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X-Ray Devices Market Detailed Analysis and Forecast by 2018

The x-ray devices market on the basis of healthcare institution types is segmented into private not-for-profit hospitals, private for-profit hospitals, public/government hospitals, health screening centers and clinics and others (non-federal psychiatry and non-federal long term care).

The private not-for-profit hospitals enjoy maximum market share in the U.S. According to the American Hospitals Association, in 2010, the private not-for-profit hospitals held approximately 58% of total hospital beds in the U.S. The general/stationary x-ray devices segment in these hospitals acquired majority of the market share at 78.6% in 2011. However, a rise in the purchase of mobile x-ray devices will be observed over the forecast period owing to the following factors:

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  • Low radiation risks associated with mobile x-ray devices
    Its portable nature enabling use across various departments
    Rising demand for point of care diagnostics and bedside imaging

X-ray devices market by volume in the U.S. is expected to grow at a sluggish rate during the forecast period on account of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, 2010. The below text provides a detailed explanation of the effect of the implementation of this act on private not-for-profit hospitals:

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) grants private not-for-profit status to hospitals that spend a minimum of 3% of their operating revenue on uninsured patients/charity. Statistics suggest that the percentage of revenue dedicated towards charity for these hospitals is low (approximately 3.5%).
The implementation of the Affordable Care Act will widen the availability of insurance and therefore will limit the availability of uninsured Americans. As a result of this change, hospitals will lose their not for profit status and so, will be no longer be eligible for tax exemption.

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In contrast to the trends observed in the U.S. x-ray devices market by healthcare institution type, public/government hospitals in China are expected to lead the market from 2012 to 2018. The volume of x-ray devices sold to government/public hospitals in China was valued at 20,291.9 units in 2011. Improvement in the infrastructure of government/public hospitals as a result of the implementation of 12th 5-year plan will serve the market as a driver. General/stationary x-ray devices held majority of the Chinese government/public hospital market share in 2011. However, its market share is expected to decline by 2018. The drop in its market share is justified by the rapid growth in the mobile x-ray devices segment which acts as an internal substitute for general/stationary x-ray devices.

In terms of usage rate of general/stationary, mobile and c-arm x-ray devices by departments, the market is segmented into thoracic, neuro and spine, emergency response, ICU, dental, orthopedic and abdominal departments. General/stationary x-ray devices market dominates most of these departments in terms of usage rate. However, the common trend observed across all these departments in the U.S., Europe and China x-ray devices market, is the acceleration of growth rate in the mobile x-ray devices segment. High maneuverability and low radiation risks associated with mobile x-ray devices are responsible for this market trend.

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C-arm devices are also expected to gain usage rate along the forecast period owing to the rising demand for minimally invasive procedures in thoracic and orthopedic departments. In addition, the introduction of technologically advanced c-arm devices such as the Dental Fluoroscopic Imaging Systems (DFIS) will help this market gain acceptance in the field of dentistry.

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Riverain ClearRead +Confirm Highlights Lines and Tubes on Chest X-rays

Riverain ClearRead +Confirm Highlights Lines and Tubes on Chest X-rays

Riverain ClearRead +Confirm Highlights Lines and Tubes on Chest X-rays

Software that increases visibility, decreases time to confirm placement of lifesaving medical devices receives CE mark.

New software by Riverain Technologies that improves the visual clarity of conventional chest X-ray images and increases radiologists’ efficiency by reducing the time it takes to accurately confirm the proper placement of lifesaving feeding, drug-delivery and pain management tubes and lines has received CE Mark approval.

The software, ClearRead +Confirm™, will be introduced at the 2012 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting in Chicago.

Tubes and lines placed inside the body are used regularly for intensive care patients and others receiving ongoing treatments for cancer, pain and other conditions. Improper placement or migration of the devices between uses can cause serious complications, including death.

Portable chest X-ray machines are routinely used to confirm placement of lines and tubes; however, the image quality makes it challenging for radiologists to differentiate these structures, and the rib and clavicle bones obscure visibility of chest tissue by up to 40 percent. Radiologists also incur significant time adjusting the image to make the edges and tips of the devices stand out.

ClearRead +Confirm™ software immediately processes any portable chest X-ray, creating a second, soft tissue image with the ribs and clavicles suppressed and increasing the contrast, sharpness and visibility of tubes, lines and cardiac wires. Radiologists simply toggle between the two images to confidently and efficiently confirm proper placement of the devices.

A Georgetown University reader study assessed the time it took radiologists to locate:

PICC lines, or peripherally inserted central catheters, which are long, thin tubes that remain inside the chest to deliver nutrients, fluid, blood, and medicines over time to treat pain, infection or cancer. PICC lines also are used to draw blood samples and provide kidney dialysis.

Nasogastric tubes (NG tubes), which carry food and medicine to the stomach through the nose.

Wires that conduct or measure electrical impulses, including electrodes for cardiac pacing and defibrillation.

In the study, 334 chest X-rays were reviewed by 10 radiologists with and without the enhanced ClearRead +Confirm image. The software reduced the reading time by an average of nearly 19 percent, without comprising accuracy.

Evaluating the conventional X-ray and ClearRead image together took an average of 5 ½ seconds less per image than evaluating the conventional X-ray image on its own, amounting to a savings of 30 minutes across all images.

Participating radiologists strongly agreed that the enhanced image increased their confidence in confirming the placement of lines and tubes and made it easier to see venous catheters.

