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RSNA 2009 Report

The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) is one of the leading organizations playing an important role in improving medical imaging, not only in US, but all over the world. The organization aims to increase the use of recent technologies for better healthcare services, such as the implementation of Electronic Health Records (EHR) in the . RSNA’s objective was to establish Aquilionmedical imaging standards; as a result of the increasing role such standards are playing. “In this country we have a fractionated healthcare system and a lot of independent players,” said David E. Avrin, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the RSNA Radiology Informatics Committee. “We’re proposing a much better way of making imaging studies available across enterprise boundaries, and we’re putting the control and authorization in the hands of patients.”

Therefore, RSNA 2009 offered a true chance to its attendees to be updated with the newest solutions, not only in medical imaging, but also in newer technologies of file sharing and medical documents exchange. For instance, RSNA 2009 hosted an (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise) Demonstration for medical document sharing. represents a recent worldwide innovation designed by healthcare providers in order to enhance interoperability and medical information exchange. There is continuous development taking place to produce standards-based interoperability specifications, called profiles, including collaboration between countries using systems in North America, Europe and Asia. Moreover, RSNA 2009’s demonstration focused on ’s Cross-Enterprise Document Sharing (XDS-I) profile, which represents a new method of exchanging medical information between multiple sites and even makes the information available to patients. Paul J. Chang, M.D., a professor and vice-chair of radiology informatics and medical director of pathology informatics at the University of Chicago School of Medicine, commented “You have users working with industry, staff and vendors on these integration profiles,” he added “Even though it sounds like nerdy stuff, users also have to be involved. That’s the only way they’re going to get an infrastructure that works for their needs.”

The importance of XDS and XDS-I profiles is better understood when realizing that such systems are used for supporting exchanging medical documents by national EHR systems in several European countries and Canada. In order to highlight the increasing role of medical information exchange, Dr, Chang conducted a presentation focusing on the role of data exchange in several situations such as demanding time-critical reports, interdisciplinary collaboration and follow-up of incidental findings. The presentation was titled “Critical Test Results and Electronic Health Records: A Practical Framework”, which took place as a part of an RSNA 2009 Informatics in Practice refresher course.Aquilion_one._Pediatricjpg

Realizing the importance of the RSNA 2009 meeting, global leading healthcare providing companies attended the events. For example, Toshiba Medical System Corp., showcased a number of its high class medical imaging solutions. Toshiba presented its solutions under the theme “Productivity for Tomorrow”; the solutions included Toshiba’s CT ( series such as ONE and ONE for children), OpenBore MRI systems such as Vantage Titan 3T and Vantage Titan 1.5T, Angiography System with Pure Brain, Diagnostic Ultrasound System with the most recent clinical application software and images.

Another major company at RSNA 2009 was . The leading company took the chance to showcase a number of its miniaturized ultrasound solutions. Earlier in 2009, GE presented its new theme “healthymagination”, which revealed the company’s new commitment to healthcare community and its members. The new concept means a continues, sustainable initiative that includes designing of innovative technologies to provide doctors with ability to help their patients live longer, healthier, happier lives by improving quality of life while reducing costs..

Several high leveled medical imaging solutions from GE were presented at RSNA 2009. Among the miniaturized ultrasound product line was Venue 40, the first GE’s solution in the product line and the first to follow the company’s theme Thumbnail image“healthymagination”. Venue 40 system is easy, user-friendly solution designed especially for immediate healthcare providers or to provide guidance while conducting procedures in Interventional Radiology. Moreover, GE presented its LOGIQ E9 general imaging ultrasound system, supported with features to enhance imaging levels for pediatric, vascular and cardiac specialties. Several other options from GE were highlighted at RSNA 2009, including the LOGIQ P6 general imaging system, in addition to Voluson E8 to provide improved workflow efficiency

Moreover, Healthcare was also among the participating companies. Healthcare introduced a new generation of its new technologies, TIM (Total Imaging Matrix), and DOT (Day Optimizing Throughput). Both recent technologies were involved in the new MAGNETOM Aera 1.5 Tesla and MAGNETOM Skyra 3T MRI scanning systems. Walter Marzendorfer, head of Magnetic Resonance, Healthcare, said “We strive to be a part of the solution to the challenges in Healthcare today. is proud to welcome in a new era of MRI,” he added “Tim and Dot are the direct response to today’s demanding world of healthcare economics. Together, they deliver faster, more efficient throughput for up to 30 percent more productivity per day.” The company also showcased a number of other products such as Tim Dockable Table, developed for easier patient preparation outside the scanner room.

Realizing the increasing use of solutions and other healthcare IT systems, a large number of companies spotlighted their solutions at RSNA 2009. Among these companies, for instance, Hologic presented its newly released version of the Secureview DX Diagnostic workstation software. The solution provides radiologists with the capability of simultaneously viewing digital breast imaging studies from multiple modalities, such as ultrasound.

Merge also presented its Remi-d Remote Electronic Medical Imaging Device. The system represents a remote and completely digital radiography unit. Yet, the booth does not need on-site personnel and instead, the system is connected to a technologist through a remote communications system. The new system could prove its significance in assisting patients in developing countries.

Overall, RSNA 2009 represented a true chance for healthcare experts all over the world to exchange new ideas, and helped companies to showcase its most recent products. The event took place at RSNA 2009 surely are going to provide a strong base for continues and improved progress in healthcare industry.

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