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Canon U.S.A. Showcases Its Portable Digital Radiography Solutions at the AAOS Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Canon DR Technology Demonstrates the High Quality and Cost Effectiveness of Its Medical Imaging Solutions at Annual Orthopaedic Surgeons Event

SAN DIEGO -- Canon Medical Systems, a division of Canon U.S.A, Inc., will demonstrate how its digital radiography (DR) systems can help streamline and improve a physician's image workflow at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons' (AAOS) Annual Meeting, February 14th - 16th, in San Diego.

"Canon has been at the forefront of DR innovation, introducing the industry's first portable DR system in 2001," said Tsuneo Imai, director and general manager, Medical Systems Division, Canon U.S.A, Inc. "Today, Canon offers portable DR solutions that deliver excellent image quality, virtually seamless network and workflow integration with DICOM* Standard-compliant devices to the orthopaedic community."

Canon DR systems and solutions on display at AAOS 2007 (Booth #5200, Hall G) will include:

* Portable DR Systems - The full size, portable DR system - the Canon CXDI-50G - is a light-weight, large imaging area (14-inch x 17-inch) DR system that will be shown integrated with the AMX-4 DR upgrade, making it appropriate for bedside or post surgical procedures. In addition, the RadPro elevating table/wall stand suite will feature the Canon CXDI-50C portable DR system, which delivers high-quality diagnostic images efficiently with minimal X-ray exposure to patients, making it ideal for pediatric and orthopedic use. Also, the flexibility of the Canon CXDI 50 series portable DR systems offers orthopedic surgeons a one plate solution that allows the DR panel to be interchanged between the table and the wall stand, providing a cost effective DR solution.

* Canon DR Image Viewer Software - Canon improves workflow efficiency of the digital radiography system with an intuitive, user-friendly interface. Canon DR images can be manipulated without compromising throughput, thus assisting the health care provider's efficiency in delivering patient care. This economical and fully-scalable solution provides the user with pixel-to-pixel display of individual or multiple high-resolution Canon DR images. Fitting for orthopedic clinics, the Canon DR Image Viewer features pan, zoom and measurement tools such as cobb angles, as well as saves images to CD and sends images to any Windows-based desktop printer and/or a DICOM Standard-compliant network device. In addition, its optional modules, including stitching and implant matching for surgical templating applications make it ideal for scoliosis and long leg imaging, as well as for pre-surgical planning for the orthopedic surgeon. Also, included in the new version of DR Image Viewer software is DR Image Viewer Light, providing the ability to copy an image to a CD/DVD with or without a subset of the viewing and manipulating tools.

In addition to its medical devices, Canon will also be showcasing the PIXMA Pro9000 printer, an eight-color ink printer that produces a wide color gamut to achieve vivid coloration and high glossiness, and prints up to 13-inches x 19-inches on plain paper and specialty media. The award-winning Canon imagePROGRAF iPF500 large format printer will also be on display in the Canon booth at the AAOS event. The Canon imagePROGRAF iPF500 17-inch printer features the company's new five-color dye-pigment reactive ink system, and the Canon L-COA image processor and FINE print head technology for exceptional image quality and fast output. The iPF500 can be used by medical facilities that print long images such as long leg or other stitched images.

Optical and Imaging Heritage of Canon

Canon has a strong optical and imaging heritage. This heritage has allowed Canon to make a significant mark in the medical imaging market, particularly when it comes to high-quality, affordable DR solutions and innovations. With its solid heritage and expertise as a foundation, Canon continues to develop and deliver medical imaging solutions that will support its status as an industry innovator for years to come.

Since 1997, Canon Medical Systems has introduced eight generations of flat panel sensors (the Canon CXDI-11/22, Canon CXDI-31, Canon CXDI-40G, Canon CXDI-50G, Canon CXDI-40C, Canon CXDI-40EG, the Canon CXDI-50C and the Canon CXDI-40EC flat panel sensors), offering a full range of DR system solutions for various applications.

Canon Medical Systems has installed more than 1,400 DR sensor panels throughout Canada, the United States and Latin America, part of more than 3,500 DR systems that have been installed worldwide by the Canon family of companies.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. The company is listed as one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies in America and is on the BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands." Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ) is a top patent holder of technology, ranking third overall in the U.S. in 2006(+), with global revenues of $34.9 billion in 2006. For more information, visit

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