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Sentinelle Medical and Ultrasonix Medical Corporation Announce Distribution Partnership


11/30/2009 8:52:26 AM

TORONTO, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ - Sentinelle Medical Inc., a leading manufacturer of MRI coils and advanced visualization software, and Ultrasonix Medical Corporation, a leading provider of innovative ultrasound imaging systems have announced a distribution agreement for the new SonixTOUCH Ultrasound with Aegis(TM) Navigation*. The system will be shown as a work-in-progress on both Sentinelle and Ultrasonix's booths at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting in Chicago, Nov. 30 - Dec. 5, 2009.

The SonixTOUCH with Aegis Navigation* is an integrated solution for co-registration of MRI and real-time ultrasound imaging that permits investigation of the same anatomical features under both imaging modalities, at the same time, maximizing sensitivity and specificity. The SonixTOUCH features a programmable, 10.4" color touch screen with a wide viewing angle. Specialized hardware and software automates registration between modalities, and instruments are spatially tracked using an advanced 3D magnetic tracking system. Clinicians select anatomical targets based on information from an MRI or CT and an interactive targeting interface quickly guides clinicians towards the region of interest with the Ultrasound transducer.

"Sentinelle is happy to be working with an innovator like Ultrasonix to bring a fully integrated solution to market," said Cameron Piron, Sentinelle's President and CEO. "These offering have clinical relevance for the diagnosis, intervention and treatment of many diseases. By merging MRI images with real-time ultrasound, clinicians have significantly more information at their disposal. We are confident that this will lead to clear opportunities for new and innovative approaches to diagnose and treat these diseases."

Laurent Pelissier, CEO at Ultrasonix states, "Delivering a new targeted SonixTOUCH device that integrates a unique, clinically appraised technology such as the Aegis Navigation is in line with our strategy to provide unique superior Ultrasound Solutions for specific target markets. Sentinelle's unique approach to multimodality imaging empowers Clinicians with new tools that are intuitive and bring clinical value"

About Sentinelle Medical Inc.

Sentinelle Medical is a leading manufacturer of breast MRI coils and 4D advanced visualization software, providing clinicians greater confidence in diagnosis and accuracy in intervention. The award winning Sentinelle Vanguard(R) breast coils for GE, Siemens and Toshiba MRIs provide excellent quality MR images, complete and open access for intervention, enhanced patient comfort and clinical workflow. Sentinelle's groundbreaking Aegis line of advanced 4D visualization software has been designed from the ground up to offer the clinician maximum control, and superior speed of interaction, within an intuitive and easy to use interface. Sentinelle's innovative product line also includes solutions for multimodality imaging, designed to solve the real world problems radiologists, technologists and oncologists encounter in their efforts for earlier detection and better treatment of cancer.

Sentinelle products are used in leading breast cancer and imaging centers throughout North America including Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Centre, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Mountain Medical Physician Specialists, Radiology Ltd., Scripps Memorial Hospital, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University Health Network and Windsong Radiology Group.

For more information, visit www.sentinellemedical.com

About Ultrasonix Medical Corporation

Ultrasonix (www.ultrasonix.com) is a leading developer and manufacturer of high quality diagnostic ultrasound imaging systems. The company's OpenSONIX ultrasound technology provides superior image quality, ease of use and clinical flexibility to adapt to the needs of a variety of specialties. Ultrasonix is a privately held, profitable company headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia with affiliate dealers in 65 countries.

For more information, visit www.ultrasonix.com

* Pending FDA Clearance

CONTACT: Media Contact: Ben Holton, Sentinelle Medical Inc., (647)
258-3677; Danielle McCallum, Ultrasonix Medical Corporation, (604) 279-8550



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