Carestream Health to play active role in molecular imaging and radiography

Rochester, Woodbridge 13 April 2010Memorial Hospital of York, Pennsylvania, purchased all three products in Carestream Health's innovative portfolio of imaging systems based on its wireless, cassette-size DRX-1 detector: the CARESTREAM DRX-1 System, the CARESTREAM DRX-Evolution and the CARESTREAM DRX-Mobile Retrofit Kit. Carestream Health also reported strong customer demand for its wireless, cassette-size CARESTREAM DRX-1 System, along with its CARESTREAM DRX-Evolution suite throughout Canada. These products can help streamline overall imaging work flow, while simultaneously improving productivity and enhancing patient care.

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For added flexibility and cost efficiency, the lightweight, removable detectors used in a room-based system can be deployed in the mobile system as well. These systems deliver exceptional staff productivity and help enhance patient care, while simultaneously equipping facilities to reduce equipment expenses.

The hospital purchased a CARESTREAM DRX-1 System, which converts an existing x-ray room to efficient wireless DR in less than a day. The detector fits into Buckys to allow efficient use of existing x-ray systems. Use of DRX-1 detectors improves staff productivity and patient comfort by eliminating cables and tethers typically required by most DR-based systems.

Memorial Hospital also ordered a dual-detector CARESTREAM DRX-Evolution. This integrated, automated DR suite delivers enhanced versatility due to the unmatched positioning flexibility offered by the DRX-1 detectors. Since Memorial Hospital has purchased two detectors, one will be placed in the wall stand and the other in the table. Either detector can be removed to perform tabletop extremity exams and other complex exams.

The hospital also ordered a CARESTREAM DRX-Mobile Retrofit Kit that will allow it to upgrade its GE AMX-4 mobile x-ray system to wireless DRX-1 technology. The hospital plans to use a detector from its DRX-Evolution system for portable exams.

With the wireless DRX-1 detector, on-site productivity for mobile systems is improved and clinicians gain immediate access to images captured at the point of care. This enhances the quality and immediacy of treatment, especially for critically ill patients in emergency rooms, operating rooms and the ICU. Leveraging the detectors in multiple imaging systems yields a faster return on investment and extends the benefits of digital radiography to these additional applications as well. The DRX-1 System and DRX-Evolution System are currently available.

Founded in 1945 Memorial Hospital, a subsidiary of Memorial Health Systems, is a premier medical centre serving the York, Pennsylvania, community. From the Family Birth Center to the Heart Center at Memorial, the hospital continues to improve its facilities, integrate new technologies into the operation and elevate the level of care throughout York County. The Memorial Family of Health Services includes Memorial Hospital, Greenbriar Medical Center, HomeCare of York, Industrial Resource Center, Memorial Primary Care, Surgical Center of York, and White Rose Hospice.

Radiology Consultants Associated (RCA) of Calgary, Alberta, implemented CARESTREAM DRX-1 and CARESTREAM DRX-Evolution Systems. This private radiologist group operates 12 independent diagnostic imaging centres.

"The DRX-1 detector fits right into existing Buckys and avoids the need for a tether, which is cumbersome and can limit patient positioning. The new detector is also lightweight and it's very slender, which helps enhance comfort during patient positioning. When you combine all of those attributes with rapid, wireless communication and an affordable price, it's a very compelling solution", stated Mark Sevcik, RCA's Operations and Development Director.

He added that the automated DRX-Evolution suite "can handle every imaging exam because of the unique DRX-1 detectors. This single system has everything we need for a highly productive, diverse imaging work flow".

Other Canadian healthcare providers that have placed orders for digital imaging systems from Carestream Health include:

  • Brooke Radiology Inc., of Vancouver, British Columbia, ordered four DRX-1 systems and two KODAK DIRECTVIEW Elite CR systems.
  • Collège Boréal, Sudbury, Ontario, ordered one DRX-1 system.
  • Insight Medical Imaging, Edmonton, Alberta, has installed two DRX-1 systems and one Elite CR Mammography system.
  • North Shore Medical Imaging Inc., North Vancouver, British Columbia, ordered a DRX-1 system, a DR 3500 and an Elite CR Mammography system.
  • Saskatoon Medical Imaging, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan ordered three DRX-1 systems and two CR Elite Mammography CR systems from CAN-med Healthcare, an authorized dealer.
  • Willowgrove Clinic, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, ordered a Classic CR from CAN-med Healthcare, an authorized dealer.

The CARESTREAM DRX-1 System features a cassette-size DR detector that fits into an existing table or wall stand Bucky and communicates images over a wireless network connection. It enables cost-effective conversion from film or CR imaging systems to highly productive DR technology - without replacing x-ray systems or renovating exam rooms.

The DRX-Evolution system helps improve both productivity and patient care by matching the positioning flexibility of the DRX-1 detector with a fully automated suite of precision x-ray equipment. The need to move sick or injured patients around a fixed DR detector is eliminated. Instead the DRX-1 detector can be removed from the bucky tray for tabletop views, and the system's wall stand can be positioned by the table for cross-table views. Images are transmitted over a wireless network and appear on the console in seconds.

