updated 3/3/2011 3:16:52 PM ET 2011-03-03T20:16:52

VIENNA, Austria, March 3, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vital Images, Inc. (Nasdaq:VTAL), a leading provider of advanced visualization solutions, will showcase Vitrea® Enterprise Suite (VES), Version 6.0 for the first time in Europe at the European Congress of Radiology Annual Meeting (stand # 9, Extension Expo A). VES, Version 6.0 expands VES' clinical depth and technical versatility to include a highly scalable infrastructure, which enables significant deployment flexibility.

VES, Version 6.0 complements virtualization strategies to support decreased total cost of ownership, increased productivity and simplified disaster recovery. Its modular platform delivers a consistent experience for end users, independent of the number of simultaneous users or data load on the system. The modular architecture enables healthcare communities to scale the solution to their unique needs.

By leveraging software rendering technology and virtualization, and reducing dependency on graphics processing unit (GPU) for the rendering of images, this solution expands scalability and allows for true cloud deployments.

"We are evaluating several different new ways to go-to-market with our products as a result of this technology," said Michael H. Carrel, president and chief executive officer at Vital Images. "Virtualization and software rendering provide the technology backbone for being able to do many exciting things. Specifically, it enhances our ability to deliver massively scalable solutions and explore software-as-a-service business models. We believe that hosted advanced visualization solutions will play an expanding role in healthcare in the future."

VES expands its clinical and multi-modality capabilities in Version 6.0 with the introduction of Oncology Fusion, XA 3D Angio, and Dynamic MR*, which provides advanced visualization tools for performing analysis of dynamic MR (magnetic resonance) acquisitions such as breast, prostate and liver studies.  A new Denoising filter also allows users to toggle between pre- and post- filtered images "on the fly" for improved diagnostic confidence. 

*Approved for use in the European Union and Canada.

About Vital Images

Vital Images, Inc. is a leading provider of advanced visualization and analysis software for physicians and healthcare specialists. The company's software provides users productivity and communication tools to improve patient care that can be accessed throughout the enterprise anytime, anywhere via the Web. Established in 1988 and headquartered in Minneapolis, Vital Images also has offices in Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.vitalimages.com .

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Vital Images® and Vitrea® are registered trademarks of Vital Images, Inc. Vital Images disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others.

Forward-Looking Statements

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this news release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and are intended to enjoy the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements provided by that Act. These statements involve risks and uncertainties which could cause results to differ materially from those projected, including but not limited to dependence on market growth, challenges associated with international expansion, the ability to predict product, customer and geographic sales mix, fluctuations in interest rates, regulatory approvals, the timely introduction, availability and acceptance of new products, the impact of competitive products and pricing, dependence on major customers, the ability to successfully manage operating costs, fluctuations in quarterly results, approval of products for reimbursement and the level of reimbursement, and other factors detailed from time to time in Vital Images' SEC reports, including its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009. Vital Images encourages you to consider all of these risks, uncertainties and other factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements contained in this release. As a result of these matters, changes in facts, assumptions not being realized or other circumstances, the company's actual results may differ materially from the expected results discussed in the forward-looking statements contained in this release. The forward-looking statements made in this release are made only as of the date of this release, and the company undertakes no obligation to update them to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

CONTACT: VITAL IMAGES
         Gitte Andreasen
         (952) 487-9500
         www.vitalimages.com

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