Mercury shows thin client server, new cardiac analysis package

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Mercury Computer Systems was best known in the defense industry for years but the company has been in the medical field for more than 20 years. About four years ago, the company decided to become more solutions oriented, said Colin Murphy, director of sales and marketing. Through a series of developments and acquisitions, Mercury is now software-focused. At SIIM 2007 in Providence, R.I., last week, the company showcased its Mercury Visage CS Thin Client/Server which uses existing PCs and notebook computers throughout the hospital enterprise, and offers full integration with PACS and modalities and web-based deployment and administration. The latest version includes improved a 3D tool and enhanced workflow for CT angiography. The solution is made up of off-the-shelf components with standard graphic cards and CPUs. “We believe we now have the fastest client server,” said Murphy.

Mercury also showcased its Visage CS Cardiac Analysis package which includes left ventricle analysis with including ejection fraction, wall motion and more. It is the only company that offers full cardiac analysis in a thin client environment, Murphy said. Because the image never leaves the server, the advantage is instantaneous interaction. A user can call up a dataset of more than 1,500 slices in less than a second.

“The market is telling us that if a facility is going to be successful with 3D, they need full cardiac analysis,” said Murphy. For one thing, cardiologists want to do the reads and have control over the process. Also, as datasets get bigger and bigger, clinicians must view them in 3D. These changes require that 3D visualization applications be available anywhere in a hospital. Users can either buy the required hardware or move to a client architecture. The product, in many cases, eliminates the need for dedicated cardiac workstation hardware.