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HOLOGIC, INC. GETS VA CONTRACT.

Hologic, Inc., (Nasdaq: HOLX) a leading provider of a broad array of radiographic solutions, has announced a contract award by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - National Acquisition Center to provide direct-to-digital radiographic (DR) systems and related equipment for VA medical centers and other government healthcare facilities. U.S. Government medical facilities are the largest healthcare provider in the U.S., operating nearly 300 hospitals and many more outpatient clinics.

The VA award was based on best value and the unique capability of Hologic's proprietary flat panel technology, DirectRay, that utilizes amorphous selenium, a semi conductor that allows the capture and conversion of x-rays to electrical signals in a single step, avoiding any resolution deterioration inherent from light scatter in indirect technologies such as conventional screen-film or computed radiography systems. The National Acquisition Center award included two Hologic digital X-ray systems built to optimize amorphous selenium technology: the RADEX, designed for ambulatory and outpatient radiography and the EPEX, used for the full range of general radiography exams. The agreement also includes digital upgrades built around the Hologic detector and Hologic's Inverse Topography software, which allows radiologists to look at both soft tissue and bone detail in the same hard or soft copy image.

"Government hospitals such as VA are leading the way to a filmless environment," stated David Ellenbogen, Chairman & CEO, Hologic, Inc. "They recognize that DR systems provide outstanding image quality and provide a far greater return on investment by increasing productivity and facilitating optimum use of PACS technology. This important business relationship is further evidence of Hologic's leading-edge expertise in DR technology."

Hologic currently has over 100 DirectRay detectors in medical and non-destructive testing installations throughout the world. Hologic medical systems with DirectRay technology are in place at leading government sites including Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas, Ft. Bragg Medical Center in South Carolina, the Birmingham VA Hospital in Alabama, the White River Junction VA Hospital in Vermont. and the Biloxi VA Hospital in Mississippi.
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Publication:EDP Weekly's IT Monitor
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Date:Dec 25, 2000
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