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Kodak Provides Latest Digital X-Ray and Medical Information Systems to U.S. Olympic Training Center.

Medical Staff, Athletes To Benefit From Growing Trend In Digital Radiography

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- U.S. Olympic Team Sponsor Eastman Kodak Company has provided state-of-the-art digital x-ray and information systems to assist medical professionals in providing on-site care for athletes living and training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The combined value of the equipment, installation, training and services provided by Kodak to the U.S. Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Clinic is more than $1.1 million.

Digital radiography (DR) represents a huge technological leap because of its high-resolution images and the speed at which they are processed. As one of the first major athletic facilities to use the Kodak DirectView DR 7500 system, the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., is now at the forefront of the growing trend in using digital medical imaging technology to assess sports injuries.

The U.S. Olympic Training Center joins Miami Dolphins Stadium, home to Miami's NFL team, and Miller Park, home to baseball's Milwaukee Brewers, to be among the first sports facilities to use digital imaging at their on-site medical facilities. Sports stadiums, arenas and other sports institutions are the latest group of athlete care centers to adopt new digital radiography procedures, which are quickly replacing traditional film-based x-ray systems. "Kodak is proud to help support the Olympic Movement in America by providing new digital medical imaging and information systems that enable clinicians to enhance athlete care," said Kevin Hobert, President of Kodak's Health Group. "We develop some of the world's leading radiography and healthcare IT products, and treatment facilities of all kinds Co from clinics to stadiums Co are realizing improvements in treatment and cutting costs from going digital with Kodak."

The DR 7500 system replaces the 15- year-old x-ray machine used by the USOC's Sports Medicine division. "Like its predecessor, the new system will be used to identity fractures and injuries to bones and joints of Olympic Training Center athletes," said Margie Hunt, Head Athletic Trainer. "Thanks to Kodak's generous support, we now have a system that is loaded with technological advancements that will help USOC physicians and athletic trainers assess injuries more efficiently by allowing images to be sent and assessed virtually by doctors. We can now provide better and more specialized care to athletes."

The DR 7500 captures patient x-ray images digitally in seconds, and can quickly and easily deliver high-quality medical images. The system is networked with the Kodak Carestream PACS (Picture Archiving and Communications System), which enables secure and immediate viewing of real-time digital medical images and information by physicians and radiologists on site, as well as at remote locations (e.g. out of state) via the Internet. Kodak's PACS also provides the ability to write patient images to a CD allowing for athlete information to be stored or shared with referring physicians.

Kodak also provided a Kodak DryView laser imaging system that enables the printing of digital x-ray exams to radiographic film for sharing with referring physicians and for archival purposes.

Currently athlete imaging exams and medical files are stored at the Olympic Training Center the old-fashioned way, in large filing cabinets throughout the USOC Sports Medicine Clinic. With Kodak Carestream hosted information management (HIM), keeping athlete records post-retirement for the minimum seven years makes accessing records more manageable for staff and athletes.

In addition to equipment installation, Kodak has also trained the USOC Sports Medicine staff of 10 athletic trainers on the new digital systems.

About Kodak's Health Imaging Group

Kodak's Health Group, with 2005 revenues of $2.65 billion, is a world leader in supplying the medical and dental professions with advanced healthcare products, services and information technology solutions. Its broad portfolio includes picture archiving and communications systems (PACS), radiology information systems (RIS), healthcare information systems, computed radiography (CR) and digital radiography (DR) systems, laser imagers, mammography and oncology systems, x-ray film systems, dental imaging products, and a range of consulting--as well as repair and maintenance--services.
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