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Devices Urology

 News Release - August 17, 2006

Siemens Shines at the World Congress of Endourology with the Introduction of MODULARIS VarioStar*

New Lithotripsy System Designed to Offer Improved Flexibility for Urology Procedures

MALVERN, Pa. & CLEVELAND--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Aug. 17, 2006--Siemens Medical Solutions ( continues to be one of the only vendors in the medical imaging industry with a core competency in both X-ray systems and shockwave technology. Now Siemens launches a brand new innovation in lithotripsy systems for urology - the MODULARIS VarioStar*. Based on the MODULARIS platform, VarioStar is designed to offer the highest flexibility in patient positioning and treatment, and to provide new ergonomic features for clinicians. Siemens will introduce the system at the 24th Annual World Congress of Endourology, held August 17-20 in Cleveland, booth #117/118.

"The ability to tailor the treatment to the individual patient provides the potential to maximize clinical outcomes," said Holger Schmidt, president, Special Systems Division, Siemens Medical Solutions.

Developed to offer flexibility for a broad range of urological procedures, the MODULARIS VarioStar therapy is designed with a head that can be moved into undertable and overtable positions, and also to provide a high degree of angulation freedom for conventional and case-specific stone treatment. A rotating therapy head was included in this design plan to allow ureter stones to be disintegrated as the patient lies in a comfortable supine position. Treatment efficiency of MODULARIS VarioStar is intended with its efficient and clinically proven shockwave system Cplus. Moreover, a special alignment control was integrated into the therapy head, in order to monitor the relative position of the lithotripsy module to the C-arm. In case of a misalignment, an optical or audible signal was designed to warn the operator to interrupt treatment.

The MODULARIS VarioStar was developed to be combined with the majority of Siemens' mobile C-arms and to be controlled by a central hand control, including motorized stone localization. Since Siemens' ARCADIS C-arms feature the unique software platform syngo, all network functions are designed on the system, including LithoReport for patient data management. Additionally, its universal coupling bridge was developed to allow the system to be compatible with other manufacturers' C-arms as well.

With its compact design, integrated cabling and secure handling, MODULARIS VarioStar was developed to be ideally suited for mobile environments.

The MODULARIS platform offers different configurations for a full range of urological applications to meet individual requirements and budgets. When configuring MODULARIS, medical facilities will be able to choose from two lithotripsy modules: MODULARIS VarioStar, with flexible therapy positions, and LITHOSTAR MODULARIS Vario, economical version for undertable treatments.

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

* The information about this product is being provided for planning purposes. MODULARIS VarioStar requires 510(k) review, and is not yet commercially available in the U.S.

Source: Siemens Medical Solutions

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