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IMPAC and Varian Provide Enhanced Cone-Beam CT (CBCT) Workflow Automation Using MOSAIQ(R)

Monday, July 28, 2008 General News J E 4
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CHICAGO and SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 27 IMPAC MedicalSystems, Inc., an Elekta Company, recently announced the introduction of anupdate (version 1.6) for its MOSAIQ(R) image-enabled oncology informationsystem that will support OBI Advanced Imaging, Varian's new OBI workstationsoftware. Among support available with MOSAIQ(R)1.6 is the ability toautomatically import CBCT images generated on Varian treatment machines.

"This IMPAC-Varian collaboration is the latest example of IMPAC'scontinued commitment to an open system environment that facilitatesexceptional connectivity among many different equipment vendors," says JayHoey, President and CEO of IMPAC Medical Systems. "Our two companies workedclosely and efficiently to ensure IMPAC customers could take advantage of newVarian connectivity and benefit from the innovative 3D distributed imagereview capabilities and sophisticated decision-making tools, long a part ofMOSAIQ(R)."

"This was a particularly well-coordinated development process betweenVarian and IMPAC product teams," adds Leon Tomczyk, IMPAC product manager."The lab environment, made available to us by Varian, facilitated the testingand implementation of the seamless integration between MOSAIQ(R) and OBIAdvanced Imaging. Both companies worked together with St. Mary Corwin Hospitalto coordinate the upgrade process. "

"Having CBCT images available for viewing in the MOSAIQ(R) oncologyinformation system is a great asset," according to Greg Gibbs, M.Sc., medicalphysicist at St. Mary Corwin Hospital (Pueblo, Colo.), the clinical site fortesting the compatibility of the MOSAIQ and OBI Advanced Imaging software.

"Cone beam images are analogous to port films, which we have kept inMOSAIQ(R) for medical and legal purposes as a record of where we treated,"Gibbs notes. "So, having the ability to import CBCT images into the patient'sEMR contributes to the completeness of the EMR from a documentationstandpoint."

"In addition," he continues, "clinicians now can access CBCT datasetsremotely at their convenience, instead of always having to visit the controlarea - we now can import CBCT images, which is a much better solution."

IMPAC also is working with Varian to support the RapidArc product and haveplans to upgrade a mutual customer in late August of 2008.

About IMPAC Medical Systems, Inc.

IMPAC Medical Systems provides healthcare IT solutions that streamlineclinical and business operations across the spectrum of cancer care. IMPAC'sopen integration to multiple healthcare data and imaging systems offersoncology-specific patient charting and practice management, as well asbest-of-breed systems for anatomic pathology, clinical laboratory and cancerregistry. With products that range from diagnosis and treatment throughlong-term follow-up, IMPAC provides a comprehensive oncology managementsolution that helps improve overall communication, process efficiency, andquality patient care.

IMPAC is part of the Elekta Group, providing oncologists, radiationtherapists, neurosurgeons and many other medical specialists with state of theart tools to fight cancer and brain disorders.

With more than 2,500 employees globally, Elekta's corporate headquarter islocated in Stockholm, Sweden and the company is listed on the Nordic Exchangeunder the ticker EKTAb. More information can be found at www.impac.com andwww.elekta.com.

SOURCE IMPAC Medical Systems, Inc.
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