Vital Images Launches Next Generation Web-based Accessibility Tools Bringing Anytime, Anywhere Access to Core Vitrea® Visualization Tools
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ViTAL Images, Inc.
5850 Opus Pkwy. Suite 300
Minnetonka, MN, 55343-4414
Press release date: October 16, 2006
Cost Effective Connectivity and Collaboration Tools Drive Higher Level of Productivity and Efficiency
MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 16 /Vital Images, Inc. (NASDAQ:VTAL), a leading provider of enterprise-wide advanced visualization and analysis solutions, today launched ViTALConnect(R) 4.0 and introduced VitreaACCESS(TM), enabling Web-based access to the company's industry-leading solution. Combined with ViTAL's flagship Vitrea(R) software, ViTALConnect and VitreaACCESS produce a solution uniquely tailored to fit the requirements of a hospital, imaging center or clinical network. This integrated solution simplifies complex clinical workflows and eases clinical communication throughout the enterprise.
With ViTALConnect 4.0, the Web-enabled solution addresses the increased market requirements for the distribution of advanced visualization and analysis information throughout the enterprise. Version 4.0 features enhancements to its performance, rendering quality, and 3D and 4D reading tools. The advanced toolset includes features previously only available on multimodality workstations such as a variety of MPR (multi-planar reformat) modes, thick slab rendering in MPR, 3D volumetric visualization with simple point of interest navigation, 4D dataset visualization, CT/PET fusion and advanced analysis tools.
"ViTALConnect is an imperative tool for interpreting physicians, enabling them to review Vitrea workflows in a 5-10 minute time frame from any PC within the enterprise or from an external location. Besides being a DICOM viewer, ViTALConnect has complex 3D analysis tools that allow the interpreting physicians to analyze and confirm previously post-processed images," said Dr. Steven Strobbe, CEO, Gulf Coast Medical Center in Port Richey, Fla.
Extending easy, anywhere access to a Vitrea desktop, Vital Images also introduced VitreaACCESS, a solution for physicians who need remote access to the advanced visualization and analysis tools provided by Vitrea software. VitreaACCESS offers cost effective solutions designed to enable users to leverage workstations by allowing secure access to Vitrea applications from any PC in a facility or from external locations through a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
"Vital Images pioneered the development of advanced visualization and analysis capabilities and over the past 10 years has been the driving force behind the deployment among the radiology and imaging community. Now, with the latest version of ViTALConnect and VitreaACCESS, we're pleased to enable Web-based access of these crucial image analysis capabilities throughout the clinical enterprise," said Susan A. Wood, Ph.D., executive vice president of marketing and product development for Vital Images.
Limited or single point access to today's digital imaging technologies eliminates many of the benefits of that technology. With full enterprise access, the Vital Images product suite is designed to support rapid communication of complex medical imaging information for radiologists, technologists, and referring physicians. A complete advanced visualization and analysis solution, Vitrea, VitreaACCESS, and ViTALConnect provide the power and speed of workstation applications and enable communication and distribution flexibility provided by the Internet. For example, radiologists using Vitrea can manipulate studies creating key images then push them to the ViTALConnect 4.0 server, where referring physicians both inside and outside of the department can restore the Vitrea workflow and continue further analysis and manipulation by utilizing a Web interface.
"Enabling users to tailor solutions to fit the clinical and IT challenges specific to their hospital or imaging center, Vital Images can address their need to build an integrated advanced visualization and analysis solution. The sustainability of a software centric solution, independence from proprietary hardware components, flexible licensing options, IT integration tools such as LDAP (lightweight directory access protocol) integration, coupled with the strong ViTAL service and support team, help the customer create and evolve their solution to satisfy their goals for today and into the future," added Dr. Wood.
Vitrea(R) software is Vital Images' advanced visualization solution that creates 2D, 3D and 4D images of human anatomy from CT (computed tomography) and MR (magnetic resonance) image data. Vitrea uses an intuitive clinical workflow and automation to improve speed to clinical decisions and workflow simplicity over other visualization techniques. With these productivity- enhancing tools, physicians can easily navigate within these images to better understand disease conditions. Vitrea addresses specialists' needs through various clinical applications for cardiac, colon, and general vascular analysis.
ViTALConnect(R) software is a Web-enabled medical diagnostic tool that allows physicians to use PCs or notebook computers to access interactive 2D, 3D and 4D advanced visualization. Building on Vital Images' knowledge and understanding of advanced diagnostic workflow, ViTALConnect software offers users access that is critical in today's hospital environment. This solution enables users to review studies and perform advanced analysis -- from anywhere, at anytime. This communication tool includes collaboration capabilities that enable multiple physicians in different locations to confer while interacting with the same data in real-time.
About Vital Images, Inc.
Vital Images, Inc., headquartered in Minneapolis, is a leading provider of enterprise-wide advanced visualization software solutions. The company's technology gives radiologists, cardiologists, oncologists and other medical specialists time-saving productivity and communications tools that can be accessed throughout the enterprise and via the Web for easy use in the day-to- day practice of medicine. Vital Images also has offices in Den Haag, The Netherlands and Bejing, China. For more information, visit http://www.vitalimages.com/.
Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this news release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. This information includes estimates of 2006 GAAP and non-GAAP results. These statements involve risks and uncertainties which could cause results to differ materially from those projected, including but not limited to dependence on market growth, the timely availability and acceptance of new products, the impact of competitive products and pricing, dependence on major customers, fluctuations in quarterly results, third-party reimbursement, the impact of changes to stock-based compensation pursuant to FASB's statement of financial accounting standards No. 123R, and other risks detailed from time to time in Vital Images' SEC reports, including its most recent report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005.
Source: Vital Images, Inc.
CONTACT: Susan A. Wood, Ph.D., Executive Vice President of Marketing and Product Development, or Michael H. Carrel, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Vital Images, +1-952-487-9500
Web site: http://www.vitalimages.com/