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Vital Images' Endovascular Stent Planning Application With Fenestrated Stent Planning Receives FDA Clearance

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 16, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Approximately 600,000 global cases of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) are diagnosed annually1. Left untreated, these aneurysms can rupture, causing profound internal bleeding often leading to death within minutes2. Endovascular aortic aneurysm repair with stents have shorter recovery times and better outcomes than alternative open surgical repair of aortic aneurysms3, but require good pre-procedure planning, often using Endovascular Stent Planning (EVSP) applications. Fenestrated Stent Planning is ideal for patients who do not meet the recommended criteria due to inadequate infrarenal neck anatomy which is not suitable for conventional aortic aneurysm repair with standard devices.

Vital Images, Inc. ("Vital") received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its Fenestrated Stent Planning workflow as part of its existing EVSP application. Vital's Fenestrated Stent Planning workflow enables surgeons to make precise measurements to aid in determining size and placement of fenestrated stents, tailored to each patient's specific anatomy and providing surgeons with efficiency, repeatability and validity in their measurements for these complex procedures. The addition of the clock angle tool enables rapid measurements, including arc lengths, tailored to patients' specific anatomy. In addition, customized stent template editing tools allow surgeons to personalize their workflows.

"The Fenestrated Stent Planning workflow was developed to address a clinical need for these specialized and complex procedures," said Jim Litterer, General Manager at Vital. "This new capability in the endovascular stent planning package demonstrates our continued commitment to deliver innovative advanced applications with the ultimate goals of reducing procedure time, increasing predictability, and improving patient outcomes."

CT EVSP with Fenestrated Stent Planning is globally available in Vitrea, version 6.7.

About Vital Images, Inc.

Vital Images, Inc., a Toshiba Medical Systems Group Company, is a leading provider of health imaging informatics solutions, including advanced visualization, enterprise image viewing solutions and business intelligence technology, designed to help healthcare organizations deliver exceptional care while optimizing resources across multi-facility organizations. The company's solutions are scalable to meet the unique needs of hospitals and imaging centers and are accessible throughout the enterprise anytime and anywhere. For more information, visit www.vitalimages.com or join the conversation on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

1Americanheart.org/statistics 2MedScape 3Endovascular Today

CONTACT: AT VITAL IMAGES: Nichole Gerszewski (952) 487-9647 ngerszewski@vitalimages.com www.vitalimages.com

Source:Vital Images, Inc.