New Products from: Philips, AMS, Sectra, DBI, TOTOKU
Royal Philips is demonstrating a range of new cardiovascular solutions at the 2006 American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions meeting. Philips revealed the industry’s smallest transducer for 4D cardiac ultrasound imaging in infants and children. The X7-2 x-MATRIX array transducer is part of a robust pediatric and congenital heart disease solution that affords small patients the same imaging, quantification and cardiac management benefits that adults attain from live, real-time 3D echocardiography.

Also on display is Philips’ Xcelera R2.1, a cardiovascular information solution that integrates exam results from all key cardiology subspecialties– interventional X-ray, cardiovascular ultrasound, electrocardiography (ECG), nuclear cardiology, cardiac CT, cardiac MR and electrophysiology. Soon to be released to the U.S. market, Philips Xcelera R2.1 is a solution designed for documentation, viewing, quantification and reporting, while providing clinicians access to relevant patient images and information across the hospital from a single workspace.

Philips is showcasing its integrated catheterization lab solution, which tightly integrates between Philips’ advanced cardiovascular X-ray, physiomonitoring, reporting and cardiovascular information management systems. The Series IV physiomonitoring and information system, added to the Philips product lineup through the recent acquisition of Witt Biomedical, provides comprehensive, accurate hemodynamic monitoring and analysis. In 2005, this technology was named “Best in KLAS” for Cardiology Reporting & Documenting and the KLAS Specialty Niche Category Leader for Cardiology Hemodynamics.

Philips is displaying TrueView software which integrates CT imaging into the cath lab by allowing 3D CT images to be transferred to the Philips Allura Xper FD cardiovascular X-ray system. The company also is showing the latest release of PageWriter Touch and TraceMaster Vue for streamlining ECG workflow and connectivity.

Philips also is showing its Achieva Extended MR Workspace, which now streamlines workflow. To provide even faster cardiac MR solutions, Philips provides kt-BLAST (k-space time Broad-use Linear Acquisition Speed-up Technique), which provides faster, higher quality cardiac MR, while reducing most acquisitions to a single breath hold.

PACS vendor American Medical Sales has added orthopedic templating to its physician diagnostic workstation. The company said the feature is important for pre-surgery planning, trauma evaluation, and post-operative review. The enhancement is synchronized with the advanced templating software from TraumaCad, AMS said. Customers can access the new feature by upgrading to version 5.1 of the workstation.

Sectra announced the release of a new version of its management tool Sectra Control Tower. The product is designed to provide department managers full control and overview of current production statistics as well as historical data used for trend analysis, according to the company. New features include live reports, with the capabilities of revealing and analyzing bottlenecks in real time. The live reports provide the department manager with instant overview of such selected performance statistics as current queue lengths, patient waiting times and resource usage. Sectra Control Tower collects data from Sectra’s radiological IT systems. The new version facilitates definition of individual queries creating special reports for certain occasions.

Double Black Imaging (DBI) released its X-Cal Calibration software, a proprietary package for Automatic DICOM calibration and display quality assurance. X-Cal allows for both complete front DICOM calibration and QA of DBI LCDs. X-Cal consists of two components, a local agent package and a network administrative package. Paired together with DBI displays, this software and hardware combination allows each display to be remotely calibrated to the DICOM gray scale display function and monitored from a central workstation, send notifications to the central workstation or administrator when the LCD requires service and allow the administrator to adjust and perform DICOM 3.14 calibration on each LCD from the remote location. Users of X-Cal may view and save historical data on white level, black level, calibration and conformance test for JCAHO/medical traceability.  X-Cal offers many other functions to enhance productivity for its users.

TOTOKU Electric Co. Ltd. will exhibit two monochrome medical LCDs at RSNA that are added with a remote calibration capability to ease the burden on quality control. The two LCDs are mounted with a newly developed luminance stabilizing system. Coupled with improved performance monitoring software PM Medivisor, DICOM calibration can be accomplished from a remote management terminal within the same network.