CMS includes new procedure code for SPY angiography in rules effective October 1, 2007



    TORONTO, April 16 /CNW/ - Novadaq(R) Technologies Inc. (TSX: NDQ), a
developer of real-time medical imaging systems and image guided therapies for
the operating room, announced today that the United States (US) Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Fiscal 2008 Rules include a new ICD-9-CM
Procedure Code for Intra-operative Fluorescence Vascular Angiography, which
can be performed using SPY Imaging Systems.

    
          88.59 - Intra-operative fluorescence vascular angiography
    

    The new ICD-9-CM Procedure Code, effective October 1, 2007, will be used
by hospitals to bill for costs associated with SPY Intra-operative Imaging
procedures performed by cardiac surgeons in the operating room. Designation of
a code in the international classification system could represent an important
milestone in establishing intra-operative angiography as a standard of care.
"This code is tremendously important in supporting our ability to measure the
impact of intra-operative imaging on the quality of care for coronary artery
bypass patients at the health policy level," said T. Bruce Ferguson, MD,
Professor and Assoc Chief, Division of CT and Vascular Surgery, Division of
Clinical Effectiveness, Department of Surgery, Brody School of Medicine at
East Carolina University.
    "This ICD-9-CM code, one of only a few new codes designated by CMS for
use in cardiac surgery since 2000, validates that intra-operative imaging with
SPY is an important service for cardiac surgery patients," said Dr. Arun
Menawat, President and Chief Executive Officer of Novadaq Technologies Inc.
"We are very pleased CMS recognized that the published clinical data
supporting the benefits of the SPY System in cardiac surgery positively
describes the impact SPY can have on the course of surgery and the procedural
outcomes. The new code should enable more hospitals in the United States to
offer the SPY procedure as a standard of care."
    The SPY System, cleared by the FDA in January 2005, is the only
technology available to perform intra-operative fluorescence vascular
angiography and image guided coronary artery bypass surgery. Approximately
400,000 patients in the United States undergo heart bypass surgery each year.

    About Novadaq Technologies
    Novadaq Technologies Inc. (TSX: NDQ) develops and commercializes medical
imaging systems and real-time image guided therapies for use in the operating
room. Novadaq's proprietary imaging platform can be used to visualize blood
vessels, nerves and the lymphatic system during surgical procedures. Novadaq's
SPY(R) Intra-operative Imaging System, commercially available worldwide,
enables cardiac surgeons to visually assess coronary vasculature and bypass
graft functionality during the course of open-heart surgery. Novadaq's OPTTX
(R) System which received CE Mark approval in November 2006, is aimed at the
diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of wet Age-related Macular Degeneration
(AMD) by using the same core imaging technology that is used in the SPY
System. The HELIOS(TM) System, which received FDA clearance in January 2007,
is the first fluorescent imaging system available for use during plastic
reconstructive surgery allowing surgeons to evaluate pre- and intra-operative
blood flow, as well as post-surgery perfusion. Novadaq's LUNA(TM) system is
designed to enable surgeons to visualize nerve bundles during the course of
urological and neurological procedures. LUNA has been granted a license for
use by Health Canada. For more information, please visit the company's website
at www.novadaq.com.

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performance or results. All forward-looking statements are based on Novadaq's
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performance, business prospects, strategies, regulatory developments, market
acceptance and future commitments. Without limiting the generality of the
foregoing, there can be no assurance that the FDA will approve additional or
alternative means of obtaining ICG in the United States in the near-term; any
material continued inability of Novadaq to obtain FDA-approved ICG could
adversely affect Novadaq's ability to sell its systems and products and
continue clinical trials, which (individually or in the aggregate) could have
a material adverse effect on Novadaq's business, operations and prospects.
Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking
statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Due to
risks and uncertainties, including the risks and uncertainties identified by
Novadaq in its public securities filings, actual events may differ materially
from current expectations. Novadaq disclaims any intention or obligation to
update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new
information, future events or otherwise.
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For further information:

For further information: visit our website at www.novadaq.com, or
contact Arun Menawat, PhD, MBA, President & CEO, Novadaq Technologies Inc.,
(905) 629-3822 x 202, amenawat@novadaq.com; Michael Moore, Investor Relations,
The Equicom Group, (416) 815-0700 x 241, mmoore@equicomgroup.com

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