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At ECR 2017, Agfa
HealthCare shows how its solutions reflect its commitment to Care You Can See(TM)
for radiologists and patients
deliver efficiencies and clinical collaboration, aligning clinical and business
advantages with radiology's value-based care models
Agfa HealthCare is
committed to maximizing the diagnostic usefulness of visual information for
value-based patient care.
features and single, converged Enterprise Imaging platform support clinical
confidence and collaboration across the enterprise.
Dynamic MUSICA adds
moving images to 'gold standard' image processing.
ECR 2017, Agfa HealthCare shows how its commitment to enhancing the value of
imaging and strengthening radiology's role in patient care is realized across
its portfolio: from dynamic imaging powered by award-winning MUSICA image
processing, to the single, converged Enterprise Imaging platform, with its
specialized departmental workflow and image management services.
With the theme of "Care
You Can See", Agfa HealthCare is demonstrating its focus on enhancing quality
care throughout the imaging chain, in a way that is visible to anyone in the
Facilitating communication and collaboration for patient care
At ECR 2017, Agfa
HealthCare will demonstrate how its Enterprise Imaging platform enhances
clinical collaboration and supports the role of the radiologist. By enabling
secure consolidation and exchange of medical images, non-DICOM unstructured
multimedia information and paper documents, the solution helps support greater
satisfaction amongst clinicians, referring physicians and patients. The single,
completely unified platform also meets the needs of healthcare providers, by
allowing future enhancements based on the needs and strategy of users, targeted
at specific clinical use cases and deployed at the hospital's own pace.
Innovative, radiologist-curated features
With its broad diagnostic
workflow spectrum, task-based workflow engine, and collaborative features,
Enterprise Imaging for Radiology helps improve communication and handoff between
the different stakeholders in the diagnostic imaging process. Innovative
productivity features and radiologist-curated capabilities such as accurate
protocoling, automatic exception detection, fully integrated advanced image
processing, re-defined hanging protocols and rich native teaching files are
designed to enable consistent, predictable, and efficient study management.
A new report by respected,
independent research firm KLAS, indicated that Agfa HealthCare customers are
increasingly satisfied with the company's Enterprise Imaging solution. In the
report "Enterprise Imaging 2016: Early Leaders in a Growing Market", KLAS
highlights that the expectations of healthcare providers regarding vendor
neutral archive (VNA) and universal viewer vendors have risen. At the same time,
it states, "Potential enterprise imaging customers are looking at Agfa
HealthCare more than ever before. Agfa HealthCare's solution is solid overall
and provides decent functionality and above-average integration." On top of
this, Agfa HealthCare's XERO universal viewer received the KLAS category award
and was identified as top-rated vendor product.
Engage Suite for
with a web-based portal offering access to patient info
Visitors to ECR 2017 can
discover Agfa HealthCare's Engage Suite for Integrated Care: a web-based
platform that supports patient healthcare management and access to patient
health information beyond the hospital walls, for both patients and care
providers. This modular portal solution offers an easy-to-integrate and -use set
of applications, with clear and user-friendly interfaces. Each stakeholder has
the tools they need to prepare, follow, and monitor the patient's healthcare,
'anywhere and anytime'.
Along with its DR
portfolio, Agfa HealthCare will demonstrate the new multi-purpose DR 800 digital
radiography suite, which is designed to enable radiology to meet the growing
demand for fluoroscopy, without requiring multiple investments. This robust and
reliable solution can handle a full range of radiographic exams (skeletal,
thorax, abdomen, weight bearing) and fluoroscopy exams (including barium
studies, arthrograms, cystograms, myelography and catheter placement, etc.). It
supports Agfa HealthCare's role as a value-based healthcare provider offering
solutions that assure every image counts.
The DR 800 is empowered by
Agfa HealthCare's revolutionary Dynamic MUSICA. The gold-standard MUSICA image
processing software offers excellent image quality, while supporting care
providers' goals of delivering the lowest patient radiation dose reasonably
achievable and a smooth and efficient workflow, which results in greater
productivity. As well as the ability to process moving images, Dynamic MUSICA
enhances noise suppression, offers superb brightness control, reduces veiling
glare and plays a significant role in enabling potential dose reduction.
