Agfa selects Sun infrastructure

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CHICAGO, Nov. 28—Agfa HealthCare has selected Sun Microsystems to provide the infrastructure for its IMPAX PACS platform with integrated advanced visualization capabilities from Barco, which Sun announced at the 93rd annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

According to the Santa Clara, Calif.-based Sun, Agfa will offer IMPAX PACS with Voxar 3D Enterprise from Barco on Sun Ultra 40 M2 Workstations and a Sun Fire X2100 M2 server. Sun said that its products were selected following a successful proof of concept trial conducted between Agfa and Barco that demonstrated the use of multiple graphics cards to accelerate server-based rendering, along with the high disk and network performance required to provide rapid multi-user access to volumetric studies.

“The clinical depth that this integrated solution provides ultimately leads to more accurate diagnosis and better patient care,” said Erkan Akyuz, chief technical officer and manager of the imaging informatics business unit at Agfa Healthcare. “By choosing Sun systems as the platform for IMPAX and the Voxar 3D Enterprise, we’re able to offer a highly competitive solution that has great potential for improving on overall care.”

“Sun is pleased to be able to strengthen our relationship with Agfa to help create an advanced visualization server and workstation platform,” said Joerg Schwarz, director of global healthcare and life sciences at Sun. “The performance, speed and streamlined features of the Voxar 3D Enterprise solution are optimized when running on Sun technology. We’re looking forward to helping Agfa extend this powerful new solution to the medical community.”

The solution running on Sun systems will be on display at the 2007 RSNA conference in Agfa’s booth, 4106, and Sun’s booth, 5155, both located in the South hall of the technical exhibition area.