The company has also developed a CARESTREAM DRX-Mobile Retrofit Kit that will allow health care providers to upgrade selected mobile x-ray systems to wireless DRX-1 technology. This wireless DR system can help increase on-site productivity and deliver immediate access to images for improved patient care, especially for critically ill patients in emergency rooms, operating rooms and the ICU. The company is taking orders for the retrofit kit in countries where it has regulatory approval. The system will be available this summer.

Carestream Molecular Imaging, a division of Carestream Health Inc., introduced a new advanced optical imaging system aimed at in vitro scientific applications. Featuring a cooled 2.2 megapixel CCD camera and true 16-bit data capture, the Gel Logic 2200 PRO can automate the process of capturing high-quality fluorescent, luminescent and colorimetric lab images - in sample formats such as gels (DNA/Coomassie/Silver stain), membranes, western blots and 96 well plates.

"This fully automated system is part of our strategy to offer in vitro systems that deliver powerful new tools to enhance user productivity and ultimately help advance the pace of research findings", stated John Dellisanti, President, Carestream Molecular Imaging. "Achieving greater productivity helps boosts return on investment for research laboratories around the globe."

The Gel Logic 2200 PRO leverages a unique new design with intelligent software that has the ability to "think" with and for users. This smart software enables researchers to identify a focal point on a specific image and simply press a button. The system will automatically adjust to the perfect image focal point.

"The Gel Logic 2200 PRO's versatility adeptly addressed all of our diverse applications and expanded our lab's imaging capabilities. I was also impressed with the system's ability to combine high-quality images with simple, easy-to-use software. Our researchers were producing excellent images within minutes. The software is so intuitive a new user can actually produce images without any training or instruction", stated Jeffrey Eckert, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Pediatrics, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Carestream Molecular Imaging has also signed an exclusive, multi-year worldwide agreement with OncoVision in Valencia, Spain, to sell, market and service the Albira PET/SPECT/CT imaging system for small animal research. With the addition of this innovative, multimodal imaging system, Carestream Molecular Imaging will offer the broadest portfolio of pre-clinical in vivo imaging modalities in the market. The system was introduced at the recently held American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

The Albira system features a modular architecture that introduces a patented single-crystal detector and associated electronics for rapid acquisition and reconstruction of highly resolved quantitative PET and SPECT images. This approach contrasts with the pixelated crystal technology used in most current PET and SPECT systems today.

"Albira offers unprecedented sensitivity and resolution allowing scientists to visualize metabolic processes and structures in small living animals. It is the technology of the future made reality now", stated J. M. Benlloch, Ph.D., the founder of OncoVision and Professor, Superior Council of Scientific Research, Valencia, Spain.

Albira's advanced multimodal imaging technology is designed for pre-clinical researchers in academic, government, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and independent medical laboratories. With this new technology, scientists will advance their research into developing new predictive imaging biomarkers, accelerate the preclinical validation of new drugs, and enable the selection of drug candidates for clinical translation. Ultimately this will help speed up the drug discovery process.

"With the addition of the Albira system, in combination with Carestream Molecular Imaging's high-resolution optical and X-ray systems, we now offer the global research community the most innovative and extensive imaging product portfolio in the market. We are very excited about our new partnership with OncoVision and the innovation that we bring to the market today, and what lies ahead in the future", stated John Dellisanti, President, Carestream Molecular Imaging.

Features and benefits include:

  • High resolution, precise quantification and superior image quality through patented continuous crystal technology and electronics, and is enabled from a major advance in DOI performance, overcoming parallax error.
  • Fast multimodal image acquisition and reconstruction, through a combination of proprietary electronics and optimized reconstruction algorithms and protocols, increases experimental throughput and compresses imaging work flow.
  • Convenient automatic image fusion and precise co-registration of functional PET or SPECT images with anatomical CT images, all within the same instrument.
  • User friendly, modular, state-of-the-art software suite for acquisition, reconstruction, management, and quality control. PMOD software included for volume of interest and kinetic analysis.
  • Modular and upgradeable system configurations. Albira is offered as standalone PET, SPECT, or CT; bi-modal PET/CT or SPECT/CT; or tri-modal system - all within the same compact footprint.

Carestream Molecular Imaging group, a division of Carestream Health Inc., develops and markets high performance digital imaging systems, imaging agents, film and accessories for the life science research, specimen radiography and drug discovery/development market segments.

Carestream Health Inc. is a worldwide provider of dental and medical imaging systems and health care IT solutions; molecular imaging systems for the life science research and drug discovery/development market segments; and x-ray film and digital x-ray products for the non-destructive testing market. More company news is available in the VMW April 2010 article Carestream Health to present new products at HIMSS and ECR 2010.


Source: Carestream Health

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