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North & South America

Argentina

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Argentina

JUSTESA IMAGEN ARGENTINA, S.A.

Viamonte 1328, 9º piso
1053 Buenos Aires
(Argentina)

ph. +5411 4373-0629
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Colombia

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Colombia

AJOVECO S.A.S.

Cl. 93b #31,
Bogotá
(Colombia)

ph. +57-1-2189-200
Perù

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Perù

REIMED, SCRL

Pasaje Villaran 192-194 U-12
Urb. Los Sauces Surquillo
Lima 15076
(Peru)

ph. 511-448-1087
Fax 511-448-3447
Uruguay

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Uruguay

Lifenir S.A.

Justicia 2069
C 11800 Montevideo
(Uruguay)

ph. +5982-400-3020
Fax +5982-4007320
Venezuela

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Venezuela

SUFOMECA

Torre Polar Oeste
Plaza Venezuela
Floor 7, Room 7C
Caracas
PO Box 1050
(Venezuela)

ph. +582-12-793-3222
Fax +582-12-781-1923

Europe

Europa

Bosnia-Herzegowina

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Bosnia-Herzegowina

MARK Srl

Via S. Michele 334
34170 Gorizia - Italy

ph. +39 0481 21711
Fax +39 0481 20719
Bulgaria

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Bulgaria

EWOPHARMA AG

73 Persenk Street
App. 27 - Floor 8
1164 Sofia
(Bulgaria)

ph. +359 29624478
Fax +359 28683968
Croatia

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Croatia

MARK Srl

Via S. Michele 334
34170 Gorizia - Italy

ph. +39 0481 21711
Fax +39 0481 20719
Greece

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Greece

LERIVA IMAGING S.A.

33 Pigis Avenue &
6 Anapiron Polemou Street
151 27 Melissia
Athens (Greece)

ph. +30 210-6199886
Fax +30 210 61 78 733
Hungary

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Ungheria

EWOPHARMA REPRESENTATION OFFICE

Budakeszi ut 73/F
H-1021 Budapest
(Hungary)

ph. +36 12004650
Fax +36 13980316
Malta

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Malta

Suratek Ltd

Concordia Place
Triq Il-Halel
Bugibba SPB2529
Malta

ph. +356 2713 1624
Romania

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Romania

EWOPHARMA A.G. ROMANIA

B-dul Primaverii 19 -21
Sc. B - Et.1 - Sect. 1
011972 - Bucharest
(Romania)

ph. +40 212601344
Fax +40 212029327
Serbia

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Serbia

MARK Srl

Via S. Michele 334
34170 Gorizia - Italy

ph. +39 0481 21711
Fax +39 0481 20719
Slovenia

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Slovenia

MARK Srl

Via S. Michele 334
34170 Gorizia - Italy

ph. +39 0481 21711
Fax +39 0481 20719

Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa

Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa

Estonia

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Estonia

A.Medical

Varkalu Str. 13A, Riga,
LV-1067, Latvia

ph. + 371 67113760
Fax +372 665 18 07
Ethiopia

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Ethiopia

Caroga Pharma PVT. Ltd

P.O.Box 12627
Addis Abeba
(Ethiopia)

ph. +251 11 4654944 / 11 4161090
Fax +251 11 4654595
Ghana

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Ghana

Cyndex Pharmacy

P.O.Box DS 1165 Dansoman
Accra
(Ghana)

ph. +233 21553370
Fax +233-244366622 / 21850072
Israel

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Israel

DEXCEL

Or-Akiva 30600
30600000 Israel
(Israel)

ph. +972-4-6364015
Fax +972-4-6364004
Jordan

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Jordan

THE ARAB DRUG STORE

Khaleel Al Salem street
Amman
(Jordan)

ph. +962 6 5502995
Fax +962 6 5502984
Kenya

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Kenya

Nairobi X-Rays Supplies Ltd.

P.O. Box 41669
Nairobi
(Kenya)

ph. +254 20446265-6-7-8
Fax +254 20 4448515/17
Lebanon

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Lebanon

Unione Pharmaceutic. d'Orient

Rue du Musée Imm. Stephan QtrBadaro
Beyrouth
(Lebanon)

ph. +961 1 396085-6
Fax +961 1 396047
Lettonia

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Lettonia

A.Medical

Varkalu Str. 13A, Riga
LV-1067, Latvia

ph. +371 67113760
Lithuania

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Lithuania

A.Medical

Varkalu Str. 13A, Riga
LV-1067, Latvia

ph. +371 67113760
Mauritius

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Mauritius

The Mauritius Pharmacy

4, Louis Pasteur Str Forest Side
(Mauritius)

ph. +230 6762435
Fax +230 675 1387
Russia

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Russia

Joint Stock Company R-Pharm

111, bld. 1, Leninsky Avenue,
119421, Moscow, Russia
Ph. +7 (495) 956-79-37
Fax +7 (495) 956-79-38

Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia

SARABEEL COMMERCIAL EST.

