Kodak expands PACS, CR line at AHRA

Eastman Kodak Health Imaging is bringing a number of new PACS and computed radiography offerings to market at this week’s annual meeting of the American Healthcare Radiology Administrators in Anaheim.

The vendor has formally released its Web-based DirectView PACS System 5 platform in the U.S. and Western Europe. Introductions in Latin America and other regions are expected to follow later this year, according to the Rochester, NY-based vendor.

System Five, which was developed in partnership with Israeli PACS vendor Algotec, offers flexible configurations to support hospitals, imaging centers, and multisite healthcare enterprises, according to the firm.

Kodak has also released a secure e-mail messaging service that allows for encryption of e-mail messages and attachments. With the service, users can securely e-mail any type of electronic document (including radiology reports and imaging studies) without the need for additional software at the recipient’s side, Kodak said.

Kodak is offering the application via an agreement with Israeli secure messaging firm Aliroo, which has granted Kodak exclusive rights to market the company’s PrivaWall system in the U.S. and nonexclusive rights in the rest of the world.

Kodak is also building out its integration services portfolio, adding RIS integration and RAID integration services to its existing DICOM integration program. RIS integration services enable the integration of Kodak medical imaging systems with RIS and HIS networks, while RAID integration services help customers to leverage RAID enterprise storage devices, according to the vendor.

In CR developments, the Rochester, NY-based firm is debuting DirectView CR 500, a tabletop single-cassette CR reader. CR 500 processes more than 60 35 x 43-cm cassettes an hour, and can locally store approximately 1,500 images, Kodak said. It also supports 15 x 30-cm, 18 x 24-cm, 24 x 30-cm, and 35 x 35-cm film sizes.

An optional 15-inch flat-panel display or 17-inch CRT monitor is available. CR 500 is available in most countries, with launches in China, Japan, and Korea expected to follow in early 2004 following regulatory approval.

Kodak has also released worldwide its DirectView CR 950 high-throughput multicassette system, as well as the DryView 8900 laser imager, which is suitable for CR, DR, and other digital imaging modalities. DryView 8900 was first shown at the 2002 RSNA meeting in Chicago, while Kodak highlighted CR 950 at the 2003 European Congress of Radiology in Vienna.

Kodak is also showing an upgrade to its 2000RT CR system for oncology at the annual meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), being held this week in San Diego. The upgraded system includes a 20.1-inch ultra-high-definition flat-panel display, a high-performance computer, and a CD/DVD writer, according to the firm. The new system will begin shipping in the U.S. and Canada in September.

By AuntMinnie.com staff writers
August 11, 2003

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