Mercury demonstrates its Visage with new 3D capability

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Mercury Computer Systems Inc. showcased its expanded 3D to the Core platform at the 2006 European Congress of Radiology (ECR), last week in Vienna, Austria.

Mercury's 3D to the Core platform for OEMs is composed of the Visage integrated family of products for diagnostic workflow. The line is constructed for 3D and processing the ever-growing amounts of medical imaging data, and enabling a 3D diagnostic workflow to be completely integrated within a radiology department's existing workflow in the most cost-effective way possible, the company said.

A highlight of the Visage product family is the Mercury Visage 2.0 CS Thin Client/Server. The system expands 3D viewing capabilities to multiple users everywhere in a hospital and at remote sites, using existing PCs and laptops. This thin client/server plugs easily into legacy hospital IT systems and eliminates reliance on a few, expensive 3D workstations. Visage CS 2.0 now includes critical clinical application and workflow capabilities for visualizing 3D medical image data, either tightly coupled with a scanning modality, or seamlessly integrated within a PACS environment.
    
Also ECR, Mercury demonstrated for the first time the integration of Visage PACS and Visage CS, which will enable the end user to seamlessly utilize the 3D functionality of Visage CS within the workflow of Visage PACS. Mercury also demonstrated Visage PACS View, a new client version of Visage PACS. This system comprises both viewing and basic features for image processing.

The company also highlighted a workflow optimization feature for Visage PACS 4.0 for modalities that produce larger and larger volumes of data, such as CT and MR. With this new feature, Visage PACS 4.0 now enables the user to display ‘Presentation States,’ which allow medical image data to be presented to clinicians in exactly the same way it was prepared by the interpreting radiologist or physician, including display parameters and annotations. In addition, Visage PACS 4.0 features improved integration with hospital and radiology information systems by means of IHE profiles and HL 7.