PET imaging to diagnose brain tumor and monitor recurrence after treatment is an evolving field of research. Investigators at the RSNA meeting presented studies revolving around five tracers, as well as various permutations of imaging combinations such as FDG-PET with MR spectroscopy. While results are promising, challenges remain before any of these research avenues becomes clinically routine.
The total attendance tally for the 2006 RSNA meeting falls short of prior years despite a slight increase in local and international professionals. A drop-off in exhibitor attendance accounts for the decrease.
A consumer-grade monitor made by Dell Computers may be sufficient for interpreting radiography images, one of radiology's most demanding applications, according to a presentation at the RSNA meeting on Thursday.
CR vendor Radlink debuted at the 2006 RSNA meeting a value-priced system designed to help physician offices convert from film to digital radiography. The Pro Imaging will leverage the company’s existing lines, which include the CR Pro computed radiography system, hardware to digitize existing x-ray films, and software for managing practice workflow and data.
Radiologists could optimize their diagnoses of lung abnormalities using computer-aided detection systems, provided they develop a better understanding of the strengths and shortcomings of every factor involved in the process. Learning this could save a day or two in court, according to studies presented at the RSNA meeting.
Houston-based Absolute Medical Software Systems introduced its RIS product at the 2006 RSNA meeting. The company has enhanced the practice management functionality of the RIS for claim submissions, insurance, and self-pay collection. The new features are designed to boost efficiency by eliminating duplication of data input and maximizing returns on claims processing, according to the company.
A prototype search engine uses advanced content-specific algorithms to efficiently search databases of image files contained in public Medical Imaging Resource Center storage servers. The search engine was developed as a joint project between the Baltimore VA Medical Center and the University of Maryland. The prototype is the alpha version of a vertical search engine designed to match users with radiology-specific content.
Two new detector systems entered the marketplace at the Canon Medical Systems booth this week on the RSNA exhibit floor. The Canon CXDI-50C Portable features a 14 by 17-inch detector plate. The Canon CXDI-40EC features a 17-inch square area.
Nuclear medicine specialist Numa showed at the 2006 RSNA meeting enhancements for NumaLink, a cross-vendor data translation product, and NumaStore, a gamma camera and PET/CT image management system. The products promise greater connectivity within the nuclear medicine department and between nuclear medicine and radiology. Among NumaLink’s enhancements are DICOM translation capabilities for proprietary PET data sets, including those generated using Siemens and GE PET systems. The NumaStore upgrade supports Siemens’ preclinical microPET and the Inveon Dedicated PET small-animal imaging systems.
If you want to boost your chances of scooping up a coveted Magna Cum Laude (MCL) award at future RSNA meetings, you should submit an education exhibit in the multisystem/special interest category. That’s the conclusion many people will draw after two of the six top prizes went to presenters in this category, which attracted only 63 posters. Both winners hail from Asia.