Vital Images to receive patent for automated protocol selection in Vitrea 2 software

Minneapolis 21 January 2000Vital Images Inc. has just been issued the United States Patent No. 5,986,662 entitled "Advanced Diagnostic Viewer Employing Automated Protocol Selection for Volume-Rendered Imaging" from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The patent covers the mechanism for automated protocol selection, which is utilised in the company's Vitrea 2 software for Windows NT.


The application of clinical protocols automatically adapts the visualisation settings to the exam type. The protocols are applied to each patient exam, producing up to six different 2D or 3D views. Each view is optimised for a specific clinical purpose which allows the user to spend considerably less time adjusting the parameters in order to attain a relevant diagnostic image, a key advantage over competing technologies.

"The issuance of this patent is evidence of Vital Images' innovation, commitment to medical imaging technology and our growing strength in the industry", explained Al Emola, President and Chief Executive Officer at Vital Images. "It is our primary goal to develop technology to improve the practice of medicine and our protocol selection technology represents a major breakthrough in making 3D practical for routine clinical use."

"Vitrea 2 has made it practical to do volumetric viewing of diagnostic images on a routine basis. Central to that accomplishment has been the concept and implementation of automated clinical protocols. The protocol mechanism simplifies and guides the radiologist's approach to each patient case", commented Vincent Argiro, Ph.D., who is the company's Chief Technology Officer and Founder. "The patent protects this significant invention and the innovation it brings to our customers' everyday medical practice."

Vitrea 2 is a conceptual breakthrough in medical visualisation and analysis software, making three-dimensional imaging practical for routine clinical diagnosis and treatment planning. Vitrea 2 allows physicians to quickly and efficiently visualise diagnostic images from computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) scanners in 2D and 3D. Vitrea 2 software features automated protocols, an innovative workflow and multi-vendor compatibility. Using high-speed processing, Vitrea 2 allows complete exams in a matter of minutes and produces gold-standard quality images for reporting, printing or Internet posting.

Vital Images is a leading provider of visualisation and analysis software for clinical diagnosis, surgical planning and medical research. The company's technology utilises high-speed volume visualisation and analysis, as well as network communications based on Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) and Internet protocols. Vital Images cost-effectively brings 3D visualisation and analysis into the routine, daily practice of medicine.

The company markets its products to health care providers as well as to the manufacturers of diagnostic imaging equipment. The company's products are distributed through direct sales channels in the United States and via independent dealers in Europe, Asia, South America and Canada. You can find more information about the Vitrea software in the article Vitrea version 2 runs 3D medical image visualisation and analysis on Windows NT, which has been published in the VMW December 1999 issue.

Leslie Versweyveld

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