Medical Division
P.O. BOX 14795
21434 Jeddah
(Saudi Arabia)

ph. +966 12657 2246
South Africa

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South Africa

AXIM - Head Office Midrand

63 Old Pretoria Road
Halfway House Ext 2
Midrand
1685
South Africa

ph. +27 113140140
Fax +27 113140141
Uganda

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Uganda

Kampala X-Rays Suppliers

Plot 181 Bombo Rd (KuBbiri)
P.O. Box 9519
Kampala
(Uganda)

ph. +256 41 534313
Fax +256 41 349919
Ukraine

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Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

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United Arab Emirates

MANARA HEALTHCARE

Concord Tower, 6th Floor
Dubai Media City
PO Box 213593, Dubai
United Arab Emirates

 

ph. +971 4 454 9712
Fax 971 4 454 2310

Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific

Australia

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Australia

REGIONAL HEALTH CARE GROUP

3-11 Primrose Avenue Rosebery
NSW 2018 - Sydney
(Australia)

ph. +61 296624144
Fax +61 296626040
Taiwan - China

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Taiwan - China

SUPER FORTUNE ENTERPRISE CO LTD

5 F-1 - 42 Sec.1 Ming
Sheng E. Road Jehovah Building
101 Taipei
(Taiwan)

ph. +886 225673456
Fax +886 225319231
India

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India

Imaging Products (India) Ltd

Mumbai
(India)

ph. +91 9819725471
Fax +91 2228320208
Indonesia

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Indonesia

PT DIPA PHARMALAB INTERSAINS

Jl. Panjang No. 10
Kebon Jeruk
Jakarta 11530
(Indonesia)

ph.  +62 215348644
Fax +62 2153676066
New Zealand

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New Zealand

REGIONAL HEALTH LIMITED

19C Orbit Drive
Mairangi Bay
(New Zealand)

ph. +64 94140040
Fax +64 94140041
Pakistan

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Pakistan

S. EJAZUDDIN & CO LTD

PO Box 5629 - Zia Plaza
Altaf Hussain Road
74000 Karachi
(Pakistan)

ph. +92 21212032
Fax +92 212629716
Philippines

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Philippines

NEW MARKETLINK INTERNATIONAL CORP

Tao Corporate Centre 2291
Don Chino Roches Ave
Ext Makati City Metro
Manila (Philippines)

ph. (632) 836-5838
Singapore

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Singapore

LF ASIA PHARMACEUTICAL DIVISION

Healthcare Distribution Centre
24 Penjuru Road (off Penjuru Close)
#03-04 CWT Commodity Hub
(Singapore 609128)

ph. +65 65097629
Thailand

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Thailand

Interpharmacare Co., Ltd.

90 Moo 13 Soi Mahacha
Bangpleeyai
Bangplee
Samutprakarn 10540
(Thailand)

ph. + 66 2 675 9140-2
Fax + 66 2 325 0265
Vietnam

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Vietnam

HOANG GIA INVESCO, JSC

No 74-76 Hoa Bang Str
Cau Giay
Dist Ha Noi Hanoi
(Viet Nam)

ph. +43 7846952
 

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Australia

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Australia

REGIONAL HEALTH CARE GROUP

3-11 Primrose Avenue Rosebery
NSW 2018 - Sydney
(Australia)

ph. +61 296624144
Fax +61 296626040
India

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India

Imaging Products (India) Ltd

Mumbai
(India)

ph. +91 9819725471
Fax +91 2228320208
Indonesia

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Indonesia

PT DIPA PHARMALAB INTERSAINS

Jl. Panjang No. 10
Kebon Jeruk
Jakarta 11530
(Indonesia)

ph.  +62 215348644
Fax +62 2153676066
New Zealand

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New Zealand

REGIONAL HEALTH LIMITED

19C Orbit Drive
Mairangi Bay
(New Zealand)

ph. +64 94140040
Fax +64 94140041
Pakistan

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Pakistan

S. EJAZUDDIN & CO LTD

PO Box 5629 - Zia Plaza
Altaf Hussain Road
74000 Karachi
(Pakistan)

ph. +92 21212032
Fax +92 212629716
Philippines

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Philippines

NEW MARKETLINK INTERNATIONAL CORP

Tao Corporate Centre 2291
Don Chino Roches Ave
Ext Makati City Metro
Manila (Philippines)

ph. (632) 836-5838
Singapore

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Singapore

LF ASIA PHARMACEUTICAL DIVISION

Healthcare Distribution Centre
24 Penjuru Road (off Penjuru Close)
#03-04 CWT Commodity Hub
(Singapore 609128)

ph. +65 65097629
Thailand

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Thailand

Interpharmacare Co., Ltd.