“The software-enhanced chest X-ray image increases radiologists’ confidence while reducing decision-making time and time to treatment, with no additional tests or radiation exposure for patients,” said Steve Worrell, Riverain’s Chief Technology Officer.

ClearRead +Confirm uses the clinically proven, proprietary machine learning and pattern recognition technologies in Riverain’s chest X-ray bone-suppression and computer-aided detection (CAD) software.

ClearRead +Confirm software is cleared for sale in Europe and is currently being reviewed for clearance by the FDA.

For a demonstration or additional information, visit the Riverain Technologies booth at RSNA 2012 (#5917, South Building, Hall A)

ClearRead +Confirm is software that identifies and highlights lines and tubes on portable chest X-ray images while maintaining excellent image quality. Since diagnostic quality is preserved, radiologists can minimize imaging adjustments and decrease reading time. With ClearRead +Confirm, radiologists reduced portable reading time by approximately 19% without compromising accuracy or confidence.

Approved for sale in Europe. Pending 510(k), not available for sale within the United States

Riverain Technologies is introducing its ClearRead +Confirm software at RSNA, a package that improves the visual clarity of conventional chest X-ray images by highlighting tubes and lines that might otherwise be very hard to see. ICU patients typically have many tubes and lines going into the body, and chest X-rays acquired with portable X-ray machines are often used to determine proper placement of devices in order to avoid complications.

Image quality is often suboptimal, and the rib and clavicle bones obscure visibility of chest tissue making it hard to interpret the image. ClearRead +Confirm processes the radiograph, creating a second soft tissue image with the ribs and clavicles suppressed and increasing the contrast, sharpness and visibility of tubes, lines and cardiac wires. To achieve this, the software uses the same proprietary machine learning and pattern recognition technologies as employed in Riverain’s chest X-ray bone-suppression and computer-aided detection (CAD) software.

In a study evaluating the effect of the software on reading time, 334 chest X-rays were reviewed by 10 radiologists with and without the enhanced ClearRead +Confirm image. Reading time was reduced by nearly 19 percent, and readers were more confident of their findings. ClearRead +Confirm has received CE Mark approval and is under review by the FDA.

Source : http://www.riveraintech.com/confirmapproval/

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X-Ray Viewing Box Desk

X-Ray Viewing Box Desk

X-Ray Viewing Box Desk

This is my desk I made from an old wall mounted x-ray viewer. I bought some wall brackets and mounted it perpendicular to the wall and now I use it to do trace work and over lays for graphic and interior design.

If you’re looking for a sturdy desk with a futuristic vibe, this workspace crafted from an X-ray illuminator fits the bill.

Drew Wright, a graphic designer returning to school to study interior design, converted an old wall mounted X-ray illuminator into a desk with the addition of some sturdy brackets. The desk is both a really neat element in the room and a functional workspace—he uses it to do trace work and overlays for his designs.

The X-Ray Desk

If you have a workspace of your own to show off, throw the pictures on your Flickr account and add it to the Lifehacker Workspace Show and Tell Pool. Include some details about your setup and why it works for you, and you just might see it featured on the front page of Lifehacker.

The X-ray Office [Deskography]

This one’s not for me, but I really dig the colors and the clean, glossy workspace. I can’t imagine it would be easy for someone who spends all day on their keyboard like me, but for someone who spends more time with drawing implements in their hands and needs a little open space to trace or sketch, it looks like it works great.

I can also see the benefit of vertical displays as opposed to horizontal ones: it’s not my style, but I could see myself using the top display to monitor apps that I like to keep open but don’t interact with regularly, like my e-mail client and other apps that I’d like to glance at now and again.

Now that almost any modern hospital’s radiology department has gone completely digital, there must be thousands of obsolete X-ray viewing boxes hanging around. Drew Wright , a graphic designer, makes some creative use of one of these oldies. He used an old wall mounted x-ray viewer and mounted it perpendicular to the wall, and now it functions as a desk. He uses it for trace work and overlays for graphic and interior design. Using it for any other purposes would probably not be recommended by your ophthalmologist, even if radiologists have been staring at these boxes full-time for many decades.

source : http://lifehacker.com/5744902/the-x+ray-desk

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CombiCarrier II Wins Silver for Good Design

CombiCarrier II Wins Silver for Good Design

CombiCarrier II Wins Silver for Good Design

The CombiCarrier II is a new version of Hartwell Medical‘s innovative emergency stretcher, and a Silver winner of the 2008 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) in the Medical & Scientific category. (IDEA 2008 awards were announced today.) The device is designed to minimize spinal movement of patients after a potential back or neck injury by sliding the two sections of the stretcher under the person without rolling or shifting. Additionally, being made of plastic, the stretcher allows for X-rays to pass right through, allowing hospital staff to take the patient directly to radiology.

Some of the features from the CombiCarrier product page:

combi carrier xray CombiCarrier II Wins Silver for Good Design

Approved as a full backboard and orthopedic stretcher

Patient can be rotated and slid out onto the CombiCarrier during auto extrication situations. Works like a traditional backboard.

Separates in Half for Application

Can be separated at either end. Eliminates unnecessary movement making it ideal for patients with suspected hip and pelvic injuries.

Continuous Head Support Surface

Improves neutral alignment and minimizes head movement during application and removal. Accommodates most durable and disposable head immobilizers, i.e., #445, HeadHugger™ and HeadBed II™.

