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January 29, 2010
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Enhanced PACS Aims to Improve Nuclear Medicine Image Processing

Mortsel, Belgium-based Agfa HealthCare has inked an agreement with Segami Corporation (Columbia, Md.) to integrate the Oasis workstation software into IMPAX 6, its sixth generation PACS.

According to Agfa, the solution is designed to enable nuclear medicine physicians to review, process and report studies using processing software on their IMPAX workstation. The software will provide users with a uniform reading and processing environment for all their planar nuclear medicine, SPECT and PET studies, and deliver a full spectrum of clinical nuclear medicine and multi-modality applications, it touts.

Oasis is a vendor neutral application for gamma cameras and PET scanners that adheres to standards such as DICOM, IHE and HL7 for a consistent and predictable workflow.

ProSolv Upgrades CVIS

Indianapolis-based ProSolv CardioVascular is unveiling Synapse ProSolv cardiovascular version 4.0.2, the latest release designed to enhance clinical workflow, help improve patient care, and reduce the potential for errors by automating the exchange of data with U.K.-based Philips Healthcare.

The updated version is designed to deliver workflow and diagnostic benefits by providing access to the advanced quantification capabilities of QLAB, including state-of-the-art 2D and 3D ultrasound, into the echocardiographer's everyday clinical practice, says the company. With version 4.0.2, users performing image review and reporting can launch the full QLAB application directly from the image in the Synapse ProSolv cardiovascular application for greater efficiency, it touts.

Laser Imager Gets FDA Clearance

Rochester, N.Y.-based Carestream Health Inc.'s Dryview 5850 laser imager has been approved by the FDA. The machine, according to the company, is designed for digital mammography and general radiography applications.

Featuring 508 pixels-per-inch output, the Dryview 5850 addresses the need for affordable laser-quality film output from full-field digital mammography and CR-based mammography systems, the company claims. The product, which has two online film trays, supports DICOM printing for mammography and general radiography, Carestream says.

The company says its laser imagers are available in three models that range from tabletop systems designed for imaging centers to units designed for high volume, multi-modality output for hospitals of all sizes, and offer output from PACS, CT and MRI.

New Solution Aims to Ease Image Sharing

TeraMedica Healthcare Technology (Milwaukee) is partnering with Sun Microsystems (Santa Clara, Calif.) to offer a pre-configured solution for viewing and managing clinical images at the point of care.

According to TeraMedica, the Evercore Enterprise Imaging Interchange combines Sun's Master Patient Index and Enterprise Services Bus with the Evercore Univision and Smartstore modules to capture and aggregate digital images from multiple diagnostic sources, assemble them into a logical single patient view, and deliver the images directly to the caregiver through the Evercore viewer.

The solution is built with the Sun Java Composite Application Platform Suite and the TeraMedica Evercore Clinical Enterprise Suite, says the company.

Healthcare Informatics 2010 February;27(2):52