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MERGE HEALTHCARE UNVEILS NEWEST IMAGING WORKFLOW SOLUTIONS.

Merge Healthcare (NASDAQ:MRGE) ; (TSX: MRG), Milwaukee, a leading medical imaging software and services provider, has unveiled its newest software solutions at the European College of Radiology Annual Conference, showcasing RIS, PACS, EPR, Mammography, PET/CT, Orthopaedic and connectivity software solutions that are relevant to increasing clinical productivity for hospitals, imaging centers and clinics.

"Merge Healthcare's solutions are extremely flexible and can be optimally adapted to an existing, heterogeneous IT infrastructure," said Jacques Cornet, president, Merge Healthcare-EMEA. "In today's radiology environment, continuous and flexible solutions are crucial for ensuring quality care while enhancing patient safety. Merge Healthcare delivers integrated end-to-end software solutions and professional services that are transforming the way our customers interact with referring physicians, manage their workflow, position their businesses in their markets and deliver imaging and information services to their customers."

The software allows the integration of pre-medical, clinical, rehabilitation and follow-up treatment. System interfaces and equipment to form clinic or practice networks are also available. Additionally, both technology and software have been developed for a comprehensive range of medical specialties including radiology, women's health, oncology and orthopaedics.

Thousands of hospitals, imaging centers and specialty clinics throughout the world use solutions from Merge Healthcare, the makers of eFilm Workstation(TM), Merge Healthcare connectivity solutions, and Fusion RIS/PACS(TM) solutions. Merge Healthcare is a leading technological company in the field of innovative solutions for Radiology. Many of Merge Healthcare's customers have played an important role in guiding the company with its newest offerings, including the following:

Fusion PACS GL(TM)

Merge Healthcare showcased its industry-leading 64-bit capabilities in Fusion PACS GL, which enables the easy and simultaneous loading of thousands of images, allowing radiologists to quickly read very large studies with multiple relevant prior studies, regardless of size. Other new capabilities to be unveiled for its Fusion PACS GL system will include: leading edge communication tools such as instant messaging and multiple interrupt sessions, efficient reading tools like key images and hanging protocols, and advanced reading tools such as triangulate and slab MPR.

Fusion RIS GL(TM)

Merge Healthcare highlighted its Fusion RIS GL solution, which has become the cornerstone of many imaging businesses, as it provides a workflow solution that accelerates productivity from scheduling through billing. The Fusion RIS GL optimizes each radiology workflow through numerous configuration options and the seamless integration of add-on modules as needed. Because the architecture is Microsoft Windows(R) based and the solution is run with a standard user interface, Fusion RIS GL is easy to learn and run by all members of the imaging team.

Clinical Applications

Several specialty clinical applications were demonstrated, including:

Merge Mammo(TM) - A multi-modality, vendor-neutral digital mammography workstation, Merge Mammo allows organizations to display images simultaneously from different mammography systems and to read all breast imaging studies from a single station, including images from the newly FDA-approved CR for mammography. Merge Mammo's newest features showing at ECR include: enhanced full-resolution viewing, algorithm-driven display capabilities to optimize screen real estate, and improved inverted imaging.

Merge PET/CT(TM) - a vendor-neutral software application designed to optimize digital reading for PET/CT studies using advanced imaging capabilities combined with fast and efficient workflow for PET/CT reporting.

Merge Ortho(TM) - combining image manipulation and automation within an architecture designed for integration and customization, Merge Ortho(TM) offers a comprehensive digital solution for joint arthroplasty, trauma, deformity correction and more. Merge Ortho(TM) supports surgical planning, templating, archiving and distribution.

Merge Healthcare is a market leader in the development and delivery of medical imaging and information management software and services. Our innovative software solutions use leading-edge imaging software technologies that accelerate market delivery for our OEM customers, while our end-user solutions improve our customers' productivity and enhance the quality of patient care they provide.

For additional information, call 414/977-4000 visit http://www.merge.com or http://www.merge-efilm.com.
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