The theme for the 91st Scientiﬁc Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA 2005) is “Connecting for Lifelong Learning.” The meeting will be held November 27 to December 2 in Chicago, IL. In keeping with this theme, attendees will be able to choose from more than 300 refresher courses covering traditional and cutting-edge topics in a variety of subspecialty areas. These topics include 136 new refresher courses, 4 new refresher course tracks, 4 new Essentials of Radiology courses, and a new case-based review course. In total, 83 AMA PRA category 1 CME credits will be available at this meeting.
The theme for the 91st Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of
the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA 2005) is
"Connecting for Lifelong Learning." The meeting will be held
November 27 to December 2 in Chicago, IL. In keeping with this
theme, attendees will be able to choose from more than 300
refresher courses covering traditional and cutting-edge topics in a
variety of subspecialty areas. These topics include 136 new
refresher courses, 4 new refresher course tracks, 4 new Essentials
of Radiology courses, and a new case-based review course. In total,
83 AMA PRA category 1 CME credits will be available at this
Other educational programs include 150 infoRAD exhibits, 7
hands-on computer workshops, an Integrating the Healthcare
Enterprise (IHE) demonstration, and more than 1100 educational
exhibits. In addition, more than 680 companies are expected to
present technical exhibits. According to the RSNA, exhibit space
has already surpassed last year's final net square footage totals
and now stands at greater than 469,000 sq. ft.
This column presents a brief sample of some of the products that
will be featured at RSNA 2005.
Toshiba to feature large-bore CT
Toshiba America Medical Systems (Booths 7114 and 6913) will
exhibit a wide range of radiology products, including the company's
newest computed tomography (CT) system, the Aquilion LB (Figure 1).
This system, which recently began commercial shipment, features a
90-cm bore opening and a 70-cm acquired field-of-view (FOV).
Developed for use in CT simulation for oncology, interventional
procedures, and trauma as well as for claustrophobic and
super-obese patients, the large-gantry aperture provides more
comfort for patients and improved access for patient
The system features the company's QuantumPLUS detector that
enables the 70-cm acquired FOV. This detector contains 40 parallel
detector rows with 35,840 detector elements and a 32-mm length
along the patient axis. It provides 16 0.5-mm slices with each
0.5-second gantry rotation. Combined with the detector length, this
offers scanning of up to 96 mm/sec, allowing volumetric chest
studies to be obtained within a single breath-hold. Whole-body
trauma examinations can be completed within 20 seconds. The system
also provides real-time helical reconstruction, permitting the user
to observe the anatomy as the scan is being performed, thereby
allowing the operator to check for patient motion and, if
appropriate, the presence of contrast bolus.
Toshiba will also showcase a variety of other products in a
range of imaging modalities. For MRI, Toshiba will feature its
high-field system, the Vantage, with an ultra-short 1.5T magnet.
The system features a 65.5-cm patient aperture, 30 mT/m gradients,
full 50 ×50 ×50-cm spherical volume, and the company's patented
Pianissimo technology for noise reduction. The company will also
exhibit Ultra, its 0.35T high-perfomance open gradient MR system
that features 25 mT/m amplitude and a 100 mT/m/sec slew rate.
Toshiba will also feature two new ultrasound products: The Xario
and the Famio. Designed for a variety of applications, the
small-footprint Xario features the company's new Intelligent
Component Architecture as well as ApliPure for next generation
spatial and frequency compound imaging. The system is capable of
4-dimensional (4D), multiplanar, volume rendering, and fast fusion
3-dimensional (3D) imaging. The Famio is a black-and-white
ultrasound system that includes a 14-inch noninterlaced monitor, 2
active transducer ports, and a large-size image memory.
Toshiba will also exhibit the t.cam line of gamma cameras and a
variety of X-ray and vascular imaging products.
BioLucent to feature MammoPad and MammoPad Select
BioLucent, Inc. (Booth 8209) will feature the MammoPad breast
cushion (Figure 2) and the company's MammoPad Select program.
Designed to reduce the discomfort associated with mammography, the
MammoPad is a single-use soft foam cushion used to cover the hard
surfaces of all commercially available mammography equipment.
The MammoPad Select program is a certification and outreach
program developed to certify breast centers as "Softer Mammogram
Providers," thereby providing market differentiation for the
center. The participating centers are supported with a marketing
and communication program at no additional charge. The program
includes all the necessary tools for promoting the center's use of
the MammoPad to referring physicians, public relations partners,
and the public. Certified centers can also participate in
company-sponsored health education promotions during National
Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Mother's Day/National Women's Health
Week, and Valentine's Day.
Fuji to showcase range of products
FUJIFILM Medical Systems USA (Booth 7157) will present products
from its PACS, digital radiography (DR), computed radiography (CR),
digital mammography, and imager lines at RSNA 2005. In the area of
PACS, Fuji will highlight its Synapse system. Building on the
Comprehension vision presented last year, the company will
demonstrate several new PACS technologies designed to improve
volume visualization and information management.
Fuji will display advancements to its Velocity line of DR
readers. Using the company's proprietary HD LineScan Technology,
the FCR Velocity-T for table examinations offers a throughput of
150 images per hour, while the Velocity-U for upright examinations
can produce 240 images per hour. Both systems can produce a fully
processed image in less than 7 seconds and can accept a variety of
imaging plates up to 17 ×17 inches.
