and AVI images generated in pathology, dermatology and ophthalmology applications to DICOM, according to Foresight.

Additionally, the TIMS Consult feature gives a facility the capability to transmit a live video of the procedure—in procedure—from a modality to a computer on a network for consultation with a referring physician or colleague, Molinari concluded.