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 News Release - April 11, 2006

ONI Medical Systems Helps Denmark Cut MRI Waiting Time

WILMINGTON, Mass.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--April 11, 2006--ONI Medical Systems, Inc. ("ONI"), developer of MSK Extreme(TM) and OrthOne(TM) high-field, 1.0T extremity MRI systems, announced today that it is working with health authorities in Denmark to reduce the time patients need to wait for an MRI. With the increase in the number of patients needing MRI, the waiting time for a scan in Denmark can be as long as six months.

"The decision by the radiology community in Denmark to support the ONI solution validates the need for dedicated extremity MRI units in health systems with strong MRI utilization." said Bob Kwolyk, founder of ONI. "MSK Extreme and OrthOne dedicated high-field extremity MRI systems will play an ever increasing role in helping provide timely imaging services while containing soaring medical costs worldwide."

At the end of 2004, Danish health authorities made a strong recommendation that no one should have to wait more than six weeks for an MRI exam. If the hospitals in the county where the patient lives cannot guarantee an examination within that time the county will have to pay for the examination and transport, even to another country.

Aarhus County, which consists of 26 Municipalities, has seven whole body MRI systems which range in strength from 0.7T to 3.0T. In an effort to cut waiting time and contain costs, Aarhus County ordered two OrthOne 1.0T systems. By installing a specialized extremity system, the throughput on the whole body systems was maximized without the need for the extra cost of another whole body system.

Five Radiologists and the Chief MR physician representing four hospitals in the County visited ONI's first European site in Oslo, Norway in early November 2004. The result was that after reviewing several different examinations and talking with their Norwegian colleagues, they asked for funding to purchase several OrthOne systems. It is anticipated that a third hospital in Aarhus County will get approval for another OrthOne later this year, to be installed in early 2007.

About ONI Medical Systems

ONI Medical Systems, Inc., was founded in 1997 to develop and market a family of dedicated purpose MRI systems that offer high-field performance at a low cost. The MSK Extreme and OrthOne are high-field (1.0 Tesla), hospital-quality, dedicated-purpose MRI systems for extremity imaging. ONI is the only company that offers compact, high field, open extremity MRI systems which can be easily sited in hospitals, diagnostic imaging centers and orthopedic practices. The systems also provide a quiet, comfortable, non-claustrophobic experience for patients requiring an MRI for an injury or diagnosis. For more information, please visit, call 978-658-0020 or e-mail

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Source: ONI Medical Systems

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