New Products: InnerWireless, Merge, OrthoView, Zonare
InnerWireless announced that its real-time location system (RTLS), called “Spot”, is commercially available. Spot gives healthcare organizations room-level accuracy for tracking and locating medical devices and valuable assets, which enhances workflow while improving patient care. With Spot, hospitals can quickly locate equipment and speed the delivery of care, thanks to its wireless infrastructure. As part of this effort, InnerWireless has completed integration with PanGo Networks (for location management and asset tracking), St. Croix Systems Corporation (for enterprise asset management), and SYMX Technologies (for equipment and resource management).

Merge Healthcare announced the release of Fusion PACS MX version 2.2 with native 64-bit processing, which enables radiologists to overcome limitations on their computer systems' memory usage, to view, compare and manipulate larger studies than with today's most commonly used 32-bit technology. Merge Healthcare is one of the first to take the next step by fully porting its PACS workstation to a 64-bit environment and making 64-bit processing native within its system.

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.

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.