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Kodak Demonstrates New Healthcare Imaging Technologies at RSNA


CHICAGO, IL, Nov. 27 -- Eastman Kodak Company today presented its latest healthcare technologies which enhance patient comfort and help radiologists detect cancer at an early stage. The company’s demonstrations at the world’s largest radiology conference and tradeshow, hosted annually by the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), include a digital x-ray system that moves around the patient to minimize painful positioning changes, and a digital mammography system that features built-in software to help radiologists detect suspicious areas that might require further review.

The new KODAK DIRECTVIEW DR 9500 digital radiography system features a design that allows it to move around the patient to facilitate patient positioning and enhance technologist convenience and productivity. This design, along with automated exam settings and other features, improves the speed of each exam while minimizing the need for patient movement. This can enhance care, especially for patients who are seriously ill or are in pain. The KODAK DR 9500 system is scheduled to be available worldwide in the second quarter of 2007.

Digital Imaging for Breast Exams

Kodak also displayed a digital imaging system for breast imaging exams, which has entered the final phases of regulatory review in the United States. Kodak’s mammography feature equips users of its most popular computed radiography (CR) imaging systems with the special requirements needed to conduct mammography exams.

In conjunction with this imaging solution, Kodak demonstrated software that identifies suspicious areas on mammographic exams so radiologists can closely examine these regions for possible disease during a second review. This software can be a valuable tool in the fight against breast cancer by helping radiologists detect cancer at an early stage.

Innovations in Image Management

Kodak also showed innovative new capabilities for its image management platform, which handles the review, distribution and storage of medical imaging studies. Kodak has added a new technology that enables remote physicians to view patients’ medical images without the need for a large bandwidth connection. This can improve patient care by making it possible for the medical imaging exams of an accident victim to be shared with an on-call radiologist who is working from home, or for a specialist in another state to help determine the cause of complications in a post-surgical patient.

“Healthcare providers appreciate the way our innovative solutions combine ease of use with advanced functionality,” said Kevin J. Hobert, President of Kodak’s Health Group. “They count on Kodak to help them to improve the quality and cost of patient care, and achieve the full benefits of an all-digital workflow.”
About Kodak’s Health 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.

Kodak is the world’s foremost imaging innovator, providing leading products and services to not only healthcare customers, but to the photographic and graphic communications markets. With sales of $14.3 billion in 2005, the company is committed to a digitally oriented growth strategy focused on helping people better use meaningful images and information in their life and work. Consumers use Kodak’s system of digital and traditional image capture products and services to take, print and share their pictures anytime, anywhere; Businesses effectively communicate with customers worldwide using Kodak solutions for prepress, conventional and digital printing and document imaging; and Creative Professionals rely on Kodak technology to uniquely tell their story through moving or still images.

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