90 Moo 13 Soi Mahacha
Bangpleeyai
Bangplee
Samutprakarn 10540
(Thailand)

ph. + 66 2 675 9140-2
Fax + 66 2 325 0265
Vietnam

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Vietnam

HOANG GIA INVESCO, JSC

No 74-76 Hoa Bang Str
Cau Giay
Dist Ha Noi Hanoi
(Viet Nam)

ph. +43 7846952

North & South America

Argentina

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Argentina

JUSTESA IMAGEN ARGENTINA, S.A.

Viamonte 1328, 9º piso
1053 Buenos Aires
(Argentina)

ph. +5411 4373-0629
Colombia

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Colombia

AJOVECO S.A.S.

Cl. 93b #31,
Bogotá
(Colombia)

ph. +57-1-2189-200
Perù

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Perù

REIMED, SCRL

Pasaje Villaran 192-194 U-12
Urb. Los Sauces Surquillo
Lima 15076
(Peru)

ph. 511-448-1087
Fax 511-448-3447
Uruguay

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Uruguay

Lifenir S.A.

Justicia 2069
C 11800 Montevideo
(Uruguay)

ph. +5982-400-3020
Fax +5982-4007320
Venezuela

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Venezuela

SUFOMECA

Torre Polar Oeste
Plaza Venezuela
Floor 7, Room 7C
Caracas
PO Box 1050
(Venezuela)

ph. +582-12-793-3222
Fax +582-12-781-1923

Europe

Bosnia-Herzegowina

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Bosnia-Herzegowina

MARK Srl

Via S. Michele 334
34170 Gorizia - Italy

ph. +39 0481 21711
Fax +39 0481 20719
Bulgaria

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Bulgaria

EWOPHARMA AG

73 Persenk Street
App. 27 - Floor 8
1164 Sofia
(Bulgaria)

ph. +359 29624478
Fax +359 28683968
Croatia

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Croatia

MARK Srl

Via S. Michele 334
34170 Gorizia - Italy

ph. +39 0481 21711
Fax +39 0481 20719
Greece

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Greece

LERIVA IMAGING S.A.

33 Pigis Avenue &
6 Anapiron Polemou Street
151 27 Melissia
Athens (Greece)

ph. +30 210-6199886
Fax +30 210 61 78 733
Romania

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Romania

EWOPHARMA A.G. ROMANIA

B-dul Primaverii 19 -21
Sc. B - Et.1 - Sect. 1
011972 - Bucharest
(Romania)

ph. +40 212601344
Fax +40 212029327
Serbia

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Serbia

MARK Srl

Via S. Michele 334
34170 Gorizia - Italy

ph. +39 0481 21711
Fax +39 0481 20719
Slovenia

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Slovenia

MARK Srl

Via S. Michele 334
34170 Gorizia - Italy

ph. +39 0481 21711
Fax +39 0481 20719
Ungheria

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Ungheria

EWOPHARMA REPRESENTATION OFFICE

Budakeszi ut 73/F
H-1021 Budapest
(Hungary)

ph. +36 12004650
Fax +36 13980316

Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa

Ethiopia

Local distributor

Ethiopia

Caroga Pharma PVT. Ltd

P.O.Box 12627
Addis Abeba
(Ethiopia)

ph. +251 11 4654944 / 11 4161090
Fax +251 11 4654595
Ghana

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Ghana

Cyndex Pharmacy

P.O.Box DS 1165 Dansoman
Accra
(Ghana)

ph. +233 21553370
Fax +233-244366622 / 21850072
Israel

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Israel

DEXCEL

Or-Akiva 30600
30600000 Israel
(Israel)

ph. +972-4-6364015
Fax +972-4-6364004
Jordan

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Jordan

THE ARAB DRUG STORE

Khaleel Al Salem street
Amman
(Jordan)

ph. +962 6 5502995
Fax +962 6 5502984
Kenya

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Kenya

Nairobi X-Rays Supplies Ltd.

P.O. Box 41669
Nairobi
(Kenya)

ph. +254 20446265-6-7-8
Fax +254 20 4448515/17
Lebanon

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Lebanon

Unione Pharmaceutic. d'Orient

Rue du Musée Imm. Stephan QtrBadaro
Beyrouth
(Lebanon)

ph. +961 1 396085-6
Fax +961 1 396047
Mauritius

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Mauritius

The Mauritius Pharmacy

4, Louis Pasteur Str Forest Side
(Mauritius)

ph. +230 6762435
Fax +230 675 1387
Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia

SARABEEL COMMERCIAL EST.