Flexible, affordable technology upgrades, with Fast Forward to DR
Visitors to ECR
2017 can discover how Agfa HealthCare's Fast Forward to DR program can help them
upgrade their imaging equipment in an affordable way, often with no capital
expense. The flexible program allows healthcare organizations to leverage their
existing imaging investments, to achieve higher quality images, the potential
for lower radiation dosages (when Cesium Iodide (CsI) detectors are used),
increased productivity and a smooth, more efficient workflow. Fast Forward to DR
includes step-by-step, individualized return on investment guidance from Agfa
HealthCare's team of specialists, to assure that the healthcare providers get
the most from their high quality digital radiography solutions.
"All along the care continuum, our customers require innovative solutions and
features that meet their real need for value - value of images, value of
radiologist expertise, value of technological investment, and more," comments
Hans Vandewyngaerde, Vice President EMEA Agfa HealthCare. "We are very excited
to show our extensive portfolio at ECR 2017, with our theme of
Care You Can See(TM),
because we are confident
that it demonstrates our commitment to a stronger role for radiology and the
radiologist, and to continuously enhancing excellent, efficient patient care."
To discover how Agfa
HealthCare can help radiologists accelerate their journey as leaders of
value-based care, visit our booth #103 at ECR 2017, March 1-5 2017,
Austria Center Vienna.
is currently not available in the U.S. and Canada
Imaging is not currently available in the US and Canada.
Papyrus customer wins global BPM award for contingent workforce management
60 BPM award submissions – 27 judges – 15 distinct evaluation criteria for
innovation, implementation and impact set by WfMC.
Judge commenting on the comprehensive nature of the Papyrus ACM platform: “This
is a complete case management system that involves a comprehensive mobile app,
significant data integration and multiple sources - it is a very big and
advanced end-to-end system with substantial documented benefits and significant
improvements over the old paper, manual, single-threaded solutions.”
From recruitment and candidate management to payroll and client invoicing,
across multiple departments and user environments:
• A mobile app for onboarding new workers and assigning work shifts to enhance
communication and activity between clients, workers and employees
• Intuitive user interface to considerably cut time for data validation
• Data-driven invoice generation and automatic delivery to clients
• Output in different data formats suitable for external systems processing
• User tracking of process operation with built-in BPMN designer/viewer
• Revenue reporting data generated for each client
ISIS Papyrus Software
Epicor Buys docSTAR
Epicor Software Corporation, a global provider
of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, has
announced that it has acquired privately-held docSTAR, an award-winning
developer of document management software based in Schenectady, New York. The
transaction closed on Jan. 3, financial terms were not disclosed.
The acquisition brings docSTAR collaborative cloud-based enterprise content
management (ECM) and
automated accounts payable (AP) solutions to the Epicor enterprise resource
planning (ERP) solutions portfolio. Founded in 1996, docSTAR has over 20 years
of experience delivering solutions that enable organizations to increase
productivity, reduce cost and transaction cycle times through business process
Today, nearly 2,000 organizations in North America rely on docSTAR
solutions—available as a cloud hosted service or on premises. docSTAR enables
customers to streamline business processes with smart enterprise content
management, document management, automated accounts payable and electronic forms
technology that integrates with third party ERP solutions.
docSTAR solutions are suitable for a number of industries including insurance,
financial services, healthcare, real estate, manufacturing, legal, non-profit,
education and the public sector. docSTAR customers include
Allison Marine Contractors, Inc.,
Crescent Crown Distribution,
The Cleveland Indians,
Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc., and
The United Way of Greater Knoxville, to name a few.
acquisition of docSTAR supports our strategy to strengthen and expand our cloud
offerings to continually enhance customer experience and the value we deliver to
our customers,” said Kathy Crusco, chief
operating and financial officer, Epicor. “docSTAR
brings valuable knowledge and experience in the development and implementation
of cloud-based document management software, with a successful track record
integrating its solutions with leading ERP offerings. A near term focus
following the acquisition will be on extending docSTAR integration to Epicor
With the close of the acquisition, former President and CEO of docSTAR, Tom
Franceski, will lead the document management business at Epicor as general
manager reporting directly to Crusco.
are excited to join forces with Epicor, a recognized leader in the global ERP
market, as we share a commitment to enhance the customer experience through
cloud offerings that automate business processes and promote growth,”
said Franceski. “The increased
scale gained as part of a global organization will enable us to further
technology innovation to deliver greater value to customers.”
