Kodak's Carestream PACS Platform integrates Orthoview Orthopaedic Templating Software and Kodak files with Health Canada for approval of its CR system for mammography

Rochester 21 December 2006Market-leading software that can assist orthopaedic surgeons in performing pre-operative planning and templating is now available as an optional feature integrated with Kodak Carestream PACS. The Orthoview Orthopaedic Digital Imaging Software adds new digital imaging tools and capabilities that can be used in treating both paediatric and adult patients.

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"Orthopaedic specialists are rapidly converting to digital imaging and practice management technologies", stated Michael W. Jackman, General Manager, Healthcare Information Solutions, and Vice President, Eastman Kodak Company. "Integrating leading orthopaedic software into our PACS platform equips hospitals, trauma centres and orthopaedic practices with new tools that assist physicians in the accuracy of surgical planning."

The orthopaedic templating features include:

  • A module for paediatric needs with specialized tools and templates
  • New tools for angle measurements; and
  • Planning wizards for osteotomy positioning and other surgical procedures

The new software is an enhancement to the current version of Orthoview software that is integrated with Kodak's Carestream picture archiving and communications system (PACS) platform. In addition to its highly scalable PACS, Kodak also offers medical image management solutions that combine a single PACS workstation with one or more digital imaging systems.

Kodak's Health Group provides services to help hospitals, imaging centres and orthopaedic practices implement PACS, optimize new digital work flows and integrate PACS with practice management systems. Orthoview software is just one of a suite of clinical applications, such as image fusion and cardiac CT, that can be integrated into Kodak Carestream PACS. Kodak also provides business continuity/disaster recovery planning and Kodak-hosted storage solutions to help health care providers meet HIPAA and other privacy requirements.

The company has also filed its submission with Health Canada for approval of its computed radiography (CR) system for mammography. Kodak's CR mammography platform enables health care professionals to capture high-resolution mammography images with traditional x-ray equipment. The filings are part of Kodak's plan for obtaining regulatory approval in Canada for its Kodak DirectView CR Mammography Feature for CR 850/950/975 Systems.

"Kodak is committed to helping medical facilities around the world benefit from CR for mammography technology", stated Dina Vazzana, General Manager, Mammography Solutions, Kodak's Health Group. "High-resolution images like those provided by Kodak CR systems, are critical for helping radiologists identify breast cancer in women who may have no obvious signs of the disease. In addition, the affordability and versatility of CR technology makes this a practical option for medical facilities desiring to expand into digital mammography."

Health Canada evaluates medical devices for safety, effectiveness and quality before authorizing them for sale in Canada. This Federal department, ultimately, is responsible for helping Canadians maintain and improve their health, while respecting individual choices and circumstances.

Kodak has submitted the final module of a pre-market approval submission (PMA) to the United States Food and Drug Administration for approval of its CR system for mammography. Kodak also conducted clinical trials at several sites in the United States and Canada.

Kodak's CR mammography platform can enable health care facilities to perform general radiography and mammography exams on the same CR system, and allow them to upgrade or retrofit existing Kodak CR systems for the use in mammography.

Kodak's Health Group is already selling this product in Europe, Greater Asia, Japan and Latin America, and Kodak has installed hundreds of CR systems with this feature in facilities ranging from small clinics and breast imaging centres to large hospitals and medical centres.

Mammography is currently the most accurate diagnostic modality available for the detection of breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among Canadian women and the second leading cause of cancer death. Mammography screening programmes have been established across most Canadian provinces and territories, and the number of mammograms performed yearly has increased substantially.

Kodak's Health Group, with 2005 revenues of $2,65 billion, is a world expert in supplying the medical and dental professions with advanced health care products, services and information technology solutions. Its broad portfolio includes picture archiving and communications systems (PACS), radiology information systems (RIS), health care information systems, computed radiography (CR) and digital radiography (DR) systems, laser imagers, mammography and oncology systems, x-ray film systems, dental imaging products, and a range of consulting, as well as repair and maintenance, services. More company news is available in the VMW December 2006 article Kodak and NDMA collaborate on product-integration initiatives to support mammography screening in Europe.


Leslie Versweyveld

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