Fujifilm highlights CR, PACS introductions

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CHICAGO - Fujifilm Medical Systems USA directed visitors to its 2003 RSNA booth to the new computed radiography readers and enhancements to its Synapse PACS program. In computed radiography, the Stamford, CT-based vendor introduced two new members of its SpeedSuite CR configuration with FCR Velocity-U and the Velocity-T.

Velocity-U offers low-cost of ownership for a chest system, and yields throughput of 240 images per hour, said John Strauss, director of marketing, imaging systems. Velocity-U received Food and Drug Administration clearance December 1, while Fuji expects to have clearance on the Velocity-T early in 2004.

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Fuji's Velocity-T is a new cassette-less digital table system for general radiographic exams.

The Velocity-U chest unit displays fully processed images in seven seconds, using a storage phosphor cassette-less detector, Strauss said. It will be listed at around $250,000 in a fully integrated room, including x-ray tube and generator.

Fujifilm is also showing ClearView-CS for mammography, a new application for its CR reader technology that debuted earlier this year. ClearView-CS is a cassette-based, digital x-ray unit that includes a multi-cassette stacker design. Its patented dual-sided reading technology results in 100% higher detective quantum efficiency (DQE), according to Fuji. The unit’s spatial resolution is 50 microns for both 18 x 24-cm and 24 x 30-cm cassettes.

The FDA has not yet cleared the device for digital mammography applications, but when it does, Fuji said it expects ClearView-CS to process up to 20 screening mammography exams per hour from multiple exam rooms.

Fuji also showed its XG5000 multi-plate reader, which is expected to be released before the end of the year. It has a four-cassette stacker design that allows multiple imaging plates to be read and erased simultaneously, processing up to 165 plates per hour. Images are available on the Flash IIP console in as few as 15 seconds.

PACS

Fuji’s digital image management highlights include Synapse Module Release 1, a work-in-progress Synapse extension. Module Release 1 features integrated document scanning and enhancements to the vendor’s reading protocols, said Paul Wilder, product manager, networks systems.

An auto-filer document scanning capability allows users to scan documents directly into Fuji’s PowerJacket application. Fuji’s reading protocols have been given additional automation functionality, allowing radiologists to rapidly and consistently view the necessary information based on the acquired exam type, according to the vendor.

Physicians can also save, manage, and share reading protocols, allowing users to tailor a presentation sequence to their own interpretation preferences, or select from a standardized library of protocols, Fuji said. Module Release 1 is scheduled to begin shipping in the first quarter of 2004.

In works-in-progress demonstrations, Fuji showed a new bulk document scanning application that scans documents, analyzes the file, and automatically places it into the appropriate location in the master patient jacket. Fuji doesn’t have a timeline yet for commercialization, Wilder said.

Fuji is also showing as works-in-progress: CT image-processing capabilities, enhanced annotation functionality, and DICOM SCU capabilities for Synapse workstations.

In partnership news, Fuji has inked a strategic partnership with cardiac PACS firm Heartlab, allowing the companies to offer image and information management systems for radiology and cardiology data with a centralized storage and hardware infrastructure. The firms said they are exploring additional integrations to leverage the open architecture and Web-based capabilities of both products.

Fuji has also created a development agreement with image-guided surgery software provider Integrated Surgical Systems. The firms will collaborate to incorporate ISS surgical planning technologies into Synapse software.

Fuji and ISS will extend ISS’ Orthodoc preoperative planning workstation into 2-D based surgery planning workstations; both 2-D and 3-D surgery planning technologies will be integrated directly into Synapse and offered as an option for those sites performing orthopedic joint replacements, according to the companies.

Fuji has also signed on structured reporting developer ClickView. Both vendors will integrate ultrasound reporting capabilities into Synapse.

In new customer news, Fuji has added SUNY Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, NY; Newton-Wellesley Hospital outside of Boston; Capital Regional Medical Center in Tallahassee, FL; Riverside Community Hospital in southern California, Oak Hill Regional Medical Center in Florida; and Athens Regional Medical Center in Athens, GA.

Fuji also filled out its printing portfolio with the introduction of DryPix 5000, which combines features of its flagship DryPix 7000 system with the ability to function with 110-volt power. DryPix 500 is suitable for centralized imaging departments or high-speed CT applications, and delivers throughput of 130 14 x 17-inch and 180 smaller-size films per hour, according to the vendor.

The imager can be configured for as many as three film trays, accommodating 14 x 17, 10 x 14, 10 x 12, and 8 x 10-inch films, Fuji said. DryPix 5000 is expected to begin shipping in January.

By Robert Bruce
AuntMinnie.com staff writer
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