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

Cedara Software Partners with Advanced Imaging Technologies in the Development of Innovative Breast Ultrasound System

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TORONTO , Nov. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cedara Software, a MergeHealthcare company (Nasdaq: MRGE; TSX: MRG) and a leading independent developer of medical software technologies for the global healthcare market,today announced a new strategic relationship with Advanced Imaging Technologies Inc. (AIT) of Richland, Washington. The company markets the ARIA Breast Imaging System, an innovative whole breast imaging technology. AIT provides medical professionals with an integrated, cost-effective andintuitive solution for imaging women with dense breast tissue, improvingdiagnostic confidence in these often difficult cases. Under the terms of theagreement, AIT will be provided with a broad range of software technologies including a console application for the ARIA imaging system. Cedara's decision to enter into this strategic partnership is based on the company's review of AIT's technology and readiness for market deployment.

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Based on a novel new approach to ultrasound the ARIA system utilizes holography, or the diffractive properties of sound, to produce data rich imagesets. Recent clinical studies indicate that ARIA images dense breast tissu every well, and provides high spatial and contrast resolution through anautomated multi-planar paradigm. Beyond image quality, ARIA requires nopainful breast compression or ionizing radiation and is safe for imaging women of all ages. Current capabilities include 3D reconstruction, support for real-time image-guided biopsy, enhanced image quality of dense breast tissue, aswell as standardized image acquisition and display.

Holographic ultrasound represents a striking technological advance beyond conventional techniques. Using diffractive ultrasound transmission principles,as opposed to reflective or backscatter ultrasound found in traditional equipment, the ARIA collects sequential image slices of the tissue creating volumetric data sets of the breast. ARIA's superior imaging capability for women with dense breast tissue makes it a valuable diagnostic decision making tool for medical professionals. According to the National Cancer Institute(NCI) in a report published by the National Institute of Health (NIH), a highlevel of cancers reside in dense breast tissue.

Cedara and AIT will be working together on additional developments for the ARIA system to provide various advanced image processing, segmentation, andanalys is features such as image stitching, skin line detection, and image enhancement (CIE).

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