News | July 26, 2007

Merge Healthcare Introduces Merge Ortho

July 27, 2007 – Merge Healthcare introduced Merge Ortho, a software application to help orthopedic surgeons perform planning and automatic templating, featuring customizable workflow and advanced visualization. The digital workstation solution reportedly helps orthopedic specialists save time and improve clinical effectiveness in orthopedic planning and diagnosis.

According to the company, Merge Ortho is designed to replace the cost and complexities of using film. Its advanced digital tools reportedly streamline workflow with image acquisition and manipulation, advanced measurement options, implant selection, automated template placement and manipulation, surgical planning tools, image archiving, and Web distribution. Several data mining tools, including those for tracking and analyzing implant usage, pain thresholds, recovery rates, and outcome statistics are also included in the package.

"Switching to digital planning and templating was really the next logical step after we acquired the Merge PACS several years ago," said Kenneth Kleist, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon affiliated with Minneapolis/St. Paul-based Health
Partners and Regions Hospital. "Orthopedic surgeons use diagnostic images extensively and have unique requirements for imaging. Merge Ortho is a very intuitive tool for orthopedic specialists and really boosts our workflow in terms of surgical planning. We're looking forward to measuring just how much Merge Ortho will impact our practice operationally and financially."

Automatic Imaging Stitching allows users to join multiple images, enabling planning of cases that involve long film X-rays, the company says.ImageSnap Technology permits automatic measurements with suggested implant selection and placement.

In addition, Merge Ortho includes libraries — developed in conjunction with leading orthopedic surgeons and prosthetists — of digital orthopedic templates from major prosthesis vendors

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