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FiatLux Imaging (Redmond, Washington) said that Data Distributing has signed a contract to distribute FiatLux Visualize, medical imaging software that uses video game technology to render 3-D and other image reformations from CT and MRI scans and runs on off-the-shelf PCs and laptops. FiatLux Visualize will be available for delivery through the Data Distributing sales and support channel.

"Data Distributing is closely aligned to the needs of FiatLux Imaging," said Mary Frances Feider, CEO of FiatLux. "This relationship will help to strengthen our presence in the medical imaging channel that Data Distributing has worked so effectively to build up over the years."

Nancy Fisher, president/CEO of Data Distributing, said that the partnership represents "a great example of how FiatLux Imaging enables these strategies. We are very excited to be partnering with a company with such exciting technology."

In other agreements: Radi Medical Systems (Uppsala, Sweden) and GE Healthcare (Waukesha, Wisconsin) reported a development; marketing and sales initiative to integrate Radi's wireless PressureWire Aeris and Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR) technology into GE's Mac-Lab IT hemodynamic recording system.

The agreement will bring together GE's Mac-Lab IT with what Radi calls its "first-of-its-kind" wireless measurement of FFR, integrating measurement of FFR into the cath lab workflow, with procedural results stored into existing data archives. The initiative also will provide an upgrade path for GE Mac-Lab IT customers to add this functionality to their existing systems.

"Traditionally, FFR assessment required additional capital equipment and increased procedure time due to setup operations," said Jasvindar Singh, associate professor of medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes Jewish Hospital (St. Louis). "With FFR fully integrated into our GE Mac-Lab IT, I'll be able to make the best treatment options immediately available to my patients using equipment we already have, without any installation of additional instrumentation, screens or controls. Additionally, the wireless technology of PressureWire Aeris removes cables crossing the sterile field barrier, making the entire procedure faster and easier."

The cooperation will enable the option of upgrading to wireless measurement and integrated FFR on all existing and new GE Mac-Lab IT installations.