New Software Designed to Smoothen Nuclear Medicine Workflow

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New nuclear medicine software has been developed to fully incorporate and smoothen out a hospital’s nuclear medicine department workflow and improve interdepartmental communications.

Dedicated operations of the software’s fuction include processing, reading, and reporting of all nuclear medicine, single photon emission tomography (SPECImpaxfor Nuclear Medicine solutionT), positron emission tomography (PET), and multimodality images.

Agfa HealthCare (Mortsel, Belgium) has recently signed an agreement with Ghent University Hospital (UZG; Belgium) to employ its Impaxfor Nuclear Medicine solution, including the Oasis for Impax dedicated nuclear medicine workstation package, within the hospital. The system is set to be in full operation by the end of 2013 and is expected to harmonize UZG’s Impax radiology information system/picture archiving and communication system (RIS/PACS).

UZG is one of the largest hospitals in the Flanders province of Belgium. Each and every medical field for regular and intensive care is performed and presented in this 1,000-plus bed hospital, which treats around 75,000 inpatients and 400,000 outpatients on a yearly basis. Its main objective is to utilize treatment, education, and research to improve the lives of patients. All the while improving decision-making and analysis for diagnosis is also a large part of fulfilling this goal.

Impax for Nuclear Medicine is predicated on Agfa HealthCare’s Impax 6 RIS/PACS/Reporting workflow platform for image and data management. Designed to meet the specific needs of the field, it enabels hospitals to fully incorporate the nuclear medicine department’s workflow and to further enhance interdepartmental communications.
It encompasses focused functionalities to process, read, and report all nuclear medicine, SPECT, PET, and multimodality images. It also includes user-friendly accessories such as guided workflows that integrate applications, data, and image processing within one single image management and reporting application.

Additionally, Impax for Nuclear Medicine includes the Oasis for Impax workstation, which was also developed by Agfa HealthCare in a joint partnership with Segami Corp. (Columbia, MD, USA), which ushers in an integrated, fully featured nuclear medicine image processing and viewing package to the Impax workstation. Clinicians no longer have to jump from one workstation to another, or manually synchronize patient study lists.

“Impax for Nuclear Medicine will allow us to easily consult and compare prior exams and data. The solution is already being used in several sites in Europe, the Middle-East, and North America, so we were confident that it would also work well for us,” said head of the nuclear medicine department, Ingeborg Goethals.

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