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Devices Radiology Orthopaedic

 News Release - February 8, 2007

Stryker Imaging Signs Exclusive Five Year Agreement with Swissray International to Sell and Distribute Swissray Digital Radiography Systems

ELIZABETH, N.J., Feb. 8 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- Swissray International, Inc., a leading manufacturer in the Direct Digital Radiographic Systems industry, announced today that it has signed a 5-year agreement with the Imaging Division of Stryker Corporation (NYSE: SYK ), a leader in the worldwide orthopaedic market and one of the world's largest medical device companies. Stryker direct sales force will sell the Swissray DR systems into the U.S. orthopedic private practice market under the Stryker brand name HDDR. Swissray will utilize their U.S. service and support organization for the installation, application training and maintenance of the Stryker High Definition Digital Radiography, HDDR systems. Swissray was chosen by Stryker Imaging as its DR partner because of the high quality and performance of its technology as well as the special orthopedic functionalities such as Automated Positioning, AutoStitching, Off Center Imaging, True Size Imaging, Scoliosis Imaging, Long Leg Imaging and Weight Bearing Studies. Stryker Imaging will sell all 10 different Swissray DR models to provide its customers a tailored solution according to individual needs.

Terry Ross, Chairman and CEO of Swissray International said: "The Swissray brand is the most recognized name in orthopedic digital imaging. We are very pleased to enter into this agreement with Stryker to offer the industry multiple detector technology solutions that will be fully integrated into the Stryker OfficePACS® product line. A one stop solution is now available from Stryker to fulfill all orthopedic imaging needs."

About Stryker Corporation

Stryker Corporation is one of the world's leading medical technology companies with the most broadly based range of products in orthopaedics and a significant presence in other medical specialties. Stryker works with respected medical professionals to help people lead more active and more satisfying lives. The Company's products include implants used in joint replacement, trauma, craniomaxillofacial and spinal surgeries; biologics; surgical, neurologic, ear, nose & throat and interventional pain equipment; endoscopic, surgical navigation, communications and digital imaging systems; as well as patient handling and emergency medical equipment. Stryker also provides outpatient physical therapy services in the United States. The Company's website address is http://www.stryker.com

About Swissray

Swissray has received from Frost & Sullivan the "Best Product Value" award for their market leading digital radiography systems. This new technology provides highest quality medical radiographic images in seconds at a significantly lower cost and radiation dose than conventional or computed radiography because, among other factors, film, imaging plates, cassettes and chemical processing are not required. By utilizing a multifunctional single detector design, Swissray offers an affordable high-quality solution for direct digital radiography. Swissray currently provides a full range of DR systems for orthopedic applications, imaging centers, hospitals and emergency departments. All of Swissray's DR systems include its unique fully automated, remote controlled APS(TM) -- Automated Positioning System.

For more information about Swissray's family of ddR solutions, visit the Swissray website at http//www.swissray.com.


Source: Swissray International

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