New Products: A-Life Medical, CIVCO, GE, Sage, Toshiba and Vital Images, UltraRAD
A-Life Medical released Fusion3, a practice management system that utilizes patented natural language processing (NLP) technology for medical billing. Fusion3 integrates documentation management, patented NLP coding, billing, collections, denial management, and auditing into a Windows-based platform.

CIVCO Medical Solutions made all of its SINMED branded products, such as the Combifix and Thorawedge, IPPS (indexed patient positioning system) compatible, expanding the number of treatment options available for the two-pin indexing system. IPPS helps clinicians locate and lock down a patient positioning device from imaging through treatment, and from treatment to treatment.

GE Healthcare introduced a new ultrasound imaging system with early diagnostic tools. This system, called the Voluson E8, is designed for advanced volume ultrasound in women’s healthcare. The Voluson E8 is the latest in the line of GE’s Voluson ultrasound platforms and includes a number of new tools including SonoVCAD (Sonography based Volume Computer Aided Diagnosis), an automated imaging tool designed to help clinicians acquire volume images of the fetal heart. This technology displays all of the 2D planes, which complies with the recommended standard screening exam of the fetal heart, as outlined by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American College of Radiology, and the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology. It includes identification of the four-chamber, left outflow tract, and right outflow tract view of the fetal heart, GE says. Other new tools available on the Voluson E8 include:
  • A new high-resolution 4D transvaginal probe that helps clinicians see and detect fetal abnormalities earlier, while also showing promise for improving diagnostic confidence in complex gynecological exams, such as early pathology diagnosis;
  • A new matrix array volume probe that improves image clarity for volume imaging and provides better visualization for 2D and multiplanar imaging with increased spatial resolution; and
  • GE’s TruScan architecture, which simplifies postprocessing and archiving by enabling quick access to saved images from a previous study.

Sage Software Healthcare Division, formerly Emdeon Practice Services, unveiled Intergy by Sage Version 3.5, the latest version of the company’s integrated electronic health record (EHR), electronic data interchange (EDI) applications, and practice management system. Intergy provides practices with a complete system to facilitate efficient workflow and revenue capture — from appointment scheduling, to clinical care, to billing, to analysis.

UltraRAD released UltraGATEWAY DICOM image router version 2 with a number of new features including a DICOM router with multiple concurrent connections; capacity to handle multiple modalities with flexible routing rules and hanging protocols; image distribution with DICOM repair, reference viewing, and queue management; and a web-based quality-control module.

Vital Images and Toshiba Medical Systems released the SUREPlaque coronary plaque characterization software. Developed through a technical collaboration between the companies, SUREPlaque is designed to aid in the evaluation, characterization, and quantification of plaque inside the coronary arteries. Under the agreement, SUREPlaque is available on Vital Images’ Vitrea software, version 3.9, which features enhancements to Vital Images’ dedicated cardiac visualization applications. Although compatible with cardiac images from any CT scanner, SUREPlaque was developed and validated exclusively on Toshiba CT images. Featuring improved integration between Vitrea and SUREPlaque, the coronary plaque characterization software is designed to provide color coding of vessel walls and noncalcified and calcified plaque for easy reference and viewing. Enhancements include improved visualization of lesion boundaries and plaque types with automated measurement and quantification tools. For Toshiba CT images, there are additional functionalities, including measuring plaque burden. In addition to SUREPlaque, Vitrea 3.9 incorporates new tools for probing coronary arteries, as well as increased capacity for handling large data sets.