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HEALTH IMAGES RELEASES NEW BREAST COIL AS MULTI-CENTER STUDY CONTINUES

 HEALTH IMAGES RELEASES NEW BREAST COIL
 AS MULTI-CENTER STUDY CONTINUES
 ATLANTA, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Health Images, Inc. (NASDAQ: HIMG) today announced the limited release of a new bilateral breast coil for use in some of the company's magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) centers.
 The coil, which was designed by Health Images' Engineering Services Division, recesses into the patient table of the MRI system providing comfortable prone patient positioning. The padded coil obtains images from both breasts simultaneously. Health Images expects to release the breast coil for third party use in September.
 Health Images' President and Chief Executive Officer Robert D. Carl III said: "MRI of the breast represents a significant development for Health Images. We hope to introduce other significant imaging products in the near future. Much of our future earnings growth depends on the successful introduction of new clinical applications for MRI."
 Currently, the breast coil is being used on a limited basis in a Health Images' multi-center research project assessing whether MRI can be used successfully in patients where mammography findings are inconclusive.
 Barry Jeffries, M.D., the primary investigator of this project and radiologist at the company's Atlanta Magnetic Imaging center, said: "Some European studies have indicated that as many as seven of 10 biopsies performed to determine the nature of a breast lesion result in identification of a benign process. MRI can with almost 100 percent accuracy exclude malignancy if the MRI shows no contrast enhancement."
 As more data are collected, MRI may prove to provide a valuable complementary diagnostic examination to mammography especially in women with implants or dense breasts.
 Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, is among the fastest-growing diagnostic imaging modalities available today. MRI combines low intensity radio waves, magnetic field manipulations and computer technology to produce detailed images of the soft tissues of the body in multiple planes without exposing the patient to potentially harmful ionizing radiation.
 Health Images, Inc., a public company based in Atlanta, owns and operates 36 imaging centers in the United States and United Kingdom, and one radiation oncology center. The company also manufactures MRI scanners, provides MRI equipment maintenance and medical construction services to third party clients and leases mobile MRI equipment.
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 /CONTACT: Perry Polsinelli, executive vice president of Engineering, or Louise Sutton, director of Technical Marketing and Clinical Applications, of Health Images, 404-642-9869/
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