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HP SONOS 5500 Cardiovascular Ultrasound System Orders Surpass 1,000 Four Months After Release; Most Successful Ultrasound System Launch in HP History.

PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BW HealthWire)--Nov. 24, 1997-- Hewlett-Packard Company, the world's leading provider of cardiovascular ultrasound systems, today announced that orders for its HP SONOS 5500 cardiovascular ultrasound system have surpassed 1,000 units. The HP SONOS 5500 system, which is shipping to customers worldwide, was introduced in June, making this the most successful ultrasound product launch in HP history.

The HP SONOS 5500, an ultra-high performance, digital cardiovascular ultrasound system, is now being used in many of the world's leading cardiovascular centers, including 15 of the top 25 cardiology hospitals in the United States as ranked by U.S. News & World Report magazine.

The HP SONOS 5500 system features HP's Fusion Imaging, a breakthrough in two-dimensional and color-flow imaging, as well as HP's exclusive quantitative solutions for the assessment of cardiac anatomy, function and viability integrated into one powerful system.

"The unparalleled success of the HP SONOS 5500 system underscores our strength in the cardiovascular ultrasound marketplace and reinforces the new standards we've set for imaging excellence and versatility," said Paul Magnin, general manager of HP's Imaging Systems Division. "Our customers have classified the image quality and color flow as 'spectacular' and the harmonic-imaging package as the most complete in the marketplace, plus they have voted our service and support No. 1."


"Using the harmonic-imaging capability of the HP SONOS 5500 system allows us to study the heart muscle in much greater detail," said Dr. Roberto Lang, director, Noninvasive Cardiac Imaging Laboratories at the University of Chicago Hospitals. "We can obtain excellent images on patients with poor acoustic windows, such as obese patients, patients with respiratory disease and those in the ICU who cannot be moved for imaging purposes. We are also using the harmonic-imaging capability during every stress test, because we are able to better assess endocardial wall motion to determine left ventricular function following stress."

"The Fusion Imaging control on the HP 5500 system is a great advantage to our technicians," said Dale Aspelund, manager of non-invasive cardiac and vascular at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. "It is much easier to configure the system and optimize it for imaging. As a result, the studies are greatly improved because we have the ability to view anatomy and intraluminal plaques in great detail for more exact diagnoses."


"We perform almost 20,000 pediatric and adult diagnostic echoes annually," said Francine Nigrello, executive director of the George E. Reed Heart Center at Westchester County Medical Center, Valhalla, N.Y. "Our clinical staff evaluated several systems and highly recommended the HP SONOS 5500 system, and we are now moving all of our echocardiography systems to the HP SONOS platform.

"The value in the HP SONOS 5500 system -- in terms of cost of ownership, upgradeability and the quality and service HP brings -- is apparent immediately."


HP's Medical Products Group is a worldwide leader of clinical measurement and diagnostic technologies, information solutions, services, support and supplies for the healthcare industry. The group has 5,300 employees and had revenues of $1.4 billion in its 1996 fiscal year.

HP leads the world in critical-care patient monitoring, cardiovascular ultrasound imaging and clinical-information systems for critical care, and is at the forefront of such new technologies as point-of-care diagnostics and predictive instruments. HP is the founding member of the Andover Working Group, a 250-member initiative focused on developing standards-based interoperability between healthcare applications.

HP is the official information-technology hardware and maintenance supplier to the 1998 World Cup soccer tournament, and the Medical Products Group is the official patient-monitoring and defibrillator supplier.

Information about HP Medical Products Group can be found on the World Wide Web at .

Hewlett-Packard Company is a leading global provider of computing, Internet and intranet solutions, services, communications products and measurement solutions, all of which are recognized for excellence in quality and support. HP has 121,900 employees and had revenue of $42.9 billion in its 1997 fiscal year.

Information about HP and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at .

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