Merge Healthcare Introduces Version 7.0.1 of Merge Mammo(TM) Diagnostic Mammography Solution for European Market



    
    Newest features in multi-modality, vendor-neutral workstation enhance
    efficiency, improve clinical reading capabilities and ease transition to
    digital mammography
    

    MILWAUKEE, June 29 /CNW/ -- Merge Healthcare, (Nasdaq:   MRGE; TSX: MRG), a
leading medical imaging software and services provider, today announced the
release of Merge Mammo(TM) version 7.0.1, which recently received the CE mark
for commercial distribution in Europe. As one of the industry's first
multi-modality, vendor-neutral digital mammography workstation applications,
this system enables organizations to display and read images from different
systems simultaneously (digital mammography, ultrasound, MR, CR), and to read
all breast studies on a single workstation, regardless of which vendor's
acquisition device is used to secure the images.
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    Version 7.0.1 offers several features including:

    Enhanced full-resolution viewing -- In full resolution, a digital breast
image is larger than a computer screen.  Radiologists must therefore pan
across the image to view the image in its entirety. The process takes time and
increases the likelihood that the radiologist will miss a portion of the read.
Merge Mammo solution's new functionality provides a fluid, step-through
method, enabling radiologists to move from section to section in full
resolution to ensure complete review of the entire image.

    Optimized screen "real estate" -- In traditional mammographic images,
radiologists see more than the breast. Blackened, background areas (often
scans of the imaging unit itself) consume a portion of the viewing area.
Viewing can be optimized by reducing background and isolating the breast.
Merge Mammo now incorporates new algorithm-driven isolation of the breast
image. By automatically fitting the breast image into the display,
radiologists immediately see the image at maximum size, and avoid the time and
distraction of moving and manipulating images.

    Enhanced Grayscale Inversion -- Some radiologists use an inversion
technique when reading images, converting black to white and white to black.
Merge Mammo 7.0.1 offers a feature that enables conversion of white (the
breast image) to black, while maintaining background (non-breast image) as
black. This enhances the radiologist's ability to isolate potential problem
areas more effectively when inverting images.
    Merge Mammo is designed to streamline breast imaging workflow and enhance
clinical reading capabilities.  It offers easily customized workflow tools to
support radiologist-specific viewing preferences.  Facilities in North America
using that region's version of Merge Mammo are creating environments that
equal or exceed hard copy (film) review speed.
    "The Merge Mammo read station and software are easy to use and very
intuitive," said Steven Mendelsohn, M.D., Medical Director, Zwanger-Pesiri
Radiology, Lindenhurst, N.Y. "All buttons are very intelligently laid out.
Hanging protocols -- even for comparing multiple prior studies -- are not only
very robust, but also simple to set up. The software is intuitively facile for
many tasks, such as searching for prior studies that may have varied spellings
of the patient's name or the addition or subtraction of middle initials. Merge
Mammo makes it easy to share and consult on difficult cases across our
network, enabling radiologists 30 miles apart to simultaneously view any
case."
    "Many organizations globally are adopting digital mammography as
increasing numbers of clinical trials point toward its potential benefits,"
said Jacques Cornet, President Merge Healthcare EMEA. "We are eager to offer
our digital mammography solution to the European market and are convinced that
this version of Merge Mammo will be as successful and as widely accepted in
Europe as it has been in North America."

    Merge Healthcare is a leading medical imaging software and services
company. 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. For additional information, visit our website at
http://www.mergehealthcare.com.





For further information:

For further information: Beth Frost-Johnson, Senior Vice President, 
Marketing of Merge Healthcare, +1-414-977-4000,  marketing@mergehealthcare.com
Web Site: http://www.mergehealthcare.com

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