Overview

Continuous improvements in image acquisition capabilities are rapidly expanding your everyday clinical practice and providing new ways to improve patient care. As a result, a solution for managing the growing volume of images and making them available to you and your colleagues become as important as the diagnostic tools themselves.

AW Server 2 is your platform for an efficient and automated workflow, allowing you to better manage your time, equipment resources and costs while enhancing your team’s ability to collaborate and provide a diagnosis.

The AW Server 2 delivers 3D visualization throughout your enterprise including any remote reading location that is on your enterprise network. GE’s thin client technology converts virtually any PC1, MAC1 or RIS/PACSinto a high-end 3D post-processing station without the need for expensive dedicated graphics processors. This system fosters collaboration among physicians, facilitating integration of state-of-the-art 3D visualization and processing capabilities into your routine workflow. By giving you the ability to share your post-processed data and findings with your referring physicians, report turnaround is faster while patient data remains private and secure.3

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Hightlights

  • Provides Enterprise-wide multi-modality image processing across clinical care-areas.
  • Allows rapid diagnosis from virtually any PC1, MAC1 or PACS/RIS2 even over low bandwidth network.
  • Saves time by automating processing tasks in the background.4
  • Centralized architecture provides increased security for patient data.
  • Seamlessly integrates with existing PACS infrastructure.
  • Facilitates communications between multiple physical locations and departments

1. Subject to minimum specifications – see Client Specifications section for more details.
2. See Integration Manual for details on integration capabilities for PACS/RIS other than GE Centricity PACS systems.
3. Requires IPSec VPN connections to ensure secure transmission of patient data. 
4. Requires purchase of application licenses for automated background processing.  

Features

  • Access to 3D visualization for an unlimited number of clients (Mac or PC) on your enterprise network.
  • Unlimited access to core AW Volume Viewer software capabilities such as:
    • Sophisticated  MIP/MPR/CPR/3D rendering and analysis tools
    • 2D and 3D lesion measurements
    • Multi-volume comparison and merge capabilities
    • 4D visualization (cine, functional)
    • Auto-select feature for one-click and automatic segmentation of vessels, tumors and other structures 
    • 3D fly-through tools synchronized with reformats
    • PET/CT analysis including SUVs and triangulation
    • Dedicated MR review protocols
  • Advanced applications1 and workflows for a broad range of imaging modalities and clinical applications
  • DICOM interoperability for workflow management
  • Centralized security and enterprise IT capabilities management.
  • Smart compression for low bandwidth conditions.
  • Streamlined reporting workflow.
  • Worklist management desktop.
  • Integration with PACS/RIS2 for stand-alone workflow, PACS-driven workflow, and RIS-driven workflow.
  • Multiple tiers available for processing 8,000 to 30,000 concurrent images.

1. Requires purchase of application licenses for automated background processing.  

System Requirements

On the server side: The AW Server is a turnkey solution that includes off-the-shelf enterprise class server hardware to ensure optimal performance for AW applications.

On the client side: The streaming technology allows light Mac or PC configuration1 (2.2GHz, 1Gb).

Intended Use

AW Server is a medical software system that allows multiple users to remotely access AW applications from compatible computers on a network.

The system allows networking, selection, processing and filming of multimodality DICOM images.1

AW Server is not intended for diagnosis of mammography images.

For other images, trained physicians may use the images as a basis for diagnosis upon ensuring that monitor quality, ambient light conditions and image compression ratios are consistent with clinical application.

1. Requires IPSec VPN connections to ensure secure transmission of patient data.

Testimonials

A Tale of Three Hospitals
By Carolina Nieto-Garcia, MD, Interventional Radiologist, Son Espases University Hospital

For more than 20 years, GE’s Advantage Workstation (AW) engineers have developed diagnostic applications that have lead to a robust clinical workstation across all areas of care—oncology, cardiac, neurology, gastroenterology, orthopedic and vascular. Radiologists’ and clinicians’ desire for a deeper understanding of pathological processes has led to a shift from a mere anatomical approach to medical imaging, to one that includes functional and quantitative analysis. This approach to diagnostic imaging has led to an explosion in the quantity of data clinicians must review, manage, and interpret. Recent information technology advances can help address the challenges of large image data management by offering new opportunities for the mobility of data, remote consultations, and access to information from virtually anywhere there is an available internet connection.

