Vital Images and Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation launch SUREPlaque coronary plaque characterization software

Minneapolis 23 October 2006Vital Images Inc., a provider of enterprise-wide advanced visualization software, and Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, have released SUREPlaque coronary plaque characterization software. Developed through a technical collaboration between Vital Images and Toshiba, SUREPlaque is designed to aid in the evaluation and characterization and quantification of plaque inside the coronary arteries.

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"Through our long-term partnership with Vital Images, we have focused on the development of fast and easy-to-use advanced visualization tools designed specifically to optimize cardiac imaging for the evaluation of coronary arteries", stated Toshihiro Rifu, general manager, CT Business Unit, TMSC. "The result of this commitment to improving coronary artery imaging, SUREPlaque is a natural and complementary part of the work flow that already exists to evaluate vessel stenosis."

Under the partnership agreement, SUREPlaque is available on Vital Images' Vitrea software, version 3.9, which features significant enhancements to Vital Images' dedicated cardiac visualization applications. Although compatible with cardiac images from any computed tomography (CT) scanner, SUREPlaque was developed and validated exclusively on Toshiba CT images. Featuring improved integration between Vitrea and SUREPlaque, the coronary plaque characterization software is designed to provide colour coding of vessel walls, non-calcified and calcified plaque for easy reference and viewing. Enhancements include improved visualization of lesion boundaries and plaque types with automated measurement and quantification tools. For Toshiba CT images, there are additional functionalities, including measuring plaque burden.

In addition to SUREPlaque, Vitrea 3.9 incorporates new tools for probing coronary arteries, as well as increased capacity for handling large datasets.

"Vital Images continuously strives to offer the most comprehensive advanced visualization tools that help clinicians make better clinical decisions and improve work flow. We strongly believe that the strategic partnership with Toshiba has resulted in the development of one of the most important new tools in cardiac imaging", stated Susan A. Wood, Ph.D., executive vice president of marketing and clinical development for Vital Images. "With quantification tools that go well beyond colour coding and positive remodelling indexing, SUREPlaque not only detects plaque deposits in the lumen, but also within the vessel wall, making it one of the most advanced tools to characterize coronary vessels available."

According to Dr. Wood, Vital Images and Toshiba are preparing validation studies to clinically evaluate SUREPlaque against plaque measurement tools such as Virtual Histology and Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS).

Vitrea software is Vital Images' advanced visualization solution that creates 2D, 3D and 4D images of human anatomy from computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) image data. Vitrea uses an intuitive clinical work flow and automation to improve speed to clinical decisions and work flow simplicity over other visualization techniques. With these productivity-enhancing tools, physicians can easily navigate within these images to better understand disease conditions. Vitrea addresses specialists' needs through various clinical applications for cardiac, colon, and general vascular analysis.

With headquarters in Tustin, California, Toshiba America Medical Systems markets, sells, distributes and services diagnostic imaging systems, and co-ordinates clinical diagnostic imaging research for all modalities in the United States. Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation, an independent group company of Toshiba Corporation, is a global provider of diagnostic medical imaging systems and comprehensive medical solutions, such as CT, Cath and EP Labs, X-ray, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, MRI and information systems. Toshiba Corporation is specialized in information and communications systems, electronic components, consumer products, and power systems. Toshiba has approximately 161.000 employees worldwide and annual sales of $54 billion. More company news can be found in the VMW November 2005 article Toshiba supports new cardiac imaging fellowship at Shands Hospital, University of Florida.

Vital Images Inc., headquartered in Minneapolis, is a provider of enterprise-wide advanced visualization software solutions. The company's technology gives radiologists, cardiologists, oncologists and other medical specialists time-saving productivity and communications tools that can be accessed throughout the enterprise and via the Web for easy use in the day-to-day practice of medicine. More company news is available in the VMW April 2005 article Vital Images launches two advanced visualization software products: Vitrea 2, version 3.7 and ViTALCardia.


Leslie Versweyveld

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