Vital Images launches two advanced visualization software products: Vitrea 2, version 3.7 and ViTALCardia

Minneapolis 08 March 2005Vital Images Inc., a provider of enterprise-wide advanced visualization software, is introducing ViTALCardia, a technology solution designed specifically for cardiologists. ViTALCardia includes high-powered software for diagnosis as well as a Web-based thin-client distribution technology to provide access to images throughout the cardiology enterprise. Toshiba America Medical Systems is offering ViTALCardia to its customers in conjunction with its new Aquilion 64 CFX multislice CT scanner. Vital Images demonstrated ViTALCardia at the recent 2005 Annual Scientific Session of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) in Orlando, Florida. The company also has launched Vitrea 2, Version 3.7, its latest software for 2D, 3D and 4D visualization analysis. The new release features Cardiac Functional Analysis (CFA) and CT Lung options developed by Vital Images. In addition, Version 3.7 includes enhancements to InnerviewGI, the company's CT colon software. Version 3.7, geared to enhance work flow and productivity, is now available for shipment.

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"We demonstrated Vitrea 2, Version 3.7 at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America in December and have seen strong interest in its innovative features ever since", stated Jay D. Miller, Vital Images president and chief executive officer. "We are especially proud to launch this version as we have developed two new options: Cardiac Functional Analysis (CFA) and CT Lung, as well as improvements to InnerviewGI. These three applications all potentially offer better, lower-cost and more patient-friendly alternatives to existing procedures."

The CFA option visualizes a beating heart in 2D and 3D. Further, CFA measures the ejection fraction of the left ventricle, a key assessment of heart function. When used with Vital Images' CT Cardiac option, cardiologists can fully evaluate cardiac function in the CT environment. These tools strengthen cardiologists' ability to effectively diagnose patient conditions by maximizing the power and speed of new multidetector cardiac CT scanners.

Vital Images developed the CT Lung option to provide a consistent work flow with other Vitrea solutions. This application can play a key role in lung cancer diagnosis, treatment and follow-up comparisons, as well as interdepartmental communication. For example, a temporal comparison capability tracks changes in lung condition over time. The nodule probe tool automatically provides the dimension and volume of a nodule with a single click.

The updated InnerviewGI option includes improvements to its hands-off fly-through capability that make it easier to visually travel through and examine the colon, along with the ability to move between 2D and 3D images with greater ease. The American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN), a co-operative group that conducts cancer-related clinical trials, is using this version of InnerviewGI in a major clinical trial comparing CT colonography to traditional colonoscopy.

Vitrea 2 is Vital Images' advanced medical imaging software for diagnostic evaluation of computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) image data. Vitrea 2 software features real-time navigation of 3D volume data, permitting the user to create two- and three-dimensional views of human anatomy, and to interactively navigate within these images to better visualize and understand internal structures and disease conditions. In addition, Vitrea 2 software utilizes an intuitive clinical work flow and automatic settings to improve speed and simplicity over other visualization techniques.

"ViTALCardia reflects our commitment to the cardiology community and recognizes the cardiologist's need for dedicated advanced visualization tools", stated Jay D. Miller. "For several years, Toshiba has offered our Vitrea 2 software with its Aquilion CT scanners, and together we have established a successful synergy in the marketplace. We are pleased to extend this distribution relationship into cardiology."

ViTALCardia encompasses several high-performance Vitrea applications including coronary vessel analysis, cardiac functional analysis, calcium scoring and peripheral vessel analysis. Like Version 3.5, this software includes capabilities for viewing 2D, 3D and 4D cardiac images of the heart.

ViTALCardia is fast and easy to use, with an efficient work flow that offers accessibility to multiple physicians within a health care enterprise. This cardiac-specific software provides tools to plan intra-vascular procedures, customized cardiac reporting, single-click navigation to examine suspect regions and pulmonary vascular segmentation with a "fly-through" capability. The ViTALCardia solution provides anywhere, anytime accessibility to key images and the ability to access the work flow throughout the cardiology enterprise.

Built on the same platform as the Aquilion 32 CFX, the Aquilion 64 CFX features the industry's most advanced multidetector CT imaging technology available. Utilizing Toshiba's unique 64-row Quantum detector, the Aquilion 64 CFX is designed to deliver high-speed, high-resolution cardiovascular imaging with the lowest noise and most anatomical coverage.

Vital Images is a provider of advanced medical imaging software for use in disease screening applications, clinical diagnosis and therapy planning. The company's technology utilizes high-speed volume visualization and analysis, as well as network communications based on DICOM and Internet protocols. Vital Images cost-effectively brings advanced visualization and analysis into the day-to-day practice of medicine. More company news is to be found in the VMW June 2004 article Vital Images introduces ViTALConnect and signs PACS integration agreement with Sectra.


Leslie Versweyveld

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