GE chooses DivX Video Technology for Medical Imaging Devices

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ViewPoint, a division of GE Medical Systems, has selected for its PIA (peripheral interface adaptor) devices to employ San Diego, Calif.-based DivXNetworks Inc.'s DivX video compression technology.

 The PIA product line collects image archiving applications and documentation tools that automate the storage and retrieval of patient records. DivX, a MPEG-4 compatible video compression technology, enables the creation of DVD-quality video at one-tenth the size of MPEG-2.

 Incorporating DivX to ViewPoint's PIA devices will allow high-resolution medical images to be easily archived and distributed between hospitals and medical institutions. Viewpoint products can interface with many ultrasound and endoscopy systems from a variety of manufacturers.

 "The addition of DivX video to our PIA devices enables our customers with crystal clear video images at a size small enough to store and transfer among medical professionals," said Bernhard Hornung, leader of the development at ViewPoint.