The Crowley Company Adds Corporate
Sales, Support and Imaging Staff
Pat Crowley, vice president of
The Crowley Company, announce in December the addition of several key team
members to three divisions of the company. “2016 was a very healthy year for The
Crowley Company in both scanner sales and conversion services, allowing us the
opportunity to add personnel. These skilled individuals complement an already
strong team and will help lead us into 2017 with forward momentum. I’m very
happy to welcome them to our company.”
Scott Filipek and Timothy Ginster have
joined the business development team for capture
hardware sales (digital and micrographic scanners, duplicators and
processors) under the leadership of Matt McCabe, vice president of sales of
marketing. They will represent Crowley, Mekel Technology, Wicks and Wilson,
InoTec, Zeutschel and other leading preservation and records management scanner
brands. “Both of these gentlemen have significant backgrounds in the imaging
industry and have already shown their ability to succeed at Crowley,” states
McCabe. Filipek has a decade of experience in sales, marketing and technical
support and will represent The Crowley Company primarily in the Northeast. With
more than twenty years of experience spanning hardware and software sales,
conversion services, workflow solutions and training, Ginster will serve the
western region of the United States.
Kevin Kapel, a former
Crowley Imaging project manager, has signed on in a consulting capacity to
review and refine service bureau processes and workflows for maximum efficiency.
Says Crowley, “Kevin has spent the last several years in project management at a
major government subcontractor of records management. That experience, combined
with his knowledge of our own operations, makes him uniquely qualified to assess
and help streamline our operations. He will also serve as project management
support on several of our large, out-of-state projects.”
technical support team from Pittsburgh, Pa. is John Truver. With
background that spans information technology, project management, software
support and technical sales and support, Truver brings significant experience to
the Crowley technical support team which provides training, installation, and
technical support on all Crowley manufactured and distributed scanners and
micrographics equipment. Notes Debbie Harris, technical support manager, “John
has a full range of skills that will enable him to provide the best in technical
support to our customers. He has hit the ground running and I don’t expect him
Agfa HealthCare to
implement Enterprise Imaging for Radiology in first Acibadem International
Medical Center in the Netherlands
Turkish group chooses
Enterprise Imaging for Radiology for its performance and Agfa HealthCare's
excellent customer approach
Acibadem Hospitals Group is a subsidiary of Integrated HealthCare Holdings,
the largest supplier of healthcare services globally.
The Enterprise Imaging for
Radiology platform offers a unified imaging ecosystem including
image management, reporting, advanced image processing
and integration of clinical information.
Enterprise Imaging for Radiology enables "anywhere, anytime" image access,
enhancing collaboration, while supporting hospitals to optimize the costs of
HealthCare has announced today that it has signed an agreement to implement
Enterprise Imaging for Radiology in the new Acibadem International Medical
Center, expected to open in Amsterdam shortly. This is the first contract for
Agfa HealthCare with a subsidiary of the largest supplier of healthcare services
globally, Integrated HealthCare Holdings.
Acibadem Hospitals Group was founded in 1991 and now comprises 21 hospitals and
17 outpatient clinics, cross 11 countries, and has more than 7000 beds. The 3600
Acibadem International Medical Center in Amsterdam will be the first branch of
this Turkish company in the Netherlands, and will provide a range of services to
both Dutch and international patients.
Integrated care and "anywhere, anytime" images
Imaging for Radiology delivers a completely unified imaging platform, with fast
software, intuitive use, dedicated clinical tools and powerful workflow engine
that all maximize productivity while keeping cost of ownership low. This
integrated solution built on a modern platform goes far beyond the traditional
PACS. It supports image exchange, collaboration and mobility, as well as
personalized approach and comprehensive portfolio
Enterprise Imaging for Radiology, Agfa HealthCare was able to offer us the best
value," explains Koray Yürük, Director of Acibadem International Medical Center.
