Heartlab, a medical imaging software development company with a main interest in cardiology, has closed an alliance with OEC Medical Systems Company, headquartered in Salt Lake City. OEC holds a strong market position as a manufacturer of mobile fluoroscopic imaging systems for minimally invasive surgery. The two partners consider their technologies as being complementary to each other. For OEC, the agreement offers an opportunity to enter the cardiac imaging market whereas Heartlab hopes to reach a new community of health care professionals in other expert domains, besides cardiology, which also require high performance imaging.
In a short time, Heartlab has built up a large amount of expertise knowledge in the field of filmless, real-time cardiac network systems and software. Hospitals are able to substantially reduce costs and avoid archival problems by using high quality digital images instead of 35mm film. The DICOMview software technology, developed by Heartlab, is running on common Windows 95/NT computers but nonetheless offers the clinician a possibility to view full-motion x-ray angiographic images and get a high performance, diagnostic quality review of them. Expensive and specifically designed workstations no longer are needed.
As Heartlab's new partner, OEC is holding the same views on improving cardiac care while at the same time lowering health expenses for both provider and patient, according to president Joseph W. Pepper. Its Series 9600 Mobile Cardiac Cath Lab will be presented to the market in combination with the Heartlab workstation. Other products in its assortment range from specialised mini C-arms for extremity imaging to full-sized C-arms for cardiac, neurovasuclar, urological and orthopedic procedures.