Vidar upgrades digitizer solution for mammo

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Vidar Systems Corporation unveiled upgrades to its DosimetryPro Advantage film digitizer at RSNA 2007 in Chicago last month. They also displayed the work-in-progress ClinicalExpress software for low- to mid-volume studies.

The film digitizer now features a red LED version for use with International Specialty Products’ Gafchromic EBT film. Other upgrades to DosimetryPRO include USB connectivity, RoHS compliance to meet European standards for lead-free electronics and a new removable LED lighting system that replaces the previous fluorescent lamp design. The digitizer, expected to be released in early 2008, is suitable for mammography or general imaging.  

According to Mary Harp, MBA, director, film digitizer business, Clinical Express suitable for mammography, is expected to be released in January. The software will meet the needs of one-third of the mammography market, which is considered low-volume, she said. ClinicalExpress uses the DICOM 3.0 standard to digitize relevant prior films and send the images to DICOM PACS or workstations.

While digital mammography is experiencing tremendous growth, “it’s in a learning curve for IT,” said Harp. She said customers are looking for information and solutions to help them go digital. “Full-field digital mammography vendors need to be educators,” added Harp.