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 News Release - October 2, 2007

Hitachi Medical Systems America Announces FDA Clearance of Its OASIS(TM) MR System

TWINSBURG, Ohio--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Hitachi Medical Systems America, Inc., a leading provider of diagnostic imaging equipment, announced FDA clearance to market its Oasis Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system, the latest in the company's line of MRI products. Oasis features high performance with Hitachi's proprietary 1.2 Tesla vertical field magnet technology inclusive of high magnet homogeneity and higher order active shim, all in an open architecture magnet design. Oasis provides high performance without sacrificing patient comfort.

"Oasis is the answer to many of the troubling product tradeoffs in MR," said Sheldon Schaffer, Vice President and General Manager, MR and CT, "With magnetic field strength of 1.2 Tesla, a high performance gradient system coupled with an 8-channel Radio Frequency (RF) system and unique Hitachi-designed RF coils, Oasis provides a platform for high performance imaging in a comfortable patient setting."

"Oasis reflects Hitachi's commitment to providing patient-centric imaging solutions while giving physicians the diagnostic information they need," said Shawn Etheridge, Director of Magnetic Resonance Marketing with Hitachi, "Patients now have an unrestricted viewing angle and the diagnostic benefits of the most powerful vertical field magnet ever designed for whole body clinical use."

Hitachi Medical Systems America, Inc. (HMSA) markets Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) systems of Hitachi Medical Corporation, Tokyo, Japan. The company has more than 1,500 MRI systems installed throughout the United States and over 3,100 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 ultrasound, and computed tomography.

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE:HIT ; TOKYO:6501 ), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 384,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2006 (ended March 31, 2007) consolidated revenues totaled 10,247 billion yen ($86.8 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at

Source: Hitachi Medical Systems America

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