History Meets Technology as Carestream Innovates at ECR 2012

The beautiful and historic capital of Vienna provided the perfect juxtaposition to the highly technical show that was ECR2012.  The event attracted nearly 12,000 delegates from the EAMER region, who converged to find strategies for improved patient care and greater efficiency in the midst of challenging European economic conditions.

Advancements in health IT captured attention for their ability to unlock new financial models and productivity. Image sharing in the cloud and integrated processing and reporting applications were also in demand, as well as mobile technology to revolutionize image access from anywhere.

Carestream’s Nicolaas Fosselle, Worldwide Knowledge and Training Manager, Healthcare Information Solutions, spent his time at the show discussing how cloud is liberating radiology workflow:


Portable imaging got lots of attention at ECR with delegates looking for a more maneuverable system. ECR marked the first time European customers really got to play with the CARESTREAM DRX-Revolution Mobile X-ray System and see what a difference it will make inside the hospital environment:



It wouldn’t be a radiology conference without an important focus on dose reduction. We had the chance to interview a Carestream Dental and ENT customer Dr Frank Klaus, who told us how the cone beam CT (CBCT) technology in the CS9300 is allowing him to image at a much lower dose with a higher image quality:


If you attended ECR, we’d love to know what you thought of your experience at the show and with Carestream. Please take our quick survey.

If you missed ECR, don’t worry. Our social media team captured a snapshot of the show in a series of videos encapsulating the current trends, customer feedback and hands-on footage of Carestream products in use. Check out the complete ECR 2012 video playlist below:

Seven Ways to Use Social Media at ECR 2012

Editors Note: We collaborated with Andreasz Diesenreiter, part of ESR’s ECR2012 team, to put together  this guide of social networking tips for the upcoming congress.

ECR2012 is the perfect opportunity to not only connect with us at Carestream, but to also use of social media as a networking and information sharing tool.

  1. ‘Like’ us on Facebook – comment on what we’ve got planned for the show, what you’re hoping to see and find out more about, and let us know when you’re coming.  Once you’re there you can post your images of the show there, along with your thoughts on what you think of the show.
  2. Connect with MyESR on Facebook and keep up with all of their pre and at-show events.Carestream at ECR2012
  3. Let us know that you’re going to be there.  Follow and tweet us at @Carestream. If you’re not a regular twitter user then feel free to ask for advice – it’s a friendly community and an invaluable source of up-to-the-minute information.
  4. You can follow @myESR as well – as the conference organizers they’ll have the most up-to-date picture of what’s happening in the run up to the show (and during the show itself).
  5. Use Twitter hashtags – they’re like internal chatrooms and an excellent way of finding people talking on the same subject.  Here’s a few that we use regularly: #Cloud #HealthIT #Radiology #HIT #ECR2012.
  6. If you’re attending a particular session and want to tweet about it, add the room identifier to the #ECR2012 hashtag, eg #ECR2012A, #ECR2012B, #ECR201Studio – it’s a great way of letting people know what they’re missing out on and gives the show organizers some instant feedback.
  7. Check in to ECR2012 using Facebook places & Foursquare. Let us know that you’re there and we’ll look out for you!

And if you do all of this, you can check yourself out on the ECR Social Media Wall.  Visible throughout the congress venue the wall will collate all of the ECR2012 social media activity into one place. And even if you’re not at the venue, you can get online and view the wall, so there’s no excuse to miss out on a thing!

Come and see us in Booth #210.


ECR 2012 Looms Large with Some Major Changes

Philip Ward

Philip Ward, editor-in-chief, AuntMinnieEurope.com

Editor’s note:  With ECR 2012 quickly approaching, Philip Ward, Editor-in-Chief, AuntMinnieEurope.com, highlights some changes to the congress agenda. 

Something I love about the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) is that it signals the start of spring. The worst of winter is over, and the best part of the year stretches out ahead. And then there’s the opportunity to visit Vienna, the permanent venue for ECR since 1991. With its stunning architecture, calming atmosphere and cultural and culinary pleasures, the city never fails to stimulate.

As the congress approaches, it’s important to realise there are some differences this year. The opening day (Thursday) is now virtually a full working day, and although the commercial exhibits don’t open until Friday, the scientific sessions begin at 10.30 am on 1 March. Also, to ensure good attendance levels on all five days, many of the best sessions have now been moved to Thursday and Monday. This means the program has a much more balanced look, but it also means that delegates need to arrive as early as possible.

