SOURCE: Candelis, Inc.

November 28, 2005 08:00 ET

Candelis, Inc., Announces New Product Line for Digital Medical Imaging Archiving and Routing

ImageGrid™ 700 and 1000 Provide Cost-Effective, Fully-Integrated and DICOM Standard Image Storage Solution for Imaging Centers and Clinics

IRVINE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 28, 2005 -- Candelis, Inc., a division of Procom Technology, Inc. (OTC: PRCM), today announced a new product line for the storing, management and routing of digital medical images -- the ImageGrid™. The ImageGrid 700 and 1000 are fully-integrated, Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) industry-standard server appliances that speed digital image access and routing, simplify image management, and provide highly reliable, cost-effective storage.

The ImageGrid 700 and 1000 will be displayed and demonstrated for the first time for healthcare professionals at the 91st Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago the week of November 28, 2005.

"The RSNA conference marks the first official introduction of the new ImageGrid product line to the medical imaging market," said Alex Razmjoo, chief executive officer, Candelis, Inc. "ImageGrid 700 and 1000 are an ideal solution for the medical imaging centers, clinics and medium-sized hospitals, which are demonstrating a growing need to archive the large-image files being generated by high-resolution imaging modalities, such as multi-detector computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems. With the ImageGrid, physicians and medical imaging professionals can focus on their operations instead of system management, while reducing overall ownership costs."

ImageGrid: Fully-integrated and Optimized for DICOM Storage and Routing

With significant experience in Network Attached Storage (NAS) technology, Candelis relies on an appliance-based foundation and industry-standard DICOM architecture to bring to market the new ImageGrid 700 and 1000 -- storage and database appliances that are purpose-built to move, route and store DICOM images over a network.

The ImageGrid product line enables imaging centers and clinics to efficiently meet the patient record retention requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) by using an automated, rule-based and secure routing of DICOM industry-standard images, and advanced replication features.

In addition, the ImageGrid's internal database, appliance operating system, TCP/IP stack, disk I/O and custom DICOM engine are optimized for performance, providing retrieval and routing speeds exceeding those of high-end Picture Archiving System (PACS) systems. Embedded PACS capability also replaces complex server and software, eliminating the need for specialized system administration skills and training.

While the ImageGrid product line has many of the features found in high-performance PACS servers, the appliance-based architecture allows for a seamless installation in minutes as opposed to days or weeks, and interoperability with other DICOM-compliant systems, modalities and viewing software using Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP). The simplicity of deployment and maintenance offers imaging centers and clinics the benefit of avoiding costly system administration resources.

The ImageGrid server appliances also offer versatility in environments where a PACS server has been deployed. In these installations, ImageGrid works as a high-performance, reliable and low-maintenance add-on archiving system as well as DICOM router.

The ImageGrid 700 and 1000 both feature the latest Web-based system administration GUI, self-diagnostic and reporting capabilities with e-mail alert, and built-in serviceability and redundancy with hot-swap RAID-based disk drives. The ImageGrid 700 is currently available in three raw capacity configurations -- 1 terabyte (TB), 1.6 TB and 2 TB, and the ImageGrid 1000 is available in five configurations ranging from 1 TB to 6 TB in raw capacity with optional expansion to 38 TB. The ImageGrid product line is sold directly through Candelis. Currently, established domestic and international VARs are being evaluated and qualified for future market representation.

About Candelis Technology, Inc.

Irvine, Calif.-based Candelis, Inc., is a division of Procom Technology, Inc. (OTC: PRCM), a pioneer in the Network Attached Storage (NAS). Candelis products are targeted at the growing need for data and image storage, management and routing in the medical vertical market.

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