Calgary Scientific to Release ResolutionMD Cardiac Advanced Visualization Suite


December 29, 2008

December 29, 2008 - Calgary Scientific Inc. plans to release its ResolutionMD Cardiac advanced visualization suite of clinical modules for viewing and analyzing cardiac CT and MR images in early 2009.

The company said ResolutionMD Cardiac is the first single unified system for CT and MR studies for use by radiologists, cardiac radiologists and cardiologists in the screening and diagnosing of cardiac disease. The modules included are calcium scoring, coronary analysis, and ventricular function. The product can be delivered through the ResolutionMD Web advanced visualization platform or seamlessly integrated within a PACS using the ResolutionMD SDK.

The software allows imaging professionals to perform both anatomical and functional analysis using both CT and MR images in a unified and intuitive workflow. By providing access on a Web platform or integrated with PACS, the suite extends the reach of powerful cardiac tools beyond traditional proprietary workstations. The company said the suite allows flexible access to the tools where clinicians want to use them and reduces costs associated with high-end hardware. Automated tools and reporting is said to make completing a study more efficient, while the harmonized user interface for both CT and MR reduces the time and cost associated with learning and using multiple systems.

“A single system with a common interface for CT and MR, like Calgary Scientific’s ResolutionMD Cardiac, will provide significant benefits in terms of usability, time and cost savings,” said Dr.Naeem Merchant, cardiac radiologist at Foothills Hospital in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The calcium scoring module is used to quantify calcium in the coronary arteries as a predictive tool for future coronary events, such as a heart attack. It uses non-contrast-enhanced cardiac CT images. Some of the features will include single-click Agatston scoring, calcium pre-highlighting, and customizable reports.

The coronary analysis module is used to visually inspect and quantify stenoses in the coronary arteries. MIP/MPR, 3D, curved MPR, and cross-sectional images enable flexible evaluation of arteries. Some of the features include automated centerlining that allows for efficient inspection of arteries in curved MPRs, heart segmentation, and centerline editing for getting through difficult stenoses.

The ventricular function module is used for the analysis of cardiac function using CT and MR images. Fully automated left ventricle segmentation provides rapid access to ejection fraction, stroke volume, and other metrics. Additional MR tools include flow analysis and tissue viability analysis, providing a complete dual-modality evaluation within a single module.

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