Industry round-up: Array, Hologic, OrthoView, Rimage, Rogan Delft, Siemens, Zonare
Array Corporation and Hologic have inked a supply agreement in which Array will provide a custom-built digitizer for the Hologic R2 Computer Aided Detection (CAD) mammography systems. The new digitizer incorporates advanced technology that takes the next generation of Hologic analog-to-digital CAD products to the highest end of the technical spectrum.
The Array laser film digitizer technology was developed for Hologic’s R2 DMax line of ImageChecker CAD and DigitalNow systems. This analog-to-digital mammography product line focuses on image processing and the display and interpretation of CAD marks through medical PACS using the DICOM standard.
The new 50-micron resolution scanner uses a noise-reducing system capable of penetrating films up to density OD4.4. The unit is designed to give radiologists the ability to discern subtle density differences in denser breasts, while not sacrificing the ability to visualize the skin line. It scans an 18 x 24 inch film at just under 30 seconds.

OrthoView released a French language version of the OrthoView 4 software package to meet the growing demand in Canada and France, and to complement the other language versions currently available in Dutch, Spanish and German.

Rimage's new Medical Disc System family of products will be unveiled at the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) annual meeting in Vienna, Austria. The Medical Disc System features an all-new software package, completely hands-free operation and the highest throughput in the industry. It delivers accurate production and seamless integration with multiple modalities. The Rimage Medical Disc System features three different hardware options, each one boasting a powerful embedded processor, an integrated Everest printer and a space-saving footprint for sleek, all-in-one operation.

Rogan Delft will show eight fast and innovative PACS solutions such as stand-alone workstations, diagnostic viewers, medical image archive managers, and chest screening solutions, this week at ECR. People may stop by Rogan Delft's booth to watch demonstrations, including the Rogan View Pro-Xv3.0 64-bit, which allows users to load a study of more than 10,000

Siemens Medical Solutions said its 5,000th SOMATOM Emotion CT system has been installed at Jackson Hospital in Montgomery, Ala., a 379 bed facility. This is the second Emotion CT installed at Jackson Hospital in recent months, both of which are the 16-slice version of the system.

Zonare Medical Systems introduced the ultra system, the next generation of the company’s convertible ultrasound platform at the Society of Interventional Radiology conference being held in Seattle this week. The new ultra system builds upon the first system which began shipping in early 2005. With the introduction of the new ultra system, customers now have the option of purchasing the, mini or ultra system. Overall, the ultra system features numerous clinical and ergonomic advances.
There are several advanced software capabilities in the ultra system and all can be downloaded over the internet. For example, not all bodies image the same with ultrasound. Wall thickness, fat layer and tissue attenuation affect the way ultrasound sound waves travel through an individual's body. Zonare is offering Auto-Opt with ZST which instantly equalizes image gain and brightness, while automatically adjusting the sound speed based on differences in a patient's body habitus and completely optimizing the clinical image.
Another advanced software application, Auto-Dop Trace, automatically traces the spectral Doppler waveform at the touch of a button. Also, the ultra features Compound Harmonics which combines both the fundamental and harmonic frequency components allowing improved penetration versus harmonics alone.
The new ultra system also comes with a 19-inch screen monitor mounted on an articulating arm allowing 90 degree, wide-angle viewing with 1280 x 1024 pixel resolution. Additionally, a full-size features a smaller, more sensitive trackball and larger buttons for the most used functions. And the system’s programmable function keys also are more conveniently centered, the company said.
On the system, carefully crafted holders secure transducers more tightly. An optional battery pack can be added that powers the full-cart system for up to two hours before needing to be recharged which is ideal for complete portability in a busy clinical environment.
An 80 GB internal hard drive manages images and is designed to provide the clinician image storage capabilities for demanding clinical workloads, the company said.