Medical imaging software vendor Merge Healthcare will acquire AMICAS Inc., a vendor of complementary technologies, for $248 million in cash or $6.05 per share.

The agreement between the companies to enter into a definitive agreement ends a 10-week tug-of-war over AMICAS. Investment firm Thoma Bravo LLC in late December agreed to pay $5.35 for Boston-based AMICAS. Milwaukee-based Merge in February countered with what AMICAS called a "highly-conditional proposal" that did not provide sufficient financial guarantees and reasonable protections for stockholders.

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