It will be fascinating to see whether attendance falls slightly this year due to the current economic problems besetting most of Europe. Italy and Egypt are among the guest nations featured in the three ‘ESR meets’ plenary sessions – the other is Romania – and in view of the severe difficulties faced by many Italians and Egyptians, it is quite possible that the number of delegates from these two nations will be lower than expected.

To find out what else is new at ECR 2012, I interviewed congress president Prof. Lorenzo Bonomo from Rome. He’s led a personal campaign to increase collaboration between radiology and radiation oncology, and this will be a major theme during the congress. Chest radiology also features prominently. You can read my full interview with Prof. Bonomo  on AuntMinnieEurope.com. The site is free-of-charge, and it provides daily news and weekly case reports from across Europe.

We will be celebrating our first anniversary at ECR, and I look forward to seeing you there!

PACS Progress in Paris – Streamlining Radiology Workflow

Dr. Daniel Reizine

Dr. Daniel Reizine, Lariboisière Hospital in Paris, PACS coordinator, AP-HP

Editor’s note: we asked Dr. Daniel Reizine, radiologist at Lariboisière Hospital and PACS coordinator for the AP-HP, to share updates about the Paris PACS project.

The APHP is the main group of hospitals in Paris. It has 22,000 beds, and performs 2 million  radiology exams per year on more than one hundred modalities. These modalities are connected to 37 RIS from 47 departments (31 radiology departments and 16 nuclear medicine departments).

We now have a centralized data center integrating the archives of 20 sites that were previously independent. Since 2005, the Carestream PACS at APHP has accumulated more than 8 million exams and 400TB of data.  150,000 new studies are added each month. This new registry has created a global worklist that can be used to view all patient exams that may have been taken at  several sites, while still allowing each site to work independently of the data center.

A few months ago, we installed a module called “reporting from PACS” which allows us to generate reports directly in the PACS using speech recognition and templates. This module improves radiologist workflow because it eliminates the need to use RIS for reading and reporting. We now use the PACS worklist, where prior reports are also viewed, and the final report is automatically sent to the RIS.

Our main priorities  for future development of the APHP PACS are: integrating 2 Agfa PACS installed in 2 APHP hospitals, into the Carestream system; updating local PACS and installing the Carestream full web image distribution across the APHP (and integrate it in the Orbis electronic patient record); exciting projects to come!

More on our PACS project can be found on AuntMinnieEurope.com.  A French version of this post can be found below.


Evolution du PACS de l’APHP – amélioration du workflow

Note de l’éditeur: Nous avons demandé à Daniel Reizine, radiologue à l’hôpital Lariboisière de nous écrire quelques mots sur l’actualité du projet PACS de l’APHP dont il est le coordinateur.

L’APHP est le principal groupe d’hôpitaux dePariset de la région parisienne. Il représente 22,000 lits, et on y réalise 2 millions d’examens de radiologie par an sur plus d’une centaine de modalités ; ces modalités sont elles-mêmes connectées aux 37 RIS de 47 services (31 services de radiologie et 16 services de médecines nucléaires).

Nous avons désormais un data center centralisé qui regroupe les archives des 20 sites auparavant indépendants. Depuis 2005, le PACS Carestream de l’APHP a accumulé plus de 8 millions d’examens correspondant à 400TB de données, et 150 000 nouveaux y sont ajoutés chaque mois. Cette nouvelle base de données centralisée a permis la création d’une liste de patient globale qui peut être utilisé pour visualiser l’ensemble des examens d’un patient qui ont pu être réalisés sur plusieurs sites. Néanmoins, chaque site peut travailler indépendamment du data center.

Il y a quelques mois, nous avons installé un module appelé « reporting from PACS » qui permet de générer des comptes-rendus directement dans le PACS en utilisant la reconnaissance vocale ainsi que des comptes-rendus types. Ce module améliore le workflow du radiologue car il permet d’éliminer la phase d’utilisation du RIS pour le diagnostic. En effet, on utilise la worklist du PACS, les comptes-rendus antérieurs sont aussi visualisés dans le PACS, et le rapport final est automatiquement envoyé dans le RIS.

Concernant les futurs développements du PACS à l’APHP, nos principales priorités sont : intégrer les 2 PACS Agfa installés dans 2 hôpitaux de l’APHP dans le système Carestream, mettre à jour les PACS locaux et installer le système Carestream de distribution web des images au sein de l’APHP (et l’intégrer au dossier patient Orbis) ; de beaux projets en perspective !

