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ACUSON'S NEW AEGIS PRODUCT LINE INCREASES QUALITY AND CAN LOWER COSTS OF ULTRASOUND EXAMS

 ACUSON'S NEW AEGIS PRODUCT LINE INCREASES QUALITY
 AND CAN LOWER COSTS OF ULTRASOUND EXAMS
 MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Acuson Corp. (NYSE: ACN) today introduced a major new system for managing and preserving the quality of ultrasound diagnostic images. AEGIS(TM), The Sonography Management System(TM), is designed to make total image quality continuously available throughout the ultrasound department.
 By computerizing ultrasound image and data handling, AEGIS can also increase the productivity of existing ultrasound instruments by as much as 20 percent, reducing overall hospital costs for the increasingly used tests in addition to improving patient care.
 Acuson, a leading manufacturer of high-performance medical diagnostic ultrasound equipment, also announced relationships with three other companies involved with aspects of the AEGIS product line: Apple Computer, Eastman Kodak and Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing (3M).
 AEGIS is based on custom hardware accelerators and software developed by Acuson, but also utilizes Apple Macintosh(R) computers and the Apple QuickTime(R) standard for a number of key components. As a result, the user can employ inexpensive third-party software programs written for the Macintosh for many useful applications. The system is designed to interface with the best medical-grade image printers available from leading manufacturers, including extremely high-quality shared printers from Eastman Kodak and 3M.
 AEGIS components can be configured to provide significant quality and throughput benefits to virtually any size ultrasound department, from small private offices or clinics to major medical centers and teaching hospitals.
 "As Acuson has increased the diagnostic information available in ultrasound, the limitations of hard copy devices have caused much of the information available on the system CRT to be lost by the time the images and data reach the reading room," said Dr. Samuel H. Maslak, Acuson's president and chief executive officer.
 "Whether the ultrasound department uses film or elects to go filmless," said Maslak, "AEGIS allows all the diagnostic information acquired to be available from the moment the examination begins until the file is retrieved years from now. And AEGIS is designed to accommodate not only the Gold Standard diagnostic information we provide today but also the substantial increases in image quality our R & D efforts are working on for the future."
 Acuson also said that three medical institutions representing a cross-section of potential AEGIS customers took part in extensive system evaluations: Virginia Mason Medical Center (VMMC), Seattle; Palos Community Hospital, Palos Heights, Ill.; and the University of Tennessee Department of Radiology, Regional Medical Center/Memphis.
 Physicians at VMMC have found that the AEGIS system is delivering up to 20 percent improvement in productivity and throughput by automating the handling of film for ultrasound hard copies. Moreover, the AEGIS system provides VMMC with significantly better effective image quality because it provides instantaneous original-quality image review and allows higher quality shared printers to be utilized by the department.
 Sonographers at Palos Community Hospital report that the automation of film handling chores has allowed them to focus their attention on delivering better quality patient care and diagnostic accuracy.
 The University of Tennessee/Memphis, another beta test site, reports that AEGIS is an important teaching aid in addition to improving exam room efficiency. Utilizing the systems' fast image review mode, the institution creates current and customized teaching files with original image quality.
 Deliveries of AEGIS products are expected to being in mid-1993.
 Headquartered in Mountain View, Acuson (NYSE: ACN) is a leading manufacturer of medical diagnostic ultrasound systems, which are marketed worldwide through direct, subsidiary and independent distributor sales organizations. In 1991, Acuson realized sales of $336 million.
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 /CONTACT: David Ringler of Acuson, 415-969-9112/
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