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HEALTH IMAGES COMPLETES FIRST INTERNATIONAL CENTER ACQUISITION

 ATLANTA, Nov. 17 ~PRNewswire~ -- Health Images, Inc. (NASDAQ: H IMG) today completed its first international center acquisition with the purchase of a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) center in England.
 The Somerset MRI Centre, NR Bridgwater, Somerset, England, is the only independent outpatient MRI facility serving Somerset and the surrounding area. Somerset is located approximately 100 miles southeast of London.
 Health Images Senior Executive Vice President Gerald D. Bassett said: "The Somerset MRI Centre was one of the first outpatient MRI centers in England, and has developed an unsurpassed reputation for quality and service. Health Images now operates three MRI centers in Britain and is planning a fourth in Welwyn Garden City, England. With the addition of Somerset, our United Kingdom operations are becoming more efficient."
 The Somerset MRI Centre acquisition was made possible by an agreement among The Kerland Foundation, Health Images (U.K.) plc and Health Images, Inc. Health Images (U.K.) plc is a wholly owned subsidiary of Health Images, Inc. The center represents Health Images' third imaging center in England; the company also has centers in Guildford, Surrey, England, and Darlington, England.
 Although Health Images, Inc. will own and operate the center, The Somerset MRI Centre will retain its personnel. Consultation and interpretation services will continue to be provided by the center's medical director, Dr. Peter Cavanaugh, M.A., MREP., FRCR.
 Health Images plans to install an advanced angiography and turbo spin echo upgrade package for the center's MRI system. In order to make the center more efficient and patient-friendly, the center's magnet room, office and waiting areas will be remodeled by Health Images (U.K.) Medical Construction Services Division.
 Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, is a medical diagnostic imaging technology that combines low intensity radio waves, magnetic field manipulations and computer technology to produce vivid images of the soft tissues of the body in multiple planes. Although there are countless uses for MRI, the majority of cases pertain to viewing the brain, spine and joints,
particularly the knee. MRI is effective in detecting tumors, multiple sclerosis, neurological and musculoskeletal disorders, and in the evaluation of cancer therapy. It is a painless procedure that involves no surgery or potentially harmful ionizing radiation.
 Including The Somerset MRI Centre, Health Images, Inc., a public company headquartered in Atlanta, operates 39 imaging centers in the United States and the United Kingdom, and one radiation oncology center. The company also manufactures MRI scanners, and provides MRI and CT equipment maintenance and medical construction services to third-party clients.
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 ~CONTACT: Gerald D. Bassett, senior executive vice president of Health Images, 404-587-5084; or Peter Sharpe, clinic manager, The Somerset MRI Centre, 01144-278-429094~
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