Auto-Lock Latch System

Recessed side latch is positioned away from patient. Locks instantly during application, manual release required during removal from patient.

Seamless Plastic Construction

No rivets, drive screws or roll pins. High density polyethylene is easily cleaned and disinfected. Helps comply with OSHA regulations. Foam filling makes it ideal for water rescue situations.

X-ray Compatible

Clear center section provides unobstructed A/P view of patient’s spine. Split-design allows for simple, easy removal and reapplication for detailed X-ray examination if necessary.

Source : http://www.idsa.org/IDEA_Awards/gallery/2008/award_details.asp?ID=750

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Researchers Report Progress in Development of Proton Radiography

Researchers Report Progress in Development of Proton Radiography

Researchers Report Progress in Development of Proton Radiography

New imaging technology being developed to guide treatment planning in proton cancer therapy

By Tim Stephens

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In this image based on proton radiography of a hand phantom, colors represent the summed-up proton-stopping power in terms of water-equivalent thickness, showing the varying thickness of the hand and clear structural details. (Images courtesy of H. Sadrozinski)

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Proton radiograph of a hand phantom.

Researchers developing a new medical imaging technology that uses protons instead of x-rays presented the first proton radiographic image of a hand this week at a medical imaging conference in Southern California.

The image echoes one of the most famous images in the history of medical science: Wilhelm Roentgen’s 1895 x-ray image of his wife’s hand titled “Hand mit Ringen” (“hand with ring”). Nowadays, experimenting on one’s spouse is frowned upon, so the proton imaging team used a radiographic hand phantom (an anatomical model of a hand with the same radiographic properties). They imaged it with protons from the medical proton synchrotron at Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC).

“This first image demonstrates the new promise of proton imaging, which is now within reach of becoming a new, potentially low-dose medical imaging modality,” said Hartmut Sadrozinski, a research physicist at the Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics (SCIPP) at UC Santa Cruz. “Our ultimate goal is to do proton computed tomography and reconstruct the images in three dimensions, like an x-ray CT scan.”

The interdisciplinary team working on this project includes physicists and students at UC Santa Cruz, medical researchers and doctors at Loma Linda University, and computer scientists at California State University, San Bernardino. They presented their findings at the 2012 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference in Anaheim in a poster presentation on October 29 and in an invited talk by Dr. Reinhard Schulte from LLUMC, “A status update on proton imaging for applications in medicine,” on October 30.

The proton imaging project is motivated by the increasing use of proton beams in cancer therapy. In proton therapy, powerful doses of radiation can be delivered directly to a tumor with little damage to surrounding healthy tissue. To do this, an image of the proton “stopping power” of the tissues is needed to guide the cancer treatment planning. This is achieved today by essentially translating x-ray images into proton stopping-power images, which compromises the accuracy of the images for proton treatment planning.

“The goal of our research is to generate these proton CT images directly, allowing more precise treatment planning,” Sadrozinski said.

Like Roentgen’s x-ray image, the proton image of the hand phantom clearly shows details of the bone structure. Unlike x-rays, however, protons also show the soft tissue of the hand in more detail, which reflects differences in how the two forms of radiation interact with tissues. Whereas x-rays get absorbed preferentially by bones and show them much more clearly than the surrounding soft tissue, protons get slowed down or stopped by bone only 50 percent more than by soft tissue.

In addition to the progress in image reconstruction reported at the meeting, the researchers are developing innovations in detector technology that they will incorporate into future prototypes of the proton CT scanner.

The work was performed by UCSC graduate student Tia Plautz, undergraduate students Celeste Leary, Andrew Plumb, and David Steinberg, and LLUMC researcher Robert F. Hurley (a graduate of the UCSC Physics Department). Grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation fund the work at the Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics, Loma Linda University and California State University San Bernardino. The researchers used mathematical algorithms and computer software developed in part by researchers at LLUMC, the University of Haifa (Israel), the University of Wollongong (Australia), and Stanford University (U.S.). The proton imaging detectors were built at UC Santa Cruz and Northern Illinois University with support from the Department of Defense and the Department of Radiation Medicine at LLUMC.

This research in proton CT is supported by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (award number R01EB013118), the U.S. Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program (award number W81XWH-12-1-0122), and the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (award number 2009012).

Proton therapy is continuing to be adopted in elite cancer centers as an option over traditional focused beam radiotherapy. Protons fired at different energies from particle accelerators can be made to stop and ablate precisely the tumor tissue being targeted. The trick is to map out in advance the “stopping power” of the tissue on the way to the tumor. Currently CT scans are used to create these maps, but tissue attenuates X-rays much differently than it does speeding protons, so there’s much room for improvement.

Researchers from UC Santa Cruz, Loma Linda University, and California State University, San Bernardino have developed a technique that uses a proton accelerator to create stopping power maps. They’re currently in early stages of this research, but they’re working toward true proton computed tomography that may one day be a new 3D imaging modality along side MR and X-ray CT.

From UC Santa Cruz:

They presented their findings at the 2012 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference in Anaheim in a poster presentation on October 29 and in an invited talk by Dr. Reinhard Schulte from LLUMC, “A status update on proton imaging for applications in medicine,” on October 30.

