Merge Healthcare Introduces PET/CT Workstation Software



    
    Dual modality solution maximizes PET/CT reading and reporting through
    advanced imaging capabilities combined with fast and efficient workflow
    

    MILWAUKEE, April 5 /CNW/ -- Merge Healthcare (Nasdaq:   MRGE; TSX: MRG), a
leading provider of medical imaging software and services, today announced the
release of its Merge PET/CT Workstation(TM) software. Designed to readily
accommodate standard methods used by radiologists to read images obtained by
PET (Positron Emission and Tomography) and CT (Computed Tomography), Merge
PET/CT Workstation is a vendor-neutral solution that maximizes digital reading
with easy-to-use controls for advanced imaging and streamlined reporting.
    
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    "With PET/CT, health care specialists can view physiological activity in
conjunction with anatomical location," said Chrysti Bowers, RTRM, Director of
Clinical Solutions for Merge Healthcare.  "Yet this clinical advantage can be
lessened by the challenges posed by fusing the large PET and CT data sets.
PET/CT practitioners from radiology, nuclear medicine and oncology must feel
confident that technology will optimize clinical effectiveness while also
maximizing workflow efficiency.  Our new Merge PET/CT workstation delivers on
both fronts."
    For premium clinical effectiveness, Merge PET/CT has incorporated reading
tools such as 3D volume rendering and hot-spot scout, and comprehensive
reporting tools such as SUV (Standard Uptake Value) calculations and
configurable colormaps.  Workflow is enhanced by layouts that mimic PACS
(Picture Archiving and Communication Systems) layouts split across dual
monitors in panoramic mode. This allows simultaneous review of CT, PET
Corrected, PET Uncorrected, PET/CT Fused and MIP images. Rigid registration
between images allows simultaneous navigation through all data sets.  Merge
PET/CT also allows for DICOM connectivity to PACS solutions for easier image
receiving and storage.
    "Many physicians who read CT studies have been forced to practice
directly on PET/CT consoles -- requiring them to be at a location where the
modality is located," Bowers explains.  "As a vendor-neutral application,
Merge PET/CT Workstation can be used as a stand-alone workstation, or it can
be integrated easily into a DICOM-compliant PACS environment.  With this
software, PET/CT images can be available immediately at a centralized
workstation where other modalities are read -- saving time, minimizing
frustration and enabling efficient reporting for PET/CT studies. Users of this
solution recognize a real paradigm shift we're creating for molecular
imaging."

    Merge Healthcare is a market leader in the development and delivery of
medical imaging and information management software and services. Our
innovative software solutions use leading-edge imaging software technologies
that accelerate market delivery for our OEM customers, while our end-user
solutions improve our customers' productivity and enhance the quality of
patient care they provide. Merge Healthcare's North American business unit is
focused on accelerating productivity for radiology departments and specialty
practices, imaging centers and hospitals. By combining sophisticated RIS,
PACS, advanced visualization and clinical imaging applications, Merge
Healthcare delivers integrated end-to-end software solutions and professional
services that transform the way our customers interact with referring
physicians, manage their workflow, position their businesses in their markets
and deliver imaging and information services to their customers. For
additional information, visit Merge Healthcare's website at
http://www.mergehealthcare.com .





For further information:

For further information: Beth Frost-Johnson, Senior Vice President, 
Marketing of Merge Healthcare, +1-414-977-4254,  marketing@mergehealthcare.com
Web Site: http://www.mergehealthcare.com

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