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New CT Tools Developed for Interventional Radiologists

A one-stop-shop was recently open by Bayer Radiology & Interventional to enhance and facilitate its service. This workstation will serve interventional radiology’s one-unit interface for its technologists to give better care for patients. By using informatics-driven and touch-screen center, it saves time and provides service all throughout. It covers studying set-up and doing preparation to actual administering of the patient's report.

Certegra® Workstation uses informatics platform and solution of the Bayer’s Contrast Dose Management solution. Applications are utilized when dye is intravenously injected into the bloodstream of the patient to light up the tissue and organs to identify the disease. A study made by the National Kidney Foundation found that tests with contrast dyes are not completely safe. Women may be susceptible to kidney damage due to the entrance of dye into their bloodstream. .

Findings from Henry Ford Hospital reported that 60% of women undergoing interventional radiology are more likely to develop renal failure than men in just two days after the procedure. Dr. Javier Neyra, author of the study, explained that dye injures the kidneys causing the narrowing of the blood vessels; thereby, destroying its internal structure. But she was not able to explain why it only affects women. Other allergic reactions to the use of dye are asthma and other respiratory ailments.

The interventional radiology workstation is not only concerned with the injection system of CT Medrad Stellant, it offers physicians and healthcare professionals’ immediate access to actual data recorded during the caring period. They can accelerate radiology report schedule, create larger volume of study bandwidth, investigate complete diagnoses and manipulate scans & rescans. This will lead to storage of more data and images.

Anthony Cinalli, vice president of the informatics business at Bayer Radiology & Interventional considered that CT technology-driven suite requires contrast- dose records to be available during the period of care. The single unit workflow allows fewer clicks, lesser manual entry and greater control over quality and consistency of patient’s care.

Interventional radiology in the injection systems of is contained in the workstations complete set of software gives doctors and medical practitioners a number of benefits including:

1. Decrease utilization of studying sub-diagnostic results; useless repetitive scans and radiation exposure associated in personal CT abdominal, angiography studies made on the heart and lungs;

2. Giving entire diagnostic decisions (PACS Outbound Interface);

3. Speeding -up report if radiology in half-time;

4. Creating wider study of bandwidth volume (RIS and SR Outbound Interfaces); and

5. Improving the performance of the department by evaluating questionable data, reporting and trending with the closest accuracy.

 After the initial launching of Interventional Radiology Workstation in the U.S. and Canada, it will be given out in phases in worldwide markets. Customers will be able to view workstation during the Annual Meeting of the annual meeting of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM), June 7-12 in Orlando, Florida.

It will serve as the cornerstone of Bayer's industry-first Contrast Dose Management solution and informatics platform. With the given opportunity to establish and upload the injection record of the patients, Interventional Radiology Workstation can transmit data of patients straight to the Work List Modality – minimizing entry errors in data of patient’s record. Contact a vein doctor in your area if you are interested in utilizing cutting edge diagnostic tools to diagnose and treat venous disease.

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