The 93rd Scientiﬁc Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA 2007) will be held November 25 through November 30 in Chicago, IL. With the theme of “Connecting Radiology,” this year’s meeting will feature >1675 scientiﬁc papers and 604 poster presentations. It is expected to draw >10,000 North American and >5,000 international radiology professionals. Approximately 750 companies will exhibit products in the 553,000 square-foot exhibit halls.
The 93rd Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the
Radiological Society of North America (RSNA 2007) will be held
November 25 through November 30 in Chicago, IL. With the theme of
"Connecting Radiology," this year's meeting will feature >1675
scientific papers and 604 poster presentations. It is expected to
draw >10,000 North American and >5,000 international
radiology professionals. Approximately 750 companies will exhibit
products in the 553,000 square-foot exhibit halls.
The Medipattern Corporation (Booth 5515) will highlight 7 new
computer-aided detection (CAD) products, including 6 versions of
the company's B-CAD solution for breast ultrasound imaging as well
as one for MRI of the breast. According to the company, Medipattern
is the "first company to cross the modality boundary, creating CAD
products for breast ultrasound imaging and breast MRI from the same
algorithm platform technology."
Among the new systems featured will be the B-CAD 1.2.1 designed
for breast US in the PACS environment. It includes a
DICOM-net-work-ready PC with a B-CAD viewer and CAD reporting
system. B-CAD 1.2.1 is also available in a software format for
loading onto existing equipment. The company also plans to show
B-CAD 2.2 for breast US, which is available as a software product
for resellers to load onto workstations and as a plug-in module for
the Sectra IDS5 workstation. This version electronically analyzes
breast masses using the American College of Radiology's BI-RADS
(Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System) categories. It gathers
the information required to track multiple lesions and
automatically documents the results in a preformatted report.
The company's morphology CAD for breast MR will be featured as
part of Confirma's (Booth 7950) Version 5 CADstream. This solution
was designed to perform detection and characterization of features
based on physical shapes or morphology within an MR image of the
Codonics (Booth 1921) will display the Virtua XR Medical Disc
Publisher (Figure 1). This system is specifically designed for
high-volume imaging applications such as breast MR, PET/CT, MR
angiography (MRA), and CT angiography (CTA).
Virtua XR includes an embedded computer, a robotic disc handler,
dual CD/DVD drives, an integrated high-speed color label printer,
and a 15-inch LCD touch-screen display. It has two 50-disc input
bins that hold 100 CDs, 100 DVDs, or 50 of each. Users can select
CDs or DVDs, or allow the software to automatically select the
correct media based on the size of the study. The built-in printer
produces water-resistant CD and DVD labels. Virtua XR can operate
as a stand-alone DICOM peripheral or with the company's Horizon
Multi-media Dry Imagers.
The company will also showcase its Horizon XL Multi-media
Imager, a dry imager that supports 36-inch and 51-inch film output
for digital applications. Designed for printing long bone,
scoliosis, and pediatric and adult spine studies on long film for
surgical planning, the imager prints true-to-size digitally
stitched images from CR/DR applications on 1 continuous film.
Available in 2 sizes, the 14 × 36-inch (35.6 × 91.4-cm) and 14 ×
51-inch (35.6 × 129.6-cm) dry film is daylight-safe and folds to
fit in a standard film jacket.
Visage Imaging (Booth 2591), a subsidiary of Mercury Computer
Systems, Inc, will showcase its scalable PACS solution with
integrated clinical applications based on Web and thin-client
technology, Visage PACS/CS and the newest release of Visage Cardiac
Analysis, a CT cardiac application.Visage PACS/CS was designed to
"enhance the entire clinical workflow with advanced tools for 2D,
3D, and 4D image review and interpretation, postprocessing, data
management, and image distribution."
Applications and image data are accessible anywhere within the
PACS workflow across the entire healthcare enterprise. Users can
access data and 3D performance both inside and outside the hospital
on workstations, PCs, and laptops. According to the company, this
most recent version "provides improved performance in wide-area
networks and over slow DSL lines, thus enabling efficient remote
operation across distributed imaging centers, providing better
services to referring physicians, and opening new ways for
reviewing images efficiently from home."
