Kodak announces upgrade to its radiation oncology CR system
Eastman Kodak Company this week announced new features for its 2000RT CR Plus computed radiography (CR) system for radiation oncology as well as showcased its image management and archiving systems at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) annual meeting July 24-28 in Seattle, Wash.

The KODAK Radiation Oncology Beam Dosimetry Package has been added to the company's 2000RT CR Plus System which will enable physicists to perform a wide range of beam and IMRT QA procedures in addition to the platform's existing ability to capture portal localization, verification and simulation images required for radiation therapy patients, Kodak said. The upgrade will be available to customers starting in the fall.

The following new features are part of the latest software upgrade:
  • DICOM RT Support allows the smooth transfer and exchange of information with oncology image management systems and facilitates communication with other DICOM-compatible planning systems and imaging modalities;
  • Ability to import treatment planning system DRR images;
  • Remote annotation allows oncologists to make comments at a remote workstation and save modified images to the database;
  • The upgrade includes search capabilities which facilitate the creation of a worklist to improve productivity at sites that do not have their own image management system;   
  • Enhanced security records all changes and provides a separate log in for each user; and
  • Support for output of patient images and a DICOM viewer to CD/DVD media.

Additionally, Kodak showed its KODAK CARESTREAM Information Management Solutions for oncology treatment centers to store and manage patient information, treatment plans and images captured by a variety of different systems-all from a central database.