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September 26, 2005 08:59 ET

See with Clarity, Diagnose with Confidence: Siemens Launches ACUSON Antares Ultrasound System, Premium Edition at 2005 ISUOG World Congress

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ACUSON Antares System Family Provides Advanced Clinical and Workflow Capabilities to OB/GYN Practices

Siemens Medical Solutions introduces its new ACUSON Antares™ ultrasound system, premium edition, at the 15th International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology (ISUOG) World Congress, held September 25 through September 29 in Vancouver. Joining the successful Siemens' ACUSON brand, the new Antares system, premium edition, is a complete ultrasound system that provides highly upgradeable and comprehensive clinical capabilities, research functions, enhanced workflow efficiencies, and user-friendly ergonomics.

"The introduction of the ACUSON Antares system, premium edition, creates a common brand for our high-end ultrasound systems, offering an even higher level of diagnostic confidence," said Arnd Kaldowski, vice president, global sales and marketing, Ultrasound Division, Siemens Medical Solutions. "It presents all the elements of a complete premium-performance solution, from acquisition to archive, from 2D through 4D, providing integrated tools for busy and diverse clinical practices and research institutions."

The ACUSON Antares system, premium edition, builds upon the advanced workflow and diagnostic capabilities of the Antares system technology by offering an array of additional innovative features, including:

-- The comprehensive higher quality fourSight™ 4D ultrasound imaging technology solution, which addresses increasing clinical needs for imaging throughout entire pregnancy, including first trimester studies. The new EV9F4 endovaginal transducer has a 173-degree field-of-view that expands the clinical utility of 3D/4D examinations by providing additional diagnostic information to gynecological ultrasound studies not available with standard 2D exams. It may also reduce gynecological ultrasound exam time by up to 30 percent, which can enable physicians to make more precise diagnosis and spend more time on patient care. In addition, fourSight ViewTool(1) provides offline 3D/4D volume manipulation and other diagnostic tools, such as measurement of 2D data for clinical diagnosis and research.

-- A full suite of Hanafy Lens and Multi-D™ array transducers, offering to the premium performance market the superior 2D and color Doppler image quality expected from the Siemens ACUSON ultrasound system family.

-- 2D and Spectral TEQ™ ultrasound technology that automatically optimizes both 2D and spectral Doppler images with a touch of a single button, greatly improving ease of scanning, workflow, and diagnostic confidence by providing consistent image quality.

-- Clarify™ vascular enhancement technology that advances workflow and increases diagnostic confidence by automatically reducing noise and artifacts, providing improved tissue boundary detection and clear definition of vascular structures.

-- Extend imaging technology to increase diagnostic confidence by providing additional 2D, tissue harmonic imaging, and color Doppler information for technically difficult-to-image patients.

-- Cadence™ contrast pulse sequencing (CPS) technology(2) option, Siemens' unique contrast imaging technology migrated from the ACUSON Sequoia™ ultrasound system. Cadence CPS technology effectively separates the display of contrast agent signals from tissue signals. This results in additional diagnostic information, while greatly improving sensitivity and specificity in lesion detection and characterization for both low and high mechanical index contrast agent imaging.

"These new technology innovations are proof of Siemens' commitment to helping the healthcare community meet its daily diagnostic challenges, therefore improving patient care and outcomes," said Klaus Hambuechen, president, Ultrasound Division, Siemens Medical Solutions. "Siemens' ultrasound systems are synonymous with state-of-the-art technology, upgradeability, superior image quality -- especially with technically difficult-to-image patients -- and advanced and efficient workflow."

Siemens Medical Solutions of Siemens AG (NYSE:SI) with headquarters in Malvern, Pennsylvania and Erlangen, Germany, is one of the largest suppliers to the healthcare industry in the world. The company is known for bringing together innovative medical technologies, healthcare information systems, management consulting, and support services, to help customers achieve tangible, sustainable, clinical and financial outcomes. Employing approximately 31,000 people worldwide and operating in more than 120 countries, Siemens Medical Solutions reported sales of 7.07 billion EUR, orders of 8.12 billion EUR and group profit of 1.05 billion EUR for fiscal 2004. More information can be obtained by visiting http://www.usa.siemens.com/medical-pressroom.

(1) The fourSight ViewTool requires 510(K) review and is not yet commercially available.

(2) At the time of publication, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared ultrasound agents only for use in LVO. Check the current regulation for the country in which you are using this system for contrast agent clearance.

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