Radi Medical Systems AB and GE Healthcare Announce Cooperation to Integrate FFR and PressureWire(R) Aeris in GE Mac-Lab(R) IT

    UPPSALA, Sweden and WAUKESHA, Wisconsin, Oct. 13 /CNW/ - Radi Medical
Systems AB and GE Healthcare announced today a development; marketing and
sales initiative to integrate Radi Medical Systems AB (Radi) groundbreaking
wireless PressureWire(R) Aeris and Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR) technology
into GE's Mac-Lab(R) IT hemodynamic recording system.
    This agreement defines the terms of a development that will bring
together GE's proven Mac-Lab IT with first of its kind wireless measurement of
FFR from Radi, seamlessly integrating measurement of FFR into the cathlab
workflow and with all procedural results stored into existing data archives.
The initiative will also provide an upgrade path for GE Mac-Lab IT customers
to add this functionality to their existing systems.
    "Traditionally, FFR assessment required additional capital equipment and
increased procedure time due to setup operations." commented Dr. Jasvindar
Singh, Associate Professor of Medicine at Washington University School of
Medicine, Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO. "With FFR fully integrated
into our GE Mac-Lab IT, I'll be able to make the best treatment options
immediately available to my patients using equipment we already have, without
any installation of additional instrumentation, screens or controls.
Additionally, the wireless technology of PressureWire(R) Aeris removes cables
crossing the sterile field barrier, making the entire procedure faster and
    The cooperation will enable the option of upgrading to wireless
measurement and integrated FFR on all existing and new GE Mac-Lab IT
    "Combining the strength of GE's Mac-Lab hemodynamic recording system with
the performance of Radi's Pressurewire(R) Aeris in the assessment of FFR has
great clinical potential," said Pascale Witz, vice president of GE
Healthcare's Interventional Cardiology business. "We're pleased to enter into
a relationship that expands the clinical capabilities of our systems with new
    "The incorporation of FFR and PressureWire(R) Aeris into GE Mac-Lab IT is
a major advancement as FFR becomes the standard of care in the interventional
cathlab. With FFR available directly in the existing hemodynamic recording
system the need for additional equipment is removed and the procedure setup is
reduced to the flick of a switch," commented Anders Qvarnstrom, COO, Radi
Medical Systems AB. "FFR is a crucial clinical tool for the interventional
cardiologist, guiding the PCI procedure for improved patient outcomes and
lowered cost. With the introduction of our innovative wireless PressureWire(R)
Aeris and the cooperation with GE, the market leader in hemodynamic recording
systems, we can make this tool readily available in a large number of cathlabs
worldwide. The ultimate benefactor of this cooperation will be the patient."

    About Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR)

    Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR) is an index for functional severity of
coronary stenosis, measured by PressureWire(R) Aeris. FFR is 100% specific in
identifying which lesion or lesions are responsible for a patient's ischemia,
enabling the interventional cardiologist's direction of coronary interventions
and result assessment for improved treatment outcomes. The results of the
latest landmark study to demonstrate the clinical value of FFR, FAME, will be
presented at the Late Breaking Clinical Trials session, TCT, October 14, 2008.

    About Radi Medical Systems AB

    Radi Medical Systems AB develops, manufactures and sells medical devices
designed to improve patient care. The company's pioneering work in the field
of interventional cardiology has resulted in market-leading intravascular
sensors and hemostasis management and radiology devices. Radi works closely
with medical practitioners to develop solutions that address clinical needs,
as well as provide clinical education support. Founded in 1988, Radi employs
more than 380 people globally and has representation in more than 60
countries. The company is based in Uppsala, Sweden, and maintains a U.S.
headquarters in Wilmington, Mass. For more information, visit

    About GE Healthcare

    GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services
that are shaping a new age of patient care. Our expertise in medical imaging
and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems,
performance improvement, drug discovery, and biopharmaceutical manufacturing
technologies is helping clinicians around the world re-imagine new ways to
predict, diagnose, inform, treat and monitor disease, so patients can live
their lives to the fullest.
    GE Healthcare's broad range of products and services enable healthcare
providers to better diagnose and treat cancer, heart disease, neurological
diseases and other conditions earlier. Our vision for the future is to enable
a new "early health" model of care focused on earlier diagnosis,
pre-symptomatic disease detection and disease prevention. Headquartered in the
United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a $17 billion unit of General Electric
Company (NYSE:   GE). Worldwide, GE Healthcare employs more than 46,000 people
committed to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than
100 countries. For more information about GE Healthcare, visit our website at

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Iohn Ryott, Radi Medical
Systems AB, +46-18-161055, Iohn.ryott@radi.se; Jason Rudy, Radi Medical
Systems Inc., (877) 337-7234 x828, jason.rudy@radi.se

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