Kodak exhibits works-in-progress networking, CAD and low-dose film

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Eastman Kodak Company's Health Imaging Group gave AHRA show goers this week a look at current works-in-progress, including networking technology that connects computed radiography (CR) and digital radiography (DR), a new mammography computer aided detection (CAD) system and new low-dose film.

Kodak's DirectView Capture Link System gives technologists the ability to identify and process cassettes, and to review images at any linked CR system or Kodak DirectView Remote Operations Panel. The Capture Link System also enables CR images to be identified and viewed, along with DR images, at the Kodak DirectView DR system operator console.

According to Kodak, the Capture Link System can accommodate up to five CR or DR systems, or up to a total of 20 DirectView Remote Operations Panels or PCs with DirectView Remote Patient Data Entry Software (RPDES) installed.

Kodak said the Capture Link System will be available worldwide in the fourth quarter of 2004.

Kodak's works-in-progress mammography CAD system consists of an input station, with a computer, digitizer, touch screen monitor and bar code reader; and a report station, with a computer, touch screen monitor and bar code reader. At the input station, mammographic films are scanned and identification for each imaging study is entered. Radiologists can review the CAD results on the report station's monitor or a paper printout.

The mammography CAD system is scheduled to be Kodak's first CAD product, with market introduction planned for later this year.

In addition, Kodak announced at the show it is developing a new-general purpose medical imaging film designed to reduce radiation dosage for patients by up to 50 percent. Kodak said trials in the United States and several European countries are scheduled to begin this month.