Understanding the Image
Shina Debuts Enhancements to 3Di Cloud-Based Advanced Visualization, Web-Based Zero-Footprint PACS Viewer at RSNA 2010
Shina Systems debuts at RSNA 2010 a range of enhancements to its virtual 3Di advanced (3D/4D) visualization suite, which delivers imaging data, reformatting and viewing tools as well as powerful computer processing in a cloud environment. This year, focusing on medical imaging from a broader perspective, Shina also adds a zero-footprint, browser-based 2D PACS viewer that enables anywhere, anytime review of images stored in the company’s cloud-based archive. Also new for both 3D and 2D imaging is an easy-to-use patient file locator for exams stored in a Shina system, which is similar to popular Internet search engines.
The Shina 3Di thin client suite—now with enhanced speed and more intuitive features--provides interactive advanced visualization from any local PC, taking advantage of available bandwidth and local computing power to optimize performance, while drawing on the vast computing power of the 3Di cloud network. Users can instantly process, view and manipulate reformations, whether images are archived locally or remotely. Shina received FDA 510 k clearance for 3Di in February 2010 and introduced the product commercially in May.
New in 3Di this year is support for cine images and brain perfusion studies, in addition to general multi-modality 3D reformations (MPR, MIP, Volume Rendering and related techniques ), cardiac CT analysis, CT calcium scoring, virtual colonoscopy and PET/CT fusion (WIP).
When the 3Di is used for the first time, a minute application downloads and keeps the local computer connected to the 3Di cloud. The user interface and all functionality will integrate seamlessly with a local PACS, while a bi-directional image synchronization feature ensures both the PACS and any 3Di offsite storage are up to date. With convenient pay-per-use pricing, 3Di requires no upfront fees or commitment to begin implementation. All 3Di image data is stored on remote archives with multiple redundancy and HIPAA-compliance.
Complementing its advanced imaging functionality, Shina’s new web-based 2D PACS viewer brings full-featured high-quality image analysis to any web-enabled PC and handheld device on-the-fly with no file download. The new feature makes images stored or cached in Shina’s remote cloud instantly available to any authorized user for remote reading, consultations, patient transfers and more. This application also serves as an image communication engine for patient electronic medical records.
Adding a new level of convenience to all Shina imaging applications, now users may simply type in a patient name or identifier, and they will be instantly presented with all matching exams stored within their user group in the Shina system.
“3Di imaging is an important tool for both enhanced diagnosis and workflow, “ said NAME, TITLE for Shina Systems. “However widespread adoption has long been hampered by the significant cost of the technology often running from stand-alone workstations. With today’s emphasis on enhanced healthcare efficiencies and economies, 3D processing in the cloud is an idea whose time has come.”
The new Shina 2D viewer is particularly timely with today’s emphasis on sharing healthcare information and the integrated patient record, making image access among authorized users extremely flexible, easy and cost-effective.
3Di and Shina’ growing family of products are the culmination of the company’s extensive imaging software development experience, with tools and technologies that are used today in more than 3,000 installations worldwide. Shina’s record of success in the imaging field began in 2003 with the introduction of the first ever auto-cardiac CT segmentation-based analysis tool. Today, 3Di and other products under developments capitalize on these underlying technologies and broaden their impact into new medical applications.