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NVIDIA Corporation (NVDA), Siemens Healthcare Take Immersive 3D From the Movie Theater Into the Doctor's Office



11/30/2009 10:43:42 AM

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - November 30, 2009) -

RSNA 2009 (McCormick Place - Lakeside Center-Hall D, #825) -- NVIDIA Corp. and Siemens Healthcare demonstrated today a new, immersive 3D ultrasound viewing experience that enables expecting parents and their medical caregivers to view the fetus with incredible detail using 3D glasses.

Utilizing technology that has its roots in immersive 3D movies, the new Siemens ultrasound fourSight™ Workplace* image management software uses NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ stereoscopic glasses and NVIDIA® Quadro® FX high-end professional graphics solutions to create the most stunning 3D/4D images of an unborn baby.

The clinical images, obtained with the ACUSON S2000™ ultrasound system, are further enhanced using Amnioscopic Rendering, a Siemens-exclusive technology that produces photo-realistic 3D images of the fetus. While conventional 3D ultrasound technologies use two-dimensional monitors for the evaluation of 3D images, utilizing NVIDIA 3D Vision technology, users can experience 3D images in real 3D, vastly improving the overall ultrasound experience.

"Imagine the absolute thrill of an expectant mom and dad putting on 3D glasses and being able to really see what their baby looks like in vivid, high-resolution detail," said Jeff Brown, general manager, NVIDIA Professional Solutions. "NVIDIA Quadro technology enables our partners like Siemens Healthcare to make the impossible possible -- offering remarkable 3D visual experiences that are also cost-effective for physicians."

"This technology takes 3D/4D ultrasound imaging to the next level," said Barbara Del Prince, Global Segment Manager, Obstetrics and Gynecology at Siemens. "Our fourSight Workplace, combined with the NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics solution and 3D Vision technology, offers a truly remarkable experience that's rewarding for parents and their doctors, while also delivering practical benefits in medicine." This quality improvement may provide additional information to the physician and assist in communication with surgeons and patients or to aid in treatment or surgical planning.

The experience was demonstrated at the Radiological Society of North America's Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, which showcases the world's most cutting-edge science, education, and technology in radiology and medical imaging. Siemens' fourSight Workplace, which manages clinical images, clips and 3D/4D volume data to enhance department workflow, utilizes a Dell Precision T5500 workstation driven by an NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800 professional graphics card, a Samsung 2233RZ 22-inch, 3D Vision-ready LCD, and NVIDIA 3D Vision glasses to demonstrate how patients and their doctors can view remarkable, high-resolution, three-dimensional sonograms in true 3D.

Quad buffered stereo is enabled with 3D stereoscopic glasses and displays, driven by NVIDIA Quadro FX high-end and ultra-high end solutions. For more information on supported glasses and displays, including NVIDIA 3D Vision, please visit http://www.nvidia.com/object/quadro_pro_graphics_boards.html.

About Siemens Healthcare
The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world's largest suppliers to the healthcare industry. The company is a renowned medical solutions provider with core competence and innovative strength in diagnostic and therapeutic technologies as well as in knowledge engineering, including information technology and system integration. With its laboratory diagnostics acquisitions, Siemens Healthcare is the first integrated healthcare company, bringing together imaging and lab diagnostics, therapy, and healthcare information technology solutions, supplemented by consulting and support services. Siemens Healthcare delivers solutions across the entire continuum of care -- from prevention and early detection, to diagnosis, therapy and care. Additionally, Siemens Healthcare is the global market leader in innovative hearing instruments. The company employs around 49,000 people worldwide and operates in 130 countries. In the fiscal year 2008 (Sept. 30), Siemens Healthcare reported sales of EUR 11.2 billion, orders of EUR 11.8 billion, and Sector profit of EUR 1.2 billion. Further information can be found by visiting http://www.siemens.com/healthcare.

* fourSight™ Workplace is a work in progress.

About NVIDIA
NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) awakened the world to the power of computer graphics when it invented the graphics processing unit (GPU) in 1999. Since then, it has consistently set new standards in visual computing with breathtaking, interactive graphics available on devices ranging from portable media players to notebooks to workstations. NVIDIA's expertise in programmable GPUs has led to breakthroughs in parallel processing which make supercomputing inexpensive and widely accessible. Fortune magazine has ranked NVIDIA #1 in innovation in the semiconductor industry for two years in a row. For more information, see www.nvidia.com.

© 2009 NVIDIA Corporation. All rights reserved. NVIDIA, the NVIDIA logo, and Quadro are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of NVIDIA Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. Other company and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated. Features, pricing, availability, and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to, statements as to: the benefits, features, impact, performance and capabilities of NVIDIA Quadro technology are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause results to be materially different than expectations. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include: development of more efficient or faster technology; design, manufacturing or software defects; the impact of technological development and competition; changes in consumer preferences and demands; customer adoption of different standards or our competitor's products; changes in industry standards and interfaces; unexpected loss of performance of our products or technologies when integrated into systems as well as other factors detailed from time to time in the reports NVIDIA files with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its Form 10-Q for the fiscal period ended October 25, 2009. Copies of reports filed with the SEC are posted on our website and are available from NVIDIA without charge. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and speak only as of the date hereof, and, except as required by law, NVIDIA disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances.


For more information, contact:

Mark Priscaro
NVIDIA Corporation
(408) 486-2438
mpriscaro@nvidia.com

Andrea Roeder
Siemens Medical Solutions, USA
Ultrasound Business Unit
(650) 694-5374
andrea.roeder@siemens.com

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