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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Mercury Computer Systems to Showcase Image Quality and Performance Breakthroughs at RSNA

via PRNewswire

CHELMSFORD, Mass., Nov. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) will demonstrate unparalleled advancements in image quality and performance across the entire diagnostic workflow, featuring the new-generation Visage(TM) product line, at the 92nd Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiology Society of North America (RSNA) at McCormick Place in Chicago , Illinois, November 26-30.

In an expanded, interactive exhibit space, Mercury will demonstrate how its Visage 3D to the Core technologies, solutions, and services empower the transformation of the medical diagnostic workflow, from end to end. From acquisition, reconstruction, and visualization, to distribution and management, Mercury will showcase image quality and performance breakthroughs now required to cope with the increasing surge of data generated from devices like multi-slice CT (computed tomography) and CT/PET scanners, along with new clinical applications that are being introduced to the diagnostic workflow. Mercury recently was granted clearance by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to market Visage PACS and CS products as medical devices in the United States .

Mercury is empowering the 3D transformation of the medical diagnostic workflow

In Acquisition, dramatically improved MRI image quality and shortened scan times are possible with a simple drop-in upgrade to existing MRI scanners, with Visage MR. Visage MR provides greater contrast resolution in clinical images and enhanced image quality. The upgrade enables useful images during breath hold or cardiac time frames for high-field scanners, and for low-field scanners, the images produced are comparable to today's higher-field images.

In Reconstruction, Mercury will demonstrate more than 100X improvement in CT reconstruction performance over solutions with conventional microprocessors, with the Mercury Cell Accelerator Board (CAB). Based on the Cell Broadband Engine(TM) (BE) processor, the CAB is a PCI Express(R) accelerator card and is available with optimized algorithms, and multicore and multicomputer programming expertise from Mercury. The Cell BE processor's extensive parallelism, along with vast I/O capabilities, permits efficient implementation of complex CT reconstruction algorithms with close to real-time performance. The CAB with Mercury software enables system designers to develop medical imaging solutions that can create images obtained from more precise algorithms, with higher quality and much faster than ever before.

In Visualization and Distribution, Mercury will show the Visage CS Thin Client Server solution, with stunning image quality, blazingly fast study loading and rendering performance, and an optional Cardiac Analysis Package that provides easy review and automatic quantification of cardiac dynamics using 4D multi-slice CT data to assess functional parameters, as well as coronary artery analysis. Mercury will demonstrate how these advanced capabilities are fully integrated within the PACS workflow and accessible by any existing reading stations or PC in the hospital enterprise -- there by eliminating the need for expensive, dedicated 3D workstations and the associated disruption in workflow.

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