Other headlines: Acuo gears up to showcase grid software at HIMSS 2009Visage buyer polishes up RIS link for display at ECR 2009Barco bags PACS display order
MR maverick Fonar has sold an UpRight Multi-Position MR scanner to the Libyan Tripoli Medical Center, according to the company. It will be the first such scanner to enter Africa or the Middle East. The Tripoli Medical Center is a state-of-the-art facility with approximately 1450 beds attended by 1000 physicians and 3000 employees.
Acuo Technologies wants to liberate the "A" from PACS. It will present its case April 5 to 8 in the Acuo booth during the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's 2009 meeting, arguing for the adoption of its DICOM Services Grid software. This software is designed to free the archive function from the communications aspect of PACS. Separating the two allows eliminates the need to migrate data from a legacy PACS to newer versions. Acuo will highlight the latest advances in its proprietary approach to PACS-neutral archiving, highlighting capabilities addressing web services, IHE IT Infrastructure integration profiles, EMR visualization, disaster recovery, storage virtualization, data migration, system monitoring, and administration tools.
The new owner of Visage Imaging, Pro Medicus, plans to show off a new jewel in its crown later this week at the European Congress of Radiology in Vienna. The company will preview its newly acquired Visage CS, a thin-client advanced visualization system, linked to its homegrown radiology information system. The Australian company bought Visage from Mercury Computer Jan. 28.
Nürnberg Hospital South in Germany will install Barco color and gray-scale display systems and use the company's online quality assurance and asset management services to complement PACS provided by Barco's partner, MedicalCommunications. Earlier, Barco's monitors were selected for the affiliate hospital Nürnberg North. Together, these hospitals -- Nürnberg North and South -- make up the largest municipal hospital group in Europe, providing 2170 beds supported by 5500 staff. Forty radiologists perform, on average, 241,000 radiology examinations there every year.