Kodak Providing Latest Digital Medical and Dental Imaging Technology to Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games
Systems From Company’s Health Group to Help Physicians and Dentists Diagnose Injuries to World’s Greatest Athletes.
Rochester, N.Y., February 2 -- Olympic athletes will benefit from Eastman Kodak Company’s digital expertise next February in Torino, Italy, as Kodak will provide digital medical imaging systems to help on-site healthcare professionals diagnose injuries and other health concerns during the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games.
Medical and dental imaging and information systems from Kodak’s Health Group will enable medical staff at the three state-of-the-art Olympic polyclinics—in Torino, Bardonecchia and Sestriere, Italy—to treat athletes for life- and career-threatening injuries (including facial-dental trauma) as well as common ailments.
“Immediate treatment is crucial to quick recovery from sports injuries. Kodak’s digital imaging and information systems allow doctors to quickly diagnose injuries so proper treatment can begin right away,” said Kevin J. Hobert, President, Kodak’s Health Group. “In some cases, Kodak technology could make the difference in an athlete staying at the Games and competing, rather than returning home. The medical and dental imaging technologies we are supplying to the Torino Games signify a major advancement in the level of patient care provided to Olympic athletes.”
A broad range of solutions from Kodak’s Health Group being installed at three polyclinics in Torino to capture, view, manage, print and archive patient medical images include:
Two KODAK DIRECTVIEW DR 9000 Systems that capture patient x-ray images digitally in seconds.
One KODAK DIRECTVIEW CR 975 System and two CR 850 systems that quickly and easily deliver exceptional image quality. The CR 975 is Kodak’s top-of-the-line, multi-cassette computed radiography (CR) digital capture system.
KODAK CARESTREAM RIS (radiology information system) for managing the diagnostic exam process, and enabling fast and efficient storage, distribution and on-demand retrieval of a patient’s entire radiology record to authorized users within the three interconnected polyclinics.
KODAK CARESTREAM PACS (picture archiving and communications system) for secure and immediate viewing of web-based, digital medical images and critical healthcare information by physicians and radiologists on special high-resolution monitors. Kodak’s PACS also provides CD production capabilities to allow a flexible output of patient information according to the demands of referring physicians.
KODAK DRYVIEW Laser Imaging Systems for the printing of digital x-ray exams to radiographic film for sharing with referring physicians or for archival purposes.
KODAK CARESTREAM Hosted Information Management (HIM) for remote archiving of patient data and medical images in the Secure Data Center of Albacom in Milano, Italy to securely safeguard patient information.
Approximately 800 medical imaging exams will be conducted by 15 volunteer radiologists and 21 radiographers at three polyclinics during the Olympic Winter Games. Kodak will have more than 20 specialists and applications consultants on site to support these healthcare professionals during 34 days of operations of the polyclinics.
When the XX Olympic Winter Games conclude, the equipment Kodak is providing to the three polyclinics will remain in Italy and will be transferred to local healthcare organizations by the Torino Olympic Games Organizing Committee (TOROC).
KODAK Digital Dental Equipment
A staff of 16 dentists and 12 assistants will use KODAK digital imaging equipment and film and for intraoral and extraoral dental exams. Polyclinics are a primary source of dental care for athletes from all over the world.
In the polyclinics, intraoral examinations will be conducted using KODAK RVG 6000 Digital Radiography Systems that capture and display images of individual teeth or sets of teeth on a computer monitor to assist in diagnoses and treatment planning. Other intraoral radiographs will be captured using KODAK INSIGHT Intraoral Dental Film, a high-speed film that reduces radiation exposure up to 60% when compared to D-speed films. KODAK 2000 Intraoral X-Ray Systems will facilitate the capture of images from sensor or film technology, enabling the dental team to diagnose any problems arising with teeth, including injuries, toothache, cavities or lost fillings.
KODAK 1000 Intraoral Video Cameras will provide video still images of injuries to the mouth or teeth. For example, the dental team can view an image of a cracked tooth on a computer monitor and plan appropriate treatment.
For extraoral examinations, our KODAK 8000 Digital Panoramic Systems will produce radiographs with a larger viewing area, including a patient’s face, jaw and throat area. The dental team can use this system to diagnose injuries that may involve bone or a series of teeth, such as trauma that may have resulted in jaw fractures or dislocation.
All dental images will be stored on the PACS and shared with radiologists in case of heavy facial traumas requiring appropriate reporting. Kodak’s on-site dental imaging systems will be powered by KODAK Dental Imaging Software in a DICOM environment which enables remote diagnosis and medical image sharing with off-site or remote hospitals.
About Kodak’s Health Group
Kodak’s Health Group, with 2004 revenues of $2.68 billion, supplies the medical and dental professions with traditional and digital imaging and information systems. Its portfolio includes picture archiving and communications systems (PACS), radiology information systems (RIS), IT solutions, clinical information solutions, computed and digital radiography systems, laser imagers, mammography systems, x-ray film systems, and dental imaging products. Its services portfolio includes everything from repair and maintenance, to professional services encompassing integration, storage and archiving, secure e-mail services – and much more.
Kodak’s other major businesses include: Graphic Communications – providing customers with a range of solutions for prepress, traditional and digital printing, and document scanning and multi-vendor IT services; Digital & Film Imaging Systems – providing consumers, professionals and cinematographers with digital and traditional products and services; and Display & Components – supplying original equipment manufacturers with imaging sensors as well as intellectual property and materials for the organic light-emitting diode (OLED) and LCD display industries.
For more information about Kodak (NYSE:EX) contact your Kodak representative or visit www.kodak.com.
KODAK, CARESTREAM, DIRECTVIEW, DRYVIEW, RVG and INSIGHT are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company. 2006
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