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Recording Swallow Studies

The TIMS MVP (Medical Video Platform) recording solution has been designed to simplify the video capture and archiving of any medical imaging modality providing high resolution video & audio recording. It will work in conjunction with your fluoroscope footswitch operation, and you have full control over what you send to your PACS archiving system.

 

We give you the ability to view your acquired images in full HD and edit out any extraneous images or streams that you do not want to archive. TIMS is the only system available which is capable of capturing a full video streaming study from any medical imaging modality, editing within your office and saving relevant images to PACS.

 

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Read our latest Case Study: Performing detailed analysis of MBS studies at Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital speech pathology

 

TIMS Case Studies

TIMS can be an essential tool in any department that uses diagnostic imaging – Radiology, Cardiology, GI, Urology, Endoscopy, Dermatology, Pathology, Motion X-ray, and more. TIMS can convert any non-DICOM modality to DICOM and then connect it to the PACS, or TIMS can simply connect a DICOM ready modality to the PACS thereby eliminating any destination charges from the modality vendor.

 

Many of our customers appreciate TIMS intuitive interface and useful editing feature. Because TIMS is a compete workstation, a technician is able to review and edit out extraneous images prior to sending to PACS. This assures that the radiologist only sees the views that are pertinent to the clinical diagnosis.

 

Fluoroscopy – Franklin Sq Centre Hospital MD

Fluoroscopy – Speech Pathology at University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI

Fluoroscopy and Speech Pathology – San Gabriel Valley Medical Center

TIMS Features

The Solution for Recording & Review of Speech Pathology Studies

Replace your outdated, low quality DVD and video tape systems and upgrade to high resolution, DICOM, instant access and syncronised audio with TIMS.

Features

Convert non-DICOM modality to DICOM
Convert any medical modality to DICOM and send to PACS, record to USB, network and print. Any modality – CT, MR, nuclear medicine, motion X-ray, endoscopy, white light microscopy, angiography, ultrasound, and much more. Our software automatically analyses the video signal and calibrates exactly to the video specifications guaranteeing the very best image quality.

 

Study Annotation
TIMS MVP allows comments to be added using the Study Description or Series Description fields. These comments are displayed in the status bar of the TIMS window and included in the DICOM file. With Series Description, a pre-defined list can be set up so no need to type each time.

 

DICOM and Image Storage VIA USB
TIMS MVP can record to a USB device or a network destination. Multiple studies can be burned to a disk at one time for archiving purposes. A DICOM viewer is included and can be burned along with the patient study.

 

Export for Presentations
Sections of studies can be easily exported and embedded into PowerPoint  presentations for teaching or conferences, as video with audio or still images. Patient sensitive information can easily be screened out with a TIMS system.

 

Labelling
Labelling within TIMS MVP is easy to use and customisable to your needs. The system allows for studies to be labelled the same via Label Sets, either using preloaded descriptions (e.g. MBSImp and BoP) or customising own  descriptions, and in both the Study or Series view.

 

Study Scoring
TIMS MVP 4.5 allows you to score an MBS study from within the software.
Support for the MBSImP, DIGEST and PAS protocols are included, and
custom “scorecards” can be created to accommodate other protocols. While
scoring, TIMS automatically displays previous scores for the same patient for real-time comparison. When scoring is complete, it generates a formatted
results table for use in your reporting software or EMR system.

 

New Measurement Tools
TIMS MVP 4.5 has been updated with more advanced measurement tools. Metrics such as percent residue, hyoid excursion, and hyoid displacement can be quickly estimated using the area and linear measurement tools. Labels can now be applied to all measurements and annotations and a snapshot created of the resulting image for inclusion with the study to PACS.

Improved Workflow

With over 5000 systems installed worldwide, TIMS Medical has worked  extensively with speech pathologists to optimise workflow to make their recording, review, and analysis of Modified Barium Swallow (MBS), Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) and Videofluoroscopic Swallow  (FVS) studies more efficient.

The result is customisable workflows from the extremely simple to the power user. TIMS MVP records studies at the maximum resolution of your fluroscope with speeds up to 30 frames per second and synchronized audio. Completed studies are easily archived to your PACS or VNA. The streamlined workflow quickly frees up a busy procedure room and provides clinicians the tools they need to accurately diagnose studies for best patient outcomes.

TIMS Review Software (formerly TDRS)

TIMS Review is a software-only version of the TIMS MVP system (no video acquisition hardware). TIMS review can be installed on any Windows 10 computer, in the clinicians consulting rooms or anywhere in the hospital,
thus freeing up the fluoroscopy suite for the next patient and improving workflow.

The speech study can be instantly sent over the hospital network from the TIMS MVP system in the fluoroscopy suite to one or more TDRS systems throughout the hospital. TIMS is the only system that allows the user to
review and edit studies prior to sending them to PACS or recording to USB or network.

