Companies continue to upgrade pieces of the PACS puzzle that link hardcopy and softcopy thanks to new software and hardware introductions and a variety of upgrades. Vendors are focused on streamlining the informational flow from the acquisition of the images and data to the transference within a network or across the country, between facilities, specialists and patients. Look for new products and upgrades that are speedier and easier to use. Virtually every device seeks to reduce the amount of time it takes from an image to be scanned to its electronic transfer. From CD and DVD burners to printers to PACS assessment and training, let your eyes do the walking prior to walking the aisles of McCormick Place.
aycan Medical Systems (Booth 6903) is showcasing its xray-print solution—a DICOM paper print solution that provides a way to communicate with referring physicians and patients. The system allows users to print radiology and other medical images on plain paper at near film quality, according to aycan.
Carestream Health (Booth 2513) is spotlighting its new Kodak Dryview 6800 laser imager, a compact dry laser imager that offers image output for general radiography and digital mammography applications. The imager supports output from all digital modalities in a networked PACS environment.
The new laser imager, which is available worldwide, produces 650-pixels-per-inch output for all images in all sizes, while maintaining throughput of up to 200 films per hour.
Cedara Software (Booth 1316) is showing tools for application development. Using Cedara platforms and toolkits, developers have ready access to technologies and open standard environments. The tools include:
- Open Eyes: The platform, available in Java and .NET, incorporates connectivity, visualization and printing components that can be used for new development or as extensions to existing applications. Specifications include: capabilities beyond IAP, OpenEyes provides support for software engineering; integrates into the Java (SWT and Swing) and .NET environments, which include functional libraries for data access, viewing, direct interaction, annotation; image processing, analysis, rendering and display; and an IDE Starter Kit.
- MergeCOM3: The software development toolkit provides abstraction of DICOM messaging details. The format currently includes JAVA and .NET.
For connectivity tools, Cedara is displaying MergeBox Video, among others. The streaming video acquisition device enables capture from multiple sources of patient data and images, and fully integrates into the RIS/PACS workflow, according to Cedara.
The Virtua XR Medical Disc Publisher, a medical disc recording system, can burn one disc per minute, and more than 60 CDs or 30 DVDs in an hour. The disc publisher is designed for high-volume imaging applications such as breast MR, PET/CT, MR angiography and CT angiography.
The Codonics multi-media solution, which comes in a variety of sizes, provides professional patient consultation tools to their referring physicians, such as the Horizon Multi-media Dry Imager.
The Codonics Horizon XL Multi-media Imager is a dry imager that supports 36-inch and 51-inch long film output for digital applications. The XL is geared for printing long-bone studies, scoliosis, and pediatric and adult spines on long film for surgical planning.
The new version features an intelligent AutoBurn service, patient de-identification management and an IHE-compliant media import utility. PacsCube 4.0 also provides users with monitoring controls utilizing a new robotic engine, managing both Rimage and Primera robotics.
The system imports external DICOM media to PACS, and provides a faster and more cost-effective means to create and label DICOM CDs and DVDs automatically, according to Etiam.
GencoSoft (Booth 8010) is introducing its customizable DICOM image router/server and burner software, AutoPACS. AutoPACS can be configured to automate different sets of directions, such as: sending images to other DICOM-compliant device (CT, MR ultrasound and CR); on-the-fly