Siemens and HipGraphics sign contract for further development of InSpace 3D medical imaging software

Malvern 30 March 2004Siemens Medical Solutions and HipGraphics Inc. have signed an exclusive agreement for further development of the state-of-the-art, interactive 3D medical imaging application, syngo InSpace. Under this agreement, the two companies, which have been co-operating successfully on the development of 3D diagnostic imaging applications since 1992, will continue to advance the capabilities of this unique software.

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"Rapid development of techniques for 3D imaging has led to an exponential increase in the size of data sets. This situation demands an effective solution in order to maintain a functioning clinical practice", explained Anders Persson, M.D., director for the Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV), Radiology (US), Linkopings Universitet, Linkoping, Sweden. "For us, InSpace has been the right tool to handle large computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) data sets in a very effective way. In my experience, InSpace is the only software on the market that can make real-time interpretation possible."

InSpace is an advanced 3D medical imaging application powered by syngo, a unique software solution from Siemens that is designed for an intuitive and seamless work flow across virtually all imaging modalities. syngo InSpace, which has been installed on more than 1000 Siemens systems since its introduction in 2002, enables the real-time 3D processing of very large volume data sets, such as produced by the company's SOMATOM Sensation multislice CT scanners. The latest version of this software, syngo InSpace4D, also enables 3D images to be displayed in motion.

Providing excellent image quality, syngo InSpace offers high performance 3D interaction for a variety of rendering techniques, including Maximum Intensity Projection (MIP), Minimum Intensity Projection (MinIP), Volume Rendering Technique (VRT), and Multi-Planar Reformatting (MPR) rendering. It also allows the real-time analysis of anatomy, for example, during an angiographic intervention with the Siemens AXIOM Artis C-Arm. syngo InSpace is available for implementation directly at the imaging system, and also on the Siemens LEONARDO Workstation, a multi-modality workstation that manages CT, MR, X-ray and nuclear medicine images.

"The Siemens LEONARDO Workstation with InSpace provides spectacular 3D images from Multislice Helical CT scan datasets. When I use syngo InSpace, I find I rarely need to do any image editing, and I can easily create .avi digital movie files, DICOM images or TIFF files for the referring physicians", stated Brian Herts, M.D., radiologist at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio. "The 3D visualization we provide helps our referring surgeons plan many complex surgical procedures, including partial nephrectomy and laparoscopic adrenalectomy, and renal transplant donor nephrectomy."

Already regarded by many as the most effective programme for interactive 3D imaging and interventional planning, syngo InSpace will continue to benefit from this collaboration between Siemens and HipGraphics. "Both companies are very excited about shaping the future of 3D post-processing software, and we are looking forward to continuing our successful co-operation at the cutting edge of medical imaging", stated Manfred Wangler, president of Software, Components and Workstations for Siemens Medical Solutions.

"With syngo InSpace, we have a unique way of doing volume rendering which, in my opinion, creates significantly better image quality, fidelity and accuracy than any other system available. This is the expertise we share with Siemens", stated Elliot K. Fishman, M.D., Chief of CT at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and a key developer of this technology.

Siemens Medical Solutions of Siemens AG with headquarters in Malvern, Pennsylvania and Erlangen, Germany, is one of the largest suppliers to the health care industry in the world. The company is known for bringing together innovative medical technologies, health care information systems, management consulting, and support services, to help customers achieve tangible, sustainable, clinical and financial outcomes. Employing approximately 31.000 people worldwide and operating in more than 120 countries, Siemens Medical Solutions reported sales of 7,4 billion euro, orders of 7,8 billion euro and group profit of 1,1 billion euro for fiscal year 2003.

HipGraphics Inc. is a privately held corporation that develops cutting edge medical imaging software focusing on real-time multi-dimensional imaging. The HipGraphics corporate offices are located in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.


Leslie Versweyveld

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