Toshiba showcases gamma camera workstation at SNM

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Toshiba America Medical Systems’ enhancements to the e.soft workstation software for the T.Cam gamma camera systems debuted at the Society of Nuclear Medicine this week.

The nuclear medicine division of the Tustin, CA-based company has also beefed up the e.soft workstation with four application options. All flavors of the e.soft application are DICOM 3.0-compatible and can be integrated with an institution’s RIS or hospital information system (HIS), the company said.

The workstation application, engineered through a joint-development agreement with Hoffman Estates, IL-based Siemens Medical Systems -- Nuclear Medicine Group, features customizable workflow processes. These macro-like tools enable a user to perform multistep procedures via a single button click on the interface. Because of the reduced user input, the company believes throughput times can be decreased and output images can be standardized.

Toshiba has added a quantitative gated SPECT package that provides automatic quantification, analysis, and display of static and gated short-axis myocardial perfusion SPECT. In addition, it also features 2-D and 3-D displays with interactive cine controls and full left ventricular volumetric analysis.

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A quantitative perfusion SPECT offering enables e.soft to automatically segment, quantify, analyze, and display static (non-gated) short-axis myocardial perfusion SPECT images. The application also enables the user to perform normal file comparison with stress, rest, reversibility, polar maps, and defect analysis.

The company is also touting its gated blood pool SPECT software as part of its dedicated cardiology imaging system. The program includes the automatic segmentation and quantification capabilities of other applications in the e.soft family. In addition, the product performs automatic calculation of both right and left ventricular volumes and ejection fractions, and displays the results in an interactive 3-D model.

A 4DMSPECT application, developed at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor wraps up the e.soft product suite offerings at SNM. Toshiba says the application is a comprehensive myocardial analysis package that can provide comparisons with both gated and non-gated stress-rest parameters to normal data. The program features automatic left ventricular segmentation, 2-D and 3-D (gated) polar map display, and left ventricular volumetric analysis.

By Jonathan S. Batchelor staff writer
June 25, 2001

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