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RSNA 2006

RSNA 2006

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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