Thinking Systems expands PACS applications, adds web access

Thinking Systems is introducing a range of enhancements to its web-based ThinkingPACS that provides specialized functionality in both nuclear medicine and PET at this week’s Annual Meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine in San Diego.

New is a seamless integration with the Emory Cardiac Toolbox, which provides comprehensive quantification analysis of nuclear cardiology studies, from side-by-side rest and stress reconstruction to gated SPECT cine review. Also new are quantitative analysis packages for both cardiac and brain imaging. NeuroQ Analysis v2.0, also developed by Emory for imaging Alzheimer’s disease has been seamlessly integrated into ThinkingPACS. It compares PET images of brain metabolism of a patient suspected of having Alzheimer’s with a database of healthy people to analyze more than 50 regions of the brain. Areas of most concern are labeled in red indicating significant hypometabolic activity and thus potentially damaged areas, purple for areas of concern and blue for areas not of concern. Clicking on the colored region reveals a number quantifying the metabolic activity. Complementing these are new, web-based, template-driven reporting tools for cardiac stress EKG and stress echocardiography exams. 

These new functionalities complement the company’s recently introduced support for dual-modality SPECT/CT scanners and dedicated image fusion software with a range of advanced features for both SPECT/CT and PET/CT.  It builds on the company’s longtime support of a full range of imaging specialties, including such niche applications as nuclear medicine, orthopedics, x-ray angiography and echocardiography.

The company also debuted a web-based PACS application that allows full workstation functionality via a web-connected PC at a physicians’ home, office or other remote location.