SOURCE: ZONARE Medical Systems

ZONARE Medical Systems

February 19, 2009 08:30 ET

ZONARE Expands Product Portfolio Offering by Announcing New z.one ultra sp Ultrasound System

New System Designed Specifically for Point-of-Care Markets

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - February 19, 2009) - ZONARE Medical Systems, Inc. announced the introduction of its new z.one ultra sp ultrasound system for point-of-care markets such as emergency medicine, interventional radiology, venous ablation, anesthesiology and ob/gyn. During this time of economic downturn, ZONARE is expanding its product portfolio by offering a new, premium performance system at a more attractive price point that addresses a broad range of clinical specialties.

The z.one ultra sp system builds upon the precedent set by the company's z.one ultra system, offering superb image quality. Based on the company's proprietary Zone Sonography™ technology, the new system offers a simple and intuitive user interface for a wider base of physicians. Clinicians can easily convert the z.one ultra sp system from a full-featured, cart-based system into a premium compact system without sacrificing image quality or performance.

"Our new z.one ultra sp system is a premium ultrasound system designed specifically to meet clinicians' needs for point-of-care markets," said Don Southard, president and CEO, ZONARE Medical Systems. "We have simplified the user interface making it more intuitive and easy to use, which allows physicians to make quick, confident clinical decisions for all patient types. In addition, the superb image quality is equivalent to our z.one ultra system and the price point is unmatched in the industry, bringing even greater value to a wider variety of specialties."

With software-based architecture, ZONARE is able to engineer technology solutions at a lower cost, therefore offer new ultrasound platforms at a substantially lower cost than conventional ultrasound systems. The z.one ultra sp system is intended for the new, point-of-care markets in ultrasound. These include interventional radiology, venous ablation, emergency medicine, anesthesiology, critical care and ob/gyn imaging. The new system's simplified design coupled with all the power of the z.one ultra system offers a premium convertible platform that enables physicians to perform quick exams and make fast, accurate diagnostic decisions. In addition, the new system has a boot-up time of 15 seconds. This, coupled with the battery pack and small footprint, allows clinicians to take the z.one ultra sp system in and out of patient rooms easily and efficiently.

Just as the z.one system's software-based architecture allows its performance to continue to improve as greater processing power becomes available, the new z.one ultra sp system also benefits from software upgrades that can be downloaded over the internet.

The z.one ultra sp ultrasound system will begin shipping to customers in the second quarter of 2009.

In the 2008 Hand-Carried Ultrasound (HCU) report issued by Klein Biomedical Consultants (KBC), the industry's leading analyst, ZONARE is projected to be one of the market leaders in 2010 in the HCU market. The z.one ultra system was also awarded a 2008 Best in KLAS category leader award for the HCU market.

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 www.zonare.com.

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

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