"In addition, the personal and international attention we received from Agfa
HealthCare showed us that they were able to fulfill our specific requirements,
and are the right partner for us."
very pleased that the Acibadem Hospitals Group chose Enterprise Imaging for
Radiology for their first clinic in the Netherlands," says Rene Stenvert of Agfa
HealthCare. "We look forward to building our relationship with this key
international healthcare provider as it grows into new regions, with our
comprehensive portfolio, customer focus and knowledge of the evolving healthcare
USA Microfilm Horror Story
Discarded Microfilm Prompts Frustration
By Betsy Abraham
November 29, 2016
A group of Westbury residents have expressed frustration
and disappointment with a recent decision by the Westbury Memorial Public
Library to get rid of the library’s microfilm, which included microphotographs
of The Westbury Times dating back to 1954.
“I thought it was awful,”
said Allison Clonmel, who periodically used the film for genealogy projects. “We
rely on the news media for information regarding our community and culture. To
hear the film was gone, I couldn’t believe it.”
Microfilm Library Director Cathleen Merenda said the
decision to get rid of the microfilm and machine was a “multiple step process”
that took a number of years to get to. She said that the resources were only
used once or twice a year, and that the library checked with Anton Media Group
to see if hard copies of the papers would be available for residents looking for
Anton Media Group Circulation Director Joy DiDonato said
she did get a call from the library asking if hard copies of The Westbury Times
were available, but that there was no mention of the library getting rid of the
microfilm or machine. Papers dating back to 1957 are stored at the Mineola
office and are available to the public; however, many of the older editions are
in delicate condition and are not able to be scanned.
Merenda said the microfilm machine at the library was
old and that they were having trouble getting parts to have it repaired.
“That was part of the
decision too, the machine was getting to the point that it was not usable,”
Merenda said. “The board didn’t want to invest $10,000 in what was an antiquated
technology. Once the machine was gone, that in combination with the film not
being used, made the decision.”
Merenda said they thought about storing the film in the
historical society building, but there was inadequate space to store the metal
cabinets. The library board of trustees approved the decision to get rid of the
microfilm machine in the spring; but no discussion was had (or required by
library policy) about discarding the film, which was discarded over the summer.
The library still has hard copies of the paper from
1937-80, which Merenda says they plan to keep. Residents can also still get
microfilm sent to the library, however, they will have to take it to the East
Meadow Library to use the microfilm machine there (which has been the practice
since the Westbury library’s microfilm machine went out of use).
Denise Parillo, secretary of the Westbury Historical
Society, found out about the deaccessioned microfilm when she was looking for an
old copy of The Westbury Times to further her research for a historical society
“I’m furious. I think there
has been a tremendous disrespect to the people of Westbury. A part of our
history is irretrievable,” said Parillo, who voiced her frustration at a library
board of trustees meeting. “I was told there were three file cabinets that
contained the film and there was needed space for staff. There were other places
in the library where staff members could have been.”
Parillo said this was the first time she had went to
use the microfilm, but working on the project gave her reason to believe she
would use it more in the future. The historical society is now urging the board
to digitize the copies they have, and if that is not a feasible option, to place
the hard copies in a climate controlled room that will better preserve the old
The library looked into the cost of digitization five
years ago, and it was an expensive process, said Merenda. Board president
Kenneth Little said the board is open to exploring options on preserving the
papers, but cost is a factor that will definitely be taken into consideration.
Little also said the board will be “discussing preventative measures, so
something like this doesn’t happen again.” ■
IDMi believes ....
- The world still needs educating, regarding what
can be done with legacy microfilm
- Although some issues are available in print form
– it’s not all of them
- It is sacrilege to ‘throw out’ any form of film
or printed matter (the Deputy Editors study is testament to that!)
- There are organisations in the USA and around
the world who will take hard copy and/or microfilm, digitise it FOR FREE
then share revenue with the owner/custodian
If you would like to know more contact
Agfa-Gevaert press release ....
With reference to the recent
media speculation, Agfa-Gevaert NV ("Agfa") announces that it has been
approached by CompuGroup Medical SE ("CompuGroup") who has indicated an interest
in a potential acquisition of all of the issued shares of Agfa by way of a
voluntary conditional public takeover offer.
Board of Directors of Agfa, together with its financial and legal advisors, will
carefully evaluate CompuGroup's expression of interest, taking into account the
interests of its shareholders and other stakeholders.
There is no
certainty as to whether a public offer for all issued and outstanding shares of
Agfa will materialize.
announcements will be made in due course, if and when circumstances so require.