Like Roentgen’s x-ray image, the proton image of the hand phantom clearly shows details of the bone structure. Unlike x-rays, however, protons also show the soft tissue of the hand in more detail, which reflects differences in how the two forms of radiation interact with tissues. Whereas x-rays get absorbed preferentially by bones and show them much more clearly than the surrounding soft tissue, protons get slowed down or stopped by bone only 50 percent more than by soft tissue.

In addition to the progress in image reconstruction reported at the meeting, the researchers are developing innovations in detector technology that they will incorporate into future prototypes of the proton CT scanner.

Source : http://news.ucsc.edu/2012/10/proton-radiography.html

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Toshiba’s New Smaller, Quieter 3T MRI System

Toshiba’s New Smaller, Quieter 3T MRI System

Toshiba’s New Smaller, Quieter 3T MRI System

Toshiba’s Vantage Titan Open Bore 3T MR’s Patient-Centered Features Increase Patient Comfort and Improve Exam Efficiency

CHICAGO, Nov. 29, 2009 – Understanding that claustrophobia and acoustic noise are the top patient complaints with 3T MR imaging today, Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc., has developed a comfortable and efficient 3T MR, the Vantage TitanTM 3T open bore MR. Toshiba’s Vantage Titan 3T is pending 510k clearance and will be showcased at this year’s Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting, held in Chicago, Nov. 29 – Dec. 4 (Booth #5629, South Hall).

The Vantage Titan 3T MR combines Toshiba’s commitment to patients and customers with the power of additional diagnostic capabilities, making it a comfortable and efficient 3T MR system. Its patient-centered technology improves the exam experience, resulting in better patient compliance and more streamlined exams to improve the delivery of care.

Benefits of the Vantage Titan 3T open bore MR include:

Increased Patient Comfort

Toshiba’s patient-friendly features make the Vantage Titan 3T MR comfortable. The system includes Toshiba’s exclusive Pianissimo™ noise-reduction technology, which reduces exam noise by up to 90 percent, making the Vantage Titan 3T the quietest available. Additionally, the Vantage Titan 3T boasts a 71 cm opening, giving patients more room and reducing claustrophobia, another concern facing the 3T MR market.

The system also incorporates the ability to perform contrast-free MRA exams, including Fresh Blood Imaging (FBI) for evaluating peripheral vascular diseases of the lower legs and extremities; Contrast-free Improved Angiography (CIA) for easier visualization of smaller vessels; Time-Spatial Labeling Inversion Pulse (Time-SLIP) for evaluating hemodynamic, functional assessments and visualization of vascular structures; and Time and Space Angiography (TSA) to create non-contrast time-resolved imaging with high temporal resolution. Toshiba is the only imaging vendor to offer advanced contrast-free MRA techniques.

Improved Exam Efficiency

The Vantage Titan 3T also utilizes Toshiba’s Atlas integrated coil technology to reduce exam time and improve the overall exam experience for patients. Because the coils are integrated into the table, patients do not need to be continually repositioned for many exams, which saves time and improves patient comfort. Additionally, the Vantage Titan 3T will be equipped with the new user interface – M-Power – to further improve ease of use for technologists.

“By listening to the market, we have developed a 3T MR that addresses the issues that customers have with this technology,” said Girish Hagan, vice president, Marketing, Toshiba. “This advanced technology will give the medical community the advanced applications they need while still being able to make sure patients are comfortable and exams are efficient.”

About Toshiba

With headquarters in Tustin, Calif., Toshiba America Medical Systems markets, sells, distributes and services diagnostic imaging systems, and coordinates clinical diagnostic imaging research for all modalities in the United States. Toshiba Medical Systems Corp., an independent group company of Toshiba Corp., is a global leading provider of diagnostic medical imaging systems and comprehensive medical solutions, such as CT, Cath & EP Labs, X-ray, Ultrasound, MRI and information systems. Toshiba corporation is a worldwide leader and in technology, electronic and electrical products, digital consumer products, electronic devices and components, power systems, industrial and social infrastructure systems and home appliances. Toshiba was founded in 1875 and today operates a global network of more than 740 companies with 199,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing $73 billion. For more information, visit Toshiba’s web site at www.medical.toshiba.com.

The MRI seems like an important goal for many patients with a variety of ailments — a goal, that is, until they have to slide into one, at which point the MRI becomes less of a prize and more of a claustrophobic torture (and echo) chamber. That’s slowly changing, however, as Toshiba last week displayed its latest 3 Tesla MRI system at the Radiological Society of North America’s annual meeting. The Vantage Titan, which is currently on FDA’s track for regulatory approval, features a large 71 cm bore and is laterally shorter than other comparable machines. This should help many with feelings of claustrophobia and allows, ahem, “larger” patients to enter the bore.

to323nn Toshibas New Smaller, Quieter 3T MRI SystemMore about the Vantage Titan from the press release:

The system includes Toshiba’s exclusive Pianissimo™ noise-reduction technology, which reduces exam noise by up to 90 percent, making the Vantage Titan 3T the quietest available. Additionally, the Vantage Titan 3T boasts a 71 cm opening, giving patients more room and reducing claustrophobia, another concern facing the 3T MR market.

The system also incorporates the ability to perform contrast-free MRA exams, including Fresh Blood Imaging (FBI) for evaluating peripheral vascular diseases of the lower legs and extremities; Contrast-free Improved Angiography (CIA) for easier visualization of smaller vessels; Time-Spatial Labeling Inversion Pulse (Time-SLIP) for evaluating hemodynamic, functional assessments and visualization of vascular structures; and Time and Space Angiography (TSA) to create non-contrast time-resolved imaging with high temporal resolution. Toshiba is the only imaging vendor to offer advanced contrast-free MRA techniques.

