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Siemens adds new enhancements to syngo WebSpace to improve access to real-time CT data

Siemens Healthcare USA : 29 February, 2008  (New Product)
Siemens has introduced enhancements to its syngo WebSpace, which turns office personal computers (PCs) and laptops into computed tomography (CT) workplaces.
syngo WebSpace represents the latest innovation in client-server solutions for CT applications and offers real-time access to CT data at a doctor's office or home, and even on the road through a network connection. Medical professionals can connect to the server in a matter of seconds and work with a patient's CT scans anytime and anywhere, improving productivity and diagnosis capabilities.

'We've used WebSpace for about a year-and-a-half now. On an average day, we use it to review 60 to 100 cases, ranging from cardiac CT, to pancreatic tumor staging to skeletal trauma,' said Elliot K. Fishman, MD, director of Diagnostic Imaging and Body CT at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, USA. 'WebSpace enables us to make better and more timely diagnoses because of the availability of volume data. It gives us the ability and convenience to view cases quickly from any available PACS or CT workstation or laptop.'

One of the latest enhancements to syngo WebSpace features Advanced Vessel Analysis, which includes refined vessel segmentation algorithm, centreline editing capability, guided workflow (less steps), automated measurement tools (true/false lumen, Stent planning) and improved reporting tools.

Another addition to syngo WebSpace is a 2D viewing card, located within InSpace 4D that supports all DICOM images, CT, magnetic resonance (MR), angio, fluoro and radiographic systems, secondary capture, and multiple 2D tools which can be used when a picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) is not available.

Total cost of ownership for the syngo WebSpace has also been improved.

Preset window key functions have also been introduced which sees the use of keyboard function keys for predefined window/level presets.

syngo WebSpace now facilitates from three to 20 concurrent sessions, depending on the server configuration, from any number of users throughout the hospital network and via secure access from remote locations. Medical facilities can access multiple servers to further expand the possible number of concurrent sessions. This offers a very cost-effective solution for fast image distribution and high availability, routine clinical post- processing. Once syngo WebSpace is connected to the central server, a PACS workplace or PC can be turned into a processing workplace.

Dr William F Muhr, Jr, director of Body Imaging at South Jersey Radiology Associates PA, in New Jersey, USA, said that by allowing the full data set to be sent to WebSpace, and thicker reconstructions to PACS on exams, such as CTA and CT urograms, his organization saves on image management and data storage, while giving its radiologists access to the full data sets, as needed. 'By allowing radiologists to interact with data sets from their PACS, versus not having to go to a physically distinct workstation, we have induced more radiologists to interact with the CT data in a true 3D environment. This allows for better image interpretation, while maintaining productivity,' he said.

The server integrates into any existing IT environment (PACS). The syngo WebSpace also provides a scalable platform for future growth and new applications (concurrent licensees and storage capacity).
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