by Diana Bradley
, Staff Writer | November 28, 2011
On Sunday, Vital Images, Inc., provider of advanced visualization and analysis solutions for health care providers, released Version 6.2 of its Vitrea Enterprise Suite and VitreaView solutions at the 97th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America in Chicago.
VES and VitreaView go "beyond the normal scan," according to Nichole Gerszewski, customer relations manager at Vital, which was acquired by Toshiba Medical Systems Group this June and represents the company's Health Care Imaging and Informatics business unit. To prove it, Vital put its tools to the test when a staff member injured his arm in a biking accident.
"A guy at our company fell off his bike and gouged his arm, so we took a picture of it," said Gerszewski. "VES and VitreaView showed the cut had gone through layers and layers of skin, down to the bone. The scan gave us the bigger picture."
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Clinical and usability enhancements to VES, Version 6.2 include CT Colon, Cardiac MR, Body Perfusion and CT Brain Perfusion application improvements. A new Myocardial Analysis and dedicated liver applications are also included, providing tools for segmenting and qualifying the liver and related tumors. VitreaView, the universal viewer, now includes new study search capabilities, scalability and work flow improvements. It offers secure integrated access to imaging through EMR, EHR or HIE.
"The feedback for VES has been awesome," said Gerszewski. "And since VitreaView received 510(k) clearance in July, it has just given it this extra stamp of approval."
Toshiba acquired Vital after ten years working together, in a move that feels "natural" to Gerszewski.
"This partnership makes sense after working together so long," she said. "We are all really excited about it. We are working on research, development and collaboration with Toshiba. But our software still supports and will continue to support other vendors' equipment."
Looking to the future, Gerszewski noted, Vital wants to mix together CT and MR; presenting the image in one viewer in one place with all modalities.
"[Vital] has touched every part of the care cycle," she said.