RIS/PACS Powers the Pulse of Imaging Informatics

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The imaging informatics essentials continue to evolve and expand their capabilities—judging from the offerings that will be available to attendees at the RSNA conference. From single-physician practices to multi-national integrated care delivery networks, RIS/PACS products are at the heart of digital diagnostic imaging. RIS and PACS have become integrated components of the healthcare delivery system as the fundamental infrastructure for digital diagnostic imaging data and reporting. As such, their reach is rapidly expanding beyond the confines of the radiology department.

Agfa Healthcare (Booth 4800) is showing its web-based enterprise scheduling and planning solution, IMPAX Scheduling that manages appointments and resources. The firm is unveiling its SE Image Management for managing image data in a CR environment. It supports single- and multi-user environments, as well as requirements and configurations through multimodality archiving and viewing components. Comprised of three software components—SE Server, SE Client and SE Standalone—for a practice’s digital acquisition system by providing the tools to store, manipulate, manage and output acquired images.

Amicas (Booth 7128) is unveiling its new Amicas PACS with an enhanced viewing environment composed of a new Patient Record feature, along with a view into patients’ imaging history and the Halo Viewer, a new image viewer. Amicas RadStream reduces medical-legal risk by automating and documenting results communications through prioritized images. Amicas Reach uses email and messaging to deliver images and reports via a web-based portal. Referring physicians can request orders for studies via a new order-entry module. The firm also is demonstrating its Amicas RIS application for scheduling and charge capture capabilities.

Aspyra (Booth 6610) is demonstrating a new release of AccessRAD 6.4, its RIS/PACS product, and an All-in-One PACS and RIS/PACS. The new release includes enhanced productivity tools, such as a department management dashboard, outpatient appointment confirmation and pre-authorization verification worklists. AccessRAD RIS/PACS release 6.4 also includes an order creation feature initiated from the PACS when incoming studies are received from outside referring facilities. Aspyra’s All-in-One PACS and All-in-One RIS/PACS include its PACS or RIS/PACS software application, server, web server, primary online RAID archive storage, secondary DVD archive storage, system backup DVDs and patient CD creator.

Brit Systems (Booth 3223) is demonstrating upgrades to its Roentgen Works remote reading service, a new workflow solution that enables radiology groups to provide outsourced radiology reading services. Brit is showcasing technologies, such as AJAX and Skype, embedded in Roentgen Works, and demonstrating new tools, such as the discordance and urgent findings tools. The Roentgen Works includes Brit’s voice dictation and transcription solution. The Brit View II, a new standalone DICOM viewer, will be sold, downloaded and supported over the internet.

Candelis (Booth 1509) is demonstrating its ImageGrid RIS/PACS appliance, featuring a suite engineered to expand web-based RIS/PACS capabilities. The ImageGrid technology suite includes the ImageGrid PACS Web Viewer for radiology applications; ImageGrid PACS Mammography Web Viewer for mammography-specific study reading; and ImageGrid PACS Referring Physician Viewer designed to accommodate offsite referring physicians via secure internet connection.

Carestream Health (Booth 8342) is demonstrating upgrades to its RIS/PACS platform as a works in progress. The new PACS features support for the patient cross identification standard, including: real-time matching of volumetric data from CT, MR and PET/CT cases, along with synchronized views and image manipulations; native support for PET/CT fusion with PET standard uptake value, PET/CT synchronized views and volume matching of current and prior cases; and power viewer using 2D/3D views with support for volume matching. The new RIS offers workflow management with a thin-client architecture that provides web-based access through Microsoft’s .NET framework.  

CoActiv Medical Business Solutions (Booth 7336) is debuting new capabilities for its Exam-PACS product line. Exam-PACS now supports breast-specific gamma imaging files from Dilon Technologies’ molecular imaging gamma cameras. Images can be displayed side by side with digital mammography, breast ultrasound