Furniture & Peripherals
AFC Bana Corner Desk CartAFC Industries (Booth #1801) is introducing its duel-tier Banana Corner Desk Cart. With curved work surfaces and ergonomic design, the new cart is designed to help maximize accessible work area with the smallest footprint possible and streamlined height adjustment. Both tiers of the cart independently adjust up and down at the press of a button, with the rear accommodating as many as six display mounts and a film illuminator. This allows the user to adjust the height of the monitors, illuminator, and work surface from a sitting to a standing work position. It also allows multiple users to share comfortably the same workstation by adjusting it to their own optimal body positioning.

Anthro Elevate CornerAnthro (Booth #6538) is showcasing its new Elevate Corner, a workstation suited for PACS and the latest of the company’s Elevate Electric Lift Table (ELT) family. It utilizes corner spaces, as well as acting as an L-shaped configuration. The L-shaped surface is 72 inches wide by 29 inches deep on each side, with enough space for a person to sit comfortably facing the corner.  The entire work surface will house six or more flat panel monitors to make the most of available space, and keep everything within reach. And through the use of an electric keypad, the Corner surface electrically raises and lowers with a range as low as 27 inches, up to 53 inches high. The silver-colored frame is composed of heavy gauge steel, with triple telescoping electrical leg assemblies that are UL tested and approved. Cables from equipment can be routed through grommets provided in the corner of the work surface, and then guided through the cable trough, which comes standard on each table. If the Elevate Corner is used for PACS applications, the transformers for the PACs monitors fit inside the cable trough so they’re hidden and out of the way. Other features include a keyboard caddy that can move in and out, up and down, swivels and tilts 20° negative to 10° positive, with a movement range from 1-1/2 inches above your work surface to 5 inches below. Other accessories include the CPU Siderack that connects a CPU to the side of ELT Corner, or a CPU Slideout that can hang from the shelf outboard of the structure but still within the footprint of the shelf due to the overhanging main work surface wings. Flat Panel Monitor Arms also gain additional flexibility with Flat Panel Monitor Arm accessories, which raise and move them for the optimal viewing angle.

Anthro also is demonstrating a number of other products including its Elevate Wrap workstation. Elevate Wrap includes adjustable shelf height, and the keyboard shelf has a manual tilt adjustment. The curved main surface will house up to four PACS/RIS flat-panel monitors. Using the electronic keypad, the wrap surface electrically raises and lowers with a range as low as 27 inches, up to 53 inches high. The 34 inches wide by 21 inches deep keyboard shelf is attached to the underside of the curved surface, and it manually tilts 5 degrees negative and 15 degrees positive. Also, the silver-colored frame of the table is composed of 16-gauge steel, and the electrical in each leg assembly is UL tested and approved. Cables from equipment can be routed through the optional cable channel.
The company also is featuring its POC cart for medical applications such as operating room, laboratory, or bedside use. The POC Cart was originally designed as a mobile station for laptops used to enter patient data at the bedside. However, its capabilities have expanded to house full-size PCs. It can be equipped with a bin and a small equipment shelf that will travel with the cart and keep the necessities close at hand.

Lastly, Anthro is providing attendees a look at the redesigned Carl’s Table; an integrated work environment for soft-copy reading. The table holds up to four monitors on arms that can be pulled closer to the radiologist for close reading and has motorized height that will lower the work surface to 25.5 inches and raise the work surface up to a standing position as high as 50 inches. 

Biomorph Flexo Level3Biomorph (Booth #8435) is launching its PACS station, the Flexo Level3, which features a triple-level telescopic frame available with standard, fast-crank adjustment or optional, whisper-quiet electric motors with built-in intelligent programming. The desk automatically remembers the last upper and lower height settings and returns to them at the touch of a button. Biomorph will preprogram the desk with several options including limited height settings to prevent collision and timed reminders to change your position. Biomorph also offers free space-planning services to help facilities maximize the layout of their reading rooms.

