Varian Medical Systems Licenses Cedara Software's MergeCOM-3(TM) DICOM Toolkit

    Solution will address ongoing DICOM connectivity needs of Varian clinical

    TORONTO, Aug. 28 /CNW/ -- Cedara Software, a Merge Healthcare company
(Nasdaq: MRGE; TSX: MRG), and a leading medical imaging software and services
company, announced that Varian Medical Systems has licensed the Cedara
MergeCOM-3(TM) DICOM Toolkit for use in their medical imaging applications.
The Toolkit will allow Varian to accelerate the development of DICOM-compliant
solutions cost effectively.
    Widely used by OEMs, the MergeCOM-3 DICOM Toolkit is an industry leading
solution for quickly implementing DICOM interfaces. This Software Development
Kit or SDK provides simple, high-level abstraction of DICOM messaging details,
and comprehensive sample applications provide a straightforward demonstration
of programming concepts. For many medical imaging applications, slight
customization of the sample applications is the only development required.
With minimal development effort, Toolkit users can stay current with the
latest version of the DICOM standard.
    "We're pleased that Varian Medical Systems has recognized the value of
our SDK solutions," said Loris Sartor, President of Cedara Software. "These
solutions are critical because they enable imaging companies to focus on their
core competencies rather than addressing the connectivity needs of their
    "Varian is known globally for innovation, performance and reliability.
Employing the Cedara MergeCOM-3 DICOM Toolkit will allow us to accelerate the
development of new applications so that we can deliver new capabilities to our
customers sooner," said Corey Zankowski, Senior Director of Software at
    Representatives of Merge Healthcare have led and continue to participate
in numerous ACR/NEMA, DICOM Standards and IHE Image Integration/HL7 Committee
panels since their inception. With over 150 commercial MergeCOM-3 Toolkit
licensees, Cedara is the leading provider of DICOM connectivity toolkits with
industry-wide acceptance. MergeCOM-3 is available for Java, .Net and a wide
range of UNIX operating system platforms.
    Cedara Software is a Merge Healthcare company focused on the development
of customized software solutions and development tools for the medical imaging
OEM market. Cedara's solutions enable OEM companies to accelerate their
time-to-market, reduce development costs and access new streams of revenue.
Cedara's software is deployed in hospitals and clinics worldwide and is
licensed by many of the world's leading medical device and healthcare
information technology companies. Cedara's technologies and engineering
services span all the major digital imaging modalities and a wide variety of
clinical specialties including radiology, orthopaedics, women's health,
oncology, cardiac imaging, clinical trials, imaging for the veterinarian
market and more. For additional information, visit our website at
    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
    Varian Medical Systems, Inc., of Palo Alto, California, is the world's
leading manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer and
other medical conditions with radiotherapy, radiosurgery, proton therapy, and
brachytherapy. The company supplies informatics software for managing
comprehensive cancer clinics, radiotherapy centers and medical oncology
practices. Varian is a premier supplier of tubes and digital detectors for X-
ray imaging in medical, scientific, and industrial applications and also
supplies X-ray imaging products for cargo screening and industrial inspection.
Varian Medical Systems employs approximately 3,900 people who are located at
manufacturing sites in North America and Europe and in its 56 sales and
support offices around the world. For more information, visit
    All trademarks appearing in this release are the property of Cedara
Software Corp. and/or Merge Healthcare.

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For further information: Beth Frost-Johnson, Senior, Vice President, 
Marketing of Merge Healthcare, +1-414-977-4254,
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