Visage Imaging, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pro Medicus, has released Amira 5.3, a new version of company's software platform for visualizing, analyzing and presenting complex 3D and 4D biomedical data.

Amira’s entirely new Neuro option contains a comprehensive set of tools for neuroscience research, specifically MR diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) as well as CT and MR brain perfusion imaging. The new option provides calculation of perfusion results as well as analysis and display of multi-channel functional image data including gradients, tensors, and fiber tracking.

In addition, Amira 5.3 has been provided with a large number of new tools and improvements, such as DemoDirector, an easy-to-use graphical front end for creating animations and presentations using the DemoMaker module, a largely redesigned set of tools for spreadsheets and statistics, a number of enhancements to the popular FilamentEditor, and a full integration of the widely used Insight Segmentation and Registration Toolkit (ITK) into Amira’s Developer Option.

Brawanski, professor, head of neurosurgery at the Regensburg University Hospital in Germany, said: “With the new version of Amira, I finally get all the brain imaging tools I need, integrated in a single platform. The results from different modalities and functional calculations can be combined, processed, and presented together in very flexible ways far superior to any other solution I know.”

Hartmut Schirmacher, director of product management for Visage Imaging, said: “Amira 5.3 is the most powerful and reliable Amira ever with hundreds of improvements and dozens of new modules and enhancements, designed in collaboration with leading research institutions all around the world. I am always impressed to see the level of activity and innovation in the ever-growing Amira community. Their contribution is what makes Amira so strong and so unique.”