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HITACHI MEDICAL SYSTEMS AND ISG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCE COLLABORATION

 MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Nov. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Hitachi Medical Systems America, Inc. (HMSA), and ISG Technologies, Inc. (ISG) (NASDAQ: ISGTF), today announced a collaborative agreement to offer ISG's remote review stations and processing workstations to radiologists.
 "We view this collaboration as the basis for a long-term agreement with ISG," said Sheldon Schaffer, vice president, marketing, HMSA. "Collaboration with ISG allows us to offer to our customers an additional means to increase patient throughput by augmenting the functionality of Hitachi MR (Magnetic Resonance) systems."
 "We are pleased to be associated with one of the leading producers of MR scanner technology," said Louis Leung, vice president, OEM business, ISG. "Our combined technology will increase the productivity of doctors, and benefit the patients they serve."
 The remote review station offers clinicians a low-cost solution for distributed viewing and manipulation of data images, at convenient locations in the workplace. The software for the remote review station is based on a version of ISG's Digital Diagnosis Station, using an IAP (Image Applications Platform)(A) environment. Users will be able to load one or more sets of images, which can then be zoomed, window and level adjusted, presented on the screen in various ways, animated, annotated, and measured. The workstation will be UNIX and Xll/MOTIF based, with excellent built-in networking capabilities. The users will be able to load and use any other Xll-based application concurrently.
 The processing workstation will provide a wide range of post- acquisition tasks such as image review and post-processing. It is expected to improve the scanner's utility by augmenting its functionality, and to increase the scanner's throughput, by off-loading a variety of tasks from its console. Together, the remote review station and the processing workstation can share a single data-base, thereby eliminating the need for explicit image transfer and reducing the need for local storage space.
 Hitachi Medical Systems America, Inc. (HMSA), is a joint venture between Hitachi Medical Corporation of Tokyo and Summit World Trade of Hudson, Ohio. HMSA provides direct sales, service, product management and marketing of Hitachi medical imaging products in North America. HMSA offers complete assistance including initial selection of equipment, site planning and installation through ongoing system service and support. HMSA is continuing to increase its sales and service organization to support the expanded line of MRI systems as well as the growing customer base.
 ISG Technologies, Inc. (ISG), a Canadian company, designs, manufactures, markets and supports visual data processing technology for the medical and scientific imaging markets. The technology consists of proprietary software and parallel-processing accelerator hardware. Radiologists and surgeons use these systems to display, manipulate and analyze two- and three-dimensional images of actual patient anatomy. ISG markets its products and technology to both end users and to OEM suppliers of medical imaging equipment. The company employs 135 people worldwide, and its 1993 revenue is $18.4 million. ISG is a public company, with common shares listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol: ISOT) and New York's NASDAQ Exchange (symbol: ISGTF).
 (A) IAP is an easily programmable, object-oriented software development tool, which is rapidly becoming an industry standard. Using IAP, software developers can bring medical imaging applications to market faster and with reduced development costs.
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 /CONTACT: Theresa Arts, manager, corporate communications of ISG Technologies, 905-672-2100, ext. 297/
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