Synaptive Medical Acquires ClearCanvas to Help Redefine the Standard Landscape of Medical Imaging

TORONTO, March 9, 2015 /CNW/ -- Synaptive Medical, creator of leading edge neurosurgery products, has acquired intellectual property and products from ClearCanvas, a developer of innovative imaging informatics solutions.  ClearCanvas' comprehensive image storage and visualization platform has been the architectural backbone for Synaptive Medical's BrightMatter suite of products, including BrightMatter Plan, which offers unprecedented visualization of 3D tractography in the brain, allowing the neurosurgeon to establish a minimally disruptive surgical pathway.

"We bought ClearCanvas because their innovative and extensible medical imaging platforms already form the basis of a number of Synaptive products.  It makes strategic sense to bring such an essential component of our products in-house, with the added benefit of significantly augmenting our team with ClearCanvas' pool of talent and expertise." says Cameron Piron, president of Synaptive.

In the coming months, ClearCanvas' next generation research platform, ImageDrive, will be integrated to facilitate tracking vast amounts of intraoperative data and correlating that data with patient outcomes.  ImageDrive stores research data, such as DICOM and non-DICOM objects, and indexes their content so they can be easily searched and mined.  Users can easily organize that data however they like using folders and tags.  DICOM images can also be de-identified with ImageDrive's powerful de-identification engine, ensuring that protected health information is never compromised.  Like all ClearCanvas products, ImageDrive is highly extensible, making it an ideal foundation on which to build new functionality.

"It is extremely gratifying and affirming to see the innovative and exciting ways in which Synaptive continues to build on top of the ClearCanvas platform to advance neurosurgery. I very much look forward to being a part of an extraordinarily talented team whose innovations will profoundly change the lives of people everywhere," says Norman Young, founder of ClearCanvas.

About Synaptive Medical | Synaptive Medical has dedicated a talented team of engineers and scientists specifically to the development of neurosurgical technologies. The result is their BrightMatter Neurosurgical Products that provide advanced tools and information to allow surgeons to focus on patient outcomes.  From advanced visualization and guidance to their first hands-free surgical scope, Synaptive medical is collaborating with surgeons, hospitals and industry partners to define a new standard of care for neurosurgical intervention.

About ClearCanvas | ClearCanvas is a worldwide provider of innovative imaging informatics solutions.  Used by more than 30,000 healthcare professionals worldwide, ClearCanvas products and technologies are installed in a range of facilities including world-renowned hospitals, research facilities and imaging clinics around the globe.


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