CHARLOTTE, NC--(Marketwire - June 04, 2009) - TeraRecon, Inc. (www.terarecon.com), a leader
in advanced visualization and decision support, today highlighted aspects
of its Aquarius iNtuition™ advanced visualization solution, which
resonate with presentations at the 2009 Society for Imaging Informatics in
Medicine (SIIM) meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, June 4-7, 2009.
At SIIM 2009, updates on research, development and implementations of
imaging informatics advances are presented by academics and professionals
in the field. TeraRecon's Aquarius iNtuition platform for advanced
visualization is a comprehensive, client-server, enterprise solution for
advanced visualization that incorporates many features that are closely in
tune with the concepts and visions expressed at the SIIM meeting. Examples
of such applications are as follows:
Open API for integrating research algorithms:
Research and development of algorithms such as segmentation and computer
aided detection (CAD) can proceed to a certain extent in a "laboratory"
setting, where algorithms are developed and tested on sample cases in a
controlled environment . However, in order to obtain real-world
experience with such algorithms, it is necessary to deploy them into the
real diagnostic interpretation workflow, which can often be challenging
since most vendors of diagnostic interpretation systems do not support such
integration of external algorithms. TeraRecon's Aquarius iNtuition includes
the AquariusAPS server which hosts a wide variety of automatic image
processing algorithms which can be applied in a rules-based manner on any
imaging data acquired by an institution's scanners. AquariusAPS also
supports an open Application Programming Interface (API) for "plugging in"
third-party algorithms, in order that they may be applied to an
institution's imaging data (even historically) and the results then
observed in the context of the normal Aquarius iNtuition diagnostic user
interface. The algorithm reported on by Mayo Clinic  is being
integrated into the AquariusAPS server (for internal use only) by a Mayo
Clinic team using this API, as an example of such an integration.
Presentations at SIIM 2009 will highlight the advantages of exporting
findings and measurements using a standardized XML format , which can
be read into a database and later searched in order to find similar cases
or findings, to aid diagnosis, or for research purposes. TeraRecon's
Aquarius iNtuition 4.4 software includes advanced support for customizing
measurement protocols, and for exporting the results of applying such
measurement protocols, using standardized XML, CSV (for use in Microsoft
Excel and other software) or Text formats. This powerful tool allows a
clinical institution to standardize its interpretation protocol, a 3D lab
to standardize its measurement sets for various procedures, or a research
facility to define standardized measurements that must be made by readers
in a clinical trial, all with the output formatted in a standardized way
that can be automatically exported into other software or analysis tools.
At SIIM 2009, Jason N. Itri, M.D., Ph.D., and William W. Boonn M.D., of the
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, will present a study entitled
"Use of a Dedicated Automated Processing Server to Perform Multiplanar
Reformations in Trauma Examinations for Enterprise Clinical Distribution"
, which finds that using such automated processing generates substantial
time savings, and that "The substantial time savings is expected to improve
workflow and productivity." The study was performed using TeraRecon's
Aquarius iNtuition solution featuring AquariusAPS with "AutoBatch," an
automated processing server which performs coronal, sagittal and axial
reformats using MIP, MPR or other algorithms immediately upon scan
completion, according to various user-defined rules and parameters, with
automatic forwarding of the results to PACS. The AquariusAPS server used in
this study, showed that trauma-related CT examinations of the cervical
spine, chest, abdomen, and pelvis significantly improved diagnostic
At SIIM 2009, a presentation will highlight the use of an alternative user
interface based on multi-touch technology . TeraRecon's Aquarius
iNtuition has been demonstrated previously at the Radiological Society of
North America 2008 Annual Meeting, integrated with a multi-touch user
interface, and iNtuition has for some time supported the iPhone and iPod
Touch multi-touch user interface.
TeraRecon president and CEO Robert Taylor, Ph.D. commented, "The continuing
parallels between presentations at the SIIM meeting this year and the
research and development initiatives underway at TeraRecon underline the
great commitment TeraRecon has to imaging informatics both in terms of
research, and in terms of everyday application in clinical practice. The
increasing importance of advanced visualization and decision support in the
practice of medicine is clear, and we are committed to this effort in
partnership with the many SIIM members working along similar lines."
About TeraRecon, Inc. (www.terarecon.com)
TeraRecon, Inc., a leader in advanced image processing and 3D visualization
techniques, provides advanced imaging systems for medical and other
visualization applications based on its unique and patented image
processing technologies. A four-time winner of Frost and Sullivan awards,
the company has developed a leading portfolio of products that advance the
performance, quality, functionality, and integration of image processing
and 3D visualization systems. Founded in 1997, TeraRecon is a privately
held company with Global headquarters in San Mateo, CA, and branch offices
in Concord, MA; Tokyo, Japan; Osaka, Japan; and European Headquarters in
 Xiaojiang Yang, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic; Daniel J. Blezek, Ph.D.; Lionel T.
Cheng, MBBS; William J. Ryan; Bradley J. Erickson, M.D., Ph.D., FSIIM.
2009 May. [abstract]. Computer-Aided Detection (CAD) of Intracranial
Aneurysms in MR Angiography. SIIM 2009 Scientific Abstracts
 Daniel L. Rubin, M.D., M.S., Stanford University; Chris Beaulieu, M.D.,
Ph.D.; Cesar Rodriguez, M.D.; Danny Korenblum; Sandy Napel, Ph.D. 2009 May.
[abstract]. Tools to Support Incorporating Semantic Annotation and Markup
of Images, and Query for Image Attributes, into Research/Clinical Workflow.
SIIM 2009 Scientific abstracts
 David S. Channin, M.D., Northwestern University; Pat Mongkolwat, Ph.D.;
Vladimir Kleper; Daniel Rubin, M.D., M.S. 2009 May. [abstract]. The
caBIG™ Annotation and Image Markup Proposed Standard. SIIM 2009
Scientific Abstracts http://www.siim2009.org/abstracts/SS2_Channin.html
 Jason N. Itri, M.D., Ph.D., Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania;
William W. Boonn, M.D. 2009 May. [abstract]. Use of a Dedicated Automated
Processing Server to Perform Multiplanar Reformations in Trauma
Examinations for Enterprise Clinical Distribution. SIIM 2009 Scientific
 Rishi Seth, M.D., University of Maryland School of Maryland; Khan M.
Siddiqui, M.D.; Eliot L. Siegel, M.D., FSIIM; Naomi J. Saenz, M.D. 2009
May. [abstract]. Advancing the Radiologist Workstation: Multitouch Imaging
Displays. SIIM 2009 Scientific abstracts