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 News Release - August 17, 2007

Hitachi's Echelon 1.5T Installed Base Exceeds 99% Uptime Target for First 9 Months of Operation

TWINSBURG, Ohio--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Users of hi-tech equipment often must balance cutting edge technology advantages against reliability. Not so with Hitachi's Echelon 1.5T, according to Jason Miller, MR Product Manager for Hitachi Medical Systems America. According to Miller, "While Echelon 1.5T incorporates many leading edge features including a high performance gradient system, new RF coils, and new RF and computer architecture, our users are finding it to be just as reliable as the open MR equipment we have marketed since 1989."

A cornerstone of Hitachi's UltraPlus Customer Assurance program has been its 99% uptime guarantee. Hitachi's uptime guarantee feature differs from similar offerings in the marketplace through a policy of a quarterly calculation on a working hours basis, and its award of free service months if the 99% uptime level is not met during the quarter.

Hitachi Medical Systems America, Inc. markets high performance Magnetic Resonance Imaging systems manufactured by Hitachi Medical Corporation, Tokyo, Japan. The company has 1,500 Open Magnetic Resonance Imaging systems installed throughout the United States and over 3,100 Open MRI systems installed worldwide. HMSA first established a leadership position in the medical industry with Open MRI systems and has expanded their modality offerings to include the Echelon 1.5T MRI system, the CXR(TM) line of multi-slice CT systems, and the HI VISION(TM) line of ultrasound systems.

Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE:HIT ; TOKYO:6501 ), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company, with approximately 347,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2005 (ended March 31, 2006) consolidated sales totaled more than $80 billion. The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services, including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, medical imaging equipment, consumer products, materials and financial services.

Source: Hitachi Medical Systems America

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