ways, which helps improve quality and expedite com- munications. T e McKesson Qualitative Intelligence and Communication System bridges communication gaps by providing a comprehensive view of healthcare workfl ow and correspondence. T e system reaches across various healthcare departments and IT bound- aries using a sophisticated, confi gurable rules engine. T e clinical workfl ow in each solution orchestrates multiple productivity spaces, helping to expedite com- munication and improve quality and effi ciencies while supporting eff orts to improve patient care.
4. Patient-centric data sharing. T is allows physicians to access reports and images from a variety of mobile devices, simplifying workfl ow and making it more in- tuitive. McKesson Enterprise Image Clinical Reference Viewer is a zero‐footprint, browser‐agnostic viewer designed to reduce training, increase end‐user satisfac- tion and enable fast adoption by referring physicians.
Gene Saragnese, executive vice president & CEO, imaging systems, Philips Healthcare
T is year at RSNA, Philips will unveil several new product
innovations designed to transform imaging for clinicians and patients. Two of these products are AlluraClarity and EPIQ. Philips’ AlluraClarity live image guidance system received 510(k) FDA clearance in July 2013. T e system uses the ClarityIQ technology to provide high-quality imaging for a comprehensive range of clinical procedures and to achieve excellent visibility at low X-ray dose levels for patients of all sizes. AlluraClarity’s low X-ray dose settings are a radical new development in the healthcare industry that will help clini- cians better manage their patients’ and their own exposure to X-ray radiation. EPIQ is a fi rst-of-its-kind ultrasound system that repre- sents a totally new approach to creating high resolution with extraordinary detail images, along with incomparable levels of information. EPIQ is built on Philips proprietary nSIGHT Imaging architecture, which introduces a never-before-used imaging architecture to form ultrasound images.
James Hamilton, manager, healthcare marketing Canon Healthcare Solutions Division
Canon is promoting two key trends. Canon’s CXDI-701
Wireless digital detector is designed to enhance existing wireless workfl ows and assist the healthcare industry with providing quality patient care that is effi cient, streamlined and conve- nient through accelerated exams and productive workfl ows. T e CXDI-701 Wireless off ers enhanced charging capabilities with Onboard Charging, allowing the battery to charge directly
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in the system. T is latest digital detector is light and easy to maneuver, too, weighing only 7.5 pounds. T e CXDI-701 Wireless also features a rubber seal for liquid
intrusion protection; auto detection imaging (i.e., no generator communication or special integration necessary), image rota- tion and impact detection; a detector status indicator; easing grid restriction (i.e., expanded available grid protocols for detectors); and the ability to send 12-bit and 16-bit images. Canon’s Enhanced Workfl ow Package, which is specifi - cally designed for the RadPRO 40kw Digital Mobile X-ray System,
provides digital mobile freedom in that it reduces
needless travel time for technicians and enables them to com- plete their routine imaging tasks directly from the bedside. Patent-pending hardware allows end users to customize their workfl ow routine, seamlessly switch between acquisition and desktop environments, access third-party software applications, query PACS for prior studies and perform image verifi cation and close patient studies.
MRI products manager GE Healthcare
An MR scanner can generate noise in excess of 110 decibels, enough to rival a rock concert. T ere is a good reason why this happens. “An MRI scanner is like a huge version of a speaker in your home,” says engineer Bryan Mock, who manages GE Healthcare’s MRI products. “T ey both have magnets inside and a coil of wire that carries electric current,” Mock says. T e current that fl ows through the coil inside the speaker
creates a magnetic fi eld that moves a magnet attached to a fl exible membrane that generates sound. T e MR scanner uses changes in the current to generate a magnetic fi eld to image the body. MRI manufacturers traditionally minimized the noise by muffl ing it with foam or rubber. “But that’s just covering it up,” Mock says. Two years ago, a team of engineers at GE Healthcare in
Waukesha decided to snuff out the noise at the source. T ey developed a combination of hardware and software called Silent Scan that brings MR scanner noise near background sound levels around 77 decibels. T e technology works by minimizing changes in the current during the imaging process. Smoother current means fewer vibrations and less noise. “How we change the magnetic fi eld is really the breakthrough of the Silent Scan technology,” Mock explains. He says that the software is changing the current “a tiny amount for every bit of information that we need.” New, “extremely stable” hardware helps to reduce the vibrations even further and eliminate bad images and image artifacts. “You need both pieces to work correctly for the machine to be quieter and give good images,” Mock says.
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