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Eklin Medical Systems, Inc. Introduces RapidStart Plus(TM) Digital Radiography System at AVMA

7/21/2008 6:55:51 AM

SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Eklin Medical Systems, a leading provider of digital imaging, PACS (Picture Archiving and Communications Systems) and practice management software, is introducing the RapidStart Plus(TM) digital radiography (DR) system at the annual American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) conference being held in New Orleans, July 19-22, 2008. The new all inclusive system comes with a 17-inch, high resolution touch-screen acquisition and review workstation, full 14"x17" imaging panel and Fusion eFilm mirrored PACS server with 30,000 uncompressed image storage capacity. Upgrades and options, such as off-site image storage, can be added based on a practice's needs.

"We wanted to offer a robust and affordable foundation for our client's digital imaging and image management needs," said Rob Royea, vice president of sales for Eklin. "RapidStudy Plus is based on an open architecture which allows our clients to scale as their practices grow or change. For example, should a veterinarian wish to add on a digital image reading room, they could easily connect workstations to the system and view images in the reading room or anywhere throughout the clinic using our enterprise eFilm solution."

Just as digital cameras have made photography easier and more efficient by eliminating film, DR systems provide the veterinarian with a radiographic image that can be viewed immediately onsite or at a review workstation, including a high-resolution monitor, without the need for film development. DR systems also offer sophisticated image processing tools, giving the doctor much greater depth of information that can be enlarged or manipulated for far better detail, resulting in closer scrutiny of potential areas of concern. Eklin's 14"x17" imaging sensor panel provides the largest full imaging surface in the market and is equally suitable for large dogs or small cats.

Equally critical is the ability to electronically store, archive and retrieve digital radiographs quickly and efficiently. In this way veterinarians can quickly compare treatment progress between previous radiographs and current images. Additionally, the RapidStart Plus system is fully DICOM compliant allowing its seamless integration with the practice's other imaging modalities.

"All of our technologies, including the RapidStart Plus system, are based on DICOM standards which are rapidly becoming the gold standard in veterinary care," said Royea. "This compliance provides seamless integration of a practice's digital imaging modalities, PACS and practice management software."

The RapidStart Plus system's built-in DICOM eFilm diagnostic workstation, together with the multi-modality PACS server, provides storage, retrieval and viewing of any DICOM imaging studies such as DR, ultrasound, MRI and CT. The system has a dual high-speed Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, RAID-1 redundant hard disk system and an external back-up device. Images can also be stored off-site using Eklin's RapidPACS (TM) Web Edition service which can also scale with practice growth or as needed.

About Eklin Medical Systems, Inc.

With hundreds of systems installed in private practices and universities around the globe, Eklin Medical Systems, Inc. is one of the world's leading providers of veterinary PACS, practice management software (VIA(R)), ultrasound and digital radiography products. The company focuses on applications where speed, portability, and increased practice efficiency are critically important. Eklin is a privately-held company headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., and can be contacted at 800-819-5538 or visit

CONTACT: Media, Laurie Hallwyler of Eklin Medical Systems,

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