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)

New release of Telemis-Medical PACS

Telemis is proud to anounce the new 4.20 release of Telemis-Medical PACS. It has officially been launched in January 2011. After the sneak preview at the JFR in Paris and the RSNA in Chicago, it has successfully been validated on-site. Release 4.20 contains a lot of new features and improvements, especially the optimization of the download time and of the comparison, as well as the brand new TM-Publisher Web platform. (Friday, February 04, 2011)

Telemis announces further expansion in Italy with acquisition of Turin-based Micromedica

Telemis, the specialist in medical imaging solutions, has further consolidated its position in Italy with the acquisition of Micromedica Ltd, one of the country’s leading PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System) vendors. Under the terms of the Telemis acquisition, Micromedica becomes part of the Telemis Group and Gian Paolo Robutti, the Micromedica managing director, takes the position of general manager for Telemis in Italy. Telemis extended its operations into Italy in 2009 with the opening of Telemis Italia SRL. The acquisition of Micromedica – which is in line with the Telemis strategy to support the growth of PACS and MACS (Multimedia Archiving and Communication System) markets in Europe - will significantly strengthen the sales and technical support capabilities that the company can offer Italian customers. Turin-based Micromedica has specialised in the storage and management of radiology images since it was founded (as ERRE PI) in 1975. Since then the company has built an extensive base of customers that includes some of Northern Italy’s largest public hospitals. Among its key customers are Molinette Radiologia Centrale, Turin Molinette Radiologia di PS, Turin Ospedale San Luigi di Orbassano (TO) Ospedale IRCC di Candiolo (TO) Ospedale Oftalmico, Turin Ospedale Valdese, Turin Ospedale di Veruno (NO) Ospedale Evangelico di Genova Stephane Ketelaer, CEO of the Telemis group, states: “Alongside innovative technologies and increased OEM sales, a key pillar of the Telemis growth strategy is geographic expansion. The acquisition of Micromedica is in line with that strategy and will help Telemis to become one of Italy’s most significant PACS and MACS players.” He adds: “Through the acquisition, customers in Italy will benefit from a combination of improved access to the advanced Telemis product and service portfolio and the comprehensive sales and support capabilities of the Micromedica team.” Gian Paolo Robutti states: “Micromedica has built an enviable position as a strong local PACS vendor in Northern Italy. The agreement with Telemis is great news for existing Micromedica customers as it will ensure access to all of the resources and support they need to address their future needs. At the same time, the local sales and support teams can now more easily address requirements that go beyond radiology. For example, the Telemis portfolio can provide imaging and multimedia storage and communication solutions for nuclear medicine, radiotherapy and other departments in hospitals, clinics and private practices.” (Thursday, January 20, 2011)

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