August 10, 2009 08:30 ET

Baptist Health System Installs Seven Ultrasound Systems From ZONARE Medical Systems

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - August 10, 2009) - ZONARE Medical Systems, Inc. announced it has installed seven ultrasound systems in three hospitals that make up Baptist Health system, including Baptist Medical Center South, Baptist Medical Center East and Prattville Baptist Hospital. The seven new systems will be used in both Radiology and OB/GYN Departments as well as for training research. Baptist Health is central Alabama's largest healthcare provider.

"The ZONARE systems offer excellent imaging quality and performance at half the cost compared to the larger ultrasound systems from competing manufacturers," said Jeff Hicks, RT, MHSA, vice president, Ancillary Services, Baptist Medical Center South. "With the new systems, we have technology that performs at a premium level with no sacrifice to image quality, yet is smaller than conventional systems, therefore you get more technology into your building. As a result, I believe the systems will change the way ultrasound is used going forward."

Baptist Medical Center South is a tertiary and teaching hospital. The systems will be used for research including a Magellan Venous research study with the University of Alabama, of which Baptist Health shares a health services affiliation. Baptist Medical Center East is among the top four hospitals in the state for labor and delivery where the systems will be used in all facets of obstetrics and gynecological imaging examinations.

The ultrasound system is a premium-quality, Convertible Ultrasound™ platform based on proprietary Zone Sonography™ technology. Clinicians are able to easily convert the system from a full-featured, cart-based system into a premium compact ultrasound system without sacrificing image quality or performance. As a result, demanding clinical studies can be done in a variety of clinical settings with high diagnostic confidence.

"ZONARE is pleased that the ultrasound platform will address Baptist Health system's clinical and diagnostic ultrasound imaging needs, and we look forward to a long relationship with Baptist Health," said Mark Miller, vice president of sales and marketing, ZONARE Medical Systems. "We are committed to offering premium performance, full-featured ultrasound systems and ensuring that our customers' positive experience with our technology continues well into the future."

The ultrasound platform's software-based architecture allows its performance to continue to improve as greater processing power becomes available. System software upgrades can be downloaded over the internet.

About Baptist Health System

Baptist Health is a three-hospital, faith-based, non-profit system serving central Alabama. As the area's premier healthcare provider and tertiary referral center, Baptist Health has more admissions, outpatient visits, surgeries and ED visits than any other provider in central Alabama. Baptist Health is an affiliate of the University of Alabama-Birmingham Health System located in Birmingham, Ala. Additional information can be found at

About ZONARE Medical Systems, Inc.

ZONARE Medical Systems, Inc., based in Mountain View, Calif., develops, manufactures and commercializes premium compact ultrasound systems that combine its proprietary technology with an innovative physical design. Zone Sonography technology, ZONARE's unique patented approach to ultrasound imaging, is focused on bringing premium image quality, performance and features to a wide range of clinical settings. Additional information can be found at

Zone Sonography and Convertible Ultrasound are trademarks of ZONARE Medical Systems.

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