TeraRecon advances volume rendering for 3D/4D multi-Gigabyte datasets and reaches 400 medical imaging systems with U.S. Navy installation

San Mateo 15 October 2003TeraRecon Inc. has achieved the milestone of 400 medical imaging system installations worldwide, with a recent installation of Aquarius Workstations and an AquariusNET server at the United States Naval Medical Center of San Diego. The company also launched a powerful new addition to the VolumePro 1000 family of real-time 3D hardware rendering boards for the visualization of extremely large volumetric datasets in mission critical applications.


The United States launch of TeraRecon's Aquarius line of diagnostic imaging post-processing products occurred approximately two and a half years ago, starting with the Aquarius Workstation, followed soon after by the AquariusNET Enterprise 3D Server, the AquariusBLUE entry-level workstation, and the Personal Digital Lightbox solution for filmless review and image management.

The Aquarius products are used in conjunction with modern Multi-Detector Row CT (MDCT) and MRI scanners, which are becoming increasingly commonplace diagnostic imaging modalities in health care institutions around the world. Recent advances in MDCT and MRI have made possible new, minimally invasive diagnostic techniques as an alternative to more invasive and risky diagnostic procedures such as catheter angiography.

However, in order to form a diagnosis with confidence from the large, complex datasets produced by these modern scanners, radiologists benefit from sophisticated image processing techniques. To address this need, TeraRecon's Aquarius line offers both a stand-alone processing workstation, and the highly innovative enterprise-wide AquariusNET server solution which brings the advanced processing directly to the radiologist's work station, and the referring physician's desktop.

AquariusNET is accounting for an ever-growing portion of TeraRecon installations worldwide, as understanding of the benefits of this new technology increases and discerning health care providers adopt this powerful solution to address advanced visualization needs enterprise-wide.

Visualizing and analysing 3D and 4D volume data is an essential requirement for medical imaging, scientific computing, seismic interpretation, cluster computing, and industrial visualization applications. Without VolumePro, volumetric datasets exceeding a few hundred megabytes simply cannot be efficiently handled by today's PCs. VolumePro 1000D delivers no-compromise rendering performance, image quality, and cost-effectiveness for handing these most demanding 3D and 4D volumetric datasets on standard desktop computers.

The VolumePro 1000D is a timely, powerful and cost-effective solution for OEMs. For the first time volume datasets larger than 2GB can be easily visualized in real-time on standard, inexpensive Windows, Linux, or SUN computers. The VolumePro 1000D contains two ASIC engines mounted on a single VolumePro PCI board, delivering up to twice the performance as a single VolumePro 1000 board in a single PCI slot. The VolumePro 1000D is offered in two memory configurations: 2GB and 4GB per board.

Multiple boards can be utilized on single desktop computers or in the nodes of cluster computers allowing customers to scale their systems for extremely demanding visualization requirements. Dual ASIC engines with 4GB memory on each single board offer a powerful upgrade for TeraRecon's AquariusNET server family, allowing up to 16GB of memory in a single enterprise server.

TeraRecon's patented VolumePro 1000D is a significant technological advance in the area of 3D and 4D computer graphics, achieving unsurpassed levels of performance and functionality. Extraordinary image quality is achieved via XY image order rendering and powerful gradient based lighting calculations. Real-time interaction with very large volume datasets is made possible via dedicated on-board high-speed memory.

TeraRecon Inc. is a technology-driven provider of advanced imaging systems and solutions for industrial and medical applications, with solutions based on its unique and patented image processing technologies. The company has developed a portfolio of products that advance the performance, quality, functionality, and integration of image processing and 3D visualization systems.

Founded in 1997, TeraRecon has developed a unique family of powerful processors that are used in its real time diagnostic workstations, network-attached streaming servers, high performance reconstruction engines, and real-time volume rendering hardware engines. TeraRecon is a fast growing, privately held company with headquarters in San Mateo, California; and branch offices in Concord, Massachusetts; and Tokyo, Japan.

Leslie Versweyveld

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