New PACS software spearheads Kodak RSNA launches

PACS and film vendor Eastman Kodak is launching a new line of PACS software at this week’s RSNA meeting in Chicago. The company is also highlighting new offerings in DR and CR, as well as a new film chemistry.

Kodak’s new DirectView PACS software comes in three flavors, based on the size of the facility, according to the Rochester, NY, company. DirectView PACS EXL is designed for larger facilities that need to manage up to 200,000 imaging studies per year, while DirectView PACS EX is targeted at facilities that conduct up to 100,000 studies per year. DirectView ES is the entry-level version of the product line, and is designed for smaller hospitals, clinics, and imaging centers with up to 13,800 imaging studies a year.

DirectView PACS installations can be scaled larger by adding additional workstations, according to the company. The software also supports medical image streaming technology, which enables faster transmission of full-fidelity medical images over both broadband and dial-up lines.

Kodak is also highlighting its DirectView WX PACS workstation, which is available in standard and enhanced configurations for use on personal computers. The standard configuration is designed for referring physicians and supports 8-bit JPEG images via a Web browser, while the enhanced model supports 12-bit JPEG images and includes a full set of image manipulation tools, according to the company.

New Kodak amorphous selenium direct radiography systems include DirectView 7100 and DirectView 5100. The 7100 product is a table-based system for general radiography exams. Its tilting table supports grid or gridless imaging, and the system can conduct table, upright, chest, and extremity studies. DirectView 5100 is a chest system that can conduct ambulatory and non-ambulatory studies. Both products will be available in the spring of 2002.

In the CR realm, Kodak has developed new software that automates the quality control process for owners of Kodak CR 800 and CR 900 systems. Kodak claims that the software is more comprehensive and efficient than manual methods, and a comprehensive series of tests can be conducted with just two x-ray exposures. The software also collects quantitative data, which can be exported into a spreadsheet format and used to track and display performance statistics as part of documentation for internal and external audits.

In analog imaging, Kodak is launching its new X-Omat EXII developer and replenisher for dedicated mammography and mixed-use applications. The chemistry provides higher contrast and a bluer image tone, according to the company.

By staff writers
November 26, 2001

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