As it always does, this year’s RSNA meeting in Chicago offered an invaluable glimpse of the major issues affecting radiology in 2013. Important trends in evidence this year at McCormick Place included questions about the future direction of radiology and the growing dominance of software over big iron.
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TOOLS THAT MAKE COLLABORATION POSSIBLE
I think we all can agree that the Power of Partnership offers benefits that are necessary to keep healthcare moving forward and to address all the various challenges every stakeholder in the healthcare domain faces today. But time must be devoted as well to finding ways to achieve that partnership, and the collaboration that feeds it.
Technology offers incredible opportunities to help us improve patient outcomes. But technology can’t do it alone: the human aspect remains just as important. So technology has to play a second role: not only generating information, but providing the tools to let us use it efficiently and effectively – and to share it.
Our IMPAX Agility can help to bring people and information closer together, with innovative tools that improve collaboration inside and outside of your imaging departments. Its task-based workflows not only deliver enhanced productivity, but they make communication easier every step of the way. Functions like instant messaging let users collaborate and share in real time. And mobile applications allow users to review images and results wherever they are, whenever they want. Clear and consistent reports and findings increase referring physician and patient satisfaction, without increasing the workload on hospital staff.
And IMPAX Agility lets you manage more of your information digitally in one solution, providing richer clinical results and improved productivity. You can digitize and manage more clinical data in one place; track critical patient information such as allergies, pregnancy status or product usage; and manage your procedure books seamlessly as part of a task based workflow. You can even perform protocoling electronically.
With IMPAX Agility, unified information and image management brings the right information to hand at each step of the image chain. Combined with advanced image processing, you can be confident it delivers quality outcomes.
INTEGRATING DIGITAL BREAST TOMOSYNTHESIS IN WOMEN’S CARE
IMPAX 6.5.5 for Breast Imaging
Healthcare marches forward, always bringing about new advances to help us in our shared goal of improving patient care and outcomes. Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT) is one such advancement. This new tool has the potential to help reduce recall rates, improve the selection of patients for biopsy, and increase cancer detection rates, especially in patients with dense breasts.
DBT provides a 3D imaging capability that allows more accurate evaluation of lesions, answering some of the specific challenges of mammography. For example, by interpreting mammographic features when the overlap of tissues is making it more difficult to detect and diagnose abnormalities. This ability makes it a potentially strong addition to screening mammography and diagnostic mammography.
We have to keep up with these advances; that’s why events like RSNA are so important, giving all of us a chance to share our knowledge and move forward together. One thing we’re sharing this year is that we’ve now implemented DBT in our IMPAX 6.5.5.
This latest version of our IMPAX RIS/PACS/Reporting solution supports the display of DBT, providing a workflow solution for hospitals that want to add DBT. IMPAX users can view DBT studies on the IMPAX for Breast Imaging review station within the same workflow as 2D mammograms. So there is no need for a dedicated DBT review station: it’s all part of our integrated workflow.
We’ve partnered with Barco, with its Mammo Tomosynthesis 5MP monitor, to create a solution with improved viewing. The display support for DBT includes:
• Proper image orientation;
• Use of specified window level settings;
• Use of the full set of existing mammography tools: Same size, Image Scale to Fit, Paired Zoom and Pan, Smart Invert, etc.;
• Display wizards that can be used for a more automated workflow.
With this new functionality and more, IMPAX for Breast Imaging lets you read all your studies –including DBT – from a single, fully functional PACS review station with mammography specific toolsets that provide you with a single integrated workflow.
High image quality, anytime, anywhere.
A broad range of DR solutions provides all the Agfa HealthCare advantages
The Power of Partnership: it’s a powerful theme that touches a lot of different areas. At Agfa HealthCare, we’re committed to being a partner on many levels, throughout the entire healthcare spectrum. Our solutions break down the barriers to healthcare: within and outside the hospital; locally, regionally and globally; large hospitals and small; regardless of budget.
This year at RSNA, we’ll be showing how our complete range of DR solutions does just that. Every healthcare facility has its own needs in terms of mobility, budget, versatility, space, biomedical partnership, and much more.
