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Edda enables 2D/3D/4D advanced clinical applications on PACS workstations

Edda Technology : 23 November, 2007  (New Product)
Edda has introduced its IQQA Enterprise Engine technology, to provide an universal enterprise solution that enables fast delivery and easy access of 2D/3D/4D advanced clinical applications on existing PACS workstations.
Available on the IQQA Enterprise Engine are IQQA-Chest for digital X-ray lung nodule CAD, and IQQA-Liver for contrast MDCT. The IQQA Enterprise Engine is also capable of accommodating third party imaging applications.

IQQA-Chest is the only FDA cleared system to offer real-time interactive diagnostic analysis of digital chest X-rays using a comprehensive set of tools to support physicians in their identification, confirmation and quantification of lung nodules.

By offering a solution powered by intelligent tools with real-time interaction, the system seamlessly integrates advanced diagnostic analysis technologies into physicians' softcopy reading process for improved workflow and clinical decision making.

Published clinical studies have suggested that IQQA-Chest may help physicians' identification of small lesions and reduce inter-observer variation. With the number of chest X-rays that are read on a daily basis worldwide, the immediacy provided by IQQA-Chest Enterprise allows for expanded use of chest CAD tools on a routine basis, with the prospect of enhancing diagnostic quality on a broad scale.

IQQA-Liver Enterprise addresses the clinical challenge faced by physicians in efficiently dealing with tremendous data volume from contrast MDCT images of the liver. Combining advanced image analysis algorithms and powerful visualisation tools, the software supports physicians to quickly and effectively distill critical diagnostic information from data volume of extraordinary size.

The software performs automatic anatomy-based phase registration to allow simultaneous visualisation and easy cross-referencing of lesion location and characteristics across different phases.

IQQA-Liver Enterprise further provides 3D segmentation and measurement tools for visualisation and analysis of liver, liver lesions, and vascular structures. This volumetric analysis not only provides physicians with a powerful visualisation aid, but also offers quantification tools to support their clinical decision making and patient care management.

The enabling IQQA Enterprise Engine (IQQA-EE) technology is a direct response to the critical challenge that physicians and hospital IT now face in integrating more and more advanced clinical applications into existing PACS workflow. Access to such applications via dedicated stand-alone workstations is no longer accepted as an option in an already stressed workflow. Although static image results could often be sent from these stand-alone workstations back to a primary PACS workstation for review, it is still not possible to enjoy access to the full interactive functionality of these advanced applications at the PACS viewing station.

The IQQA Enterprise Engine aims to redefine how the advanced clinical application can be accessed by physicians and managed by hospital IT. Physicians can now enjoy immediate access to the full real-time 2D/3D/4D functionality of advanced clinical applications at existing PACS viewing stations. In addition, since the solution does not require code level integration with existing hospital PACS environment, application installation is completed quickly by simply setting up network communication. Possible additional maintenance resources of having to keep up with periodic PACS software upgrade are also saved.

'Edda is committed to innovation in delivering diagnostic aid solutions. Not only do we develop advanced clinical applications to help improve the early detection, early diagnosis and precise treatment of lethal diseases, but also we see the tremendous importance of the innovative delivery mechanism to enable broad access to such applications,' said Dr Jian-Zhong Qian, president and CEO of EDDA Technology.

'From the success of development of IQQA-Chest Enterprise to IQQA-Liver Enterprise, the IQQA Enterprise Engine demonstrates a new economic way to integrate 2D/3D/4D applications with virtually any existing hospital PACS systems without code level integration. Considering the trend of emerging advanced clinical applications for diagnostic decision aid, the impact of such accessibility enabling technology to deliver diagnostic aid on a broad scale will be significant.'

The IQQA Enterprise Engine has been successfully demonstrated to run in numerous PACS environments including Agfa, Dynamic Imaging, GE, Kodak, McKesson, Philips and Siemens.

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