ECR 2010 Coverage – Part-2: by Mohamed


{xtypo_dropcap}T{/xtypo_dropcap}he European Congress of Radiology (ECR) still has a lot to show for radiology industry, not only regarding new modalities provided by vendors but also regarding new techniques for improving radiologists' quality.

Among the companies attended the ECR is Varian Medical Systems. Varian highlighted its line of PaxScan X-ray image detectors for filmless imaging. Along with Varian's X-ray tubes for fluoroscopy, angiography, cardiology and cone-beam CT imaging. Varian's panel digital detector technology includes the most proven and widely used imaging technology. The panel aims to set new standards with its larger field of view and its capability to acquire high resolution images.

Philips Healthcare is also one of the major companies showing its range of products at the ECR. Philips spotlighted its high-level product lines including award winning, Extended Brilliance Workspace, with Philips MRI solution Sonalleve MR-HIFU which helps in performing uterine fibroid ablation through a noninvasive approach. That is, in addition to Philips's IT solutions portfolio that aims to help in the improvement of EMR.

There is increasing attention to the needs of radiology and diagnostic imaging industry even from companies outside Europe. For instance, Ziosoft, a company from Japan, announced at the ECR that both French and German translations will be included in its 3D, 4D and 5D analytics visualization software. This shows the commitments of companies such as Ziosoft to the European market needs and that this market is a promising one to attract more and more investments.

ECR also had several other companies announcements about new contracts and agreements with European organizations for further cooperation. An example about such contract is the one presented by Carestream. Carestream Health presented a long-term agreement for digital imaging services with Stichting Samenwerkende Ziekenhuizen Oost Groningen (SSZOG), a collaboration foundation between three hospitals of east Groningen in the Netherlands. Upon this agreement, Carestream Health will provide its eHealth PACS Services to the three hospitals forming the SSZOG.

Finally, ECR 2010 confirmed more cooperation and understanding between all members of the radiology and diagnostic imaging communities, starting with radiologists who had the chance to learn the new technology developed to aid them in their work, along with companies which presented their high leveled products to the attending audience. These companies also had more and more understanding for radiologists' needs which will surely help in developing new technologies.

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