Mercury Computer Features Visage 3D to the Core for Medical Diagnostic

Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) will demonstrate unparalleled advancements in image quality and performance across the entire diagnostic workflow, featuring the new-generation Visage(TM) product line, at the 92nd Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiology Society of North America (RSNA) at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, November 26-30.

In an expanded, interactive exhibit space, Mercury will demonstrate how its Visage 3D to the Core technologies, solutions, and services empower the transformation of the medical diagnostic workflow, from end to end. From acquisition, reconstruction, and visualization, to distribution and management, Mercury will showcase image quality and performance breakthroughs now required to cope with the increasing surge of data generated from devices like multi-slice CT (computed tomography) and CT/PET scanners, along with new clinical applications that are being introduced to the diagnostic workflow. Mercury recently was granted clearance by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to market Visage PACS and CS products as medical devices in the United States.

Mercury is empowering the 3D transformation of the medical diagnostic workflow
In Acquisition, dramatically improved MRI image quality and shortened scan times are possible with a simple drop-in upgrade to existing MRI scanners, with Visage MR. Visage MR provides greater contrast resolution in clinical images and enhanced image quality. The upgrade enables useful images during breath hold or cardiac timeframes for high-field scanners, and for low-field scanners, the images produced are comparable to today’s higher-field images.

In Reconstruction, Mercury will demonstrate more than 100X improvement in CT reconstruction performance over solutions with conventional microprocessors, with the Mercury Cell Accelerator Board (CAB). Based on the Cell Broadband Engine(TM) (BE) processor, the CAB is a PCI Express(R) accelerator card and is available with optimized algorithms, and multicore and multicomputer programming expertise from Mercury. The Cell BE processor’s extensive parallelism, along with vast I/O capabilities, permits efficient implementation of complex CT reconstruction algorithms with close to real-time performance. The CAB with Mercury software enables system designers to develop medical imaging solutions that can create images obtained from more precise algorithms, with higher quality and much faster than ever before.

In Visualization and Distribution, Mercury will show the Visage CS Thin Client Server solution, with stunning image quality, blazingly fast study loading and rendering performance, and an optional Cardiac Analysis Package that provides easy review and automatic quantification of cardiac dynamics using 4D multi-slice CT data to assess functional parameters, as well as coronary artery analysis. Mercury will demonstrate how these advanced capabilities are fully integrated within the PACS workflow and accessible by any existing reading stations or PC in the hospital enterprise — thereby eliminating the need for expensive, dedicated 3D workstations and the associated disruption in workflow.

And in Image Management, Mercury will demonstrate powerful new options for multiple viewers and side-by-side comparison, as well as hanging protocols in Visage PACS, Mercury’s award-winning, web-based image distribution system. The Visage PACS improved user interface now allows for side-by side viewing of any number of images, with flexible viewer layouts.

Mercury is empowering medical OEMs across the globe
Mercury signed a partnership agreement with Perfint Engineering Services Pvt. Ltd., in Chennai, India, for the distribution of Visage PACS and Visage CS in the Southern Asian market. “We’re pleased to cooperate with Mercury to open up new markets in Southern Asia,” said Kannan Neelakanta, Director of Perfint Engineering Services. “We will integrate Visage PACS/CS in our product portfolio, thus offering a leading-edge 3D Thin Client Server solution that provides advanced 3D capabilities to any PC or workstation in the hospital — and also to remote clients.”

In addition, Mercury has expanded its worldwide base of installed PACS systems, with new installations of its web-based PACS offering. The company reported a recent milestone with its Australian PACS partner, the Medical Imaging PACS PTY Ltd., which will implement Visage PACS in several clinical sites. “We can deliver a complete web-based PACS solution to our customers that optimally supports radiological workflow,” said Dr. Thomas Vargoczky, CEO of Medical Imaging PACS PTY Ltd.

Mercury will showcase its latest Professional Services offerings for medical OEMS and PACS dealers and distributors. Mercury’s team of talented services professionals provides comprehensive engineering, customization, integration, consulting, and training services for a broad range of customers and partners.

“We welcome all our medical colleagues to visit Mercury’s greatly expanded presence at RSNA,” said Marcelo Lima, Vice President and General Manager of Commercial Imaging and Visualization at Mercury. “We look forward to showing our partners the latest advances in technology, solutions, and services that can enable them to get better products to market, sooner and more cost effectively.”

Visit Mercury in the South Building, Hall A, Booth #4383 at RSNA, November 26-30, or visit for more information on Mercury’s 3D to the Core imaging solutions.

Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. – Where Challenges Drive Innovation
Mercury Computer Systems is the leading provider of computing systems and software for data-intensive applications that include image processing, signal processing, and visualization. With a strong commitment to innovation, our expertise in algorithm optimization, systems development, and silicon design is blended with software application knowledge and industry-standard technologies to solve unique computing challenges. We work closely with our customers to architect solutions that have a meaningful impact on everyday life: detecting aneurysms; designing safer, more fuel-efficient aircraft; identifying security threats; discovering oil; developing new drugs; and visualizing virtually every aspect of scientific investigation.

Mercury’s comprehensive, purpose-built solutions capture, process, and present data for the world’s largest medical imaging companies, 8 of the 10 top defense prime contractors, and other leading Fortune 500 and mid-market companies in semiconductor, energy, telecommunications, and other industries. Our dedication to performance excellence and collaborative innovation continues a 23-year history in enabling customers to stay at the forefront of the markets they serve. Mercury is based in Chelmsford, Massachusetts and serves customers worldwide through a broad network of direct sales offices, subsidiaries, and distributors. We are listed on the Nasdaq National Market (NASDAQ: MRCY).

Cell Broadband Engine is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Visage is a registered trademark of Mercury Computer Systems, Inc.