Specifications

Dimensions & Weight

  • 7.1cm high x 25.4cm wide x 25.1cm deep
  • 3kgs

Processor

  • Intel Core i3 3.1 GHz 8th Generation (Intel Celeron 2.9 GHz for the TIMS 500)

Memory / HDD / CD / PCI

  • 8 GB (4 GB for the TIMS 500)
  • 1 TB SSD (750 GB for the TIMS 500)
  • CD/DVD-RW external via USB (none for the TIMS 500)
  • One half-size PCIe x4 slot

Front Panel

  • Two USB ports
  • Audio in/out
  • Power switch

Back Panel

  • Keyboard/mouse PS-2 style port
  • Six USB ports
  • HDMI, DVI-D, or VGA output
  • Audio in/out
  • 10/100/1000 Mbit network port
  • Digital audio & S/PDIF
  • Foresight Imaging Video Input Board for all video & trigger inputs
  • External auto-switching power supply, 100-250 VAC

Operating System

  • Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB 64 bit

TIMS Applications

TIMS Diagnostic Imaging

The number of applications for TIMS is nearly endless. TIMS can be an essential tool in any department that uses diagnostic imaging – Radiology, Cardiology, GI, Urology, Endoscopy, Dermatology, Pathology, Motion X-ray, and more. Our customers are finding new ways to use TIMS almost every day. In fact, the current TIMS version that is available today is a direct result of the customer feedback that we have received over the years. We listen to our customer’s feature requests and do our best to implement them in future releases. TIMS has evolved as our customers needs have evolved.


“TIMS is by far the leader in the medical imaging industry when it comes to capturing still and motion video studies. Because of its unique streaming capabilities, many of our diagnostic imaging customers are utilizing TIMS for all of their motion procedures such as: angiography, fluoroscopy, nuclear medicine and ultrasound procedures, barium swallows, catheterization procedures, and others. Don’t be fooled by other DICOM conversion boxes that claim to capture streaming video, but in fact can only capture mere seconds of a study. TIMS is the only DICOM conversion system available today that is capable of capturing an entire study to be sent to a PACS or other archiving system”.

Speech Bubble - Educational articles and research papers

Speech Bubble – educational articles and research papers

  • Swallowing exercise may improve chronic dysphagia A rehabilitative swallowing exercise program aids long-term head and neck cancer survivors with chronic dysphagia, according to a study published in Head & Neck. Read the article
  • Could 3D food printers improve mealtimes for patients with dysphagia? A swallowing disorder can affect nutrition, breathing and quality of life including mental health. Speech pathologists often recommend people with dysphagia eat texture-modified foods. Unfortunately, even well-made texture-modified foods can look unappealing. This is where 3D food printing might help. Printed food could improve the visual appeal, as well as the safety, of texture-modified foods. At the moment, 3D food printing is a futuristic venture in the research and development stage. Even so, it is still food for thought… Read the full article
  • Paediatric dysphagia links to fatalities in Zika Virus A report in ‘Emerging Infectious Disease’ reviews nine cases of Zika Virus in Brazil. The authors say their study highlights the importance of looking for dysphagia in children who have congenital Zika syndrome. The infants, all of whom had microcephaly, showed delays in the oral phase, with eight out of nine exhibiting delayed initiation of the pharyngeal phase of swallowing and all showing general oral dysfunction. Read the full article
  • ALS patients have no distinct swallowing pattern, which may increase choking risk Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients follow no distinct swallowing pattern, and this may account for the development of dysphagia. Read the full article
  • Oral drug therapy in elderly with dysphagia: between a rock and a hard place! Demographic indicators forecast that by 2050, the elderly will account for about one-third of the global population. This population tends to suffer difficulties with swallowing. Caregivers in hospital geriatric units routinely compound in solid oral dosage forms for dysphagic patients by crushing the tablets or opening the capsules to facilitate administration. Compounding of marketed products has been recognised as being responsible for an increased number of adverse events and medical errors. In this article, the potential problems associated with the manipulation of authorized solid oral dosage forms are discussed. Read the full article
  • Pitt researcher receives NSF CAREER Award to develop improved screening method for dysphagia Read the full article
  • Have you considered acupuncture as part of the treatment plan of dysphagia? Read more from the article ‘Acupuncture Restores Swallowing After Brain Injury’
  • Swallowing Apps for Patients and Clinicians
  • ALS: early diagnostic workup for dysphagia advised. An article published in Nature by the Neurology Dept of Ulm, Germany, suggests patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) should have an early diagnostic workup to evaluate dysphagia. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is the most common neurodegenerative disease of the motor system. Bulbar symptoms such as dysphagia and dysarthria are frequent features of ALS and can result in reductions in life expectancy and quality of life. These dysfunctions are assessed by clinical examination and by use of instrumented methods such as fiberendoscopic evaluation of swallowing and videofluoroscopy. Read the full article