But what can never be compromised is image quality. All our DR solutions are empowered by our MUSICA ‘gold standard’ image quality. From our new DX-D 100 mobile DR unit with wireless detector, through our DX-D Retrofit, to our flagship DX-D 600 complete X-ray room: high image quality is always a ‘clear advantage’. Moreover after the recent introduction of high DQE (Detective Quantum Efficiency) DX-D Cesium detectors, NX Exposure Index to ensure minimal dose, the new version of MUSICA is the next important step in our continuing efforts to provide market leading image quality – while at the same time decreasing radiation dose for your patients.
You’ll see all of these solutions and more at RSNA, including:
• DX-D 100: mobile and wireless, it offers instant, consistently high-quality image capture ‘on the move’. The DX-D 100 is like having an X-ray room on wheels!
• DX-D 400: this scalable, floor-mounting solution offers a smooth upgrade path to digital. By helping you increase patient throughput, it provides real economic and clinical advantages.
• DX-D 600: our ‘flagship’, it allows special imaging such as standing and recumbent full body imaging. And like the DX-D 400, you can choose single or multiple detector configurations to match you budget, and increase your patient throughout.
• DX-D Retrofit: this smart solution lets you upgrade your existing system and enjoy the benefits of Agfa HealthCare’s superior image quality and workflow efficiency. New for RSNA 2013, you can now use it to upgrade your GE AMX 4 Portable to DR!
With all these possibilities in our portfolio, we can offer you high-quality, versatile solutions for nearly any imaging application. The advantages are clear: come take a look for yourself!
Agfa HealthCare has announced that Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology, a 15-location practice in Long Island, NY, that performs more than half a million procedures annually, has installed 2 Agfa DX-D 300 digital radiography (DR) systems. Zwanger-Pesiri plans to install a third system before the end of the year, and will likely make further additions as the practice expands into 2014.
Agfa HealthCare introduces state-of-the art imaging platform in North America with launch of IMPAX Agility
New diagnostic imaging platform designed to improve productivity and help reduce costs
• Agility improves clinical productivity through
• A simple and refined user experience
• Native diagnostics tools
• Advanced display protocols
• Agility helps facilitate quality outcomes by
• Capturing more of the clinical workflow
• Providing innovative collaboration tools
• Delivering clear and consistent results
• Agility’s modern IT infrastructure offers
• An architecture designed for the future
• Quarterly releases and a streamlined upgrade process
• Preferred methods to integrate and aggregate information
This year’s theme for RSNA is “The Power of Partnerships” This was the key point of the speech given by RSNA President Sarah S. Donaldson, M.D., when she officially opened the meeting. In her opening quote, Dr. Donalson stated, “When diagnostic radiologists are truly represented as a part of the patient care team, patients will start to appreciate the value of their radiologists.”
PATIENT RADIATION DOSE: MANAGING A GROWING CONCERN
IMPAX REM RADIATION EXPOSURE MONITORING SOLUTION
Controlling patient radiation dose is a joint effort: a partnership between radiologists, physicians, hospitals, researchers and even regulatory authorities. Today’s imaging procedures provide us with critical information for making better-informed diagnoses and treatment decisions, but the impact of increased radiation dose on human health is a concern for all of us. And while this is of course true for all patients, it is especially important for specialties like paediatrics.
It isn’t always easy for hospitals to find the right balance between the disparate needs for more information and less medical radiation exposure, or to quickly respond to the changing legal regulations. Healthcare providers need to have a very clear and complete overview of each patient’s dose exposure, across all levels and borders: time, location and modality. Regardless of department; whether inside the hospital or outside. When it comes to radiation dose, there can be no barriers!
IMPAX REM offers a solution for automatically tracking, collecting, organizing and analyzing radiation exposure data – across multiple modalities, departments and institutions. We designed it to be easy for all the relevant caregivers to access the patient’s individual and cumulative radiation exposure. Web portals, onscreen alerts of unusual dose values and more let the different healthcare professionals work together – even if they are in different places – to decrease and avoid unnecessary ionizing radiation.
And the hospital can use the information to both quickly respond to regulatory changes and to fulfil its continuous improvement goals. The data can even be part of the joint effort by researchers to assemble population dosage data over time, in order to better understand the short and long term impact of radiation exposure levels.
Solutions like IMPAX REM clearly show how ‘The Power of Partnership’ can work in practice, by creating a collaborative environment that concretely improves patient care.