Diagnostic imaging  

Mercury marks 1000th installation of Visage PACS in NW Wales NHS Trust

30 November 2005

Chicago, USA. Mercury Computer Systems announced the completion of its 1000th installation of its web-based PACS (picture archiving and communications system) software. Completed in September 2005, the PACS is integrated into the existing Radiology Information System (RIS) for the North West Wales NHS Trust, enabling all departments at each of the nine hospitals in the Trust to have online access to medical image data and reports in real time.

Ian Wilson, Business Manager, UK and Nordic region for Ferrania UK, who installed the system in Wales, said: "All 150 current users are able to simply log into the system via the Web and have instant access to their respective data. The completely digitized workflow significantly reduces access time to the image data, and thus enables enhanced and more efficient patient care. In addition, if one of the computers in a cluster fails, the remaining computers will automatically take on the jobs of the failed machine, significantly reducing downtime."

Mercury is also presenting the latest version of its Visage PACS, its web-based image distribution software solution (formerly known as RADIN) at RSNA2005 in Chicago this week.

Visage PACS 4.0 is part of Mercury's revolutionary platform designed to bring 3D to the core of the imaging workflow. "Visage PACS enables high-quality, accurate diagnoses with a significant reduction in image visualization time and data management," said Marcelo Lima, Vice President of Commercial Imaging and Visualization at Mercury. "It provides enhanced visibility into the 'region of interest' in 2D or 3D, enabling physicians to see minute changes in respective structures."

Version 4.0 of Visage PACS offers improved workflow support for radiologists and physicians. DICOM Print now allows direct image printing from a web-based client to a laser camera. Furthermore, Visage PACS 4.0 simplifies the integration into hospital infrastructures through standards such as IHE and HL 7. Also, Mercury OEM partners have the flexibility to integrate and adapt all Visage components into their product offerings.

"Based on the seamless integration of 3D into the Visage PACS platform, the visualization of data is significantly accelerated," said Oliver Lehner, Director of Worldwide Sales for Visage PACS at Mercury. "This will greatly reduce the expense of medical image analysis and distribution, and subsequently render costly 3D workstations obsolete."

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