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 CHICAGO, Nov. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- ATL (Advanced Technology Laboratories, Inc.) (NASDAQ-NMS: ATLI) announced today the introduction of its eighth broadband scanhead for the HDI(TM) system at the 79th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). ATL is also featuring the Access(TM) Digital Image Management System for advanced image review, communication and storage as well as Doppler Power Imaging.
 In a separate press release earlier today, the company also announced that it plans to submit a Premarket Approval Application (PMA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the use of its High Definition(TM) Imaging (HDI) technology for the differentiation of solid breast masses, based on the findings of a recent 14-site clinical study. Kenneth Taylor, M.D., Ph.D., professor of diagnostic radiology at Yale University and one of the investigators in the ATL-sponsored study, presented the study findings today at the RSNA meeting.
 Abdominal Broadband HDI Scanhead Introduced
 The C4-2 is a high performance, versatile scanhead for general abdominal, obstetrical and pelvic examinations. It provides outstanding detail resolution and tissue differentiation throughout the entire field of view. This scanhead allows excellent imaging of superficial structures, such as the gallbladder, and provides the penetration needed for sonography of the adult liver, kidney and pancreas.
 The C4-2 is the eighth broadband scanhead for the High Definition Imaging system and the third introduced since June. The P5-3 Broadband Phased Array Scanhead, introduced in August, adds pediatric and small adult echocardiography capability to the system. The L7-4 Broadband Linear Array was first shown in June and adds further cerebrovascular and peripheral vascular capability.
 Access Digital Image Management
 ATL is featuring the Access Digital Image Management System for advanced image review, communication, and storage at the RSNA. Formerly referred to as ATL's Digital Laboratory concept, the Access system consists of an integrated optical disk module for the ATL HDI system, and network, workstation and archive products developed by Nova MicroSonics, ATL's image management division.
 The optional DAASR(R) Module (digital acquisition, analysis, storage and retrieval) streamlines image management by providing access, review and storage of grayscale and color images. This integrated optical disk module allows the elimination of film cassettes and facilitates portable studies. Storage of dynamic Cineloop(R) sequences and anatomical sweeps for later review provide more diagnostic information and flexibility for the clinician.
 DAASR optical disks are fully compatible with a variety of high quality black and white and color printers, such as Polaroid, 3M, Agfa and Kodak and many personal computer software products.
 ATL's open system concept means that customers have access to image and data management products from many manufacturers. The Access system will be fully compatible with DICOM(A), the emerging industry standard for medical image communications.
 HDI Doppler Power Imaging
 First announced in October, Doppler Power Imaging is a real-time feature that allows clinicians to visualize blood flow in small vessels that was previously difficult to see. Doppler Power Imaging is an enhancement of an existing mode on HDI systems, referred to as Power Mode. This enhancement can be provided at no additional cost on all new HDI systems because of the advanced digital architecture of HDI technology. ATL began shipments in November. In 1994, the feature will be made available as a free of charge upgrade for all existing HDI systems worldwide.
 ATL, with headquarters in Bothell, Wash., is a worldwide leader in the development, manufacture, distribution and service of diagnostic medical ultrasound systems. ATL stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market System under the symbol ATLI.
 (A) -- DICOM compatibility requires 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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