Cedara and Alion join forces to develop life-saving technology for military medical emergencies

Toronto 16 December 2003Cedara Software Corporation, an independent developer of medical software technologies for the global health care market, has signed a development agreement with Alion Science and Technology to supply the United States military with ultrasound guidance surgical technology that will reduce combat fatalities. Although initially targeted for military use, the new technology may ultimately be used in civilian emergency services around the world to prolong the survivability of patients with stroke, heart attack, and other traumatic injuries.

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Under the terms of the agreement, Cedara will provide its imaging software to integrate with portable ultrasound equipment. Cedara's software will display 3D images of critical anatomy and provide essential guidance in performing life-saving surgery. This breakthrough medical software, as part of Alion's solution, will enable an otherwise difficult procedure to be performed quickly and safely by a broad range of medically-trained personnel. The introduction of this new technology is expected to dramatically improve soldiers' survivability.

"We were looking for an experienced partner who could develop quality software and then work with us to integrate it into our equipment. Cedara was highly recommended to us by one of our most respected partners", stated Lyn Yaffe, M.D., Principal Investigator, Alion Science and Technology. "Because Cedara's ultrasound navigation software is a perfect match with our equipment, we are able to greatly accelerate the development time of this critical procedure."

Today's field medics often have only minutes to deal with critical combat injuries. Alion's new technique will use suspended animation to protect vital organs from the dangers of oxygen depletion, giving medics significantly more time to stabilize and transport injured soldiers to a properly-equipped medical centre.

Alion's solution will use Cedara's ultrasound navigation software to scan the patient's anatomy into a computer which will then guide the field medic through the surgical intervention. The technique will involve puncturing the patient's chest and positioning a special Alion device with millimeter accuracy. The complete solution will compress the time needed to identify the source of trauma, so medical personnel can act more quickly, with better information.

"The combination of Cedara's breakthrough technologies along with Alion's extensive domain expertise is an excellent example of how Cedara is helping to create new technologies with immense value. Through Cedara's Technology Partnership Programme, we are always open to forging new relationships with organisations and individuals who have interesting new ideas", stated Chris Barlow, Cedara's Director of Business Development.

Cedara and Alion will work with the renowned Safar Center for Resuscitation Research, University of Pittsburgh, that pioneered therapeutic hypothermia for traumatic shock and paved the way for initial human trials. "We are really excited to be working with Alion on this critical technology that will help save so many lives and could truly revolutionize the way the world receives emergency medical treatment", stated Abe Schwartz, Cedara's President and CEO.

Alion Science and Technology is a 100% employee-owned research and development company providing technology services to primarily high-level defense and government agency customers. Building on more than 65 years of experience, Alion employee owners are experts in wireless communication, defense operational support, industrial solutions, chemical technology, explosive science, information technology, and transport technology. Based in McLean, Virginia, Alion has more than 1600 employees at major offices and laboratories in 35 cities worldwide.

Cedara Software Corporation's software is deployed in hospitals and clinics worldwide. Approximately 20.000 medical imaging systems and 4600 Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS) workstations have been licensed to date. The company's medical imaging solutions are used in all aspects of clinical work flow including the capture of patient digital images; the sharing and archiving of images; sophisticated tools to analyse and manipulate images; and even the use of imaging in surgery. Cedara's technologies span all the major digital imaging modalities including angiography, computed tomography (CT), echo-cardiology, digital X-ray, fluoroscopy, mammography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine, positron emission tomography (PET) and ultrasound.


Leslie Versweyveld

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