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Somanetics Announces New FDA 510(K) Clearance
Date:4/16/2009

- Labeling expanded to include improved patient outcomes and

real-time measurement accuracy -

TROY, Mich., April 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Somanetics Corporation (Nasdaq: SMTS) announced today a new 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to expand the labeling for its INVOS(R) Cerebral/Somatic Oximeter. The new labeling allows a claim of improved patient outcomes after surgery when the INVOS System is used to manage therapies in patients above 2.5 kilograms (kg) at risk for reduced or absent blood flow. Additionally, its indications for use now reflect the INVOS System's ability to generate accurate real-time measurements of blood oxygen saturation in this same patient population, in addition to its previous clearance as a trend monitor in any individual.

These changes make the INVOS System the only commercially-available cerebral/somatic oximeter backed by an improved patient outcomes claim, and the only cerebral/somatic system cleared for use on neonates less than 2.5 kg.

The INVOS (In Vivo Optical Spectroscopy) Cerebral/Somatic Oximeter noninvasively monitors site-specific blood oxygen levels to help surgical and critical care teams protect their patients against brain and vital organ area damage, or even death.

"The clinical data we submitted and subsequent 510(k) clearance demonstrate that improved patient outcomes are possible with the use of our INVOS System, and that our device can benefit cardiac surgery patients as well as high-risk general surgery patients, such as the elderly undergoing major abdominal surgery," explains Bruce Barrett, Somanetics' president and CEO.

Marc S. Kanchuger, MD, Associate Professor and Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Transplant Anesthesia at NYU Medical Center adds, "I'm not surprised by the FDA's de
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