Telemis delivers dual-modality PET/CT imaging direct to the desktop

New 4.2 software adds full-featured viewer with local fusion, freeing specialists from equipment accessibility challenges

Telemis, the specialist in medical imaging solutions, has released new software for its medical image-management system, which provides a full-featured dual-modality PET/CT viewer on any PC across any hospital using Telemis software. Upgrade is provided free with a standard software maintenance contract, and will enable healthcare institutions to reduce patient waiting times, speed up diagnosis, and enhance treatment.

Dual-modality PET/CT scans combine the low-resolution functional PET imagery with the precise localisation possible with a CT scan, helping specialists to identify conditions such as cancers more quickly and accurately, and to assess the progress of treatment. This type of imaging has become the “gold standard” in oncology. The latest software from Telemis greatly increases accessibility by allowing dual-modality viewing on any PC or laptop running TM-ReceptionHE. Image fusion is performed locally, allowing oncologists to adjust the images independently for optimal viewing.

“Our philosophy, to maximise value for customers by developing new functionality on a continuous basis, is providing healthcare professionals with the right tool at the right moment in the right place”, said Stephane Ketelaer, CEO of the Telemis group. “This latest software update, to version 4.2, adds important extra functionality that will provide easier and faster access for oncologists to the information they need.”

Traditionally, dual modality images are inspected using an advanced visualisation workstation in specialised locations such as a nuclear medicine department. The typical practice, after a PET/CT scan, is for the radiologist to compile a report for the specialist commissioning the scan; typically an oncologist working with a cancer patient. To discuss the images in depth, the oncologist must meet with the radiologist in the laboratory where a dual-modality workstation is available. The laboratory usually has few workstations, and these are in frequent use, which can introduce delays and difficulties.

TM-ReceptionHE version 4.2 now allows any PC or laptop to provide sophisticated visualisation capabilities. Specialist teams can convene anywhere to discuss results and assess treatment. The physician can visualise the axial, coronal and sagittal axes in PET, CT and merged PET/CT at the same time. The viewer is highly controllable and richly featured, allowing adjustment of the transparency level to ensure optimised images when inspecting various parts of the body, such as the lung, pelvis or abdomen. The embedded tools also allow the user to inspect the Maximal Intensity Projection (MIP) and rotational MIP, and to adjust the dimension of the 3D sphere on which the SUV is calculated. Users can also access and manipulate SPECT/CT images in the same way.
(Tuesday, May 10, 2011)