Acuo Selects Mercury's Visage PACS for Medical Image Management Solution

3/3/2006 - Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) announced an extended partnership with Acuo Technologies, a provider of medical image management and archiving solutions, at the European Congress of Radiology. As part of this cooperation, Acuo, in collaboration with U.S. service providers, will include Visage PACS, Mercury's image management solution, as a bundled offering in its application service provider (ASP) offering in the United States.

In cooperation with other providers, Acuo Technologies has created a completely hosted solution for healthcare IT, including image-information and other management systems. Under this partnership, hospitals, clinics and physicians are able to access the web-based software from Visage PACS locally via Acuo's peer-aware architecture, or centrally via data center-hosted solutions. Radiologists and clinicians can access the PACS solution at any time via the Internet and retrieve medical imaging data for interpretation, as well as archive image data in the data center. Visage PACS offers comprehensive workflow optimization and supports standards such as IHE and HL 7.

"In the ASP model as well, hospitals enjoy the full functionality of Visage PACS. Data access is on demand via a browser and is in real time," said Marcelo Lima, Vice President of Commercial Imaging and Visualization at Mercury Computer Systems. "In this way, doctors can store their image data in a distributed or central approach without losing time, and use it for interpretation."

In addition, hospitals opting for this outsourcing solution can reduce the total cost of ownership. "Users only have to pay a usage fee, per study or monthly, for example. Further investments for IT infrastructure and software licensing are not needed," emphasized Shannon Werb, CTO at Acuo Technologies. "Our provider partners make the necessary infrastructure available in the data processing center and undertake the entire hardware and software maintenance. Thus, the users' expenditure of time and costs is dramatically reduced. Because data are accessed via VPN, ultimate data protection is ensured." Ten imaging centers and clinics in the United States have already signed up for the ASP services.

For more information on Mercury's Visage PACS solution, visit Mercury in Hall C, Booth #324 at the European Congress of Radiology March 3-7 in Vienna, Austria, or visit Mercury online.

About Acuo Technologies
Acuo Technologies, with headquarters in St. Paul, MN, was founded in 2000 with the objective of developing the first enterprise-wide collaborative asset management solution for medical DICOM images residing in a Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS). Its first commercial product received U.S. Food and Drug Administration 510-K approval in 2001. Since this time, over 80 medical sites around the world have purchased AcuoMed/AcuoStore software solutions. Based in St. Paul, Minnesota, Acuo Technologies serves customers worldwide.

About Mercury Computer Systems, Inc.
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRCY) is the leading provider of high-performance embedded, real-time digital signal and image processing computer systems. Mercury's products play a critical role in a wide range of applications, transforming sensor data to information for analysis and interpretation. In military reconnaissance and surveillance platforms the Company's systems process real-time radar, sonar, and signals intelligence data. Mercury's systems are also used in state-of-the-art medical diagnostic imaging devices including MRI, CT, PET, and digital X-ray, and in semiconductor imaging applications including photomask generation and wafer inspection. Mercury provides advanced 3D image processing and visualization software and optimized systems to diverse end markets including life sciences, geosciences, and simulation. The Company also provides radio frequency (RF) products for enhanced communications capabilities in military and commercial applications. Based in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Mercury serves customers in North America, Europe and Asia through its direct sales force and a network of subsidiaries and distributors.

Visage is a registered trademark of Mercury Computer Systems, Inc.

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