Here follows a short summary of the imaging modalities and computer resources available at CMIV.
The Siemens SOMATOM Definition Flash is a scanner using two X-ray sources and two detectors at the same time. It enables you to scan every beating heart at any heart rate and at the lowest radiation dose possible. It provides one-stop diagnoses in acute care; even with large patients, regardless of condition, and heart rate. It is an amazing tool to explore new clinical opportunities with dual-energy scanning.
The Philips Ingenia 3.0T is our newest MRI system with a 70 cm bore. It is equipped with Xtend gradient system (up to 45mT/m - 200 T/m/s), two parallel RF transmissions (Multitranmit 4D), which adapt RF signals to each patient. Multitransmit facilitates an increased image uniformity, contrast, and consistency, as well as faster imaging. A full range of receiver coils is available with analog-to-digital converters inside the coils (dStream RF). This samples the MR signal directly in the coil on the patient, and sends it to the reconstructor via fibre-optic cable, resulting in up to 40 % higher SNR, and a dynamic range that exceeds 185dB.
Our Philips Achieva 1.5T has a 60 cm bore and is equipped with Nova Dual gradients with capability (up to 66 mT/m – 160 T/m/s), a 16-channel Freewave data acquisition system, and the latest software release. A full research agreement with Philips Medical Systems allows all possible clinical as well as technical research applications.
Two echocardiographic scanners were acquired for research purposes. In addition to these two GE System FiVe scanners, and other GE scanners used in the clinical routine, we also have access to a more recent GE Vivid 7 scanner through a research collaboration with GE Medical Systems. A Philips (HDI 5000) and a Siemens (Antares) are also available.
For the storage and handling of echocardiographic image data (for both clinical use and research), one of the largest installations of the GE EchoPAC system in the world is available.
A number of advanced diagnostic workstations are available for clinical and research purposes.
CMIV has its own Virtual Reality theatre with a capacity of 50 persons. The theatre is built around Barco Galaxy NW-12 projector (12 000 lumens light output, WUXGA (1920x1200) resolution.) The NW-12 has an integrated active Infitec 3D stereo filter, allowing for optimal 3D visualization with passive stereo glasses. Using an XDS 150 and an EXTRON DMS 16 DVI switch, all computers at CMIV's network can be used for video conference system, allowing for 1080p HD conference meetings or video broadcasting. A Smartboard Interactive Whiteboard is available for interactive presentations and meetings.
CMIV has acquired an SGI Onyx2 equipped with an InfiniteReality graphics pipe. This system is intended for the development and application of new techniques for volume rendering primarily based on 3D textures. The machine has 8 processors and 4 GB of memory and is also used for running the MRI pulse programming environment.
In addition to the SGI Onyx2, a number of high-end PC’s are available for 3D visualization. These are equipped with high performance graphics cards including for example the 3D labs WildCat II 5110 and the VolumePro 500 for hardware accelerated volume rendering. An electromagnetic tracking system (Flock-of-birds) is also installed.
Several Advantage Workstations from GE Medical Systems are also available at the hospital.