Philips addresses data overload conundrum with Brilliance Everywhere
Philips Medical Systems used RSNA to highlight Brilliance Everywhere, a suite of CT-dedicated technologies that address the primary challenge facing multi-slice CT users today: how to manage the large datasets generated by large volume acquisitions while speeding a physicians’ time to diagnosis.

Shown for the first time at RSNA 2006, Philips highlighted its Extended BrillianceWorkspace (EBW) release 3.5. EBW now offers users with a more efficient work environment to develop volume rendering, MIP and MPR into a real-time, responsive application. New, additional features of EBW release 3.5 include logical guided flow graphical user interface that increases productivity by making features and functions visible, not hidden and prominently highlighting most common operations; maximum user flexibility for viewing, performing advanced clinical applications, filming or reporting; integrated reporting packages that allow radiologists to quickly and easily create and transmit reports to the referring physician; and a scalable platform for growth and future applications.

Philips also showcased at RSNA 2006 a new release of the Brilliance Workspace Portal, which the company said will be available in the second quarter of 2007. Delivering a thin-client, enterprise wide, server architecture application, the BrillianceWorkspace Portal 2.0 enables physicians to view CT images and information via Brilliance Workspace’s software applications from virtually any computer, and without having to load the CT dataset onto the PC.

The real-time interactive environment makes the Portal ideal for use as a primary image review station or as a method to share results remotely with referring physicians or specialists, such as in the surgical suite or emergency department, instead of them having to come to the radiology department and occupy a BrillianceWorkspace, Philips said.

Key benefits of the Brillance Workspace Portal include: access to a radiologist’s workspace from any chair of their choice; access to key clinical applications; a private network connect to referring physicians; enhanced communication with outside physicians so that radiologists can build a stronger referral base to grow their practice, reduce and improve one-on-one interaction with referring clinicians; and an optional Brilliance Everywhere application that permits anywhere, anytime viewing and 3D volumetric imaging for cardiac, vascular, stroke, colon and lung applications, Philips said.

Philips also highlighted its Brilliance CT Big Bore Radiology configuration that consists of an 85cm bore, 60cm true scan field-of-view and a 70cm extended display field-of-view, to accommodate a variety of clinical situations, such as in trauma, for interventional procedures, and to accommodate bariatric patients. Additionally, Philips said the increased clearance of the BigBore design aids in interventional procedures, easing the use of biopsy needles and other devices, while maintaining a sterile field.