CareStream, Defense Department Extend Radiography Contract

Carestream's imaging software improves visualization of soft tissue in the chest and helps physicians verify correct placement of tubes and lines.

Medical-imaging systems and IT solutions specialist Carestream Health has been awarded an extension of its contract with the U.S. Defense Department that allows the federal government and federal agencies to spend up to $70.2 million for digital radiography and computed radiography medical imaging systems.

Medical-imaging systems involved in the contract include Carestream's family of digital radiography systems that deliver access to X-ray exams by radiologists and physicians, which is designed to improve patient care.

Carestream's specialized imaging software can help improve visualization of soft tissue in the chest and helps physicians verify correct placement of tubes and lines used in treating patients.

The company also offers a family of computed-radiography (CR) systems that can accommodate a variety of imaging workflows. These CR systems include compact tabletop solutions as well as high-volume, multi-cassette systems.

The extension, which ends Dec. 15, 2014, is part of a six-year contract that includes the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps and federal agencies.

In addition, Carestream provides wireless detectors that can be used with new or existing room-based or mobile imaging systems. Carestream also gives health care providers the flexibility to move its digital radiography detectors among X-ray imaging systems located throughout a facility—including systems from other suppliers—to maximize equipment use and help reduce costs.

Carestream's CR and DR imaging systems offer the same user interface, which is designed to improve productivity and help allow technologists to proficiently use any system with minimal training.

For example, the company's Image Suite V3 Software features a user-friendly, touch-friendly interface, an enhanced set of tools, streamlined workflow and improved image quality.

The company's advanced "mini-PACS" module allows for improved image management and analysis, and is now optional. Users can view multiple images simultaneously through dual-monitor support on Web clients, and perform system quality testing with Image Suite's Total Quality Tool software.

In December, the company announced X-ray imaging software designed to minimize anatomical distractions to assist physicians in the diagnosis of chest pathology. The software is FDA 510(k) pending in the United States.

The software includes a reporting capability that collects and distributes dose information from Carestream X-ray imaging systems to a health care provider's radiology image management system. The feature is intended to help health care facilities streamline the collection of radiation dose information for each patient.