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Barco releases advanced visualisation software

Medical imaging specialist Barco has released a new version of its Voxar 3D advanced visualization software suite that is integrated in Agfa’s IMPAX Picture Archiving and Communication System. This integration results in a streamlined imaging workflow, enabling physicians to read and report their studies faster and more efficiently. The new Voxar 3D suite is available with a full set of integrated clinical applications, including ‘VesselMetrix’ for quantitative 3D vessel analysis, ‘CardiaMetrix’ for CT cardiac analysis, ‘ColonMetrix’ for CT colonography, and ‘PET-CT Fusion’ for the interpretation of whole body oncology studies. “The combination of our leading IMPAX package with the advanced visualization technology from Barco has proven to be a success formula. The integration of Barco’s latest Voxar 3D release is the next step in this long-standing alliance,” comments Eric Maurincomme, Vice President Marketing and Business Development. “We are convinced that with Barco’s technology integrated in our IMPAX system, customers will experience the full benefit of advanced visualization functionality that is right at their fingertips.” “We are pleased to add a new chapter to our technology cooperation with Agfa,” states Calum Cunningham, Market Director at Barco. “This new integration opens new opportunities for Barco to bring its latest advanced visualization tools and dedicated clinical applications to Agfa’s large IMPAX customer base around the globe.” Barco’s Voxar 3D version 6.3 enhances IMPAX with advanced visualization that maximizes productivity. “It combines speed, easy access and advanced functionality in a package that is efficient, reliable and cost-effective. A single mouse click at the PACS workstation is enough to move from cineing 2D images to creating MIP, MPR, 3D or 4D reconstructions,” Eric Maurincomme continues. As you would expect from a real PACS integration, Voxar 3D and IMPAX share the patient demographics. What’s more, captures taken in Voxar 3D are stored in IMPAX as Live Images that allow clinicians to save and restore all their advanced visualization work. In fact, even Live Images from the previous IMPAX integration can be restored in this way. Voxar 3D has been specifically designed to optimize the ease-of-use and productivity of the daily imaging workflow. It makes advanced visualization accessible on any IMPAX workstation over a standard 100 Mbps hospital network. Voxar 3D also delivers fast loading. With the client-server ‘Enterprise’ version, loading an entire 1000-slice series in full diagnostic quality takes around 10 seconds, while a 2000-slice series takes about 13 seconds. As a tool for daily use, the suite operates effectively with any CT, MR or PET data, even data of sub-optimal quality. With the introduction of version 6.3, Barco has also put more emphasis on cost-efficiency. Therefore, the new product only incorporates the features and functionalities that are clinically relevant, with a special focus on reimbursable procedures. It makes use of powerful, off-the-shelf server technology and graphics cards, allowing users to benefit from the latest IT advances at the lowest cost. Along with competitive pricing and flexible licensing, Voxar 3D therefore offers a smart way to introduce advanced visualization throughout an enterprise, not just in a reading room. A full range of clinical applications Voxar 3D 6.3 can be complemented with a full set of clinical applications for specific medical disciplines.Voxar 3D VesselMetrix delivers all the necessary tools for quantitative vascular analysis and stent-graft planning of CTA and MRA studies on one easy screen.Voxar 3D CardiaMetrix analyzes multi-phase cardiac CT studies and provides 2D, 3D and 4D visualization for quantitative uation of cardiac anatomy and function.Voxar 3D ColonMetrix is optimized to visualize supine and prone image studies simultaneously in 2D and 3D. DICOM reports are automatically generated on-the-fly as you diagnose.Voxar 3D PET/CT Fusion supports the effective interpretation of whole body FDG oncology studies and provides real-time interaction with PET/CT images.About Agfa The Agfa-Gevaert Group is one of the world’s leading imaging and information technology companies. Agfa develops, manufactures and markets analogue and digital systems for the printing industry (Agfa Graphics), the healthcare sector (Agfa HealthCare) and specific industrial applications (Agfa Materials). Agfa’s headquarters are in Mortsel, Belgium. The company is present in 40 countries and has agents in another 100 countries throughout the world. The Agfa-Gevaert Group achieved a turnover of 3,283 million Euro in 2007. About Agfa HealthCare Agfa HealthCare, a member of the Agfa-Gevaert Group, is a leading provider of IT-enabled clinical workflow and diagnostic image management solutions, and state-of-the-art systems for capturing and processing images in hospitals and healthcare facilities. Agfa HealthCare has over a century of healthcare experience related to diagnostic imaging and has been a pioneer on the healthcare IT market since the early 1990’s. The HealthCare division has sales offices and agents in over 100 markets worldwide. Sales for Agfa HealthCare in 2007 were 1,392 million Euro, accounting for 43% of total group sales. About Barco Barco, a global technology company, designs and develops visualization products for a variety of selected professional markets. Barco has its own facilities for Sales & Marketing, Customer Support, R&D and Manufacturing in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. Barco (Euronext Brussels: BAR) is active in more than 90 countries with about 3600 employees worldwide. Barco posted sales of euro 747 million in 2007.


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