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Micro-Bubble Echo Contrast Procedures Continue to Rebound in October 2008
Date:1/5/2009

Both Definity(R) and OptisonTM Usage Increased During the Same Study Period, According To New Data from Arlington Medical Resources

MALVERN, Pa., Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Arlington Medical Resources (AMR), a provider of premier market intelligence for the pharmaceutical and diagnostic imaging industries, finds that the number of micro-bubble echo contrast procedures performed in October 2008 have increased by more than 50 percent, to nearly 18,000 procedures, when compared to May 2008. Micro-bubble echo contrast procedures began declining sharply in October 2007, from nearly 55,000 procedures in September 2007, as a result of a black box warning issued by the FDA in October 2007.

A revised black box warning issued in May 2008 has contributed to this rebound as well as physicians and sonographers reestablishing protocols for contrast usage in their institutions. A micro-bubble echo contrast agent is administered intravenously and used for contrast enhancement during echocardiographic procedures.

The newly released edition of the U.S. Echocardiography Monthly Monitor also finds that both Lantheus Medical Imaging's Definity(R) and GE Healthcare's OptisonTM -- the two FDA approved micro-bubble echo contrast agents -- realized increased usage during the same study period.

"Continued interest in ultrasound contrast is evident with the recently released American Society of Echocardiography Consensus Statement on the Clinical Applications of Ultrasonic Agents in Echocardiography and the formation of the International Contrast Ultrasound Society (ICUS)," stated Anna Fisher, analyst at AMR.

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The U.S. Echocardiography Monthly Monitor enables pharmaceutical and medical device companies to monitor the utilization rates of echocardiography in the U.S. It is the timeliest data
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