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 News Release - June 7, 2006

Siemens Tim Technology Breaks All Records with 1,000th Installation at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

MALVERN, Pa.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--June 7, 2006--Marking a major milestone of TimŽ (Total imaging matrix) technology in medical practices throughout the world, Siemens Medical Solutions today announced that St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has become the 1,000th facility to install Tim technology. Since its introduction in November 2003 at the Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), Tim technology has redefined the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) industry, improving workflow by eliminating the need for patient repositioning and manual coil changes while providing significantly enhanced image quality.

"In a little more than two short years, Siemens Tim technology has gone from the new technology on the block to the gold standard in MRI with 1,000 installations worldwide," said Nancy Gillen, vice president, MRI Division, Siemens Medical Solutions. "Tim-powered applications have brought medical imaging to the next level by allowing doctors to detect and diagnose disease states faster, offer more treatment options, and increase workflow and efficiency."

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., the world's largest institution dedicated entirely to patient care and research in the catastrophic diseases of children, installed the MAGNETOM TrioŽ 3 Tesla (3T) MRI system with Tim in March 2006 and the MAGNETOM AvantoŽ 1.5T MRI system in December 2005. The St. Jude MRI program seeks to optimize imaging in children with cancer, sickle cell disease, and related infectious diseases.

"We look toward new technology that advances our capabilities in the diagnosis, response assessment, and documentation of toxicities in solid tumors and brain tumors in children and adolescents," said Dr. Robert Kaufman, radiologist-in-chief, Division of Diagnostic Imaging, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. "We are pleased to be the 1,000th site to install Tim technology, and to further explore and evaluate the contributions of Tim to pediatric oncologic imaging."

Siemens Tim technology is the first seamless, whole body surface coil design that combines up to 102 seamlessly integrated coil elements with up to 32 independent radio frequency channels, opening the door to the most advanced clinical applications available today. Tim technology enables flexible coil combinations to encompass local high resolution imaging to large anatomical coverage up to 205 cm (6'9"). Other systems require the radiologist to change coils and reposition the patient three times for a whole-body MRI procedure. Tim also enables the use of integrated Parallel Acquisition Techniques (iPAT), such as syngoŽ SENSE and syngo GRAPPA, in all body regions, reducing examination times. As a result, image quality is increased by up to 100 percent signal-to-noise ratio and acquisition times are shortened.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. No family ever pays for treatments not covered by insurance, and families without insurance are never asked to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fund-raising organization.

Siemens Medical Solutions of Siemens AG (NYSE:SI ) with headquarters in Malvern, Pennsylvania, and Erlangen, Germany, is one of the largest suppliers to the healthcare industry in the world. The company is known for bringing together innovative medical technologies, healthcare information systems, management consulting, and support services, to help customers achieve tangible, sustainable, clinical and financial outcomes. Employing approximately 33,000 people worldwide and operating in more than 120 countries, Siemens Medical Solutions reported sales of 7.6 billion EUR, orders of 8.6 billion EUR and group profit of 976 million EUR for fiscal 2005. More information can be obtained by visiting

Source: Siemens Medical Solutions

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