“Now, we don’t have to commute to the hospital, which can significantly improve our quality of life.”
Dr. Carolina Nieto-Garcia

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Creating an efficient remote reading environment
Dai Kakizaki, MD, PhD, Director of Sai Teramedo, Japan

The migration from analog to digital and the elimination of film has led to radiology groups creating remote reading rooms where radiologists read for more than one institution. In Feb 2010, Toda Central Medical Group (TMG) opened a remote reading/ interpretation center “Sai Teramedo”. The center reads for 15 facilities, including a screening center at Toda Central General Hospital, Atami Tokoro Memorial Hospital, and Shin Niiza Shiki Central General Hospital. Total monthly reading volume is: 421 CT; 351 MR; 2,140 general X-ray; 322 fluoroscopic; and 444 mammography cases, for an approximate total of 3,700 cases. Two radiologists are staffed each day at Sai Teramedo and use the AW Server for reading medical imaging studies.

“Our radiologists are simply just more efficient…Everything they need to analyze, view, and report a study is available on one workstation.”
Dr. Dai Kakizaki

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Integration and Information the Cornerstone of Radiology
By William P. Shuman, MD, FACR, Director of Radiology, University of Washington Medical Center

Radiology embraced the digital revolution more than 20 years ago. In most hospitals today, radiologists perform their diagnoses in virtually an all-digital environment. Alternate care sites—clinics and physician offices—are quickly following in the same direction, if they are not already there. However, as imaging and information technology advanced at varying levels over the past two decades, radiology departments have become a multisystem environment. As a result, radiologists utilize an array of systems—many from different manufacturers—to read and report the patient diagnosis. These systems include, but are not limited to, PACS, RIS, HIS, Speech Recognition, and advanced image processing.

“Because it’s much easier to use, you tend to use it more, and therefore you use all the power of AW in your analysis of a case because it’s so readily convenient”
Dr. William P. Shuman

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Clinical Applications

  • Access to core AW Volume Viewer capabilities1 including: 
    • Intuitive MIP/MPR/CPR/3D rendering and analysis tools 
    • Multi-volume comparisons and merges 
    • Auto-select tool with powerful one-click, automatic segmentation tools for extraction of any continuous structure, including bones and vessels 
    • 3D image manipulation tools including cut planes and VOI’s 
    • 3D fly through views synchronized with reformats and the ability to create movies 
    • Ability to create QuickTime VRs and MPEG movies 
    • PET/CT analysis functions including SUVs and triangulation
    • Auto-contour tool with one-click detection and comparison of hypo/hyper signal contours on CT and MR exams  
    • Dedicated MR review protocols 
  • Access to the following advanced applications:1,2
    • CardIQ Xpress (PRO, ELITE, REVEAL) – Coronary analysis, auto detection and labeling, stenosis assessment
    • CardIQ Function Xpress – Ejection fraction and myocardial function analysis 
    • CardIQ Fusion PET/SPECT –reformats and analyzes 2D or 3D cardiac CT images for qualitative and quantitative assessment of heart anatomy and coronary artery vessels 
    • VesselIQ Xpress – Vessel analysis, aneurism and stenosis analysis
    • Autobone Xpress – facilitates segmentation of bony structures and calcifications for CT angiography exams 
    • Thoracic VCAR - Emphysema and lung volumetric  analysis
    • MR VesselIQ Xpress - MR vessel analysis
    • Dynamic Shuttle dynamic vascularization analysis
    • Advantage CTC Pro 3D EC / Colon VCAR EC – CT Colonography analysis polyp detection and Electronic Cleansing
    • Lung VCAR – Lung cancer analysis nodule detection and volumetric follow up
    • GSI Viewer3 - Combines multiple monochromatic energies with material densities for added information from a single exam
    • SmartScore 4.0 – Calcium scoring assessment
    • PET VCAR (Volume Computer Assisted Reading) - improves visualization and analytical monitoring of oncology disease progression or response to therapy
    • Integrated Registration OncoQuant – Oncology staging and follow up with RECIST, WHO criteria
    • ReadyView – MR imaging analysis, DTI, Spectro, SER
    • BrainView Plus - Advanced techniques to easily and confidently analyze information from a variety of MR brain-specific imaging data sets
    • CT Perfusion 4D Neuro, liver and organ perfusion analysis
    • Advantage 4D – 4D CT respiratory motion assessment
    • AdvantageSim MD – Advanced RT virtual simulation planning
    • Volumetrix MI – Advanced NM applications

1. Please refer to Volume Viewer datasheet for details.
2. Advanced application licenses are optional and are purchasable separately
3. Not available on AW Server L. Only available on AW Server XL and AW server XXL. GSI Viewer is limited to on concurrent instance on XL server, and to two concurrent instances on XXL server.