Company Signs Exclusive Multiyear Agreement with UltraSPECT to Distribute Cost-Effective WBR™ Imaging Processing Software
DUBLIN, Ohio, March 28, 2008 — Cardinal Health, a global provider of products and services that improve the safety and productivity of health care, today announced an exclusive agreement with UltraSPECT to provide cost-effective imaging processing software to cut scanning time in half or double the image resolution of existing nuclear medical imaging equipment.
UltraSPECT’s Wide-Beam Reconstruction (WBR™) technology dramatically reduces scan time without compromising image quality. Reduced scanning time makes patients more comfortable and less apprehensive, which helps eliminate motion artifacts during nuclear diagnostic imaging. Higher resolution imaging enables faster reading of scans and higher diagnostic confidence. In addition, the image reconstruction process is completely transparent to the department's clinical work flow.
'This agreement expands Cardinal Health’s breadth of products and services to deliver more complete solutions to our nuclear medicine customers,” said John Rademacher, president of Nuclear and Specialty Pharmacy Services for Cardinal Health. “UltraSPECT’s WBR™ technology enables our customers to achieve improved patient comfort and greater throughput efficiency, combined with the optimum image quality that can improve diagnostic confidence.'
Terms of the multiyear agreement, give Cardinal Health exclusive U.S. distribution rights for UltraSPECT’s WBR™ image processing packages for cardiac and bone nuclear imaging applications. WBR™ products address the clinical needs for significant reduction in acquisition time, boosting patient throughput and comfort without sacrificing image quality, and for substantial improvement in image resolution in bone imaging, offering better lesion localization and higher diagnostic confidence. The image processing packages are compatible with most major brands of nuclear medical imaging equipment.
“UltraSPECT’s products offer cost-effective solutions that leverage the investment of existing equipment by increasing patient throughput and department productivity by more than 50 percent with no trade-off in image quality,' said John W. Schaumburg, president of UltraSPECT Inc. ' Our partnership with Cardinal Health will build upon our 120 installations across the U.S. and accelerate the adoption of this technology.'
About Cardinal Health
Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) is an $87 billion, global company serving the health-care industry with products and services that help hospitals, physician offices and pharmacies reduce costs, improve safety, productivity and profitability, and deliver better care to patients. With a focus on making supply chains more efficient, reducing hospital-acquired infections and breaking the cycle of harmful medication errors, Cardinal Health develops market-leading technologies, including Alaris® IV pumps, Pyxis® automated dispensing systems, MedMined™ electronic infection surveillance service, VIASYS® respiratory care products and the CareFusion™ patient identification system. The company also manufactures medical and surgical products and is one of the largest distributors of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies worldwide. Ranked No. 19 on the Fortune 500, Cardinal Health employs more than 40,000 people on five continents. More information about the company may be found at www.cardinalhealth.com.
UltraSPECTLtd. based in Haifa, Israel, with U.S. offices in Merrick, NY, specializes in the development, production and sale of products dedicated to the enhancement of imaging quality and productivity performance of NM Gamma Cameras. Based on its proprietary, innovative image reconstruction algorithms technology, Wide-Beam Reconstruction, the Company's imaging solutions shorten acquisition times and increase image resolution. Xpress.Cardiac cuts cardiac imaging times by one-half without compromising image quality, while Xpress/Xact.Bone can either cut bone imaging acquisition times by half, or double the image resolution. Compatible with most major manufacturers' cameras and workstations, UltraSPECT products can be installed within hours, offering a transparent interface between the camera and workstation. For more information visit our website: www.ultraspect.com or contact: Allen Smith, PhD, UltraSPECT Inc. at 1 (888) WBR-SCAN.