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Claron Partners with Hectec GmbH for Co-Development of Orthopedic IT Solutions

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Healthcare IT news November 27, 2012, Chicago—Claron Technology (Toronto, Canada), a leading developer of software for advanced visualization and analysis of medical images, and Hectec GmbH (Landshut, Germany), a developer of the most widely used digital orthopedic surgery planning system worldwide, announce a long-term partnership for joint development of novel orthopedic solutions. As part of the agreement, Hectec will license Claron’s Withinsight Framework (WIF) medical image visualization and analysis toolkit and its new SpineMapper engine for automated mapping of spinal anatomical landmarks.

Since 2008, Claron’s WIF platform has provided companies with comprehensive tools for the development of a diverse range of specialized medical imaging software applications by providing building blocks for correlated viewing, segmentation, registration and abnormality detection, as well as controlling multiple data volumes, clipping and colorizing spatial regions. The new SpineMapper engine leverages Claron’s patented fast whole-body atlas-based registration to automatically locate the spine and identify its useful anatomical landmarks in CT studies.

“Claron’s technology will enable us to enhance and diversify our product line based on a proven platform that will accelerate development of a wide range of advanced software features,” says Joern Seel, CEO of Hectec.  “Claron is a visionary and dynamic company with a creative technical team. We believe the partnership will significantly streamline our product development cycle and enable the expansion of our orthopedic product line to support accurate, yet easy to use, 3D analysis and surgical planning.”

“We are pleased to partner with Hectec, an internationally recognized leader in its field,” says Doron Dekel, co-CEO and CTO of Claron. “The company’s mediCAD solution sets the standard for digital orthopedic planning and has a large and loyal customer base. We share Hectec’s vision of enabling orthopedic surgeons to work in 3D with ease by automating all the time consuming steps involved in 3D interactions, and believe the opportunities for our mutual growth will be significant.”

About Claron Technology, Inc

Claron is dedicated to the application of image processing, image sharing and image distribution in medicine. It has extensive experience in developing systems that help clinicians identify anatomy and tissues of interest, visualize and analyze them, and securely distribute them on a variety of different platforms from desktop to smartphones. Claron helps healthcare providers deliver more value to their patients by making physicians more efficient and connected. For more details, visit


In 1994, HECTEC GmbH began developing a solution that gives orthopaedic surgeons digital tools for efficient and safe planning of joint operations. In 1999, HECTEC became the first company in the world to provide a software program that allows for fully digitized pre-operative planning of a joint replacement with just a few inputs. With the aid of automatic calculations and special algorithms, doctors can save up to 85% of the time required for conventional planning.

With mediCAD, HECTEC is setting an innovative milestone in the history of surgical orthopaedics. With automatic archiving of critical information and complete traceability of findings and follow-ups, mediCAD provides the best possible framework for monitoring and documenting an operation.

Through close collaboration with leading medical technology companies and successful use of mediCAD in clinics around the world, HECTEC GmbH is now a global player in the medical software market.

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