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Alara, Inc. Receives FDA Clearance To Market CRystalView(R) R200 CR System



11/27/2006 12:35:12 PM

MCCORMICK PLACE, HALL A, BOOTH #2587, CHICAGO, Nov. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Alara, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Computed Radiography (CR) imaging products, today announced it is showcasing its CRystalView R200 desktop CR system at RSNA 2006 in Chicago. Alara recently received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration to market the CRystalView R200 system for general radiography applications. The R200 is also CE marked under the European Medical Device Directive.

CRystalView R200 combines a compact form factor along with outstanding image quality with a 50+ plates-per-hour throughput, making the solution ideal for a variety of clinical settings including small office practices, clinics, hospitals, EDs and other demanding imaging environments.

"Alara's goal is to become the market leader in computed radiography products for all markets," explained Jim Walker, CEO of Alara. "Receiving regulatory clearance to sell CRystalView R200 is a huge step for Alara towards meeting that goal, and we look forward to building on the success of our other CR based products: DenOptix (Dental Markets), MetriScan (osteoporosis screening) and the T100 (Security and NDT applications).

Alara has created a flexible, reliable, and value-priced CR alternative in the CRystalView R200 that is suited for global markets. "Now imaging professionals get the best of both worlds -- a compact table top CR system that frees up valuable floor space in size constrained radiology departments and image quality that is competitive with any hospital based system," added Kuldip K. Ahluwalia, VP of Sales and Marketing for Alara.

The CRystalView R200 system, including a CR reader, multiple imaging plates, cassettes, QC workstation and related software, gives users the performance and leading-edge technology critical to remaining competitive in healthcare practices and providing excellent patient care. Fast acquisition of images with advanced features like exam-based imaging protocols, calibrated exposure indicator tracking, and adjustable speed class, assures exceptional quality for every image. With its comprehensive DICOM compatibility, the system can easily integrate X-ray studies with PACS, teleradiology, image distribution and archives via local or wide area networks.

Deploying the CRystalView R200 system is simple, thanks to its plug-and- play connectivity, making it suitable for small to moderately sized clinics, imaging centers and radiology departments. Installation and training typically requires less than a single day.

Alara's CRystalView R200 desktop CR system is available for sale immediately. During RSNA 2006, the CRystalView R200 system will be demonstrated at the Alara exhibit in Hall A-South Building, Booth #5287 of McCormick Place. For more information about the CRystalView R200 system or any of Alara's other CR imaging products, visit us at www.alara.com.

About Alara, Inc.:

Alara, Inc. is a privately held medical technology company that designs, manufactures and markets high quality imaging products based on Computed Radiography (CR) technology. Alara imaging systems are found in dental offices, physicians' offices, orthopedic clinics, radiology departments, emergency rooms, ICUs and other healthcare operations, and are also marketed through various OEM partnerships. Alara is headquartered in Fremont, California. For more information on the company, visit www.alara.com

NOTE: CRystalView(R) and Alara(R) are registered trademarks of Alara, Inc.

Alara, Inc.

CONTACT: Kuldip K. Ahluwalia, VP of Sales and Marketing of Alara, Inc.,+1-510-315-5200, or fax, +1-510-315-5201


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