The Vantage Titan 3T also utilizes Toshiba’s Atlas integrated coil technology to reduce exam time and improve the overall exam experience for patients. Because the coils are integrated into the table, patients do not need to be continually repositioned for many exams, which saves time and improves patient comfort. Additionally, the Vantage Titan 3T will be equipped with the new user interface – M-Power – to further improve ease of use for technologists.

Source : http://medical.toshiba.com/news/press-releases/2009/11/29/542/

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At-Home Monitoring Solution from Intel

At-Home Monitoring Solution from Intel

At-Home Monitoring Solution from Intel

INTEL IN HEALTHCARE

In the world of personal computers and other electronic devices, everyone knows what Intel offers. It’s smart technology. It’s fast performance. It’s reliability. It’s cost-efficient productivity. It’s the power of tomorrow. But what does Intel bring to healthcare? Along with our history of innovation, we have the knowledge and experience to connect people and information in new ways. We have technologies that can enable a shift from the reactive healthcare of today to an ongoing endeavor that puts patients’ wellness at the center.

We’re also a company with a long track record of bringing different companies with different philosophies together to find mutually beneficial solutions to a myriad of problems. That’s because Intel sees problems as opportunities. Opportunities to solve the unsolvable. To collaborate in new and unexpected ways. It’s a point of view healthcare needs, because healthcare has more than its fair share of problems. Costs are rising at alarming rates. Millions of people don’t have acceptable access to care. Industry-wide inefficiencies are compromising the quality of care. But now is the time to address these problems. Because by acting today, we can change the way patients and clinicians interact tomorrow. So let’s find new avenues to wellness. Let’s connect information and make it work for us. Let’s do it more cost effectively than ever before. But most importantly, let’s start now.

Changing the healthcare model. Along with our history of innovation, we have the knowledge and experience to connect people and information in new ways. We have technologies that can enable a shift from the reactive healthcare of today to an ongoing endeavor that puts patients’ wellness at the center.

Intel, a company known primarily as a microchip manufacturer, is aggressively positioning itself in the medical device market. The FDA just gave approval to market the company’s new device that assists with monitoring at-home patients.

From the press release:

The Intel Health Guide is a comprehensive solution, combining an in-home patient device, as well as an online interface allowing clinicians to monitor patients and remotely manage care. The solution offers interactive tools for personalized care management and integrates vital sign collection, patient reminders, multimedia educational content and feedback and communications tools such as video conferencing and e-mail. The Health Guide can connect to specific models of wired and wireless medical devices, including blood pressure monitors, glucose meters, pulse oximeters, peak flow meters and weight scales. The Health Guide stores and displays the collected information on a touch screen and sends to a secure host server, where health care professionals can review the information. Patients using the Health Guide can monitor their health status, communicate with care teams and learn about their medical conditions.

Source : http://www.intel.com/about/companyinfo/healthcare/index.htm?iid=health%20lhn_home

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Check-Cap X-ray Radar Pill Sliding Toward Commercial Introduction

Check-Cap X-ray Radar Pill Sliding Toward Commercial Introduction

Check-Cap X-ray Radar Pill Sliding Toward Commercial Introduction

Early detection saves lives. Everyone over 50 owes themselves a colon cancer screening – and with Check-Cap, they’ll be much more likely to get one. That’s because the Check-Cap capsule requires no preparation or invasive procedures. Patients continue their daily routine as it travels painlessly through the colon, to be excreted naturally a day or two later. Check-Cap is not only patient friendly; it’s also expected to detect clinically significant polyps within the same range of accuracy as a standard colonoscopy.

Check-Cap’s tiny X-ray Radar device creates a 3-D reconstructed image of the colon. No prior bowel cleansing is needed because it uses X-rays, which can “see through” the intestinal content that optics cannot. Exposure to radiation is minimal. The capsule transmits data to a wrist-worn device, where it is stored for a physician’s analysis. If nothing is detected, no colonoscopy is necessary. If the 3D images reveal polyps, a therapeutic colonoscopy will be prescribed as needed.

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Check-Cap. Patient-friendly. Accurate. Life-Saving.

Patient-friendly

No preparation, invasive procedures or sedation are required. The patient simply swallows the Check-Cap capsule and continues his or her daily routine while the capsule travels painlessly through the colon. Small amounts of standard contrast agent are taken with meals.

GE has announced investing into an Israeli company called Check-Cap that’s developing swallowable endoscopic capsules for imaging the insides of the GI tract. Check-Cap seems to be a direct competitor of the better known Given Imaging, also an Israeli firm, that’s been producing its own PillCams for visualizing everything from the esophagus to the small intestine and beyond.

Check Cap Check Cap X ray Radar Pill Sliding Toward Commercial Introduction

While PillCams use light in the visible spectrum and a traditional image sensor, the Check-Cap delivers low energy X-rays that provide a much different look at the internal anatomy. Because X-rays penetrate through soft material, food intake shouldn’t be a problem for the device, and all the typical preparation for a GI tract analysis may not have to apply.

From the announcement:

The device, which employs low energy X-ray-based technology to safely generate high resolution 3D imagery, may help doctors detect colorectal cancer. No cleansing involved. The capsule continuously transmits information to a wrist-worn data receiver. Patients can go play a round of golf or take a walk while the tiny device does its work. At the end of the journey, the capsule leaves the body the “natural” way.