The company also plans to showcase the latest version of its
Visage Cardiac Analysis package (Figure 2), which offers calcium
scoring, myocardial segmentation, wall thickening computation,
enhanced reporting capabilities, and improved manual editing
TeraRecon, Inc. (Booth 7762) will demonstrate thin-client
technology with the i
tuition platform architecture on the Aquarius suite of products at
RSNA 2007. The new Aquarius i
tuition client was designed to deliver workstation-class
applications to PACS stations and standard PCs throughout an
enterprise. The company notes that this system "blurs the line
between advanced 3D workstations and thin-client 3D, so it is no
longer necessary to choose between the two and accept
The company will also feature the following innovations
available on the i
tuition Edition of the Aquarius product suite: support for
dual-energy CT, automatic anatomy identification and labeling,
CT/PET fusion with automatic registration, and fusion for blood
pooling MR contrast agents. The system also provides parametric
mapping for time-dependent MRI (such as breast MRI), CT/CTA
registration and subtraction for CT digital subtraction
angiography, and the ability to provide a full cardiovascular
clinical work-up on a thin client.
At RSNA, the company will also demonstrate the product's
scalability by deploying a server cluster capable of concurrently
rendering hundreds of thousands of CT slices. The data flow to
multiple servers will be managed with the AquariusGATE scheduled
routing technology, while the rendering load between the servers
will be managed with automatic, headless load balancing, so that
the cluster behaves as a single "virtual server," delivering a
uniform user experience anywhere within the enterprise using a
common patient list.
Planar Systems, Inc.
Planar Systems, Inc. (Booth 2312) will introduce its first
16-MP, 30-inch gray-scale diagnostic imaging display at RSNA 2007.
The Dome ZX features 10-bit high-resolution gray-scale glass that
is designed to enable side-by-side digital study comparisons
without the panning and zooming required by smaller,
lower-resolution split-bezel monitors.
According to the company, the Dome ZX line was designed for "the
most intense diagnostic imaging applications requiring the finest
precision and image quality, including CT, MRI, CR, DR, and nuclear
radiology." The Dome ZX displays will be available in a dual 5-MP,
dual 8-MP, a single 10-MP, or a single 16-MP configuration.
Agfa HealthCare (Booth 4106) will showcase its line of CR
systems, which feature the company's image identification and
quality control tool, NX touch-screen interface, and its automated
digital radiography image processing software, MUSICA
. Systems include the CR 30-X desktop system for smaller
facilities; the CR 35-X digitizer for decentralized CR
environments; the multiuser CR 85-X with a 10cassette drop-and-go
buffer; and the DX-S solution, which quickly provides a full range
of imaging examinations in environments where speed and imaging
flexibility are important, such as the emergency department.
Agfa also plans to launch its newest tabletop imager, the
DRYSTAR AXYS. This imager provides mammography-quality images with
508-dpi image resolution and offers dual film size.
In addition, the company will showcase a variety of modules for
its IMPAX image and information management solution, including the
IMPAX Enterprise Suite for large, multisite healthcare facilities
and integrated healthcare delivery networks; the Hospital Suite for
small to mid-size hospitals requiring integrated multiple
specialties; and the Imaging Center Suite for imaging centers and
Siemens Medical Solutions
Siemens Medical Solutions (Booth 7713) will show the "Triple
Deployment" of its TrueD clinical application for image fusion and
registration. Initially launched on only the
Multi-Modality Workplace, the original TrueD provided automatic
registration and fusion of images from 2 time points and/or
modalities. Following the Triple Deployment, a new version of TrueD
will offer deformable registration for 3 time points and will be
available on the
RT Oncologist and as part of
Suite, the company's flagship PACS, as well as the Workplace.
While you are at RSNA, don't forget to come visit
at Booth 1500.