IBM Announces New Offerings For Managing Medical Images

Collaborations With Leading PACS And Medical Imaging Vendors Provide Medical Teams With On-Demand Access To Vital Patient Information

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CHICAGO, IL - 02 Dec 2002: IBM today unveiled a new medical imaging workstation and storage networking solutions designed to make it easier for clinical staffs within hospitals, clinics and other medical facilities to share, manage, and protect vital patient information, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), electrocardiograms, computed tomography (CT) scans, and other digital images.

At the Radiological Society of North America 2002 Conference, IBM also announced collaborations with leading PACS (Picture Archiving and Communications Systems) and medical imaging providers to deliver fully integrated solutions that combine powerful information technologies with advanced imaging systems to help improve the efficiency and overall quality of diagnostic care.

Today, a typical MRI or CT exam includes the creation of 20 to 100 images. A typical hospital can generate a million or more images during a single year, and the number is growing exponentially.

"The challenge is delivering images to doctors and radiologists within seconds and with more reliability so that breakthroughs in medical imaging can translate quickly to improved patient care," said Kathy Smith, vice president, Storage Solutions, IBM Storage Systems Group. "IBM is working with Business Partners to provide the security-enhanced imaging solutions and infrastructure that provide a foundation to help customers meet federal regulations and allow doctors to have on-demand access to patient files, virtually any time and any place."

Next-Generation Diagnostic Imaging
IBM's new Medical Assessment Workstation combines two powerful IBM components to handle demanding imaging applications -- IBM's IntelliStation* workstation, which brings server technologies to the desktop for optimal performance and reliability, and the new IBM T221* flat panel monitor. The T221 monitor is among the highest-resolution displays available in the market. With its 22.2-inch screen, the advanced monitor can display high-quality medical images, making it easier for cardiologists, radiologists and other clinicians to detect even minute irregularities and variations in mammograms, colonoscopy and other diagnostic images.

The new Medical Assessment Workstation includes high-end 3-D graphics capability based on NVIDIA's XGL** line of graphics offerings, Intel's latest Xeon** processors, and up to 4 gigabytes of memory, providing the power to manipulate and view images with speed and clarity. With configurations starting at less than $13,000, the system is available immediately through IBM distributor Avnet Hall-Mark.

Business Partner MediZeus is using IBM's T221 monitor in the design of a next-generation computer-aided detection (CAD) system for mammography. MediZeus is developing an application to address the transition into digital mammography.
"While more accurate breast cancer screening offers greater treatment options and better patient outcomes, mammograms remain the most difficult X-ray to diagnose," said David Ku, M.D., PhD., chief executive officer of MediZeus. "In order for digital mammograms to be truly effective, radiologists need the high contrast and resolution provided by the IBM T221 combined with MediZeus' proprietary CAD application currently under development. Together, MediZeus and IBM are working to develop an advanced analytical tool that far surpasses what is available on the market today."

Security-Rich Storage Solutions for Medical Images
IBM's new medical imaging solutions provide the infrastructure that allows doctors and other medical staffs to access and share patient information over the network and securely store that information. IBM is delivering four new solutions for the specific needs of medical centers, ranging from a few thousand images to more than a million images a year.

For example, customers managing up to 25,000 studies typically require one terabyte of "online" storage capacity and three terabytes of "nearline" storage capacity. IBM has developed two solutions for these customers using either network attached storage (NAS) or storage area network (SAN) technology. The solutions use a combination of either IBM's TotalStorage* NAS or IBM TotalStorage FAStT for online storage, IBM TotalStorage Linear Tape-Open (LTO)** for nearline storage, and IBM Tivoli storage management, backup/recovery, archive and Hierarchical Storage Management (HSM) software.
Customers managing 150,000 studies per year typically require three terabytes of online storage and six terabytes of nearline storage. For these customers, IBM is offering a combination of IBM TotalStorage FAStT for online storage, LTO for nearline storage, and IBM Tivoli storage management, backup/recovery, archive and HSM software.

Finally, customers with more than 250,000 studies per year typically requiring seven terabytes of online and 14 terabytes of "nearline" storage capacity can use IBM's TotalStorage Enterprise Storage Server* (code named Shark) for online capacity, LTO for nearline storage, and Tivoli storage management, backup/recovery, archive and HSM software.

St. Luke's Hospital, in Maumee, Ohio, uses IBM's Enterprise Storage Server for managing medical records. Working with IBM and an IBM Business Partner, Compsat Technology, St. Luke's new system enabled the hospital to maintain the same staff while easily supporting the growing demands for storage with its existing and new applications.

"Being an independent hospital allows us to take action quickly and better serve our patients," said Larry Loehrke, CIO for St. Luke's Hospital. "The flexibility, scalability, and reliability of IBM's Shark architecture support that concept. This technology is enabling us to continue our focus on patient care while improving our ability to maneuver through the sea of healthcare challenges we're facing as an industry."

More than a dozen leading PACs and medical imaging applications have been successfully tested as interoperable with IBM TotalStorage solutions. Combined with PACS solutions from IBM Business Partners, such as Emageon, Stentor, and TeraMEDICA, IBM TotalStorage solutions provide flexible, disaster tolerant systems that support the high-security and protection required for sharing and archiving medical images in today's regulatory healthcare environments.
"Our products provide life-critical solutions, and working with IBM allows us to offer our clients the highest level of customer service and most stringent uptime response the industry has to offer," said Jim Boyle, chief operating officer at Stentor.

Enterprise medical imaging storage solutions from Emageon, another imaging service provider, also have successfully completed interoperability testing with IBM TotalStorage.

"Physicians, administrators and those involved in healthcare are consistently frustrated by computing environments that do not share information effectively," said Noel Gartman, vice president, Marketing and Strategy, at Emageon. "Emageon's digital imaging solutions combined with IBM's wide range of innovative and open products can integrate with other healthcare systems to make vital data available throughout the enterprise."

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