SIIM: Siemens showcases imaging technologies

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MINNEAPOLIS—At the 2010 Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine conference this week, Siemens Healthcare demonstrated syngo.via and syngo.plaza, the advanced visualization and PACS technologies. The systems represent new benchmarks in delivering case preparation, image reading and archiving functionality to the clinical routine, according to the company.

Siemens' syngo.plaza PACS provides a scalable enterprise system, which does what TRIP (Transforming the Radiologic Interpretation Process) would want, according to Rik Primo, the company's director of marketing and strategic relationships. Siemens adopted IHE profiles for the system and built it on a Windows 2008 server with a Windows database. It is capable of querying various PACS to facilitate cross-enterprise image review. The company said syngo.plaza also builds individual physician profiles to provide individualized hanging protocols.

Also on display was syngo.via imaging software for multimodality reading of clinical cases, which focuses on reading through automated case preparation and structured case navigation across multiple specialties, including cardiology, oncology and neurology. The application enables physicians to access advanced visualization tools across the clinical spectrum. Automated case preparation functionality loads images into the appropriate application and sorts them into the corresponding layout – pre-processed according to the disease-specific requirements.

While syngo.via has been designed to integrate with existing PACS and RIS of major vendors, Siemens’ client-server technology gives clinicians an incentive to use the tool in conjunction with the syngo.plaza PACS. When employed together, syngo.via and syngo.plaza provide users with no-click access between the two technologies and one user-interface, enabling transition between different applications, according to the company.

The integration of syngo.via with syngo.plaza, which brings together 2D, 3D, and 4D reading in one place, changes the way multimodality images are read, Siemens said. syngo.via identifies an obtained image based on the scanner that was used, then calls up the corresponding 2D, 3D, or 4D applications. syngo.plaza offers both a pre-configured viewing interface and an option that allows users to define and use the layouts they prefer. In addition, syngo.plaza's SmartSelect tool enables users to access frequently used functions in the diagnostic screen while viewing images. syngo.plaza’s system architecture gives clinicians in-house or remote access to the software, said Siemens.