If you are currently running, or thinking of upgrading to Carestream PACS V 12.x, you should be aware of the oncology reading workflow we have available to aid with tumor detection, while reducing the time to read and report such complex cases. Even if your oncology caseload is small, Carestream's oncology workflow—which includes image fusion, PET/CT, lesion management and volumetric registration capabilities—provides native reporting that can save a significant amount of time.
Image Fusion enables you to localize diagnostic information and assess pathologies such as tumors and neurological disorders through the progression and response to therapy. PET, SPECT, CT, and MRI datasets are automatically fused for better visualization of anatomic and metabolic information. Just the fact that these tools are so well integrated makes their adoption quick and intuitive. And if you're a PACS administrator, the integration means you are managing a single consolidated solution rather than a variety of different applications that need your attention.
Lesion management: Segmentation, volumetric measurements, automatic registration
Precise lesion measurement is critical for reliable evaluation of metastatic disease and faster assessment of patient response to cancer treatment. Lesion Management provides a set of tools that allows you to identify, measure, track, and analyze lung, liver, lymph node, and other lesions and tumors. It’s easy to use: Once you've identified a tumor you want to track, click, draw a line across the diameter, or outline the tumor using one of the segmentation tools. From there, the rest is automatic. You'll see the tumor segmented, volume measured, diameters drawn, and the longest diameter identified according to RECIST criteria (a set of rules that describe the way cancer patients respond, stabilize, or progress during their treatments).
Synchronized current exams and priors
Current and prior exams can be automatically and volumetrically registered. So when you are looking at a particular data set, both the currents and priors are automatically synchronized; as you swivel or scroll through slices, the prior follows the current right along with it. As follow-up exams occur, the software can automatically find and segment out those same lesions on the follow-up.
Native interactive reports are generated with key images, trending color-coded diagrams, charts, tables, bookmarks, and measurements in accordance with international standards such as RECIST criteria. This provides a comprehensive and useful report with hyperlinks to quickly access the pathology in the original data.
These interactive reports can also be easily accessed from the EMR using a zero-footprint viewer that delivers rapid access to key findings and data.
Who will benefit from using these tools?
Any oncologist or radiologist whose workflow includes tumor detection will benefit from Carestream's oncology workflow. It doesn’t take a heavy caseload to be glad you have the toolset—anyone who's tried it will tell you how time consuming a task tumor tracking and management can be.
Everyone who is manually tracking lesions today would experience a significant increase in efficiency. And even if you are already using another application, because our lesion management tool is embedded within our PACS solution, it will likely save time. And the ability to integrate our lesion management tool into our reporting will provide a significant increase in productivity.
You may already be licensed to use these tools.
Surprising as it may seem, we have discovered that some customers have licensed tools they are not actually using. Sometimes it's because the radiologists were not aware that they could access them. In other cases it's simply that they didn't realize how little time it would take to learn to use them, compared to the large amount of time it would save.
Check to see if your facility is licensed for Lesion Management or PET/CT capabilities. Want to learn more? Check out our recent webinar VIBE Community Webinar: Lesion Management, Do it Like a Pro