GE Healthcare and Check-Cap will also design and manufacture miniature cadmium zinc telluride (CZT) diagnostic imaging sensors placed inside each Check-Cap capsule. The sensors will give clinicians a full 360-degree view as the capsule moves through the colon. GE Healthcare has many years of experience in developing CZT-based detectors. Similar technologies have been used in the company’s nuclear medicine and bone densitometry systems.

Check-Cap plans to introduce its capsule in the European Union in late 2013, subject to regulatory approval. The company is also in discussions with the U. S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

There are better ways to pass time than prepping for a colonoscopy. This week, the GE healthymagination fund invested in Israeli company called Check-Cap Ltd. seeking to change that experience.

Inside knowledge: Check-Cap’s capsule may help doctors screen for polyps, the precursors of colorectal cancer.

Check-Cap designed an ingestible capsule that snaps pictures as it travels through the bowels. The device, which employs low energy X-ray-based technology to safely generate high resolution 3D imagery, may help doctors detect colorectal cancer. No cleansing involved. The capsule continuously transmits information to a wrist-worn data receiver. Patients can go play a round of golf or take a walk while the tiny device does its work. At the end of the journey, the capsule leaves the body the “natural” way.

The $250 million healthymagination fund invests in promising healthcare technology companies. It has focused on diagnostics, medical information management technology, and life sciences.

GE Healthcare and Check-Cap will also design and manufacture miniature cadmium zinc telluride (CZT) diagnostic imaging sensors placed inside each Check-Cap capsule. The sensors will give clinicians a full 360-degree view as the capsule moves through the colon. GE Healthcare has many years of experience in developing CZT-based detectors. Similar technologies have been used in the company’s nuclear medicine and bone densitometry systems.

Intrepid traveler: As it moves through the colon, the device transmits data to a wrist-worn receiver. No bowel cleansing required.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in men and the second in women, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Almost 60 percent of the cases occur in developed regions. Globally, it is the fourth most common cause of death from cancer. About 608,000 deaths from colorectal cancer are estimated worldwide annually, accounting for 8 percent of all cancer deaths. In the United States, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer.

Check-Cap plans to introduce its capsule in the European Union in late 2013, subject to regulatory approval. The company is also in discussions with the U. S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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Carestream DRX-Revolution Mobile X-Ray

Carestream DRX-Revolution Mobile X-Ray

Carestream DRX-Revolution Mobile X-Ray

Digital radiology is on the move like never before with the CARESTREAM DRX-Revolution Mobile X-ray System. The industry’s only mobile x-ray system with a fully automatic collapsible column has arrived. The days of blindly navigating tall, bulky units through hallways and around bedside monitors are over. Powered by a wireless DRX detector, this x-ray room on wheels drives like a dream and gives you fast, high-quality images.

A revolutionary imaging system that drives like a dream.

The tight and cluttered spaces of the ICU, ER and OR are no match for the mobility of the CARESTREAM DRX-Revolution.

So easy to maneuver, you can make a 360-degree turn while steering it with just one hand.

An automatic collapsible column shrinks the system to just over four feet tall, giving you complete visibility when moving the system to any location.

The powerful dual motor drive makes moving the system effortless—in forward or reverse.

A long tubehead reach gives you easy access to the patient in crowded rooms.

Two touch-screen displays enable prior image review, technique changes and image acceptance or rejection from either location.

ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 19 — Carestream received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for its CARESTREAM DRX-Revolution Mobile X-Ray System, and is now accepting orders from U.S. healthcare facilities. European and Canadian healthcare providers are also placing orders since the DRX-Revolution previously received approvals from the medical device regulatory agencies in those regions. This next-generation mobile DR system delivers outstanding image quality, provides easy maneuverability and comes with numerous productivity-enhancing features.

“The DRX-Revolution satisfies specific needs voiced by dozens of radiology professionals who were involved in the product’s design process. It features an easy-to-position tube head and a compact design that provides improved visibility and greater safety when moving this portable digital X-ray system,” said Diana Nole, President, Digital Medical Solutions, Carestream Health. “Healthcare providers are eager to deploy this fully-featured X-ray room on wheels to help enhance care for seriously ill or injured patients.”

The DRX-Revolution enhances image quality for portable exams thanks to its powerful 32kW generator, DRX detector and special software that enables the radiographer to easily align the tube with a grid. Use of a grid can improve image quality and the alignment tool can reduce retakes and make alignment to a grid more efficient for the radiographer.

This new mobile DR system also features a unique, collapsible column that allows unobstructed views for enhanced visibility and safety while moving the system. Its dual-drive system and the ability to make tight, 360-degree turns in small spaces like those found in an ICU, ED or operating room enables the unit to be quickly and properly positioned to capture an image.

Long Tube Head Reach Enhances Positioning

Carestream’s DRX-Revolution also offers a long tube head reach, making it easier for radiographers to quickly and effectively conduct X-ray exams despite the crowded presence of bedside medical equipment. All these features lead to rapid positioning; minimal intrusion on staff and surrounding equipment; and faster capture of high-quality X-ray images for use by clinicians.

The system’s two monitors (the main 19-inch monitor and the 8-inch tube head monitor) provide two work zones, which further helps improve productivity and performance. Designed as a DR system from the ground up, there is a place for everything: generous storage space for gloves, sanitizers, markers, paperwork and much more.

