MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 21 Vital Images, Inc.(Nasdaq: VTAL), a leading provider of enterprise-wide advanced visualizationand analysis solutions, today announced it has released its next generationenterprise-wide advanced visualization and analysis product solutions with therelease of Vitrea(R) 4.0 and ViTALConnect(R) 4.1. This comprehensive packageoffers powerful advanced visualization and analysis capabilities viaworkstation clients, remote clients and Web-based clients. These releasesinclude significant enhancements to the company's powerful cardiovascular,neurovascular and gastrointestinal applications as well as improved Web-basedcardiovascular analysis and distribution capabilities. In addition to the newversion enhancements, the company also released ViTAL EP, a newelectrophysiology (EP) planning application to augment its world classcardiovascular suite of products and Medicsight's ColonCAD(TM) for itsInnerviewGI(TM) virtual colonoscopy application.
"Vital Images' Vitrea workstation-client set the productivity standard foradvanced visualization and analysis clinical solutions," said Jay D. Miller,president and chief executive officer for Vital Images. "We've taken that same'complexity made simple' approach to provide the most powerful tools via ourWeb-client, giving customers the ability to access these tools from anywhereat any time."
Enhancements to the company's Vitrea 4.0 workstation-client releaseinclude cardiovascular workflow enhancements such as automatic segmentationand probing of the coronary tree, easier vessel management and labeling, easycenterline editing and comprehensive reporting with automatic population offindings. Neurovascular improvements include motion correction andsimultaneous multi-slice computation for true 4D perfusion for strokepatients. This release also includes improved colon enhancements such asfly-through capabilities, polyp probe and automatic registration of prone andsupine, among other significant usability improvements including computeraided detection (CAD) designed to identify suspicious regions in the colon.
ViTAL's Web-client enhancements in the ViTALConnect 4.1 release includenew cardiovascular tools, including automatic segmentation of the coronarytree, centerline editing and automatic stenosis calculation all designed toincrease efficiency and productivity. Additional enhancements include improved2D performance and integrated reporting features. The combined workstation andWeb-client solution enables a streamlined workflow designed to improveefficiency.
"What I demonstrated live at the recent Stanford course -- loading andanalyzing a 5,020 slice study over the Web-client -- I could have done from myhouse using my laptop," said Dr. Tony DeFrance, medical director of the CVCTAEducation Center in San Francisco. "I routinely use the 'workstation-client'but it's nice to know that I can use the same powerful tools remotely usingthe Web-client."
The new EP planning application, ViTAL EP, contains a 3D advancedvisualization and modeling tool for the electrophysiology (EP) lab. ViTAL EPautomatically segments out the pulmonary veins and creates a three dimensionalanatomic model of the heart for super-imposed EP mapping. In addition to itspowerful clinical features, ViTAL EP automatically exports a 3D model fordisplay on the on the St. Jude Medical EnSite(R) System, which is used tofacilitate therapy for the treatment of arrhythmias.
Medicsight ColonCAD(TM), designed to automatically identify suspectregions in the colon, is available in Europe with Vitrea 4.0, and will beavailable in the US pending FDA clearance.
ViTALConnect(R) software is a Web-enabled medical tool that allowsphysicians to use PCs or notebook computers to access interactive 2D, 3D and4D advanced visualization. Building on Vital Images' knowledge andunderstanding of advanced