GE Healthcare and Konica Minolta agree to collaborate on a DR retrofit global distribution agreement, enhancing strategic

  GE Healthcare and Konica Minolta agree to collaborate on a DR retrofit
  global distribution agreement, enhancing strategic alliance

Business Wire

MILWAUKEE -- June 26, 2013

GE Healthcare (NYSE: GE) and Konica Minolta Inc. have signed a global
distribution agreement(*) of Konica Minolta’s AeroDR cassette-size digital
x-ray imaging retrofit. Having built a collaborative relationship for nearly
ten years related to the sales of computed radiography (CR)^1 in the United
States, the two partners have now agreed to expand their strategic alliance,
with GE Healthcare distributing AeroDR not just within the United States, but
globally as well, using GE Healthcare sales channels.

The AeroDR, introduced as the world’s lightest, most compact wireless-type
cassette digital x-ray device of its kind, is already in use in a wide range
of medical workplaces, contributing the advantages of high image quality at
low x-ray dose^2 comparing to CR. The agreement will enable healthcare
facilities that have x-ray analog devices to implement digital imaging
upgrades using their current imaging equipment. In addition, a selection of
three cassette sizes adds versatility: 10”x12” ^ 3, 14”x17” and 17”x17”.

The agreement adds the AeroDR panel to the GE Healthcare lineup of digital
x-ray devices, thus enabling both partners to accelerate their supply of
solutions adapted to the needs of a diverse array of customers. Building on
the solutions to meet a broad range of customer needs globally the alliance
contributes to innovation in healthcare.

(*) except in Japan.

Sales by GE Healthcare are underway using a global sales network and will
progressively be spanning over 50 countries.

Notes:

1. As opposed to the use of x-ray film in conventional systems, an imaging
plate (IP) records the x-ray image data, which is then converted into a visual
image by a reading device.

2. The irradiated dose is received by a sensor panel, directly acquiring the
image digitally, and thus providing superior image quality, as well as shorter
imaging times.

3. Work in Progress in some countries

About Konica Minolta

With MFPs (multi-functional peripherals) and other office equipment at the
core of its business activities, Konica Minolta also provides products and
services to meet the industrial needs of society for production materials and
equipment, healthcare, planetariums, and more. In the healthcare field, Konica
Minolta has been a pioneer of analog x-ray film in Japan, and now provides a
wide range of products and services to meet the needs of the healthcare
workplace, centering diagnostic medical imaging technologies. In recent years,
Konica Minolta has been providing total IT services and hardware systems that
contribute to the progress of the healthcare field as it becomes ever more
digitized and networked. In this way, Konica Minolta contributes to more
rapid, reliable diagnostic services.

About GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services to
meet the demand for increased access, enhanced quality and more affordable
healthcare around the world. GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter - great
people and technologies taking on tough challenges. From medical imaging,
software & IT, patient monitoring and diagnostics to drug discovery,
biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and performance improvement
solutions, GE Healthcare helps medical professionals deliver great healthcare
to their patients.

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Contact:

GE Healthcare
Pilar Anton Serrano
Global Communications Manager, Detection & Guidance Solutions (DGS)
+33665874751
pilar.antonserrano@ge.com
or
Konica Minolta Medical Imaging USA Inc.
Dianne B. Servidio-Magella
Channel Marketing Manager
1.800.934.1034 Extension 1342
dservidio@mi.konicaminolta.us
 
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