(End of message)
The Agfa-Gevaert Group
develops, manufactures and distributes an extensive range of analogue and
digital imaging systems and IT solutions, mainly for the printing industry and
the healthcare sector, as well as for specific industrial applications.
headquarters and parent company are located in Mortsel, Belgium. The Agfa-Gevaert
Group achieved a turnover of 2,646 million euro in 2015.
IDMi COMMENT: Back in 2009, IDMi's John Baker foresaw the demise of
another photographic giant, Kodak, which was illustrated in a more subtle manner
than the above, by the inclusion of the giants first three letters 'KOD' in a
cover illustration for IDMi.
of millions of people don't have passcodes set on their Smartphones: Industry
According to a new report,
tens of millions of people don't have passcodes set on their Smartphones. The
TransUnion® survey polled 1,263 consumers ages 18 and older about
their experiences with and perceptions of cyber threats in anticipation of
National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October. Despite increasing fear,
nearly half of respondents don’t take common protective measures, such
as locking their phone with a password (45 percent) and changing their passwords
frequently (51 percent).
Comment from Robert Capps, VP of business
development at NuData
“The survey brings out some
fascinating data, particularly that “despite the increasing fear, nearly 50
percent of the participants admit that they don’t take actions such as setting a
password on their cell phones”, echoing the reality that, when it comes to
mobile, convenience is king. Users do not want to have any friction between them
and their device. Therefore, instead of continuing to be surprised by results
like this, we should look for ways to meet the need for security in ways that
don’t inject more friction.
The security industry, as a whole,
typically is most comfortable requiring that customers conform to methodology.
But, forcing users into a security paradigm is always going to be a risky
proposition, especially in technological environments, where they will only want
to interact with their devices in the ways they most prefer. Hackers and
fraudsters benefit from this dynamic (at present) because it’s tilted in their
favour. Single-point authentication methods, especially on mobile, unlock a
wealth of vulnerable PII (personally identifiable information) that is a rich
source of income for hackers when mined from phones and sold on the dark web.
Until authentication methods no longer require this data, we can’t expect this
economy to go away and the dynamic will continue.
Let’s imagine another scenario whereby
authentication may require this data, but doesn’t rely solely upon it. Instead,
identity verification is reliant upon a myriad of data points that form
intricate web of complex, rich and real-time data that is impossible to spoof,
mimic or replicate by nature of its interconnectivity and complexity. Friction
dissolves in this scenario because the verification of the user is so accurate
and ‘white-glove’ experiences can be offered to what we know to be the genuine
So, while we might continue to bemoan
user stubbornness in up-taking basic security protocols against their own best
interests, we can start to see that users’ natural behaviour can be the basis of
the security method. Analysing sessions in terms who how users are behaving, how
they typically behave, how other humans behave in this context, offers
non-invasive pathways to stunningly accurate identification.
We can stop enforcing security
methodology and our tactical requirements on end users and start working with
what they are offering -- natural behaviour and the ability to discern who they
are from it. Currently, many major online retailers and banks are beginning to
utilise this powerful passive biometric model. We anticipate that while
usernames and passwords will always have some relevance, it will become less and
less relevant for user authentication and verification in the future to come.”
Cybersecurity audit of the US
Secret Service found unacceptable vulnerabilities
A cybersecurity audit of the US Secret Service found unacceptable
vulnerabilities that leave the possibility of insider-threat activity and
According to this article, the Office of the Inspector General performed a
cybersecurity audit after the Secret Service improperly accessed and disclosed
information about Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Committee
on Oversight and Government Reform, which monitors U.S. Secret Service (USSS)
operations. A number of weaknesses were found, including inadequate system
security plans (SSP), systems with expired authorities to operate, inadequate
access and audit controls, noncompliance with logical access requirements,
inadequate privacy protections and over-retention of records.
Commenting on this, Stephen Gates, chief research intelligence analyst at
NSFOCUS, said "Mandated by Congress, the role of United States Secret Service (USSS)
is to protect our leaders, visiting dignitaries, and designated sites and events
in the U.S. In addition, they’re tasked with safeguarding the nation’s critical
financial infrastructure and payment systems. In other words, they’re
responsible for protecting the “stability” of our nation.
