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Date:10/22/2007

avel to facilities for care that can be had right at home."

The MAGNETOM Essenza MRI system was introduced to the market just last week on Oct. 17, 2007. The system, which was developed specifically for the small hospital market, is expected to help physicians deliver improved imaging services in neurology, orthopedics, body imaging, angiography, cardiology, breast imaging, oncology and pediatric imaging. The lowest-cost new system available, MAGNETOM Essenza boasts 1.5-Tesla magnet strength. It generates high-resolution images that will help clinicians make a more precise diagnosis and could eliminate the need for expensive and time-consuming follow-up exams.

Voting in this contest will run from October 22 through December 31, with the winner being announced in mid January.

Explosion in Demand for MRIs

MRIs are one of the fastest growing imaging techniques on the market today, with the number of procedures growing by 10 percent from 2003 to 2006. This is due, in large part, to the ability of the technology to provide non- invasive, diagnostic images of soft tissues, bone, fat, muscles and internal organs in the body without the use of X-rays. Additionally, MRIs have been singled out for their usefulness in detecting and imaging specific conditions such as breast cancer. In March 2007, new guidelines were issued by the American Cancer Society (ACS) calling for annual MRIs in women at high risk for breast cancer. This new set of guidelines alone is expected to increase the demand for MRIs, as one million or more women in the United States may be impacted by the ACS recommendations.

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