Toshiba Medical Visualization Systems announces two major releases


Toshiba Medical Visualization Systems has announced two major releases in its Voxar 3D product line: Voxar 3D 6.3.2 Workstation and Voxar 3D 6.3.2 ActiveX. The products are the most widely-used advanced visualisation solutions for PACS, offering a rapid time-to-market with the most commonly-used advanced visualisation features. Voxar 3D Workstation is an application that offers the features through a best-in-class integration with PACS, and Voxar 3D ActiveX is a software component that offers them seamlessly embedded into PACS. Both systems are also designed to be easy to implement and support – operating on standard PACS platforms, and backed by a world-wide technical and clinical support organisation.


“Voxar 3D Workstation and ActiveX are ideal ways for a PACS vendor to add the power of advanced visualisation to their products,” said Calum Cunningham, Senior Vice President. “They provide outstanding functionality, and yet they are easy to integrate, deploy, and maintain.”

For ten years, Voxar 3D products have been designed by a dedicated team of clinical experts. The resulting advanced visualisation provides PACS customers with more productivity and greater insight, making PACS simply more competitive. “Our mature and robust technology opens up more sales opportunities, addresses the needs of a wider range of clinical specialties, and increases customer retention and loyalty,” continued Cunningham.

Voxar 3D Workstation has a full, enterprise-wide integration with PACS. It uses the PACS worklist, so users can access advanced visualisation with just one mouse click. What’s more, it can share data in memory with PACS, loading series at five times the speed of a traditional DICOM transfer. Once a PACS workstation has loaded a series, it is available to Voxar 3D Workstation immediately – there is no need to load it again from the workstation or over a network. And when captures are taken, they are stored in PACS as Live Images, which increases efficiency by allowing advanced visualisation to be saved and resumed throughout the workflow.

Voxar 3D ActiveX has all the integration benefits of Voxar 3D Workstation, but has the added value of deeply-embedded integration. With Voxar 3D ActiveX, Voxar 3D views are embedded and controlled within the PACS user interface. PACS customers no longer need to jump between applications to access advanced visualization, and they require less training because they use buttons that are familiar to them. In addition, the features look consistent with the rest of the system, maintaining the distinctive look and feel of the PACS.

Voxar 3D was the world’s first advanced visualisation product line to be integrated in PACS. Since then, it has always operated on COTS hardware and standard operating systems – with Voxar 3D 6.3.2 Workstation and ActiveX, it now works with Microsoft Vista. By operating on standard PACS platforms, the Voxar 3D product line allows PACS customers to use existing IT infrastructure and existing supplier arrangements. And by reducing the cost of sale, it allows PACS vendors to retain their margins.

“Toshiba Medical Visualization Systems has always provided PACS partners with advanced visualisation solutions that increase their revenues in low risk, low maintenance ways,” added Cunningham. “These latest releases offer our partners even more, and I am confident they will bring significant business opportunities.”