Secrecy is in their name; however, that secrecy may be at risk due to the poor
state of information security within their organisation that was recently
exposed. According to reports, their latest cybersecurity audit points to
numerous flaws in their approach to securing themselves, and our national
interests. This situation highlights a serious lack of leadership and overall
Being tasked with protecting our nation’s critical financial infrastructure and
payment systems, how can we expect the nation’s financial organisations to clean
up their own acts and harden their cyber defences when the agency who has
oversight does not do the same. The USSS is also designated to protect our
leaders and visiting dignitaries. Hackers and miscreants gaining inside
information about USSS protection plans put out leaders and dignitaries at
series risk as well. Being unsure what it’s going to take to clean up their
internal operations, the first step they need to take is shoring up their
cyber-defensive posture. Hackers gaining access to “secret” information within
their organisation makes us all more vulnerable. An intelligent hybrid security
strategy combined with global cyber-threat intelligence, cloud defences, and
on-premises defence will reduce their risk; while they take steps to implement
good policies and procedures to defend themselves and our national interests."
technology from Agfa HealthCare is catalyst for new Direct Radiography contract
with Vizient Supply, LLC
Complete portfolio of Agfa HealthCare Direct Radiography products including
DR retrofits, DR mobiles and full DR rooms available on contract to Vizient
• Contract accessible to the more than 362,000 acute care provider and
non-acute care provider Vizient members.
• Vizient members can select from a comprehensive line of Agfa HealthCare Direct
Radiography (DR) systems, all with award-winning MUSICA ® image processing
• Agfa HealthCare continues its long-standing relationship with Vizient with
this new contract.
Agfa HealthCare has been awarded a new three-year group purchasing contract with
Vizient Supply, LLC, a leading healthcare improvement company, to provide
special pricing and terms on its entire product line of direct radiography (DR)
products to Vizient's approximately 362,000 acute and non-acute care provider
Agfa HealthCare's full portfolio of DR products is included in the contract,
along with the third generation of MUSICA advanced digital X-ray image
processing software and the workstation. MUSICAtechnology provides consistent,
high-quality results and virtually eliminates the need for post processing
adjustments by the technologist or radiologist. The high image quality, when
used with Cesium Iodide detector technology, also means up to a 60 percent dose
reduction* for patients using Agfa HealthCare DR systems.
"We at Agfa HealthCare truly appreciate the opportunity to continue meeting
Vizient member needs for Digital Radiography," said Jared K. Houk, Agfa
HealthCare's North American VP of Imaging. "From our industry-leading MUSICA
image processing software, which provides excellent image quality, while
maintaining the potential to provide up to a 60 percent dose reduction*, to the
efficiency gains in transitioning to DR, we are committed to and focused on
working with Vizient's members to provide the best DR solutions that enable
exceptional patient care."
Following is a list of DR systems and DR detectors available:
Agfa HealthCare DR Systems powered by MUSICA Image Processing:
DX-D Retrofit: A complete line of cost-effective and versatile DR upgrade
solutions that extend the useful life of existing radiology systems. Available
with wireless or tethered Cesium Iodide (CsI) or Gadolinium Oxy-Sulphide (GOS)
DX-D 100+: Wireless portable DR systems with FreeView Technology for better
maneuverability and ease of use in crowded critical care areas.
DR 400: Flexible and affordable floor-mounted DR system that meets the high-
quality image standards of high throughput imaging departments.
DR 600: The DR 600 is a fully automated ceiling-mounted X-ray system with
ZeroForce technology, which enables easy manual movements. Optional EasyStitch
full leg and full spine imaging is available.
DX-D 300: Fully automated, versatile U-Arm DR system with high productivity and
a compact design. Optional EasyStitch full leg and full spine imaging is
Effective October 1, 2016 for an initial three year term, automatically renewing
for two additional one year terms, this contract is the latest in a long-term
relationship with Vizient. Agfa HealthCare also has contracts with Vizient for
Image management and Enterprise Imaging, Computed Radiography, and diagnostic
printing and medical film products.
*Testing by Agfa HealthCare with board-certified Radiologists has determined
that Cesium Bromide (CR) and Cesium Iodide (DR) Detectors when used with MUSICA
processing can provide dose reductions between 50 to 60 percent when compared to
traditional Barium Fluoro-Bromide CR systems. Contact Agfa HealthCare for more