Wayne, NJ, November 29, 2020 – This year at the all virtual Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. will demonstrate the latest innovations across its diverse portfolio of imaging, IT and service solutions. Underscoring the company’s theme for this year’s meeting, Depth of Vision, are new data-driven solutions in artificial intelligence, digital radiography, ultrasound and healthcare IT.
“Depth of vision encapsulates Konica Minolta’s focus on imaging to advance outcomes in healthcare, improve operational efficiency and reduce costs,” says David Widmann, President and CEO of Konica Minolta Healthcare. “We are facing unique times that will forever change our customers and business. Precision medicine and personalized healthcare are more important than ever and are at the core of Konica Minolta Healthcare. The combination of imaging, genetics and pharmaceutical clinical research is a unique proposition that brings together data in a more simplified and efficient way so our customers can make decisions very differently than they ever could before.”
Please visit Konica Minolta’s virtual RSNA 2020 booth at www.kmhealthcarevirtual.com.
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Dynamic Digital Radiography (DDR) reinvents X-ray by capturing a series of rapidly acquired images that result in a cine or movie. Now available on the KDR® Advanced U-Arm, DDR allows clinicians to see how anatomic structures move in relation to one another over a period of time. With X-ray in motion, clinicians can view functional and physiological information that can be used to make more precise diagnoses and evaluate treatment pathways as well as reduce costs by avoiding the need for supplemental imaging exams. Konica Minolta has partnered with Emory Healthcare (Atlanta) and Mount Sinai Health System (New York) to examine the use of DDR in orthopedic and pulmonary imaging, respectively.
At Emory Healthcare, orthopedic surgeons are using DDR to see what they've never seen before in evaluating musculoskeletal injuries of the spine and upper extremities, many of which are difficult to diagnose with static X-ray. Use of DDR is providing more insight in the dynamic movement of a joint leading to more precise diagnoses. Patient management is enhanced with better ability to predict surgical and treatment outcomes.
Alexander Kagan, MD, Chair of Radiology at Mount Sinai Morningside and Mount Sinai West, says that DDR takes one of the most ubiquitous exams, the chest X-ray, and produces a functional exam that wasn’t previously possible. “With DDR, we can perform this functional exam in 10 seconds on the same device that takes a regular chest X-ray. We can see anatomy better and obtain physiologic information, watching their muscles as they inhale and exhale. By looking in two frames – frontal and lateral – we can see the patient’s chest wall expand and contract in ways that we previously did not have before to diagnose different diseases and prescribe appropriate therapies. This can allow patients to be diagnosed quicker in a single exam rather than multiple visits.”