Joint Mercury Research to Improve Diagnostic Imaging Tools

Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) and the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Campus Benjamin Franklin, have signed a cooperation agreement covering the development of innovative 2D and 3D diagnostic imaging systems. The goal is to further optimize visualization and management of medical image data for modern imaging procedures, such as CT angiography and whole-body MR imaging. Another focal point of the joint research aims at improving the medical imaging workflow, so that clinicians and radiologists can quickly access image data, as well as advanced 3D tools throughout the entire hospital.

Mercury and the radiology department of the Campus Benjamin Franklin will evaluate and optimize the clinical application of the Mercury Visage(TM) CS Thin Client/Server solution in order to provide high-performance, scalable solutions for reconstruction and visualization of medical imaging data. Currently the work is focused on advancing Visage CS for 3D-based image interpretation, especially on automatic removal of bone structures in CT angiography images, advanced vessel analysis tools, and efficient interpretation of MR imaging data.

“Our collaboration with Mercury focuses on evaluating and optimizing the thin-client technology. In addition to the development of special 2D and 3D tools, we expect an improvement in the workflow within our department, as well as in the presentation of radiological findings outside of our hospital,” said Professor Dr. Frank K. Wacker, Vice-Chairman of the Department of Radiology at the Campus Benjamin Franklin. “Standardized protocols are being integrated in Mercury’s solution, enabling smooth access to data from different modalities and their distribution throughout the hospital.”

“Mercury works together with medical partners on a worldwide basis to deliver first-class OEM solutions that are clinically proven,” said Marcelo Lima, Vice President and General Manager of Commercial Imaging and Visualization at Mercury. “As a result, we offer our customers leading-edge know-how in the area of 2D and 3D imaging and integration within the diagnostic workflow.”

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