The Visage universal viewing platform is entirely based on a new generation of the Visage thin client technology and has been further optimized for speed and versatility, as well as being extended to natively support the Mac OS X platform.
"Our new client technology combines the best of the 2D and the 3D worlds. You may call it thin, smart, or hybrid - it just delivers the optimal performance regardless of whether you are viewing a large mammogram or post processing a multi-phase cardiac CT", stated Malte Westerhoff, CTO of Visage Imaging. "And finally, that same functionality and performance is now available to the growing number of Mac users, who can be integrated seamlessly into the radiology work flow."
Visage 7 empowers their users to take full advantage of distributed image acquisition, storage, interpretation, and web access. Image data can remain where it was acquired - instant and efficient access is provided from any local or remote location through the thin client streaming protocol.
"Unlike any other solution, with Visage 7 there is no need to move and duplicate your image data, both for centralized as well as fully distributed scenarios. This makes designing and scaling your imaging IT solution so much easier and more efficient, especially as your business grows and expands", stated David Chambers CEO, Visage Imaging/Pro Medicus Ltd.
"The thin client technology is making a difference to referrers as well. Using our powerful Visage 7 Universal Viewer on their office or home Mac or PC, they can rapidly access even extremely large datasets without downloading them first. This raises the level of service to the referrers and to tighten the partnership between referrer and radiologist."
Visage 7 is planned to be released in December 2009. Visage Imaging Inc. has also signed a deal to provide Lake Imaging, one of Australia's largest independent diagnostic imaging groups, with Visage 7. Lake Imaging is one of the fastest growing radiology groups in Australia. In 2002 it was amongst the first private practices in Australia to adopt a fully digital - filmless - imaging solution which has helped power its growth from two practices to today's network of seventeen fully digital campuses.
Visage 7 will be installed and fully integrated with the existing Pro Medicus Radiology Information System (RIS) at all Lake Imaging sites. In addition to being used for all primary diagnosis, the system will handle the long term image archiving needs of the group. The Visage solutions also provide Lake Imaging referring physicians with the ability to remotely access, view and manipulate their patient's images in both 2D and 3D, another first being native support for both Windows and Mac OS X.
"Visage 7 is a revolutionary new product that sports a number of industry firsts. It is truly thin client which provides rapid access to extremely large datasets without having to download them. This creates new opportunities for sharing images, regardless of location, that are not feasible using standard image transfer technology. The new Visage 7 Universal Viewer allows radiologists to view conventional 2D as well as advanced 3D and 4D (moving) images all within the one application. They don't have to continually switch between multiple applications as is usually the case with other offerings so we trust this will take productivity to a new level. We believe we are the first to incorporate 2D, 3D and 4D images using thin-client architecture working on both Apple Macintosh and Windows platforms", stated David Chambers CEO, Visage Imaging/Pro Medicus Ltd.
"Up to 30 percent of Australia's referring specialists use the Macintosh platform so we see this as a significant strategic advantage", continued David Chambers.
"Lake is a technology thought leader and has always built its business model using IT as a key enabler. We wanted to step up to a 4th generation PACS and after an exhaustive search, identified Pro Medicus as having all the things we wanted in a fully integrated next generation PACS/RIS system. It continues our strong relationship with Pro Medicus with a decision that makes both business and clinical sense for us. This move puts us two years ahead of the other players", stated John Livingston, CEO, Lake Imaging.
"That our new expanded range of products has gained traction with existing customers in Australia only serves to validate our decision to acquire Visage Imaging", stated David Chambers. "We are now arguably one of the only companies that can provide a truly single vendor solution that caters for all the needs of a modern radiology practice. We believe this will give us the edge both here and overseas", continued David Chambers.
Visage Imaging has also installed their Visage CS thin client enterprise solution with the University of Chicago to meet an evolving demand for powerful work flow improvement. The Visage CS's architecture has been designed to smoothly integrate with their existing work flow and allow for a greater level of performance and productivity throughout the enterprise.
"There are three important requirements that I consider when evaluating an enterprise server/thin client advanced visualization solution: 1) performance/scalability, 2) fully featured functionality, and 3) seamless integration into existing PACS work flow and applications. Visage addresses these requirements impressively", stated Paul J. Chang M.D., Medical Director, Enterprise Imaging, Medical Director, SOA Infrastructure, University of Chicago Hospitals as well as Professor and Vice-Chairman, Radiology Informatics, Medical Director, Pathology Informatics, University of Chicago School of Medicine.
"Visage is an impressive turnkey solution to our 3D needs. The system will scale with our growing requirements, performs beyond my expectations and integration was seamless. The implementation team worked with my group every step of the way to ensure a timely and smooth implementation", stated Peter Nanos, Assistant Director, Radiology Informatics, Chicago BioMedical Information Services, University of Chicago Medical Center and Biological Sciences.
"Visage is delighted to have the University of Chicago as our customer and we are committed to supporting and providing state-of-the-art technology necessary to their continued success", stated David Chambers, CEO of Visage Imaging.
"Visage Imaging provides superior integrated clinical applications to meet University of Chicago MC's current requirements, and a clear commitment to evolving its tools and applications to meet customer needs. The Visage CS solution has a strong focus on radiology and it also goes one step further to provide surgeons, neurologists, and other referring physicians efficient access to original 3D data, enabling them to perform their own reformations and post-processing in and beyond the radiology department. The unique aspects of the Visage CS architecture also provide for seamless and transparent scalability as the internal requirements change and grow", continued David Chambers.
Visage Imaging is a global provider of scalable enterprise visualization, RIS and PACS solutions for clinical and preclinical imaging. Targeted at hospitals and imaging centres of any size, the Visage products offer blazingly fast access to thin slice data anytime, anywhere, combined with a bi-directional RIS integration for a perfect work flow and a comprehensive set of clinical applications for all 2D, 3D and 4D interpretation and reporting, post-processing and image review tasks within and beyond radiology. Visage visualization and PACS solutions are registered as medical devices in Europe, Canada and Australia, and have received FDA clearance.
Pro Medicus Limited is an Australian medical IT and e-health provider. Founded in 1983, the company provides a full range of integrated software products and services to hospital, imaging centres and health care groups worldwide.
More information is available in the VMW February 2009 article Pro Medicus acquires Visage Imaging - experts in advanced digital imaging.