MINNEAPOLIS, March 13 Vital Images, Inc.(Nasdaq: VTAL), a leading provider of enterprise-wide advanced visualizationand analysis solutions, said today that it is pleased that the Centers forMedicare & Medicare Services (CMS) decided to make no changes to nationalreimbursement coverage of cardiac computed tomography angiography (CCTA) andwill continue to allow local contractors to determine coverage. Thisinnovative procedure combines a CT scan with advanced visualization andanalysis solutions to generate interior and exterior images of the arteriesand heart, within seconds and noninvasively.
"We commend CMS for making this decision," said Michael H. Carrel, VitalImages president and chief executive officer. "CCTA gives physicians valuableinformation that can help them diagnose patients arriving in the emergencyroom with chest pain, as well as evaluate difficult cases of artery blockagethat require intervention. Providing insurance coverage for CCTA procedureshas the potential to positively impact the quality of patient care and savelives by providing diagnostic information quickly."
Vital Images enterprise advanced visualization solution offers physiciansa comprehensive application for analyzing cardiovascular images. The packageincludes tools for coronary vessel analysis, cardiac functional analysis,calcium scoring, peripheral vessel analysis and electrophysiology.Advancements in these cardiovascular applications are a primary reason thecompany's recent release of Vitrea(R) 4.0 received the 2007 Best New RadiologySoftware Award from AuntMinnie.com. The software tools are fast and easy touse, and provide anywhere, anytime accessibility to key information and theability to access the workflow throughout the healthcare enterprise.
Vital Images showcased its enterprise cardiovascular solution at theEuropean Congress of Radiology (ECR) meeting held in Vienna, AustriaMarch 7-11, 2008. Tony DeFrance, M.D., of the Cardiovascular CT AngiographyEducation Center in San Francisco and a faculty member at Stanford UniversityMedical Center, read the case in front of the entire ECR audience at its firstannual "face-off" among providers of advanced visualization software. "VitalImages offers the easiest to learn and use enterprise-wide tools for readingcardiovascular images," commented DeFrance after reading the cardiovascularcase using Vital Images software.
About Vital Images
Vital Images, Inc., headquartered in Minneapolis, is a leading provider ofenterprise-wide advanced visualization and analysis software solutions. Thecompany's technology gives radiologists, cardiologists, oncologists and othermedical specialists, time-saving productivity and communications tools thatcan be accessed throughout the enterprise and via the Web for easy use in theday-to-day practice of medicine. Vital Images also has offices in Beijing,China and Den Haag, the Netherlands. For more information, visithttp://www.vitalimages.com.
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