Fujifilm introduces new software version, product upgrades
Dec. 5 – Fujifilm Medical Systems USA introduced Synapse version 3.2.1 and showed product integrations and upgrades in areas including cardiology, 3D and PET/CT and launched managed services applications at the 93rd scientific assembly and annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago last week.

The new Fujifilm software release delivers a number of key user-requested enhancements to increase user efficiencies and also provides greater functionality for the interpretation of digital mammography studies.

Synapse 3.2.1 features a new graphical user interface (GUI) designed to provide significant productivity improvements that enable radiologists to more swiftly identify and access information and generate reports. The new look of the interface delivers greater ease-of-use for radiologists and all clinical users, including mammographers and cardiologists. Specific GUI changes include increased use of color to help quickly identify changes in information on the display, new icons and a contrast scheme that is suitable for radiology viewing conditions. Also included in Synapse 3.2.1 are enhancements designed to meet the specific workflow challenges of full-field digital mammography such as quadrant zooming and common frame of reference navigation, which allows for window/leveling, zooming and mirror panning of linked images to improve diagnostic efficiency. Other key features of Synapse 3.2.1 include seamless 3D integration for visualization of image volumes and patient/exam display synchronization with clinical information systems for critical data such as lab results.

As a result of Fujifilm’s acquisition of ProSolv CardioVascular in January, the company debuted the Synapse ProSolv CardioVascular application.

The solution enables radiologists to access all cardiology images and information while working within Synapse, while conversely cardiologists can access all Synapse radiology data—all from one workstation, with a single sign-on and familiar user interface.

The Synapse ProSolv CardioVascular application will be commercially available in the first quarter of 2008. Other benefits of the integrated Synapse ProSolv CardioVascular application include:
  • Complete web-based  viewing and reporting capabilities using web communication protocols secured  via SSL; 
  • Workflow and  clinical advantages for all users—administrative and clinical;  
  • Shared  infrastructure and cost savings for the facility, such as access to Fujifilm’s  Managed Services including active monitoring and disaster recovery;  and 
  • Cardiology access  to Fujifilm’s patented compression and CommonView technologies. 
The Synapse ProSolv CardioVascular application is available with ProSolv’s version 4.0, which will be available in the first quarter of 2008. The product was shown as a works-in-progress at RSNA, and ProSolv’s version 4.0 offers viewing and reporting enhancements for cardiac catheterization and echocardiography. Newly added resting ECG and Holter management support delivered by ProSolv’s OpenECG integration provides ready access to the exams.

Fujifilm demonstrated future extensions to its distributed 3D software, including PET/CT fusion. Synapse PET/CT 3D functionality requires 510(k) clearance and is not yet available for sale in the United States. All 3D applications are designed to be available anywhere on the network that Synapse PACS is available.

Fujifilm Managed Services is designed to ensure that any facility–regardless of size and existing infrastructure–can implement a full-featured PACS or access advanced radiology services. It comprises a set of turnkey, high-reliability solutions that encompass software, system management hosting and disaster recovery. Components include Synapse PACS, Intelligent Hosting for centralized PACS infrastructure, Total System Management with Fujifilm handling the non-clinical aspects of PACS administration and Disaster Recovery.