IES-Patient Comfort System (Booth #6959) is introducing a comprehensive line of mattress pads, lightweight knee wedges, and positioners specifically designed to enhance advanced imaging scans while boosting patient comfort. Developed in conjunction with Tempur-Pedic Medical for MRI, CT, PET, and related exams, the Patient Comfort System product line features TEMPUR material. The line provides a direct replacement for original equipment pads. A study at RSNA demonstrates the impact the pads can have on minimizing patient motion and callbacks.

S&S EW100 PACS workstationS&S X-Ray/S&S RADX (Booth #1702) is introducing its EW100 ergonomic workstation for viewing PACS images on two individually controlled motorized table surfaces. Computerized height adjustment switches allow for four programmed memory selections. Adjustable ambient lighting controls provide background atmosphere to minimize eye fatigue. The company also is introducing several versions of its mobile PACS Cart designed to view radiological images on a compact mobile platform in crowded surgery suites and patient areas.

Imagers & Digitizers

Aycan DICOM paper print systemaycan Medical Systems (Booth # 8110) is showcasing x-ray print, a DICOM paper print system that provides an inexpensive way to communicate with referring physicians and patients who would like hard copies of images.

Codonics VirtuaCodonics (Booth #2565) is showcasing its new Virtua Medical Disc Publisher, a network-based CD/DVD publisher that automatically records and labels patient studies. Virtua’s dual-drive functionality allows large studies such as multidetector CTs to record onto several discs without operator intervention. The company also is highlighting its Codonics Horizon XL Multi-media Imager, a dry imager that supports 36-inch and 51-inch film output for digital applications.

Konica Minolta Medical Imaging USA (Booth #2729) is releasing a small-scale dry-film laser imager called DryPro 832. With a small footprint, the laser imager can be located nearly anywhere within a facility, at a remote clinic or used for mobile imaging services. The DRYPRO 832 supports up to two film trays with 8 x 10, 10 x 12, 11 x 14, and 14 x 17-inch film.

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America (Booth #6935) is introducing its CP-30DW digital color printer. The CP-30DW dye sublimation printer is a fast medical digital printer that features 423-dpi head resolution. CP-30DW features an internal paper catch and prints emerge from a wide, illuminated paper tray specifically designed for use in dimly lit operating and examination rooms. CP-30DW also includes Mitsubishi Adaptive Thermal-head Management technology. The MAM dye-sublimation processing engine provides a wider dynamic range and 16-bit processing, resulting in high-quality 423 DPI prints. The company also is showing a full line of other color and monochrome thermal printers and medical-grade video recorders.

Sony UP-DF550Sony Electronics (Booth #4353) is showcasing its next-generation FilmStation dry-film imager, the dual-tray UP-DF550 model. The dry film imager’s second tray offers 8 x 10, 10 x 12 and 11 x 14-inch film sizes, in addition to its traditional film size of 14 x 17 inches. The UP-DF550 will be available early next year.

Also being exhibited is Sony’s flagship diagnostic quality FilmStation dry film imager UP-DF500, which is designed for medical modalities such as CT, MRI, and X-ray, and the UP-990AD and UP-970AD hybrid printers with both digital and analog interfaces and full-page grayscale output. These models will be shown along with the recently introduced UP-D77MD for PET/CT, 3D CT, and other nuclear medicine modalities.

VIDAR Systems Corporation (Booth #8313) is showcasing its DiagnosticPRO Advantage digitizer that features an optical density range (0-4.0) and image resolution (44 micron) which exceeds the American College of Radiology practice guidelines for PACS and remote primary diagnosis. The DiagnosticPRO Advantage is built for speed and can handle mixed-sized films. The company also is displaying its SIERRA plus value-priced film digitizer with a lower price and smaller footprint. At 21.5 pounds, the SIERRA plus is much lighter than other digitizers. This light weight, combined with its small size — about that of a one-panel light box — makes the wall-mountable system well suited for crowded radiology offices and hospitals.
Additionally, Vidar is highlighting its DosimetryPRO Advantage for applications in Quality Assurance and IMRT that have increased need for precision. In particular, radiation physicists and oncologists need consistent, high-resolution and reproducible analysis of radiation treatment beams used for cancer treatment. The DosimetryPRO Advantage was designed for such uses. The digitizer also offers a 32 bit data path and is capable of outputting 16 bits of grayscale data.