For many years, the neuroradiology department at Uniklinik Erlangen has played a leading role in the development of innovative new imaging processes and treatments that entail a minimum level of invasiveness thanks to their use of cutting-edge technology. Just over one year ago, senior physician Dr Tobias Struffert started using RaySafe i2, designed by Unfors RaySafe to provide a means of assessing radiation exposure in real-time.
The Citadelle Regional Hospital’s NICU is a top achiever in terms of low radiation dose and reduced number of examinations per neonatal patient, as shown in the Belgian PreDos study1. Driven by a passion for neonatal radiology, Dr. Leon Rausin, Dr. Paul Jamblin and their team worked closely with neonatologists and Agfa HealthCare experts to bring the hospital’s philosophy and systems in line with the ALARA principle.
The Hospital Universitário Cajuru (HUC) of the Marista Group, in Curitiba, Brazil, is renowned for its trauma service as well as orthopaedic and neurological surgery. As a trauma center, it is considered the major provider of trauma emergency care in the state of Parana. The recent implementation of IMPAX and CR solutions from Agfa HealthCare has enabled the HUC to treat more patients, more efficiently, with a significantly improved ecological footprint.
Radiologists at Belgium’s Sint-Rembert general hospital were the first to test and approve the image display, workflow management and personalized settings of Agfa HealthCare’s new IMPAX Agility solution. It passed with honors, connecting the hospital’s radiology department with medical imaging of the future.
Versatile connectivity and ease-of-use provide a range of benefits to clinicians and surgeons.
To modernise the surgical display equipment at Belgium’s foremost university hospitals, NDS Surgical Imaging (NDSsi) has installed Radiance HD surgical displays in the operating theatres and the gastroenterology department.
Easy to implement and offering reliable and consistent colour quality, the multi- modality imaging systems addresses the needs of UZ Leuven’s surgeons, clinicians, imaging technologists and technicians.
Carestream has implemented companion views in its digital radiography systems. A companion view is designed to complement the standard processed radiographic image delivered from the digital radiography capture modality to PACS, to provide an additional rendering tailored for the visual interpretation needed for a specific diagnostic or clinical purpose.
Two companion views are available in Carestream products for chest radiography: one for the optimal visualization of tubes and lines in chest radiographs and the other for enhancing the conspicuity of a pneumothorax.
One of the critical issues in evaluating cloud-based services is data security. Cloud-based services today can be compared to Internet banking. Cosumers were initially afraid that online banking would make them more vulnerable to fraud or identity theft. Now that online scurity technologies have improved, online banking is actually safer than getting paper statements in the mail.
Early functional evaluation of new treatments in oncology is of major importance as the treatments´efficacy must be ascertained as soon as possible. Since new therapies often induce lesion necrosis without reducing tumor volume international oncology and radiology experts have pointed out that the morphological criteria currently used for solid tumors are no longer pertinent.
Considerations for routine clinical use. Since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of the first commercial systems in 2000, digital mammography has become an accepted standard of care in breast cancer screening and diagnosis and has paved the way for the newest groundbreaking technology in this arena - breast tomosynthesis (3D mammography).
Thyroid nodules are very common. While ultrasound has a high sensitivity for the detection of thyroid lesions, its specificity - the ability to differentiate between benign and malignant nodules - is limited. Color Doppler can provide information on hypervascularity, one of the most prominent features of malignancy, albeit not reliably. That means, neither general ultrasound nor color Doppler offers high sensitivity and specificity.
Gradual introduction of CR/RIS/PACS solutions assisted by Agfa HealthCare specialists leads to improved patient flows, access from anywhere to examination results and images, integration with patient EMR through a unified HIS and improved diagnostic quality.
New Wireless DR Technology Delivers Higher Producitivity, Excellent Image Quality, Helps Enhance Patient Care
Contrast enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) has become a routine diagnostic tool and has demonstrated its usefulness for the diagnosis of a host of gastroenterological and hepatological disorders.
Palmetto Health´s high quality care combined with free or reduced-cost health services are made possible by an enterprise-wide IT network supported by Agfa HealthCare´s IMPAX 6.5 PACS