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DRAXIS Names GE Healthcare as Exclusive Distributor of DRAXIMAGE(R) Sestamibi in USA
Date:12/20/2007

procedures; making MPI the most widely performed nuclear medicine scan in the US. Recent market research estimates indicate that existing MPI products generate revenues in excess of $800 million annually in the U.S. and that Sestamibi and tetrofosmin account for approximately 90% of all MPI procedures.

Cardiac Imaging with Tc-99m Sestamibi

The sestamibi kit is used in nuclear medicine imaging to show how well the heart muscle (myocardium) is supplied with blood (perfused) both at rest and during strenuous activity. The radioisotope Technetium-99m is attached to the sestamibi molecule forming Tc-99m Sestamibi. When injected into the bloodstream this radiopharmaceutical agent is distributed throughout the heart muscle in proportion to the blood flow received by various portions of the heart. Heart images are then obtained using a gamma camera that can detect the Technetium-99m. Two sets of images are typically taken, one while the patient is at rest and a second set while the patient is under stress, often by exercising on a treadmill or stationary bicycle. The resulting two sets of images are compared with each other to diagnose the presence of coronary heart disease by detecting areas of the heart that may not be receiving normal blood flow. This imaging technique is known as cardiac stress testing or myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI).

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