New high resolution viewing methods are being developed for the medical sector to help the physician make a solid diagnosis and to support a preponderated choice between micro-invasive treatment or interventional surgery for a specific patient. One of the largest manufacturers of diagnostic imaging solutions is Siemens Medical Systems, Inc. This company decided to choose the O2 workstation, developed by Silicon Graphics, to serve as the visualization platform for an innovative 3D X-ray angiography application.
Silicon Graphics' O2 constitutes a powerful desktop workstation which enables to optimize the diagnostic procedure as well as the quality of surgical intervention in the field of neuroradiology. The unique architecture of the O2 workstation allows to both extend and enhance the traditional 2D angiography equipment with 3D imaging and high quality 3D visualization features. Doctors literally will be provided with a much clearer view on the best possible therapy for each individual patient.
Project leader Peter Durlak, who is responsible for the new 3D angiography application within Siemens Medical at Forchheim in Germany, describes the visualization capacities and overall speed of the Silicon Graphics' solution as really excellent. The O2 workstation will help to turn the experimental 3D angiography product, designed by Siemens, into a diagnostic tool for daily clinical practice. As a result, 3D X-ray angiography soon will be introduced in the hospital departments.
Silicon Graphics already enjoys a sound reputation as a provider of leading-edge but affordable solutions for the medical industry. The company is co-operating with renowned manufacturers, such as General Electric Medical Systems based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Philips Medical Systems located in Best, The Netherlands; Picker International, Inc. based in Cleveland, Ohio; Toshiba America MRI Inc. headquartered in South San Francisco, California; and Bruker Medical, situated in Ettlingen, Germany.