RSNA: Philips unveils panoply of new products for various modalities
Philips Healthcare (Booth 7724) is introducing new and updated products that will serve multiple patient populations through various modalities at the Radiology Society of North America (RSNA) conference, taking place in Chicago, Nov. 28 to Dec. 3.

The company will showcase its new remote controlled flat detector system Juno DRF, not yet available in Canada, which expands Philips' portfolio of digital x-ray technologies, as well as the EasyDiagnost Eleva DRF room technology. The Juno DRF two-in-one combines what is required for digital radiography and fluoroscopy applications in one system, according to the company. With its dual imaging mode and open access design, the Juno DRF increases room utilization, but is perfectly positioned for bariatric studies. It is capable of various applications, including common radiographic procedures, gastrointestinal studies, tomography and vascular studies. Its table size is 180 cm (71-inch) with a weight capacity of up to 284 kg (626 lbs).

Philips is introducing a series of new Workflow Layer applications for its iSite PACS, which combines patient data with clinical applications to deliver images within three seconds to anywhere in the hospital. The Workflow Layer complements iSite PACS’ image and information management capabilities with five applications:
  • My Dashboard is the central access point to each user’s workflow.
  • Communication Management allows contextually-integrated communication between iSite PACS users.
  • Assignment and resident workflow management supports complex/distributed reading environments via assignment management.
  • Peer review management facilitates compliance with the American College of Radiology (ACR)-Mandated Peer Review process and provides embedded in-reading workflow.
  • ED-RAD discrepancy management improves communication/workflow between radiology and ED through ED-RAD discrepancy management. It facilitates ACR/JCAHO compliance.

At RSNA 2010, the company also will introduce the Panorama HFO Oncology Configuration. This is an oncology-dedicated imaging technology for radiation oncology, enabling MR imaging during radiation treatment. The environment allows for scanning of patients in a treatment position, as well as MR-guided biopsy, brachytherapy and other minimally invasive procedures.

Also, Philips will show its Sonalleve MR-HIFU (MR-guided High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) fibroid therapy system, which is not yet available for sale in North America. This system offers a non-invasive treatment for uterine fibroids. It combines two modalities by integrating an HIFU system into the patient table of the Philips Achieva MR system. It uses focused ultrasound waves to heat and coagulate tissue inside the body, and combines this with planning, guidance and temperature monitoring provided by MR. The procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis, with the patient leaving the hospital the same day. The Sonalleve MR-HIFU system is currently undergoing clinical trials in the U.S., and it is for sale in a large number of countries.

At RSNA 2010, Philips said its women’s healthcare unit will introduce a new stereotactic option for MammoDiagnost DR, its direct digital mammography technology that is not yet available for sale in North America. MammoDiagnost DR includes Unique image processing to help clinicians identify microcalcifications and view breast tissue structures, and a single-touch Eleva user interface to facilitate personalized interaction.