GE installs CZT-based camerasToshiba releases Voxar enhancements Merge adds economical archiveInsight Health provides mobile MR
Carestream Health has combined its wireless DRX-1 digital radiography detector and high-end DirectView DR 7500 system to create the DRX-Evolution. The new system is slated to begin shipping this summer, pending regulatory approvals. Offering the advanced functionality of a fully automated DR suite and the positioning advantages of a wireless detector, the DRX-Evolution can be configured initially as a single-detector system that can be upgraded easily to dual-detector operation by adding the 14 x 17-inch (35 x 43-cm) wireless detector.
The first nuclear cardiology cameras built by GE Healthcare around cadmium zinc telluride detectors are operating at two facilities in the U.S., a third in Italy, and a fourth in Canada. The Discovery NM 530c is distinguished from competing systems by the company's Alcyone Technology, which combines CZT detectors, focused pinhole collimation, stationary data acquisition, and 3D reconstruction. This combination improves workflow, dose management, and overall image quality, according to GE.
New features for the Voxar 3D 6.3.2 Workstation and the ActiveX software component designed to integrate them into PACS are on the market from Toshiba Medical Visualization Systems. The enhanced workstation offers enterprise-wide integration with PACS, providing a PACS work list for access to advanced visualization functions with a single mouse click. Voxar 3D 6.3.2 Workstation can load imaging studies five times faster than traditional DICOM transfer. With Voxar 3D ActiveX, Voxar 3D views are embedded and controlled within the PACS user interface, eliminating the need for users to jump from one application to another in order to access advanced visualization functions. Voxar, one of the first companies to integrate an advanced visualization product line into PACS, was acquired last year by Toshiba.
Merge Healthcare has developed a low-cost, easy-to-deploy archive for imaging centers, specialty clinics, and rural hospitals. The eFilm Archive, packaged as a turnkey solution, includes all software, server hardware, and onsite installation and training, backed by a year of technical support. Because it uses the same hardware and software configurations as Merge's hosted RIS/PACS solutions, it provides the means to add such applications as radiology information systems, disaster recovery, and billing, according to the company.
For the next three years, InSight Health will supply Quorum Health Resources (QHR), a leading national hospital management company based in Brentwood, TN, with diagnostic imaging mobile shared services. Under the agreement, InSight Imaging will provide QHR's network of approximately 150 client hospitals with MR, CT, and PET/CT.