Carestream’s New Image Acquisition Software to Offer Advanced Features and Improved Workflow for Users of CR, DR Systems

Optional Bone Suppression Capability Designed to Enhance Visualisation of Soft Tissue in the Chest

GENEVA, Switz., Feb. 5 — Carestream will show at ECR its latest version of image acquisition software that will include innovative standard and optional features for its CR and DR systems.  A bone suppression feature, which is 510(k) pending in the U.S., is designed to create a  companion image to suppress the appearance of posterior ribs and clavicles while enhancing the visualisation of soft tissue in the chest. A new IHE Dose Reporting capability will collect and distribute dose information from all CARESTREAM DR and CR systems to a healthcare provider’s PACS.

“Our new bone suppression feature is designed to increase diagnostic confidence due to improved visibility of lung nodules and other pathology,” said Helen Titus, Carestream’s Marketing Director of X-ray Solutions. “Since the companion image is automatically generated from the original chest image, it will be available in seconds and requires no additional exposure to the patient or a separate X-ray exam. This feature will be available for portable and room-based CR and DR systems.”

Carestream’s existing image acquisition software offers the ability to create companion images from an original X-ray exposure that can enhance visualisation of tubes, PICC lines and pneumothorax. “Radiologists and physicians in trauma and ICU areas have praised the quality of these images and their importance to the prompt diagnosis of injured and ill patients,” she added.

Titus reported that the new dose reporting feature is intended to streamline the collection of dose information from Carestream CR and DR systems and support the ability to track dose values for each patient.

Software Offers Easy Transition to Address Future Needs
The new software will also allow a single console to support one CR and one DR system—or two CR systems—from Carestream to help boost workflow, save valuable space and lower costs. Users will be able to identify CR cassettes or DR detectors, view patient demographics and review images from one console for both imaging systems. The software will also offer other workflow improvements.

“We are designing our imaging software to help healthcare providers easily transition to advanced imaging systems as their needs change. This new software will support both CR and DR systems to smooth the transition to digital radiography for imaging centres, clinics and small hospitals. At the same time, it will offer the advanced image visualisation and dose reporting capabilities that are in demand by hospitals and other healthcare providers worldwide,” Titus explained. “Our goal is to provide our customers with systems that can address current and future imaging needs.”   

The new software is scheduled to be available on CARESTREAM DRX systems and CARESTREAM DIRECTVIEW Classic, Elite and Max CR systems. It will be offered as an upgrade to these CR and DRX platforms already installed at customer sites worldwide.