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 News Release - February 14, 2007

Medtronic Combines Navigation and Minimal Access Spinal Technologies with the SYNERGY EXPERIENCE STEALTHSTATION System

MEMPHIS, Tenn.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE:MDT ) announced today the availability of the SYNERGY(TM) EXPERIENCE STEALTHSTATION® System combining Navigational Procedural Solutions with Minimal Access Spinal Technologies (MAST(TM)) to better treat spinal conditions by enabling spinal surgeons and their patients to experience less invasive procedures, smaller incisions and less exposure to radiation.

The SYNERGY EXPERIENCE STEALTHSTATION System enables surgeons and their staff to shorten operating room set-up and procedure time by using software that stores surgeon preferences for each procedure. The system monitor also provides glare-free clarity and the wireless surgeon mouse is fully functional on a variety of different surfaces, allowing for more control and maneuverability in the sterile field.

"Image guidance allows visualization of the spine in multiple planes, simultaneously, like having multiple c-arms activated continuously throughout the procedure," said Choll Kim, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at the University of California - San Diego. "This provides me with a better 3-D view of the spine and has allowed me to perform complex minimally invasive surgeries in a safe and reproducible fashion, without the burden of wearing uncomfortable lead equipment and the intrusion of the c-arm into the surgical field."

The SYNERGY EXPERIENCE STEALTHSTATION can be seen in demonstrations at the Medtronic booth #3632 at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in San Diego, Feb. 14 - 16, 2007.

More information for patients and doctors can be found at

About the Navigation Business at Medtronic

The Navigation business at Medtronic is the world's largest manufacturer of image-guided surgery systems, accessories and software applications for the cranial, spine, and orthopaedic markets. The company's products include the award-winning StealthStation® Treatment Guidance System and many others. In addition, Navigation offers Intra-operative Imaging systems and integrations that provide surgeons the most current patient data in the operating room.

About Medtronic

Medtronic, Inc. (, headquartered in Minneapolis, is the global leader in medical technology - alleviating pain, restoring health, and extending life for millions of people around the world.

Any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties such as those described in Medtronic's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended April 28, 2006. Actual results may differ materially from anticipated results.

Source: Medtronic

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