With fast, single sign-in (via password or badge swipe) this portable digital X-ray unit can be powered up quickly and ready to go. The DRX-Revolution uses the same software and graphic user interface as other CARESTREAM DRX products for ease of use, which improves productivity and allows technologists to proficiently deploy the imaging system with minimal training.

The DRX-Revolution system also shares the same DRX-1/DRX-1C wireless detectors as the rest of Carestream’s DRX family that includes: CARESTREAM DRX-1 System, CARESTREAM DRX-Mobile Retrofit Kit, CARESTREAM DRX-Evolution modular DR suite, CARESTREAM DRX-Transportable System; and CARESTREAM DRX-Ascend System.

DRX-based systems offer compelling options since these wireless detectors can be used in multiple X-ray systems at a facility. For example, a detector can be used in a mobile unit for early morning hospital rounds and then moved to a general radiology room. DRX detectors can also move from day use in general radiology rooms to mobile systems that serve the ED at night. Carestream refers to the versatility of its DRX detectors as the “X-Factor.”

The exceptional flexibility and image quality offered by the DRX family of digital X-ray systems makes these solutions an ideal fit for general radiography exams including orthopedic, trauma and pediatric as well as other specialty care environments.

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About Carestream Health

Carestream Health is a worldwide provider of dental and medical imaging systems and healthcare IT solutions; molecular imaging systems for life science research and drug discovery/development; X-ray film and digital X-ray systems for non-destructive testing; and advanced materials for the precision films and electronics markets.

For more information about the company’s broad portfolio of products, solutions and services, please contact your Carestream Health representative or visit www.carestream.com.

CARESTREAM is a trademark of Carestream Health.

Carestream Health, Inc. has announced the launch of its new DRX-Revolution Mobile X-Ray System, which incorporates a number of improvements to existing portable X-Ray systems.

The DRX-Revolution is driven by two motors for easy movement, and it has a collapsible column, allowing the entire system to shrink to four feet tall to allow for better mobility when it is being transported. In addition to its enhanced portability, the DRX-Revolution uses onboard software to provide enhanced image quality and to reduce the need for retakes.n4kwpxxl Carestream Launches New Mobile X Ray System With Improved Mobility and Image Quality

From the announcement:

Physicians will quickly appreciate the excellent image quality produced by the DRX-Revolution due to its powerful 32kW generator, DRX detector and special software that enables the radiographer to easily align the tube with the grid to optimize image quality. This solves the difficulty in aligning the x-ray tube—the main reason that inhibits grid usage overall—which can lead to fewer image retakes and faster diagnosis for patients who are confined to their beds and in need of urgent care.

Carestream’s DRX-Revolution also offers the longest tube head reach available anywhere, making it easier for radiographers to quickly and effectively conduct x-ray exams despite the crowded presence of bedside medical equipment.

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Having launched its DRX-Revolution Mobile X-Ray System last September, Carestream has announced that it now has FDA approval to sell the device in the U.S. The DRX-Revolution is a fully mobile X-ray featuring an automatic collapsible column, a wireless DRX detector, and two touch-screens (one at the base and one on the arm) to operate with efficiency and flexibility.

The system already has both European and Canadian approvals.

Some details from the announcement:

The DRX-Revolution enhances image quality for portable exams thanks to its powerful 32kW generator, DRX detector and special software that enables the radiographer to easily align the tube with a grid. Use of a grid can improve image quality and the alignment tool can reduce retakes and make alignment to a grid more efficient for the radiographer.

This new mobile DR system also features a unique, collapsible column that allows unobstructed views for enhanced visibility and safety while moving the system. Its dual-drive system and the ability to make tight, 360-degree turns in small spaces like those found in an ICU, ED or operating room enables the unit to be quickly and properly positioned to capture an image.

Carestream’s DRX-Revolution also offers a long tube head reach, making it easier for radiographers to quickly and effectively conduct X-ray exams despite the crowded presence of bedside medical equipment. All these features lead to rapid positioning; minimal intrusion on staff and surrounding equipment; and faster capture of high-quality X-ray images for use by clinicians.

The system’s two monitors (the main 19-inch monitor and the 8-inch tube head monitor) provide two work zones, which further helps improve productivity and performance. Designed as a DR system from the ground up, there is a place for everything: generous storage space for gloves, sanitizers, markers, paperwork and much more.

Source : http://www.carestream.se/publicNewsEventsArticle.aspx?langType=1033&vertical=news&id=454142

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Two New X-Ray Systems from Philips

Two New X-Ray Systems from Philips

Two New X-Ray Systems from Philips

Chicago, Ill., USA – Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) today introduced the Juno DRF and the DigitalDiagnost – ER Wireless systems, two versatile diagnostic X-ray solutions that represent the next step in patient care. Featured at the 96th annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago, these innovative systems uphold Philips’ commitment to integrating technologies in a smart way to help enhance patient outcomes and increase value for healthcare systems.

“Although X-ray is a well-established modality, what we’re offering this year is truly brand-new: DigitalDiagnost – ER Wireless system is a dedicated digital radiography solution for emergency room, recovery, and trauma environments,” said Gene Saragnese, general manager, Imaging Systems, for Philips Healthcare. “Through the Juno DRF and DigitalDiagnost – ER Wireless offerings we’re taking precision radiography and fluoroscopy to the next level by placing technologies where they are most needed, particularly in an emergency situation, as well as aiding hospitals with cost-effective solutions that facilitate patient care.”

