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Vital Images Comments on CMS Decision to Allow Local Coverage for Cardiac CT Angiography
Date:3/13/2008

MINNEAPOLIS, March 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Vital Images, Inc. (Nasdaq: VTAL), a leading provider of enterprise-wide advanced visualization and analysis solutions, said today that it is pleased that the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) decided to make no changes to national reimbursement coverage of cardiac computed tomography angiography (CCTA) and will continue to allow local contractors to determine coverage. This innovative procedure combines a CT scan with advanced visualization and analysis solutions to generate interior and exterior images of the arteries and heart, within seconds and noninvasively.

"We commend CMS for making this decision," said Michael H. Carrel, Vital Images president and chief executive officer. "CCTA gives physicians valuable information that can help them diagnose patients arriving in the emergency room with chest pain, as well as evaluate difficult cases of artery blockage that require intervention. Providing insurance coverage for CCTA procedures has the potential to positively impact the quality of patient care and save lives by providing diagnostic information quickly."

Vital Images enterprise advanced visualization solution offers physicians a comprehensive application for analyzing cardiovascular images. The package includes tools for coronary vessel analysis, cardiac functional analysis, calcium scoring, peripheral vessel analysis and electrophysiology. Advancements in these cardiovascular applications are a primary reason the company's recent release of Vitrea(R) 4.0 received the 2007 Best New Radiology Software Award from AuntMinnie.com. The software tools are fast and easy to use, and provide anywhere, anytime accessibility to key information and the ability to access
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