SOURCE: TeraRecon, Inc.

September 20, 2005 08:00 ET

HCA MidAmerica Division Selects TeraRecon's AquariusNET

SAN MATEO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 20, 2005 -- TeraRecon announced that HCA (Hospital Corporation of America) (NYSE: HCA) MidAmerica Division has selected and implemented TeraRecon's Aquarius Workstation and AquariusNET Server products in seven of their fourteen hospitals as an enterprise 3D image processing solution. HCA MidAmerica Division, headquartered in Nashville, TN, is comprised of hospitals in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana.

TeraRecon Aquarius Workstations have been placed in strategic locations throughout the HCA MidAmerica division hospital enterprise where image navigation and interpretation are required. The AquariusNET Server systems allow HCA's physicians and technologists to quickly perform advanced 3D post-processing and to interpret patient image data from any PC or suitable PACS diagnostic review station. A single AquariusNET Server empowers an unlimited number of PACS reading stations and standard PCs to rapidly load and interactively manipulate large multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT) and magnetic resonance (MR) studies in real-time, virtually eliminating the need to send these large datasets across a hospital's network. The AquariusNET Servers will be integrated with HCA MidAmerica Division's PACS systems to provide physicians with optimized clinical workflow using a common patient worklist.

TeraRecon's thin-client solution utilizes less network bandwidth than traditional 3D thick-client software approaches, as the entire dataset does not need to be downloaded to each thick 3D workstation over the hospital network. In addition, the AquariusNET Server is the only solution that doesn't require remote PC or PACS review stations to be equipped with extensive amounts of memory, powerful CPUs, or advanced graphics cards. Hence, TeraRecon's offering represents the most powerful, cost-effective and easily deployable 3D solution.

Unlike other 3D technologies where all that can be saved are "secondary capture" images, representing static views of the 3D model, the AquariusNET Server can save an object known as a "Scene" along with the secondary capture view, so that when the Scene is reloaded, the system automatically loads the patient study and re-applies all the edits to the dataset which made the secondary capture image in the first place. This ability to quickly restore and manipulate the volumetric 3D rendered data set improves physician efficiency by eliminating the need to repeat all prior edits of the data to achieve an alternate volumetric view.

Robert Taylor, TeraRecon Chief Operating Officer, stated, "TeraRecon is honored to have been selected by the HCA MidAmerica Division as its enterprise 3D solution of choice by providing an unmatched combination of industry-leading 3D technology, significantly improved workflow for clinicians, and substantial cost savings attributable to the unlimited deployment of thin-client software without incurring licensing costs."

About TeraRecon, Inc. (www.terarecon.com)

TeraRecon Inc., a leader in advanced image processing and 3D visualization techniques, provides advanced imaging systems for medical and other visualization applications based on its unique and patented image processing technologies. A two-time winner of Frost and Sullivan's Innovation Award, the company has developed a leading portfolio of products that advance the performance, quality, functionality, and integration of image processing and 3D visualization systems. Founded in 1997, TeraRecon has developed a unique family of powerful processors that are used in its real time diagnostic workstations, enterprise-wide image processing 3D servers, color Doppler ultrasound systems, industrial CT scanners, high-performance reconstruction engines, and real-time 3D volume rendering hardware engines. TeraRecon is a fast growing, privately held company with headquarters in San Mateo, CA, and branch offices in Concord, MA, Tokyo, Japan and Osaka, Japan.

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