Introduced for the first time in the U.S., the Juno DRF*, a remote-controlled flat detector system, combines digital radiography and fluoroscopy applications in one system enabling a wide range of applications. The system’s dual imaging mode increases room utilization, and also enables faster workflow and increased patient throughput. The two-in-one system is capable of all common radiographic procedures, gastro-intestinal studies, tomography and vascular studies. Its unique Source Image Distance (SID) of 180 cm (71”) and the high table weight capacity of up to 284 kg (626 lbs), without any restrictions for movements, allows for diverse exams and patient types. An optional stitching function and vascular imaging package also expand the system’s capability. The Juno DRF has been for sale in Western Europe since January 2010.

“Our facility was very attracted to the Juno DRF system for its clinical flexibility, patient comfort, and its capability as an all digital platform to increase our department’s overall efficiency,” said Eldon Dyer, director, Diagnostic Imaging, Yuma Regional Medical Center, Yuma, Arizona. “The extra high-weight capacity, remote capabilities and flexible room configuration offer real advantages to our clinical team, and provide our patients the comfortable experience they expect.”

By eliminating hardware and peripheral equipment that typically hinders access to the patient, the DigitalDiagnost – ER Wireless radiography configuration eases access to critical patients in emergency rooms (ER), trauma units and recovery bays. The rugged wireless portable detector with built-in handle and cable-free design enables simple maneuvering for even the most difficult anatomical views, allowing the system to be seamlessly integrated into the ER. The wireless portable detector also helps minimize the risk of interference with life-saving equipment.

The latest release of DigitalDiagnost allows you to tailor your DR room configuration even more closely to your application needs, workflow and budget.

In talking to administrators, medical staff and patients, we gained valuable insights to further enhance our scalable components.

The results? You can positively influence your economic balance, your team works hand in hand and your patients’ comfort is enhanced.

Choose the right DigitalDiagnost room for your medical facility

High performance room with exclusive moveable vertical stand and integrated wireless portable detector in the table tray for a very high patient load

Flex room with exclusive one detector system geometry to support traditional two detector system applications even in small rooms

Value room with a wireless portable detector and wireless trays in the vertical stand and table for affordable premium radiography

Emergency room eliminates traditional X-ray equipment by using the wireless portable detector in conjunction with the re-designed ceiling suspension for critical work

Chest room with vertical stand and re-designed ceiling suspension for dedicated chest exams. The room can also be used as a versatile musculoskeletal radiography room to perform spine, skull and other extremity exams

+ Explore all DR rooms with our 360° Room Tours

All our premium DR rooms are in line with Imaging 2.0. – our new way of thinking about radiology. Philips is committed to improving economic value, expanding collaboration and integration, and increasing patient focus.

You can positively influence your economic balance

All our scalable premium DR set-ups can match your financial capacity to your clinical needs. Enhance your financial stability with

• Your well-considered choice of a single detector or a multi-detector solution

• A table and a vertical stand featuring a tray for the wireless portable detector

• Philips service over the full lifecycle

Your team works hand in hand

DigitalDiagnost supports seamless processes between technologists and radiologists. Thus, the room solutions assist your team in making fast, confident medical decisions. Particularly useful in this respect are

• The easy to learn intuitive Eleva user interface for harmonized workflow across X-ray systems

• UNIQUE image processing software for outstanding clinical images and rapid, streamlined procedures

Your patients’ comfort is enhanced

With DigitalDiagnost you can cover the full range of exposures in vertical, horizontal and cross-lateral positions. During the procedure, technologists can provide more comfortable care for patients thanks to:

• Ergonomic components like the intuitive tube control as part of our re-designed ceiling suspension

• Fixed and moveable vertical stands and flexible tables for comfortable positioning

• Low X-ray dose for patients when using the fixed and wireless portable detector

The exceptional performance of DigitalDiagnost continues to set the standard in premium digital radiography. More than 4,500 DigitalDiagnost systems have already been installed. Is your DR room the next in line?

Philips has unveiled its new DigitalDiagnost – ER Wireless, and is now making available the Juno DRF X-ray system in the U.S. DigitalDiagnost – ER Wireless is an X-ray system specifically meant for use in emergency rooms, recovery, and trauma applications. The Juno DRF is a digital radiography and fluoroscopy system in one package

The two-in-one system is capable of all common radiographic procedures, gastro-intestinal studies, tomography and vascular studies. Its unique Source Image Distance (SID) of 180 cm (71”) and the high table weight capacity of up to 284 kg (626 lbs), without any restrictions for movements, allows for diverse exams and patient types. An optional stitching function and vascular imaging package also expand the system’s capability. The Juno DRF has been for sale in Western Europe since January 2010.

By eliminating hardware and peripheral equipment that typically hinders access to the patient, the DigitalDiagnost – ER Wireless radiography configuration eases access to critical patients in emergency rooms (ER), trauma units and recovery bays. The rugged wireless portable detector with built-in handle and cable-free design enables simple maneuvering for even the most difficult anatomical views, allowing the system to be seamlessly integrated into the ER. The wireless portable detector also helps minimize the risk of interference with life-saving equipment.

Source : http://www.newscenter.philips.com/main/standard/news/press/2010/20101201_rsna_xray.wpd

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