Sharp and Children’s VoXcell
Sharp and Children’s
Russell Low, MD shares his experiences and the reasons for working with VoXcell. He is the Medical Director of Sharp and Children’s MRI center and a board certified radiologist.
Sharp and Children’s MRI Center, LLC was founded in 1986 by Sharp HealthCare and Rady Children’s
Hospital and San Diego Imaging Medical Group (SDI) to provide comprehensive diagnostic imaging for
children and adults. The MRI Center is dedicated to providing the highest levels of service in a relaxed,
caring, and supportive environment. It has become one of the few diagnostic imaging centers in the
San Diego area to offer the comfort of anesthesia for both infants and children. Unlike open or
standing MRI devices, its conventional imaging technology provides first-time high quality image
results. The MRI center is an accredited facility by the American College of Radiology.
Need for Speed
On the last evening of RSNA 2008, Dr. Russell Low was ambling its outer boundaries and encountered
VoXcell. He was very impressed with a demonstration in which VoXcell® rapidly retrieved huge
data sets over an Internet connection that also provided advanced 3D manipulation.
Back at Sharp, Dr. Low’s fundamental and most frustrating problems were exemplified by the long lagtimes
inherent in retrieving studies such as a 971-image MR study, using a cable modem connection
and pre-existing diagnostic viewing, which took no less than 8 minutes. Dr. Low had experimented
extensively using various compression settings but retrieval times had remained totally unsatisfactory.
Time constraints provided impractical barriers to radiologists and referring physicians accessing
diagnostic studies remotely, on-demand.
In Dr. Low’s mind, VoXcell® presented itself as an opportunity to improve patient care by providing any
physician with a web access to diagnostic quality views of medical scans.
VoXcell’s team initial challenge was to integrate seamlessly in to the MRI center’s workflow. This
needed to be done without permission of, interaction or interference with, the work of the then
existing Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) systems. The integration also required
security and privacy of Protected Healthcare Information (PHI) to stay safeguarded.
From May through August 2009, VoXcell fully developed all prerequisite systems and completed
integration. Simultaneously, VoXcell developed its web based universal router with the ability to
interface with any and all DICOM compliant PACS. Using VoXcell ’s router, Dr. Low thereafter selected
complex desired cases from pre-existing PACS and viewed those studies using VoXcell®. VoXcell’s team
continued to work closely with Dr. Low to implement his every clinical application requirement.
As the relationship progressed, VoXcell’s analysis concluded that then-existing bandwidth
performance and then-existing MRI center environment storage capabilities had limitations that would
have led to significant capital expenditures needed to expand Sharp MRI center technical resources.
In May, 2010 VoXcell team proposed its Managed RIS PACS 3D platform to be used to facilitate Sharp
MRI center in meeting its current and planned medical imaging expansions. Dr. Low test drove VoXcell’s
web portal from the comfort of his home, using a standard cable modem. His reaction to VoXcell
performance, “It is incredibly fast!”
Mr. Keith Prince (CEO of Sharp MRI Center) and Dr. Russell Low visited VoXcell’s data center location in
San Diego, California. They were impressed by the security and privacy afforded by the SAS 70 Type II
Utilizing VoXcell’s Cloud infrastructure could eliminate onsite hardware equipments as well as
contributing to total redundancy solutions, unlimited storage, and archiving capabilities.
Additionally, VoXcell is cleared as a diagnostic device via FDA 510K number K081215 and is accessible
on-demand anytime, anywhere there’s web access.
Sharp and Children’s MRI center has decided to use VoXcell’s centralized platform, beginning September 2010.