Vitrea version 2 runs 3D medical image visualisation and analysis on Windows NT

Minneapolis 28 October 1999Vital Images Inc. plans to launch Vitrea 2, a Microsoft Windows NT compatible version of its Vitrea software for 2D/3D visualisation and analysis of medical image data. Vitrea 2 is Vital Images' first 3D-volume visualisation software product available for Windows NT and provides the speed and ease-of-use the medical community demands for diagnosis and treatment planning in a clinical environment.


Vitrea 2 will elevate 2D and 3D visualisation to a new level of clinical performance. This robust, feature rich tool is the answer to the desires of the medical imaging community for speed and functionality in diagnostic imaging in an NT environment, as stated by Douglas M. Pihl, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vital Images. Pihl is convinced that Vitrea 2 will set the standard in clinical 2D and 3D visualisation, and further increase Vital Images' lead in the market.

Vitrea 2 boasts a significant performance increase making most operations within Vitrea, including 3D volume rendering, up to four times faster than its predecessors. Proprietary code takes advantage of the innovative SSE instruction set of the latest Pentium III processors from Intel. In addition to the increase in speed, Vitrea 2 adds major new features to the product for the third time in 1999. Clinicians can use the new Batch feature to quickly create 2D or 3D image sets, digital movies or multiple images for reporting.

The Save Workflow feature extends Vitrea's already exceptional ease-of-use characteristics by allowing any Vitrea work-in-progress cases to be saved for review or completion at a later time. Save Workflow also creates future extensibility of Vitrea beyond radiology, enabling radiologists to easily deliver interpreted 3D visualisations for further study and analysis by treating physicians, such as surgeons. Numerous other features throughout Vitrea have been enhanced as well.

The Baptist Medical Center in Columbia, South Carolina, is very impressed with the increased speed and functionality of Vitrea 2. This represents a quantum leap in usability from the practising physician's point of view. It is truly a breakthrough in 3D for clinical radiology. Vital Images has once again responded to hospital needs with a truly impressive tool which promises to improve patient care, as Dr. John Thomas, an MD at the Baptist Medical Center, commented.

Vitrea is Vital Images' medical visualisation and analysis software for surgical planning and non-invasive diagnostic evaluation of computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging data. The company expects to begin shipping Vitrea 2 before the end of the 4th quarter. Vitrea 2 for the Unix platform will be distributed to installed Vitrea sites that are covered by a maintenance programme. An attractive upgrade programme will also be available for existing customers who wish to trade up to the higher performance Windows NT/Intel platform.

Vitrea represents a breakthrough in simplicity, speed and affordability in 3D visualisation and analysis of CT and MR image data. Vitrea features a built-in clinical workflow and real-time navigation of 3D volume data, permitting the user to navigate interactively through the anatomy. In addition, Vitrea automatically optimises visualisation settings using adaptive clinical protocols, improving speed and simplicity over other visualisation techniques.

Vital Images is a leading provider of visualisation and analysis software for clinical diagnosis, surgical planning and medical research. The company's technology utilises high-speed volume visualisation and analysis, as well as network communications based on DICOM and Internet protocols. Vital Images cost-effectively brings 3D visualisation and analysis into the routine, day-to-day practice of medicine.

The company markets its products to health care providers as well as to manufacturers of diagnostic imaging equipment. The company's products are distributed through direct sales channels in the United States and through independent dealers in Europe, Asia, South America and Canada. More news on the Vitrea software is available in the VMW article Vitrea and A3DI software transform 3D medical imaging into clinical routine which appeared in the March 1999 issue.

Leslie Versweyveld

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