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Workstation challenge highlights flexiblity of Philips Brilliance Everywhere unit

Philips Medical Systems : 22 May, 2008  (Company News)
Dr Claudio Smuclovisky has highlighted the flexible capabilities of Philips Brilliance Everywhere Workstation and the thin-client Portal platforms at the annual ‘workstation’ challenge held during the Stanford International Symposium on Multidetector Row CT.
A cardiac CT specialist, Dr Smuclovisky, director, South Florida Medical Imaging Cardiovascular Institute, presented all four cases, affirming Philips ease of use across a variety of complex clinical applications.

“Of all the vendors, Philips was the fastest,” stated Dr Smuclovisky. “The simplicity of operation with the Philips workstation systems enabled me to complete all the case studies, with time to spare. Even when working with cases outside of my realm of expertise, I found the navigation of the data sets to be quick and easy, particularly with zero-click automated features that allowed for fast post processing.”

Each year, part of the Stanford symposium includes a CT workstation challenge in which all participating vendors process the same CT datasets to showcase their capabilities. The challenge’s primary objective is to view and compare how each major workstation or thin-client can be used for visualisation and analysis of volumetric MDCT data. This year’s workstation and thin-client face-off featured cases from virtual colonoscopy to cardiac, lung nodule analysis and emergency studies on brain perfusion and carotid artery CTA.

Unlike using a remote PC that serves only one user, the Philips thin-client Portal system demonstrated during the face-off, allows unlimited access to CT data by multiple users to help avoid scheduling problems. The Philips Portal solution also allows access from locations that are away from the radiology department, such as an office or home computer.

In addition to a leadership position with the innovative Brilliance iCT 256-slice scanner, Philips is demonstrating that it offers a dynamic and complete workstation for users to experience workflow gains. The thin-client solution is nearing the 200 installation mark and has been a cornerstone of extending clinical collaboration among radiologists and referring physicians such as cardiologist and neurologists.

In addition, coupled with Philips Step and Shoot prospectively gated cardiac CT technology, which helps reduce dose in cardiac CT studies compared to retrospectively gated cardiac CT angiography techniques, Dr Smuclovisky’s private practice is also able to assess the first signs of coronary artery disease. “Lower dose Step and Shoot Cardiac CT helps open up new possibilities for coronary artery disease diagnosis and treatment in younger patients with less concern for radiation exposure,” said Dr Smuclovisky.
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