American Medical Sales Inc (Hawthorne, Calif) announces significant product upgrades to its line of PACS products designed for small facilities. Since their introduction in 2004, the PACS-in-a-BOX products have been used in imaging centers, clinics, and private-practice offices. The PACS-1M complete solution for the one-modality office now holds the equivalent of 25,000 14- x 17-inch images, up from its original capacity of 10,000 images. The PRINCE, with its automated CD image burner and labeler, now holds 50,000 images.
In addition, AMS has introduced another product to its suite of PACS-in-a-BOX offerings. The new PACS-3M product is designed for a facility with multiple modalities but only an occasional need to burn CDs of clients’ images. Like its sister products, PACS-3M includes licenses to place electronic view boxes throughout the facility. PACS-3M can also be upgraded to allow the distribution of images via the Internet. This new product will also hold up to the equivalent of 50,000 14- x 17-inch images. (800) 423-3535; www.digitalams.com
Vivid 7 Cardiovascular Ultrasound System
GE Healthcare (Baltimore) introduces new features to its Vivid cardiovascular ultrasound platform. The Vivid 7 Dimension system is a PC- based software, raw data ultrasound platform, renewed annually with the latest software and hardware. New for its Vivid 7 Dimension ’06 is real-time 4-D color flow full- volume imaging with the option of viewing a six- or nine-slice cross section of the left ventricle. The 4-D LV Volume—an EchoPAC Dimension option, gives users the ability to quantify volume information from real-time full-volume Vivid 7 data. The Vivid 7 Dimension ‘06 breakthroughs also offer more quantitative tools for left-ventricle wall motion and synchronicity, such as advance tissue synchronization imaging (TSI)—time-to-peak data derived from TSI’s simple-to-use “red light/green light” visualizations to quantify left-ventricle synchronicity for heart-failure patients or those undergoing cardiac resynchronization therapy. (800) 558-5102; www.gehealthcare.com
Fluke Corporation (Everett, Wash) has added nine new products and enhanced features to its family of Fluke pressure calibrators. Designed to provide a compact, lightweight, total pressure-calibration solution for transmitters, gauges, and switches, the Fluke 718 pressure calibrators feature a new design that protects the built-in pneumatic-calibration pump from fluid contamination, allowing it to be serviced in the field for reduced service expense. Less than 9 inches in length and weighing a little more than 2 pounds, it is now available in 1-, 30-, 100-, and 300-psi models. It features pressure source and milliamp measurement to calibrate and maintain a wide range of pressure devices, mA accuracy of 0.015% for broad workload coverage, error % calculation to support faster pass/fail determinations in the field, as well as switch test and min/max/hold capability. The Fluke 717 is now available in 1-, 30-, 100-, 300-, 500-, 1,000-, 1,500-, 3,000-, and 5,000-psi models. The 717 family has been enhanced to include all the new electronic features of the 718 pressure calibrators. (888) 308-5277; www.fluke.com
Washable, Wireless Computer Keyboards
Unotron Inc (Dallas) has launched its IP66 and NEMA4X certified washable, wireless computer keyboards. Featuring Unotron’s SpillSeal® patented technology to safeguard against the risk of infection and cross-contamination, it allows for complete up-and-down finger motion that mirrors natural typing, withstands submersion in water, endures repeated disinfecting, and eliminates the need for frequent replacement. Compatible with all PCs—including desktops, laptops, workstations, and servers; all health care and dental carts and platforms; and Windows® ‘95, ‘98, Me, 2000, and XP—they carry a full warranty. Additional software is not required. Unotron’s washable keyboards are USB (2.4 GHx) wireless units with PS/2 adapters; and they feature sealed dome key assembly, a standard 104-key layout with 15 multimedia and Internet hot keys, and a detachable wrist support. They are resistant to water (including strong water pressure), dust, debris, sand, and ice formations. (800) 381-5817; www.unotron.com