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 News Release - November 14, 2006

VIASYS NeuroCare Inc. Receives 510(K) Clearance for SONARA and SONARA/tek Digital Transcranial Doppler Systems

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--VIASYS Healthcare Inc. (NYSE:VAS ) announced today that it has received 510(K) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for SONARA(TM) and SONARA/tek(TM) digital Transcranial Doppler (TCD) systems. VIASYS will introduce both TCD systems on November 15 at the MEDICA Healthcare meeting, the world's largest healthcare conference, which is held annually in Dusseldorf, Germany.

TCD is a non-invasive method of measuring blood flow velocities in the arteries of the brain using ultrasound Doppler technology. SONARA and SONARA/tek systems were developed with a new digital data acquisition approach that provides much higher resolution data than has ever been available. For clinicians, this translates directly to increased productivity due to improved signal acquisition.

"The SONARA and SONARA/tek systems provide advanced TCD tools for diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of cerebrovascular disease, especially stroke," said Lori Cross, Group President of VIASYS NeuroCare. "These systems represent a significant addition of neurovascular technology to the NeuroCare portfolio."

The SONARA product is a fully integrated system, while the SONARA/tek is a Doppler module that allows connectivity to a PC or our current TCD products for an affordable choice without compromising high-end features.

The product line represents the best in modern TCD technology with exclusive features such as:
  • an intuitive touch screen user interface
  • superior signal acquisition
  • 250-gate high resolution M-Mode
  • flexible display formats including a velocity profile
  • interactive summary screens for physician review that allow playback of up to 120 seconds of each saved Doppler waveform in diagnostic mode
  • continuous soundtrak replay of monitoring exams
  • exam to exam trending
  • statistics package
With additional languages and these differentiated features, we believe SONARA and SONARA/tek products should help accelerate the adoption of TCD technology by new users to serve new markets and clinical settings.


VIASYS Healthcare Inc. is a global, research-based medical technology company focused on respiratory, neurology, medical disposable and orthopedic products. VIASYS products are marketed under well-recognized trademarks including, among others, AVEA®, BEAR®, BIRD®, CORFLO®, CORPAK®, CORTRAK®, EME®, GRASON-STADLER®, JAEGER(TM), LYRA®, MEDELEC®, MICROGAS®, NAVIGATOR®, NICOLET®, NicoletOne(TM), PULMONETIC(TM), SENSORMEDICS®, TECA®, TECOMET(TM), VELA® and VMAX®. VIASYS is headquartered in Conshohocken, PA, and its businesses are conducted through its Respiratory Care, NeuroCare, MedSystems and Orthopedics business units. More information can be found at

This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "Safe Harbor" provisions of Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 regarding the neurovascular marketplace and product portfolio and the expectations regarding the acceleration of the adoption of TCD technology. Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and involve inherent risks and uncertainties, including important factors that could delay, divert, or change the expectations for VIASYS' products and could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from current expectations. These factors include, among other things, market factors (including the growth of the vascular diagnostics market), market acceptance and adoption of TCD technology, internal research and development initiatives, partnered research and development initiatives, competitive product development, marketing initiatives, governmental regulations and legislation, and patent positions and litigation. For further details and a discussion other risks and uncertainties that may change VIASYS' expectations, please see VIASYS' annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005, which is on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. VIASYS undertakes no obligation to publicly update this forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Source: VIASYS Healthcare

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