Fuji will also present multiple versions of their CR mammography
(FCRm) system. At press time, this system was still subject to a
pending premarket approval application before the FDA. The company
will also show its Multi-Modality Breast Imaging Workstation, which
is designed to provide the full functionality of Synapse for the
interpretation of breast studies, or any other imaging study.
Fuji will introduce a DryPix imager and will showcase the DryPix
4000, which was introduced at RSNA 2004. The compact DryPix 4000
produces 110 to 160 films per hour and offers 50-micron
high-resolution printing. The system features an internal DICOM
print server and accepts all common film sizes with an optional
second film drawer and a top-mounted 4-bin film sorter.
Fuji will also introduce several new CR products and will
provide an update on the pediatric dose reduction study using the
company's dual-side reading technology.
Planar to present Dome flat-panel displays
At RSNA 2005, Planar (Booth 8308) will showcase their Dome
The Dome E4c is a 4-MP color, 30-inch wide-screen, High-Bright
bezel-less diagnostic display designed for use in radiology,
cardiology, nuclear medicine, positron-emission tomography
(PET)/CT, dermatology, and operative imaging. The system produces
16.7 million colors and 256 shades from a palette of 1786 unique
shades of gray. It features a 700:1 contrast ratio and 330 cd/m
typical brightness. Applications include 2-dimensional (2D) color
images, image fusion, and 3D reconstruction for volumetric and
multiplanar images. The display also features automatic calibration
with remote monitoring and maintenance capabilities.
The Dome E3c is a 3 MP High-Bright color or grayscale imaging
display with DICOM conformance. Featuring the same color and gray
palettes as the E4c display, the E3c has a 400:1 contrast ratio and
typical brightness. According to the company, with its High-Bright,
this display enhances visualization of 2D color images, fusion
images, and 3D reconstruction.
The Dome E2c was designed for diagnostic viewing in PACS
workstations, modality review, and multispecialty clinical
settings. It features the company's high-bright backlight
technology and offers fully automatic and continuous DICOM
conformance. The contrast ratio is 600:1, and the typical
brightness is 500 cd/m
. This display allows the user to perform multi-modality, fusion,
and 3D-rendered image readings in the same panel.
Among the grayscale displays, the 2 MP Dome 2 offers 3061 unique
shades of gray with a 600:1 contrast ratio and a 900 cd/m
operating brightness. The Dome E5, approved for mammography and
radiology, also features 3061 shades of gray and a 600:1 contrast
ratio with an operating brightness of 850 cd/m
. The E5 also features full DICOM conformance, automatic
calibration, and remote monitoring and maintenance. The Dome E3
grayscale display also features 3061 unique shades of gray, with a
700:1 contrast ratio, and an 800 cd/m
Staco Energy to introduce new UPS products
Staco Energy Products Co. (Booth 2566) will unveil its newest
line of single-phase online uninterruptible power supply (UPS)
products, the UniStar IIILA Series (Figure 3) at RSNA 2005.
Designed for servers and networks, medical imaging equipment,
telecommunications equipment, industrial equipment, or any
sensitive electronic devices, the UnisStar IIILA features power
protection over a wide input voltage range. Double conversion
technology provides a constant steady sinewave to protect
downstream equipment without going to battery mode. The system
meets all industry standards for energy savings and low reflected
The unit's Smart Battery Management System continuously monitors
battery status and recharges when necessary; hot-swappable battery
packs allow the user to change batteries without shutting down. The
system also features high overload handling without transfer to the
bypass, and protection against short circuit and over-temperature
The system is available in capacities of 1 kVA, 2 kVA, and 3
kVA. Each offers remote monitoring and diagnostic capabilities
through the Web, networks, or an SNMP adaptor, and offers a 3-year
WebMedEd to debut at RSNA
WebMedEd (Booth 4778) is new to RSNA this year. A new venture of
Anderson Publishing, Ltd., the publisher of
WebMedEd (www.WebMedEd.com) is a multimedia medical education
online portal that uses high-quality compressed video and
interactive case studies to replicate live lectures. Designed for
physicians, physician assistants, technologists, nurses, and
administrators, WebMedEd provides Web-based mini-lectures, case
study reviews, supervised scans with experts, over-read services,
onsite physician preceptorship training, educational CD-ROMs, and
The initial module (Phase I) focuses on the use of PET and
PET/CT in oncology, cardiology, and neuroradiology; the physics and
instrumentation of PET and PET/CT; and the business of PET (coding
and reimbursement). Future modules will address other areas of
radiology and cardiac imaging, including cardiac CT, CT
angiography, diffusion MRI, MR angiography, and vascular
Each section is coordinated by an experienced healthcare
professional who determinines which educational modules are
included in each section. All educational modules will be
accredited for AMA Category 1 PRA Credit for physicians, ASRT
Category A CE Credit for technologists, and AACN CE Contact Hours
for Nurses, where appropriate. The company hopes to offer online
accreditation for international physicians in 2006.
At RSNA 2005, be sure to visit
(Booth 4778). See you in Chicago!