Ziehm Imaging and Pie Medical Imaging Announce Cooperation

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 General News
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NUREMBERG, Germany, May 25, 2010 Ziehm Imaging and PieMedical Imaging BV have joined forces to make the CAAS quantificationsoftware available on mobile C-arms dedicated for cardiovascular procedures.This capability is the result of Ziehm Imaging's strategic partnership withPie Medical Imaging BV (PMI, Maastricht, the Netherlands), a leadingdeveloper of quantitative analysis software for cardiology and radiology. Theintegration and distribution of PMI's CAAS software with Ziehm Imaging'sindustry-leading mobile cardiovascular imaging solutions will support theworkflow and optimize time efficiencies in quantification duringcardiovascular interventions.

Ziehm Imaging's C-arms for cardiovascular procedures combine a highperformance monoblock generator and latest flat-panel technology on a mobileplatform. The flat-panel detector allows for fully digital, distortion-freeimaging and better access to the patient due to the larger C-arm opening andthe 165degrees orbital rotation. Thanks to pulse technology at up to 25frames per second, the system provides sharp, high contrast images ofvasculature and soft tissue structures, which is indispensable particularlyfor complex applications in cardiovascular surgery. Ziehm Imaging's liquidcooling technology "Advanced Active Cooling" allows long fluoroscopy timesand ensures continuous imaging. This reliability combines with excellentimage quality, once only expected from fixed room systems, is now availablein a mobile interventional suite.

Pie Medical's CAAS software will be controlled directly on the C-arm'smonitor cart. This enables immediate QCA, QVA and LVA assessment includingquantitative measurements of the dimensions of coronary arteries, peripheralvessels and analysis of the left ventricle during intervention. ZiehmImaging's intuitive user interface with touchscreen will have a directinterface to Pie Medical's latest software solution.

Dr. Michael Wiets, Director of Product Management says: "Supportinghealthcare facilities with improved workflow, higher integration, and newfunctionalities are paramount to us and our ongoing product development. Thispartnership with Pie Medical Imaging exemplifies our focus on theCardiovascular market. The integration of PMI's CAAS application into ourC-arms brings additional benefits to our customers, our patients and savesvaluable time in the OR."

"The cooperation between Ziehm Imaging and PMI presents a uniqueopportunity for the two companies to create a comprehensive, state-of-the-artsolution for healthcare facilities and physician practices," states PMI'sDirector Sales and Marketing Rene Guillaume. "We look forward to continuing aproductive relationship with Ziehm Imaging."

For more information or for a product demonstration, visit Ziehm Imagingat EuroPCR in Paris, France. Booth #M18 level 2 or PMI booth #M30 level 2during.

About Ziehm Imaging

Ziehm Imaging specializes in the development, manufacturing and worldwidemarketing of mobile X-ray-based imaging solutions. The company has beenmarket leader in Germany for many years as well as in many other Europeancountries. Today, Ziehm Imaging is a global systems provider, employing over280 people worldwide. Extensive in-house development know-how is reflected inthe Ziehm Imaging C-arms' high medical imaging performance, intelligentgenerator technology, significant dose savings and seamless digital networkintegration. Building on competence and creativity, as well as continuousdialog and close cooperation with renowned universities, research centers andhospitals, Ziehm Imaging has developed groundbreaking technologies that havemade the company a global trendsetter in intelligent interventional imaging.Please visit http://www.ziehm.com for more information.

About Pie Medical Imaging,

Pie Medical Imaging B.V. based in Maastricht, the Netherlands, is theworldwide leading company in quantitative analysis software for cardiologyand radiology and well known for the CAAS products. Pie Medical Imagingdevelops and delivers software solutions that drive next-generationdiagnostics and research worldwide. Pie Medical Imaging is part of the Esaotegroup. Esaote S.p.A. is a leading manufacturer of ultrasound equipment anddedicated MRI. More information is available at:http://www.piemedicalimaging.com

About flat-panel technology

Ziehm Imaging specializes in the development of mobile C-arms. Thetechnology leader introduced the first C-arm with digital flat-paneltechnology onto the market in 2005. The introduction of digital flat-paneldetectors in mobile fluoroscopy marks a quantum leap in the technologicaldevelopment of mobile x-ray imaging. C-arms with flat-panel can displayimages with more than 16.000 shades of grey. These high-end machinestherefore improve soft tissue imaging along with visualization of bonyanatomy and are suitable for a variety of clinical applications: frominterventional radiology, through cardiology, to neurosurgery and vascularsurgery. Apart from fully-digital, distortion-free imaging, the flat-panelimproves the access to the patient due to the larger opening of the C-arm.The flat-panel detector is insensitive to magnetic fields which makes itpossible to work close to MRI sites or places where strong magnetic fieldsare present.Ziehm Imaging Martin Herzmann Director Global Marketing Tel: +49-911-2172-0 Fax: +49-911-2172-390 martin.herzmann@ziehm-eu.com http://www.ziehm.com Pie Medical Imaging BV Rene Guillaume Director Sales & Marketing Tel: +31-43-3281313 Fax: +31-43-3281329 rene.guillaume@pie.nl

SOURCE Ziehm Imaging

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