Acuo grid aids in monitoring malaria in Malawi

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Acuo Technologies, a developer of software for medical image management, data migration tools and services, has reported that its DICOM Services Grid is being used in the distribution of information monitoring the impact of malaria in Malawi by Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing.  

According to the company, physicians now can diagnose and study the affect the disease has on an infected child's brain, which was previously done in an autopsy.

A GE MRI unit was recently installed at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi. The MRI captures images and Acuo's DICOM Services Grid rapidly transmitts them to doctors at MSU over secure connections. Acuo said the combined technology will let physicians assess information about the range of the disease.

The St. Paul, Minn.-based Acuo said its DICOM Services Grid focuses on a vendor-neutral medical imaging grid environment allowing sharing and collaboration. MSU will also be using the Acuo DICOM Assisted Migration to move and virtualize data between their existing proprietary archive with the GE 3.0 Medical Imaging Environment. The new environment also employs mirrored EMC CX-340 CLARiiONS, Acuo said.