Vous pouvez aussi consulter l’article posté sur AuntMinnieEurope.

Mammography Scheduling Portal Helps Improve Screening Attendance in Denmark

With 200,000 women aged 50-69 years,  a free mammogram every second year and 750 patient appointments each day, the mammography screening program in Denmark’s Capital Region is the largest in the country. It also boasts a 75 percent screening attendance rate.

Key to balancing the demands of scheduling, hospital resources and patient satisfaction? Empowering women to book mammography appointments online at a convenient time and location with the CARESTREAM Vue RIS Portal.

How It Works

  1. Women are sent a letter, questionnaire and leaflet explaining how to access the RIS Portal with a unique, password-protected, secure ID number.
  2. Once in the Portal, the patient navigates through a simple process to modify appointment time, day or location as many times as they like for up to three months. At the same time, the Portal seamlessly communicates with the hospital RIS to book.
  3. A summary screen displays date, time and address details to print for future reference.
  4. Patients can also cancel their appointment for the current screening round or altogether, giving them complete freedom of choice.
  5. The portal allows patients to include comments. Consequently, the hospital can track why some women are choosing not to attend their screening appointments.

This patient-centric solution makes it easier for women to coordinate  busy lives with hospital appointments because they no longer are required to phone the hospital between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. For Denmark’s health system it means secretarial staff can find a more efficient use for the time they spent writing to non attenders, re-booking and dealing with cancellations.  For radiologists and technologists, it means  one system harmonizes  clinical tools and reports with a scheduling system that encourages quality care in a timely fashion.

Chief Physician Ilse Vejborg, Head of the Mammography Screening Programme, sat down with us at Righospitalet, the main hospital for the capital region of Denmark, to discuss how Vue RIS has become the most used web site in the region and plans for continued improvements.

Come see the CARESTREAM Vue RIS at ECR2012 in Vienna, March 1-5.

Looking Forward to ECR 2012

Robert Ashby Carestream

Robert Ashby, European Communications Manager, Carestream Health

February 10th 2012 is the anniversary of Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen’s passing and will be marked by the second European Day of Radiology.  It’s an event, which for me acts as the perfect springboard into ECR 2012 in March.  A time to remember where the focus of our industry originated, and to pledge to remain true to the sentiments of its founding fathers.

ECR is known very much as a trendsetter – a dynamic service-orientated congress.  It’s a key event in our trade show calendar, well respected and renowned as innovative within the scientific community, something that has led to its year on year growth and improvement.

Carestream has participated in ECR for as long as I can recall and I personally became involved from 1997. In the beginning ECR was a bi-annual event, becoming annual in the late ‘90s, and in all of these years the pilgrimage has been to the beautiful city of Vienna. I’ve been to Vienna many times, and although my time for sightseeing is often limited, I always try to take in the atmosphere of the city, even if it is only during an evening stroll after a meal in one of the many excellent restaurants! But I have still yet to visit the opera!

ECR 2012 is a great opportunity to renew relationships with existing customers and take the opportunity of meeting new customers and demonstrating the portfolio of Carestream solutions:

  • Included on our booth will be the DRX-Revolution Mobile X-ray System, which was so well received at RSNA.  I’m particularly interested to discover who’s going to re-enact the fabulous arabesque!
  • You will also be able to see the second-generation CARESTREAM DRX Detector, which is available worldwide.
  • In healthcare IT we’re excited to be presenting our plans for a cloud-based service, part of the CARESTREAM Vue Cloud Services, that will empower patients to view their own medical imaging data and share it with their physicians using secure cloud computing data storage and transmission technologies.
  • We are also featuring a versatile digital printer that outputs black-and-white and colour X-ray images onto film for diagnosis or paper for use by referring physicians–the DRYVIEW Chroma Imager–and the  CS 9300 System,  a high-quality cone beam CT (CBCT) and true panoramic imaging system for ENT and dental indications.

Our products are designed to marry up best-in-class technology and the optimisation of human contact. Carestream understands that contemporary healthcare is about delivering both in equal measure. ECR 2012 gives Carestream the opportunity to demonstrate its breadth of knowledge to everyone attending – I’m looking forward to all of the presentations.  See you in Expo B!

Have you started your ECR countdown?