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Verathon(R) Helps Physicians Identify the Presence of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms with New AortaScan(TM) Brand of Portable Ultrasound Aortic Measurement Instruments
Date:10/1/2009

BOTHELL, Wash., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Verathon® is pleased to announce the new AortaScan(TM) AMI 9700 aortic measurement instrument to help physicians identify the presence of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA). Designed with Emergency Physicians, Internists, and Family Practitioners in mind, the portable AortaScan(TM) AMI 9700 uses 3D ultrasound to quickly and noninvasively measure the diameter of the abdominal aorta, without the need for a sonographer. This crucial diameter measurement helps physicians identify the presence of AAA. The AortaScan(TM) AMI 9700 makes its official debut in October at the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) conference in Boston, MA on October 5 (Verathon Booth # 1235), and the American Association of Family Physicians (AAFP) conference, also in Boston, on October 15 (Verathon Booth #3244).

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Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs), a localized dilation of the abdominal aorta that exceeds normal diameter by more than 50%, occur most frequently in men over the age of 60.(1,2) In the US, AAA occurs in 2-4 % of the adult population, with men 5-7 times more likely than women to develop AAA.(3) Ruptured AAA is the 13th leading cause of death in the US: approximately 15,000 American die annually from it.(3,4) In addition to age and gender , other patient risk factors include atherosclerosis, a family history of AAA, a history of smoking, high blood pressure and obesity.(1,3) An estimated 40,000 surgical procedures are performed every year in the U.S. to repair AAAs.(3)

The new AortaScan(TM) AMI 9700 offers health care providers a quick, accurate, and reliable instrument for their Emergency Department (ED). The instrument, which has an onboard video tutorial and does not require a
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