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 News Release - April 11, 2006

Kodak Announces FDA Clearance of New Picture Archive Communication System Capabilities

New PACS Functions Equip Radiologists to Read Non-Invasive Cardiac Tests

ROCHESTER, N.Y.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--April 11, 2006--Eastman Kodak Company today announced that it has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for several specialized functions that enable radiologists to diagnose images generated by non-invasive cardiac scanning methods. These specialized functions -- cardiac review and analysis; cardiac cage removal in 3D imaging and cardiac calcium scoring -- are being integrated into the next version of KODAK CARESTREAM PACS Software.

These functions, which equip radiologists to analyze cardiac CT (computed tomography) imaging exams, will be commercially available in the newest version of KODAK PACS software scheduled for release in mid-2006.

Cardiac review and analysis provides four-chamber and cross-sectional views of the heart and panoramic and cross-sectional views of cardiac vessels.

The system also analyzes calcified plaque in five main blood vessels of the heart, and enables radiologists to visually remove anatomy around the heart not required for cardiac viewing.

Kodak also received FDA clearance for bone removal (to enhance viewing of other structures) and vessel analysis enhancements that are used with CT exams of arteries and veins throughout the body.

All of these features are part of Kodak's real-time 3D capabilities that also include MIP (maximum intensity projection), MinIP (minimum intensity projection), MPR (multiplanar reconstruction), volume rendering, tissue definition, and vessel tracking functionality.

About Kodak's Health Group

Kodak's Health Group, with 2005 revenues of $2.65 billion, is a world leader in supplying the medical and dental professions with advanced healthcare products, services and information technology solutions. Its broad portfolio includes picture archiving and communications systems (PACS), radiology information systems (RIS), healthcare information systems, computed radiography (CR) and Digital Radiography (DR) systems, laser imagers, mammography and oncology systems, x-ray film systems, dental imaging products, and a range of consulting -- as well as repair and maintenance -- services.

Kodak is the world's foremost imaging innovator, providing leading products and services to not only healthcare customers, but to the photographic and graphic communications markets. With sales of $14.3 billion in 2005, the company is committed to a digitally oriented growth strategy focused on helping people better use meaningful images and information in their life and work. Consumers use Kodak's system of digital and traditional image capture products and services to take, print and share their pictures anytime, anywhere; Businesses effectively communicate with customers worldwide using Kodak solutions for prepress, conventional and digital printing and document imaging; and Creative Professionals rely on Kodak technology to uniquely tell their story through moving or still images.

For more information about Kodak's Health Group, contact your Kodak representative or visit www.kodak.com/go/health.

KODAK and CARESTREAM are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.


Source: Eastman Kodak

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