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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

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"In the Emergency Department, seconds count. The AortaScan(TM) AMI 9700 is designed to quickly and accurately take abdominal aortic diameter measurements to help identify a serious, life-threatening condition," stated Gerald McMorrow, CEO, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Verathon, Inc. "Integrated into triage, the AMI 9700 instrument gives Emergency Physicians critical information. With mortality rates approaching 95% for ruptured AAA, the ability to identify this often asymptomatic condition is essential for delivering effective care and improving patient outcomes," McMorrow said.

In a Primary Care setting, with Internists and Family Practitioners, the AortaScan(TM) AMI 9700 allows physicians to integrate abdominal aortic diameter exams into office visits. The US Preventative Services Task Force recommends screening patients who have a relatively high risk of dying from AAA: major risk factors include age 65 years or older, male sex, and smoking at least 100 cigarettes in a lifetime.(4) Unlike other ultrasound machines, the portable AMI 9700 is quick and easy to use. Exam results can be provided in a matter of minutes during an office visit.

When the scan button is pressed on the AortaScan(TM) AMI 9700, the instrument measures ultrasonic reflections on multiple planes inside the body and produces a three dimensional image. Based on this image, the AMI 9700 calculates and displays the diameter of the abdominal aorta on the color console, and offers aiming assistance to the user, on both the probe and the console.

The AMI 9700 instrument provides a print out or it can save exam data to an electronic medical record (EMR) via HIPAA-compliant ScanPoint® online imaging technology ®. ScanPoint® technology provides the ability to view, save and print exams as well as to quickly and easily calibrate AortaScan(TM) instruments online.

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