FiatLux Visualize from FiatLux Imaging Inc
FiatLux Imaging Inc, a Redmond, Wash-based company founded by former Microsoft software veterans, has introduced to the market a medical imaging application that utilizes advanced video game technology. FiatLux Visualize version 1.0 has the ability to create high-quality 3D and 2D image reformations from CT and MRI scans at a fraction of the cost of current medical imaging technology. The application offers tools for data set, volume and slice, manipulation, appearance, measurement, views, history, and help. Users can change hanging protocols to fit individual needs and can choose from a number of different provided layouts. FiatLux Visualize can handle up to 256 slices in 3D at once.
Leveraging the functionality of DirectX game programming protocols, engineers at the company have created a powerful medical image analysis tool for use by physicians anywhere at any time. With its affordability and ease of use, FiatLux Visualize has the potential to bring advanced medical imaging and analysis to populations in rural areas and developing countries.
The company notes that its software is not meant to replace or augment the workflow in radiology departments. It was designed to enhance accessibility of medical scans outside the department by loading studies from any standard DICOM file on a CD or other removable media.
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The Visible Difference
The FiatLux Visualize retails for less than $3,000, and as of press time, the company is offering an introductory discount of $1,000. Running on off-the-shelf PCs and laptops with standard graphics cards, the application provides health care professionals with an affordable and portable alternative to traditional costly, dedicated 3D/2D processing workstations. Rather than being restricted to hospital radiology departments and radiology centers, the technology has a flexible approach, one that may potentially broaden the use of 3D/2D image postprocessing in surgical planning and patient consultation. According to the company, it is particularly beneficial for a variety of specialists, including neurosurgeons, cardiologists, orthopedists, and surgeons.
The Spec Sheet
- Intel Pentium dual core 1.8 GHz
- 300 MB of free hard disk space for software, 80 GB for image storage
- 2 GB RAM
- CD-RW, DVD-RW
- 1600 x 1200 display in True Color (24-bit or 32-bit)
- Video display adapter with 256 MB or more of video RAM
that fully supports DirectX 10
- Windows VISTA with SP1 operating system
- Microsoft .Net v3.5 software
- Microsoft DirectX 10+ software