por Sean Ruck
, Contributing Editor | September 11, 2014
From the September 2014 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine
DR digital upgrade
Varian recently released the i5DR digital upgrade. According to the company, the upgrade will improve workflow, enhance image quality and prolong the life of your asset. The i5DR software is a cost effective solution that is fully integrated into industry standard U-arms. The i5DR user interface provides fully integrated control of the u-arm positioner, collimator and generator allowing for seamless image acquisition. I5DR is optimized for use with Varian’s 17” x 17” (43cm x 43cm) flat panel digital detector. The i5DR upgrade provides significant savings in comparison to purchasing an entirely new digital system and extends the life and utility of the existing asset.
Ultra mobile ultrasound system
Royal Philips announced that it has received 510(k) clearance for its ultra mobile ultrasound system, VISIQ, in the U.S.
VISIQ’s touch-screen gesture controls are familiar to anyone who has used a smartphone or tablet. It allows users to easily capture images, take measurements and share data. In addition, VISIQ offers many of the automatic image optimization features found on Philips’ premium EPIQ system, as well as built-in Wi-Fi for DICOM data transfer to hospital or cloud-based PACS.
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At the heart of the VISIQ system is a smart transducer that fits comfortably into the user’s hand. Drawing on more than 30 years of experience in ultrasound, Philips has taken advantage of advances in miniaturization to integrate a sophisticated broadband micro-digital beam former and powerful image acquisition module into the transducer. VISIQ targets OB and abdominal applications and lays the foundation for a future range of portable ultrasound products to meet the evolving needs of clinicians and patients.