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ACUSON AND TOMTEC ANNOUNCE JOINT DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT FOR 3D AND 4D ULTRASOUND

 ATLANTA, Nov. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Acuson Corp. (NYSE: ACN) and TomTec, Tomographic Technologies Inc., announced today that they have signed a joint development agreement in the emerging field of 3D and 4D ultrasound imaging. Four-dimensional ultrasound is a common industry term for 3D renderings that move dynamically, to display moving anatomy such as the beating heart or a moving fetus.
 Under the agreement, TomTec is adapting its 3D and 4D technology for compatibility with Acuson diagnostic ultrasound systems and the company's Aegis(TM) ultrasound review stations. Aegis was introduced to electronically manage ultrasound images and data, and is currently being developed for the cardiology marketplace. Future applications planned for Aegis include 3D and 4D technology.
 TomTec's products include:
 -- Image processing and display software required to perform 3D and 4D reconstructions from the 2D images (slices) acquired by Acuson ultrasound systems.
 -- Software that guides the acquisition of the 2D slices, electronically tagging each acquired slice so that it is suitable for reconstruction.
 -- Transducers optimized for 3D and 4D acquisition.
 At the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions (booth no. 2853) in Atlanta, Nov. 8-11, Acuson will show 3D and 4D images acquired on the Acuson(R) 128XP Computed Sonography System using TomTec technology. TomTec's 3D and 4D ultrasound hardware and software products have been under investigation for several years at a number of well-known clinical and academic medical institutions.
 Three-dimensional and four-dimensional ultrasound produce volume and surface renderings that some clinicians believe may become important diagnostic tools for unraveling complex pathology that is difficult to interpret even with the best 2D ultrasound available today.
 "Today, 3D renderings can be obtained only through such expensive imaging modalities as CT or MRI," said Samuel H. Maslak, Sc.D., Acuson's president and chief executive officer. "In addition to its cost advantages, ultrasound may be uniquely capable of bringing movement to 3D images, just as all current high-performance ultrasound systems routinely produce moving 2D images," Maslak said.
 Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., Acuson is a leading manufacturer and international marketer of premium grade medical diagnostic ultrasound systems. In 1992, Acuson had sales of $343 million.
 NOTE: Acuson is a registered trademark and AEGIS is a trademark of Acuson Corp.
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 /CONTACT: Amy M. Cook or David L. Ringler, 415-969-9112 or 800-422-8766, both of Acuson Corp.; or Ned Purdom of Purdom Public Relations for Acuson Corp., 415-588-5700/
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