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Carestream Molecular Imaging Introduces Bone Density Image Analysis Software

Builds on Company’s Multimodal X-ray / Optical Molecular Imaging Capabilities

September 10, 2008

NICE, France, Sept. 10 — Carestream Molecular Imaging, a division of Carestream Health, Inc., announced a new software module that enables users to perform bone mineral density analysis of small animals and in vitro specimens using multi-energy digital x-ray imaging. The software is designed for numerous applications ranging from the study of diseases of the bone, such as arthritis and osteoporosis, to the efficacy of drugs and other treatment options that may affect bone mineral and other densities.

As an optional component of the company’s KODAK Molecular Imaging Software—used by thousands of researchers worldwide—the new module uses a cylindrical modeling method to calculate the bone column density of selected long bones such as the tibia, fibula, metatarsals and phalanges in small animals. The system utilizes “soft” x-rays and provides the high resolution required for repeatedly measuring specific segments of single long bones, as opposed to the typical whole body bone density analysis that has shown to be less reliable and difficult to interpret. 

“A distinct advantage of our new software is that users are able to very precisely analyze specific bone density changes,“ said Bill McLaughlin, Director of Research and Advanced Applications, Carestream Molecular Imaging. “We expect this level of precision will significantly contribute to early detection and monitoring of disease, developmental abnormalities and therapeutic treatments.”

The software utilizes cylindrical modeling that is sophisticated enough to provide measurements not only of the density of the bone, but also of the bone marrow, providing another important parameter useful for the tracking of disease development and monitoring. 

The software is designed for use with the, KODAK In-Vivo Multispectral FX, KODAK In-Vivo FX Pro and KODAK DXS 4000 Pro Systems. The In-Vivo FX Pro and the In-Vivo Multispectral FX combine high-sensitivity optical molecular imaging and high resolution digital x-ray to deliver precise anatomical localization of molecular and cellular biomarkers, while the DXS 4000 Pro produces high-resolution radiographs of medical, life science and material science research specimens. With exceptional resolution of up to 25 line pairs per millimeter without geometric magnification, the DXS 4000 Pro system offers the highest resolution available for digital specimen radiography.

Availability

Carestream Molecular Imaging’s bone mineral density software module will be available later this year. The module will be sold as an add-on component for KODAK Molecular Imaging Software version 5.0, which supports Windows and Macintosh platforms. For more information, visit mi.carestreamhealth.com or call 1-877-747-4357, express code 7. Outside the United States, call 1-203-786-5657.

Carestream Health, an independent company, has licensed the KODAK brand for use with its own brands across its portfolio of leading-edge molecular imaging, medical imaging and healthcare IT products.

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About Carestream Molecular Imaging

Carestream Molecular Imaging group, a division of Carestream Health, Inc., develops and markets high performance digital imaging systems, imaging agents, film and accessories under the KODAK brand for the life science research and drug discovery/development market segments. For more information, visit www.carestreamhealth.com/molecular-imaging.html or call 1-877-747-4357, express code 7. Outside the United States, call 1-203-786-5657.

About Carestream Health, Inc.

Carestream Health, Inc., is a leading provider of dental and medical imaging systems and healthcare IT solutions; molecular imaging systems for the life science research and drug discovery/development market segments; and x-ray film and digital x-ray products for the non-destructive testing market. The company was formed in 2007 when Onex Corporation (TSX: OCX.TO) purchased Eastman Kodak Company’s Health Group. For more information about Carestream Health, contact your Carestream Health representative or visit www.carestreamhealth.com.

KODAK is a trademark of Kodak used under license.

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