Vidar rolls out new software version, enhanced digitizer

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CHICAGO—Vidar Systems debuted a new edition of its DICOM film acquisition software, ClinicalExpress, along with an updated film digitizer, designed for low volume settings, during the 2008 annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) this week.

Clinical-Express 4.1, the CE-MDD edition of its DICOM film acquisition software, is available in English, German, Spanish and Italian, and was developed for use with the CAD PRO Advantage, DiagnosticPRO Advantage and Sierra Plus film digitizers, Vidar said.

ClinicalExpress 4.1 is available in modules to build a solution for specific needs, available from the base package for general radiography or the base package for mammography – or a combination of the two. Add-on modules for Modality Worklist and/or PDI are available to complete solutions, according to Vidar. It meets regulatory requirements specific to the European and U.S. markets.

“While the key feature of this software release is targeted at the European market, the software was developed to allow prior and outside films to be integrated into the soft copy reading workflow,” said Mary Harp, Vidar’s medical business line director. “In addition to the ability to support both general radiology sites as well as low- to mid-volume mammography digitization of priors, the software offers automatic segmentation of CT and MR images, can scan 51-inch spinal films and supports DICOM PDI and modality worklist standards.”

She added that with the software, radiologists can see priors along with the new digital study without moving between a soft read workstation and a film view box.

Also being showcased at the show was an enhanced Sierra Plus film digitizer, specifically for teleradiology applications and facilities that have a low volume of medical films to digitize. Harp told Health Imaging News that in this economic climate, coupled with the impact of the DRA on outpatient and imaging centers, many will put off major capitol expenditure for digital equipment. “However, the need to get images into the digital format still exists. We want to provide the market with an affordable solution to achieve digital imaging and the Sierra Plus meets that need,” she said.

The Sierra, which is “ideal for crowded, low volume radiology offices, imaging centers and hospitals where space is at a premium,” can be deployed across a variety of setting, including emergency departments, intensive and coronary care units, as well as teaching hospitals and alternate care settings, according to Vidar.