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Cedara Software Corp. (CDE) Announces Agreement With Biotronics3D on New C4 Clinical Plug-In Modules


5/30/2007 1:38:21 PM

TORONTO, May 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cedara Software, a Merge Healthcare company and a leading independent developer of medical software technologies for the global healthcare market, announced an agreement with Biotronics3D, Ltd., that grants the London-based software company a license to market C4 enabled versions of its 3Dnet Suite(TM) family of 3D visualization software*. Under the agreement, Biotronics3D will distribute C4 enabled Biotronics3D applications to the growing number of OEMs that are adopting the C4 framework and other C4 clinical application modules from Cedara and its other partners.

(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20030430/MRGELOGO )

The C4 (Cedara Clinical Control Center) platform is a software framework that enables a host application to obtain plug-and-play access to a diverse array of clinical application modules after completing a one-time integration. C4 enabled plug-in modules can be launched from any C4 enabled host, a PACS or clinical workstation for example. The growing portfolio of C4 enabled plug-in modules now includes three Biotronics3D applications (3D Virtual Colonoscopy, 3D General Diagnostic and 3D angiography*) and Cedara's own C4 enabled applications, including I-ReadMammo(TM)** (mammography), PET/CT** and OrthoWorks Pro Planner(TM) (orthopaedics).

"I believe the addition of the 3Dnet Suite to the growing portfolio of Cedara C4 enabled applications gives OEM suppliers of PACS workstations a convenient way to offer to healthcare providers many clinical applications that are in high demand," said Haralambos Hatzakis, CEO of Biotronics3D. "The synergies between Cedara and Biotronics3D solutions based on the C4 integration platform will help clinicians improve workflow and could help contribute to diagnostic accuracy in CT, MRI and PET studies."

"We selected Biotronics3D to be a key partner based on the obvious synergies that our solutions possess together," said Loris Sartor, president of Cedara Software. "With this agreement, Cedara significantly strengthens its portfolio of clinical solutions that we can offer customers that use C4 enabled products."

C4 enabled 3D Virtual Colonoscopy, 3D Angiography and 3D General Diagnostic modules

The Biotronics3D 3Dnet(TM) product suite is a protocol-driven set of tools that permits clinicians to intuitively visualize the patient's MRI, CT and PET studies in 3D on a standard Windows-based PC. 3Dnet(TM) can be integrated with a hospital's or imaging center's PACS or RIS/PACS to provide a seamless experience for clinicians. In addition, because 3Dnet(TM) applications do not require any proprietary or specialized hardware to operate, they may be deployed throughout the healthcare enterprise at relatively low cost.

Virtual colonoscopy: Fully integrated into the C4 framework, 3Dnet(TM) Suite Virtual Colonoscopy will enable clinicians to perform non-invasive virtual colonoscopy from CT colonography exams, affording patients a more comfortable alternative to traditional scope colonoscopy.

General Diagnostic: Fully integrated into the C4 framework, 3Dnet(TM) Suite, General Diagnostic will provide physicians with complete 3D visualization of multi-modality datasets.

Angiography: Fully integrated into the C4 framework, 3Dnet(TM) Suite Angiography will enable cardiologists to load CT angiography exams and visualize vessel structures for at-a-glance identification of structural anomalies that may correspond to aneurysm, calcifications, and stenoses.

About C4

C4 (Cedara Clinical Control Center) is an integration framework that enables clinical application integration with minimal impact on the host (e.g. PACS) software product. A C4 enabled host and clinical application provide an integrated desktop with procedure-centric workflow.

*Note: C4 enabled versions of Biotronics3D 3Dnet(TM) Suite software products are works-in-progress. Cedara assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of any information provided directly to customers relating to Biotronics3D and/or 3Dnet Suite.

**Note: C4 enabled I-ReadMammo(TM) and C4 enabled PET/CT are works-in- progress.

Biotronics3D, headquartered in London, England, develops and markets innovative software applications for the diagnostic imaging industry. With an objective of transforming the way that healthcare providers interact with 3D images, Biotronics3D provides cutting edge software technologies to improve healthcare by better extracting diagnostic data and transforming it into usable information available at the point-of-care. Additional information about Biotronics3D may be found at http://www.biotronics3d.com.

Cedara Software is a Merge Healthcare company focused on the development of custom engineered software applications and development tools for the medical imaging OEM and International markets. Cedara 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 technologies and expertise span all the major digital imaging modalities including computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), digital X-ray, mammography, ultrasound, echo-cardiology, angiography, nuclear medicine, positron emission tomography (PET) and fluoroscopy. Cedara medical imaging offerings are used in all aspects of clinical imaging workflow including the capture of a patient's digital image; the archiving, communication and manipulation of digital images; sophisticated clinical applications to analyze digital images; and the use of imaging in minimally- invasive surgery. For additional information, visit our website at http://www.cedara.com.

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 http://www.mergehealthcare.com.

All trademarks appearing in this release are the property of Cedara Software Corp. and/or Merge Healthcare.

Photo: NewsCom: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20030430/MRGELOGOAP Archive: http://photoarchive.ap.orgPRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.comCedara Software

CONTACT: Beth Frost-Johnson, Senior Vice President, Marketing of MergeHealthcare, +1-414-977-4254, marketing@mergehealthcare.com


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