Virtual imaging command centre enables real-time remote collaboration

Royal Philips says it has launched the industry’s first vendor neutral, multimodality radiology operations command centre to add secure, digital, virtual scanner access to existing imaging installations across multiple systems and sites. The Radiology Operations Command Center made its debut at the RSNA virtual annual meeting.

As a multimodality (MR and CT) vendor-neutral digital hub, the Radiology Operations Command Center connects imaging experts at a central command with technologists and onsite staff in locations across an entire enterprise for real-time collaboration. Powered by Philips’ operational performance management technology, the command centre enables remote access to scanners across an imaging network. Its remote scanner connections are compatible with older imaging platforms, allowing customers to operationalise a ‘hub and spoke’ model for imaging within their current installed base. It also enables multiple use cases such as virtual imaging assistance, virtual on-demand cross-training and remote adjustment of imaging protocols for greater standardisation.

“We have been involved in piloting Radiology Operations Command Center on our scanners over the past year, which is already showing great potential to help enhance our workflow efficiency and training needs,” said RadNet vice president, chief technology officer and medical director eastern region Dr Lawrence Tanenbaum. “We use the technology to distribute our expertise across our network. Examples include cardiac imagers at one site helping to manage workload at other sites, while a rookie technologist doing a problematic prostate MR can get support from expert technologists at a central site. We are also leveraging the technology to centralise training, connecting people virtually to watch multiple examinations on the same day from the central site.”

Picture: Philips’ Radiology Operations Command Center enables radiology departments to expand access to imaging across more locations and during more convenient hours.

Published on page 4 of the February issue of RAD Magazine. 

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