Sectra's digital radiology systems enriched with MD OnLine's comparative ImageMatch service

Linkoping 06 February 2002The Swedish medical technology and IT company Sectra has signed an agreement with MD OnLine (MDOL), specialised in computer-aided diagnostic support software, for the integration of MDOL's ImageMatch technology in Sectra's digital radiology systems. Through the agreement, MDOL's software ImageMatch is seamlessly integrated into Sectra's system for handling digital radiology images, which enhances and facilitates the work flow of radiologists.

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MDOL's ImageMatch service allows physicians to quickly match their patient cases to ones with similar pathology in the MDOL database. Within seconds, the graphic-based ImageMatch search engine interrogates the MDOL database over the Internet and presents images with like pathology prioritised according to the closest match to the query image.

"With these kinds of co-operations we increase the number of applications available to our customers", stated Jakob Algulin, manager for Sectra's Clinical Solutions Programme. "By letting third party companies provide their expertise and products on our platform, we create the most open solution on the market. All with the aim of maximising the benefit that our customers get from our workstation in handling digital radiology images."

MDOL is a health care information software and services company specialising in the development of computer-aided diagnostic support applications, based in the United States. Its mission is to provide additional diagnostic confidence to physicians, health care professionals, patients, and other interested parties who would otherwise not have access to comparative consultation. To achieve this mission, the company has combined sophisticated graphics-based image-matching algorithms with a vast clinically validated database of diagnostic information.

"The co-operation with Sectra will increase MDOL's availability in European and global markets and offer users of Sectra's workstation the opportunity to increase their diagnostic confidence by quickly accessing relevant clinical information", stated Victor Ruiz, MDOL's chief operating officer.

MDOL compares a submitted DICOM-formatted MR or CT image with millions compiled from pre-eminent medical institutions and leading radiologists from around the world, and within seconds presents the user with the best clinical matches, complete with patient information and differential diagnoses. To date, ImageMatch subscribers span over ten countries worldwide.

The Clinical Solutions Network (CSN) is the unifying concept of Sectra's co-operation with third party vendors connected to the Sectra software products in the medical field. Sectra provides open software products for radiology applications with interfaces that third party actors easily can integrate to. The CSN invites both commercial and researching actors to develop new functionality connected to the Sectra software solutions.

More news on Sectra is available in the VMW November 2001 article Sectra builds medical research centre in Sweden and captures PACS order in Norway.


Leslie Versweyveld

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