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Varian Medical Systems (VAR) Licenses Cedara Software Corp. (CDE)'s MergeCOM-3(TM) DICOM Toolkit

8/28/2007 6:53:45 AM

TORONTO, Aug. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cedara Software, a Merge Healthcare company , and a leading medical imaging software and services company, announced that Varian Medical Systems has licensed the Cedara MergeCOM-3(TM) DICOM Toolkit for use in their medical imaging applications. The Toolkit will allow Varian to accelerate the development of DICOM-compliant solutions cost effectively.


Widely used by OEMs, the MergeCOM-3 DICOM Toolkit is an industry leading solution for quickly implementing DICOM interfaces. This Software Development Kit or SDK provides simple, high-level abstraction of DICOM messaging details, and comprehensive sample applications provide a straightforward demonstration of programming concepts. For many medical imaging applications, slight customization of the sample applications is the only development required. With minimal development effort, Toolkit users can stay current with the latest version of the DICOM standard.

"We're pleased that Varian Medical Systems has recognized the value of our SDK solutions," said Loris Sartor, President of Cedara Software. "These solutions are critical because they enable imaging companies to focus on their core competencies rather than addressing the connectivity needs of their solutions."

"Varian is known globally for innovation, performance and reliability. Employing the Cedara MergeCOM-3 DICOM Toolkit will allow us to accelerate the development of new applications so that we can deliver new capabilities to our customers sooner," said Corey Zankowski, Senior Director of Software at Varian.

Representatives of Merge Healthcare have led and continue to participate in numerous ACR/NEMA, DICOM Standards and IHE Image Integration/HL7 Committee panels since their inception. With over 150 commercial MergeCOM-3 Toolkit licensees, Cedara is the leading provider of DICOM connectivity toolkits with industry-wide acceptance. MergeCOM-3 is available for Java, .Net and a wide range of UNIX operating system platforms.

Cedara Software is a Merge Healthcare company focused on the development of customized software solutions and development tools for the medical imaging OEM market. Cedara's solutions enable OEM companies to accelerate their time-to-market, reduce development costs and access new streams of revenue. Cedara's software is deployed in hospitals and clinics worldwide and is licensed by many of the world's leading medical device and healthcare information technology companies. Cedara's technologies and engineering services span all the major digital imaging modalities and a wide variety of clinical specialties including radiology, orthopaedics, women's health, oncology, cardiac imaging, clinical trials, imaging for the veterinarian market and more. For additional information, visit our website at

Merge Healthcare is a leading medical imaging software and services company. Our innovative software solutions use leading-edge imaging software technologies that accelerate market delivery for our OEM customers, while our end-user solutions improve our customers' productivity and enhance the quality of patient care they provide. For additional information, visit our website at

Varian Medical Systems, Inc., of Palo Alto, California, is the world's leading manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer and other medical conditions with radiotherapy, radiosurgery, proton therapy, and brachytherapy. The company supplies informatics software for managing comprehensive cancer clinics, radiotherapy centers and medical oncology practices. Varian is a premier supplier of tubes and digital detectors for X- ray imaging in medical, scientific, and industrial applications and also supplies X-ray imaging products for cargo screening and industrial inspection. Varian Medical Systems employs approximately 3,900 people who are located at manufacturing sites in North America and Europe and in its 56 sales and support offices around the world. For more information, visit

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CONTACT: Beth Frost-Johnson, Senior, Vice President, Marketing of MergeHealthcare, +1-414-977-4254,

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