I'm somewhat surprised that this city exists at all, let alone the fact that it survived the one-two punch from Katrina and Rita. There's a joke around these parts: "Look up. What do you see? Sea level." Yes, New Orleans sits anywhere from 1 to 15 feet below sea-level. Minor problem, eh? But, the spirit here is strong, the levees and pumps have been repaired, and the rebuilding goes on. Eventually, I predict New Orleans will return to its former grandeur.
But now, back to things medical.
I had the chance to speak with several folks from MIMVista, including the fellow that wrote the software for the iPhone 3G application. The company was kind enough to give me the link to the presentation at WWDC08 in San Fransisco:
As it turns out, the iPhone app cannot be demo'ed at this point due to some pesky NDA's MIMVista signed with Apple. But as per the last post, the software should launch with the iPhone 3G itself.
which as I understand it can be used separately, or together, with or without the "PACS" storage server. The "viewer" is a thin client, but supposedly not for diagnosis. However, the "thick" fusion module should work on all workstations with a fairly open license agreement. As of now, there is no integration to Agfa, which I would need for reading PETs done at my Agfa. Let's get to work on this, Agfa and MIM. Quickly. I really, really want to get my hands on this software.
I looked briefly at the Cardiac package, which would be great for those doing multimodality PET perfusion/CCTA scans. At the moment, it doesn't have the high-level CCTA angiographic controls and so forth that we need for readout of CCTA alone.
I didn't demo the Neuro package, but I have been told by other docs that it is quite advanced.
I was asked not to mention numbers, but I can say that the value for the price is absolutely phenomenal. This is a bargain folks, and I don't say that often. PET/CT readers, have a look. You'll be glad you did.
Disclosure statement: The folks at MIM gave me a UniBall pen, worth approximately $1.