Ziosoft has been trying to unlock the U.S. market for advanced visualization for several years. It may have found the key with a technology unveiled this week at RSNA2010.

Producing images that border on photorealism, ZioSoft’s new PhyZiodynamic algorithms take postprocessing to a new level, one the Japanese company describes as “functional imaging analytics.” Image data are not only visually striking but measurable and highly reproducible, according to Rob Royea, president and COO for Ziosoft, adding objectivity to what has typically been a subjective medium.

  A porcine valve replacement (center) is seen in this 3D image representative of a real-time dynamic loop showing the valve in action. The left anterior descending artery (LAD), left atrium (LA), and right ventricle (RA) are visible in the image.

High-resolution 2D data are processed into high-fidelity 3D renderings, which are then animated to demonstrate real-time action. Four-dimensional loops portray dynamic volumetric imaging that allows functional analyses.

The new algorithms are powered by a supercomputing architecture that supports the rendering of 3D and 4D images. The company has harnessed these algorithms to drive functional analysis available on its MR Cardiac Analysis suite on its Ziostation system. Other analyses supported by the algorithms are designed to depict coronary vessels, time intensity, time-delayed signal intensity, and strain analysis of the heart. These are only sold outside the U.S.

PhyZiodynamics is a generational leap ahead in advanced visualization, according to Royea. The underlying basis of the technology is its ability to process images quickly and without data loss, thereby ensuring true fidelity renderings from any DICOM imaging modality.

Because the new PhyZiodynamic offerings are networked, as are all Ziosoft-based technologies, processed images are accessible anywhere throughout the enterprise with multiple concurrent users per off-the-shelf server.

In addition to its new PhyZiodynamic algorithms, the company will feature at its booth a new specialized liver analysis application for surgical and treatment planning. This application allows automatic segmentation of the liver. A guided workflow “wizard" breaks vascular structure, hepatic lobes, and lesions into segments.