Healthcare Industry News: Oncology information system
News Release - November 25, 2008
Varian Medical Systems Introducing OncoView(TM) - an Oncology Specific Image Management and Storage SolutionProduct archives images and data generated during cancer treatments
CHICAGO, Nov. 25 (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- RSNA Booth # 6221 -- Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR ) today is introducing a new product that makes it easier for clinicians to store, manage and view images generated during cancer treatments. Varian will showcase its new OncoView(TM) image management and storage solution at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting in Chicago, November 30 - December 4, 2008.
"OncoView provides oncology professionals with a reliable, scalable way of archiving and accessing the images and data that impact decisions about a patient's course of treatment," said Karla Knott, senior director of marketing for Varian's Oncology Systems business. "It is designed specifically to archive information covering the entire cancer treatment process from diagnosis to survivorship and follow-up."
Clinicians are using more images to make decisions and monitor progress over the course of cancer treatments. For image-guided radiotherapy, new images are generated at every step in the treatment process. "There is a vast -- and growing -- amount of images and related information that must be stored, and clinicians need a reliable system for easily archiving and instantly accessing this information in a meaningful way that is connected to the clinical "story line" for each patient," says Erwin Nell, manager, systems marketing. "OncoView addresses this need. It supports archiving of the most commonly used imaging modalities in oncology care, including CT, MR, PET, kV X-rays, cone-beam CT, and electronic portal images. It also stores non-imaging data, including radiotherapy treatment plans, dose levels, and other important treatment details."
The OncoView product is an oncology-specific image management and storage solution designed to supplement a hospital's existing picture archiving and communication system (PACS) by making it 'oncology capable' or to operate as a stand-alone solution for centers that don't have such a system. OncoView enables clinicians to retrieve or store important information within its own archive or within hospital PACS through industry standard communication protocols such as HL7 and DICOM . It supports a trend in medicine toward paperless and filmless clinical operations that speed workflow and improve cost efficiencies.
"Most conventional PACS are not optimized to support oncology clinical processes," Nell said. "For example, they cannot provide a viable means of viewing the DICOM RT images that are used in radiotherapy treatment planning. OncoView fills the gap. It also stores images in a way that connects them with a patient's unique clinical 'story line,' showing the relationships between images and clinical decisions in the context of an entire course of treatment. Conventional PACS lack this functionality, which is crucial to oncology care."
OncoView interfaces seamlessly with any standards-based clinical information management system, including Varian's ARIA(TM) Oncology information system.
About Varian Medical Systems
Varian Medical Systems, Inc., of Palo Alto, California, is the world's leading manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer and other medical conditions with radiotherapy, radiosurgery, proton therapy, and brachytherapy. The company supplies informatics software for managing comprehensive cancer clinics, radiotherapy centers and medical oncology practices. Varian is a premier supplier of tubes and digital detectors for X-ray imaging in medical, scientific, and industrial applications and also supplies X-ray imaging products for cargo screening and industrial inspection. Varian Medical Systems employs approximately 4,800 people who are located at manufacturing sites in North America and Europe and in its 60 sales and support offices around the world. For more information, visit http://www.varian.com/.
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