By the time most of you receive this issue, you probably will be preparing for your Thanksgiving feast. If you specialize in imaging, you might also be preparing for the Annual Meeting and Exhibition of the Radio-logical Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago.
Celebrating its 92nd year, RSNA offers attendees refresher courses, scientific sessions, and—probably of most interest to 24×7’s readers—more than 700 exhibits. Anticipating 60,000 people, the association has created a user-friendly floor plan to make sure everyone can connect easily with their area of interest. One addition to the program guide is the content code “QA,” which will help attendees find courses and sessions that include information on quality improvement, quality assessment, and patient safety.
RSNA features a plethora of the latest imaging products that provide a glimpse into the future and the direction the market is taking with technology and software developments.
What’s on the agenda? Imaging Diagnostic Systems Inc will showcase the CT Laser Mammography system, a laser-based breast-imaging modality that combines the technologies of optical molecular imaging and CT. Requiring neither compression nor injection, the procedure images angiogenesis, helping clinicians to differentiate between benign and malignant lesions.
Naviscan PET Systems will debut the new design of its high-resolution PET device, the PEM Flex Solo PET scanner. Designed to image small body parts, it was developed to diagnose and locate cancer, guide interventions, and advance new clinical therapies.
Ashva Technologies offers RADiON, a 3D visualization plug-in that can be configured as a viewing solution for an existing PACS or can function as a stand-alone DICOM modality PACS.
In software, DeJarnette Research Systems Inc will introduce the xDL cross-enterprise document librarian, which will offer inexpensive and reliable off-site storage of PACS data. CHILI USA Inc’s CHILI software suite is IHE compliant and includes a diagnostic workstation client, a Web-enabled delivery engine for clinical archive access, and a fully integrated cooperative teleradiology system.
What else does the future hold in imaging equipment? You can read a comprehensive listing in the November issue of our sister magazine, Medical Imaging, that includes a special section on RSNA. Visit the magazine online at www.medicalimagingmag.com, or if you are strolling the halls at RSNA, stop by booth 3115 in the South Hall. You can pick up a copy of 24×7 while you’re there.
In the Thanksgiving mode, I’d like to take a moment to extend my thanks to our very creative Art Director, Mark Strassner; our Advertising Director Mike Brooks; our Copy Editor Deborah Overman; and the extended team at 24×7 who work tirelessly to keep all of our ducks in a row to put this magazine out each month. My sincere appreciation to our wonderful editorial advisory board and columnists, whose advice and contributions help make 24×7 a respected publication.