SOURCE: UltraClinics, Inc.

February 08, 2006 14:13 ET

UltraClinics® Introduces a Same Day Prostate Cancer Healthcare Service

DMetrix Virtual Slides and da Vinci® Minimally Invasive Surgery Used for Efficient Prostate Care

TUCSON, AZ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 8, 2006 -- Over 200,000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed each year. UltraClinics®, Inc., a telehealth company based Arizona, has developed a process that provides same day prostate cancer care services for men. With the UltraClinics® prostate process, a patient can have a prostate biopsy, have the laboratory specimen processed in a rapid through-put laboratory at the same facility, and have "virtual slides" of the histopathology glass slides posted on a secure Internet server. A laboratory report is generated by an off-site telepathologist within hours of the biopsy procedures while the patient is still at the clinic. The patient can have an immediate consultation with a urologist for treatment planning, on the same day as the biopsy procedure. If cancer is present in a biopsy specimen, minimally invasive robotic prostate surgery can be performed by the same urologist in a timely fashion.

The UltraClinics® prostate care process has been implemented at University Physicians Hospital at Kino (UPH) in Tucson, Arizona. (www.uphkino.org/medicalcampusservices.htm) At UPH, prostatectomies are performed using Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci® surgical system. This advanced, minimally invasive robotic surgical technology assists surgeons performing prostatectomies.

With the UltraClinics® patent-pending process, the patient's prostate histopathology glass slides are electronically scanned into digital image files using a DMetrix ultra-rapid virtual slide scanner. (www.dmetrix.com) A telepathologist, at a service center, examines the virtual slides on-line and immediately generates a diagnosis. The laboratory report in an Electronic Health Record is instantly available for discussion between the patient and a physician during the clinic visit on the same day.

"Image quality of the DMetrix virtual slides is excellent and of diagnostic quality," according to Katherine M. Scott, M.D., Medical Director for Pathology at University Physicians Hospital. The DMetrix array-microscope technology has been honored as a breakthrough innovation by The Wall Street Journal.

"UltraClinics® has the potential to revolutionize complex same day healthcare through its innovative uses of advanced telehealth technologies," according to Ronald S. Weinstein, M.D., Chairman of UltraClinics® and founding Director of the national award-winning Arizona Telemedicine Program (www.telemedicine.arizona.edu).

UltraClinics®, Inc., is a privately held company. UltraClinics® and Time Matters™ are trademarks of UltraClinics®, Inc.

Contact Information

  • Company Contact:
    Gail Barker, Ph.D., President
    1-520-327-0331
    PO Box 41412
    Tucson, AZ 85717