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Esaote MRI systems to be distributed in USA by Hologic

25 September 2005

Bedford, Mass. USA. Hologic, Inc. and Esaote of Genoa, Italy, have entered into an exclusive distribution and service agreement in the United States for extremity MRI imaging systems manufactured by Esaote. The agreement is for an initial term of three years, with automatic 1-year renewal options.

Under the terms of the agreement, Hologic will sell and service Esaote's line of extremity MRI systems, optimized for orthopaedic and rheumatology imaging. Esaote's systems provide a compact and high quality alternative to full-body MRI systems that require substantially higher capital costs and extensive build-outs. Extremity MRI systems also are designed to provide a more comfortable, less imposing patient experience as compared to full body systems.

Esaote pioneered dedicated MRI imaging systems and is the world leader in this product category with over 1,000 installations. Their MRI solutions span multiple applications including ultra-high resolution, small-joint assessment for rheumatology, as well as open MRI for extremity and shoulder imaging in Orthopedics.

Hologic has an extensive sales network in the U.S. calling on the outpatient imaging market, particularly in orthopedics and rheumatology through the sale of their X-ray bone density and Fluoroscan C-arm imaging systems.

"Dedicated MRI is a natural fit for our distribution and service channels, particularly in the in-office imaging segment," commented Rob Cascella, President and COO of Hologic. "Esaote's long history of excellence and innovation in the area of extremity MRI is consistent with our goal of maintaining a leadership position in the segments we serve."

"Hologic's reputation for service and product excellence were key factors in our decision to partner with them for the important U.S. market," said Dr. Luigi Satragno, General Manager of Esaote's MRI division. "Their long-term focus on the field of musculo-skeletal imaging, and their high levels of customer satisfaction were also essential in our decision to partner with Hologic."

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