Medical Division
P.O. BOX 14795
21434 Jeddah
(Saudi Arabia)

ph. +966 12657 2246
South Africa

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South Africa

AXIM - Head Office Midrand

63 Old Pretoria Road
Halfway House Ext 2
Midrand
1685
South Africa

ph. +27 113140140
Fax +27 113140141
Uganda

Local distributor

Uganda

Kampala X-Rays Suppliers

Plot 181 Bombo Rd (KuBbiri)
P.O. Box 9519
Kampala
(Uganda)

ph. +256 41 534313
Fax +256 41 349919
Ukraine

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Ukraine

New Study indicates performance advantages for Cardiac PET perfusion Imaging over SPECT

New Orleans, NA , 11/09/2004

Analysis Involving Matched Pharmacological Stress Patient Populations Shows Significant Differences in Image Quality, Interpretive Certainty and Diagnostic Accuracy.

Researchers today presented study data indicating significant performance differences between cardiac PET perfusion imaging and SPECT imaging technologies in a matched population of patients evaluated for the presence and severity of coronary artery disease. The findings are significant because they represent an up-to-date comparison of two methodologies that have evolved dramatically in recent years both in terms of technology and availability.

Presenting at the American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions in New Orleans, lead investigator Timothy M. Bateman, MD, Co-Director of Cardiovascular Radiologic Imaging at the Mid America Heart Institute, noted that the study was an important evaluation on how precise and accurate PET and SPECT technologies were in detecting heart disease. He believes the study results could prompt medical professionals to reconsider PET for the diagnosis of cardiac disease in many patients now being diagnosed only with SPECT.

"I think the study is a wake-up call, frankly, for those of us who are involved with coronary detection, where interpretive certainty and clarity of images are critically important in making correct diagnoses," said Dr. Bateman. "While SPECT imaging is certainly still an important and viable resource, PET demonstrated some statistically significant advantages in this evaluation, and that could be a clinical advantage in certain cases."

"The importance of this is that there has been a substantial time interval since the last comparative study of PET and SPECT, and that there has been considerable technology evolution in that time. It is important to compare the two in the current era, because, while 15 years ago pharmacologic stress testing with PET may have been considered a niche approach, today there are over 1,000 PET scanners throughout the United States, and physicians may want to reconsider this option in light of its increasing availability."

The study involved 224 patients split into two groups of 112, assessed with ECG-Gated CardioGen-82® (Rubidium Rb 82 Generator) Myocardial Perfusion PET imaging or Technetium Tc 99m Sestamibi SPECT. The patients were matched in terms of body mass index, gender, and presence/extent of coronary artery disease.
Nuclear cardiology experts interpreted, by consensus and without clinical information, tests from both patient groups. They graded images for quality, interpretive certainty, and diagnostic accuracy, where presence of coronary artery disease was defined as anything beyond 50% blockage validated with coronary angiography.

Results showed that myocardial perfusion PET with CardioGen-82 surpassed myocardial perfusion SPECT both in terms of image quality and interpretive certainty. PET also rated higher in sensitivity, specificity, and diagnostic accuracy in the detection of coronary artery disease and its localization to individual coronary arteries as compared to SPECT.
Gary V. Heller, MD, PhD, Director of Nuclear Cardiology, Hartford Hospital, in Hartford, Connecticut was one of the study's investigators. He also noted that the results may influence conventional thinking relative to use of PET imaging in coronary artery disease diagnoses.

"SPECT is a valuable resource used in over 6 million studies every year, and it clearly offers some advantages in terms of availability and cost," said Dr. Heller. "But the value of a study like this is that it may be a catalyst in changing the paradigm for cases where a very precise diagnosis – particularly with regard to multivessel disease – is important, and the higher resolution obtained from PET can offer a clinical advantage. I think physicians in regional centers where PET is available will consider this option more often."

The study, entitled "ECG-Gated Rubidium-82 Myocardial Perfusion PET Imaging: A Multi-expert Comparison with Technetium-99m Sestamibi SPECT," was supported, in part, by Bracco Diagnostics Inc.

About Bracco
The Bracco Group is the world's leading provider of global diagnostic imaging solutions, with net sales of more than $1.25 billion. Bracco has operations in 115 countries and about 3,500 employees, over 600 of whom work in R&D. Bracco invests approximately 15% of its annual turnover in R&D and has a portfolio of 1,500 patents worldwide.
The Bracco Group leads the diagnostic imaging market with an integrated product offering from a diverse roster of subsidiary companies. While Bracco is recognized internationally as a definitive market leader in its core business of contrast media, Bracco also markets key diagnostic imaging resources through the following companies: Esaote, which is one of the world's primary producers of magnetic resonance and ultrasonographic medical equipment; ACIST Medical Systems, a leading US producer of advanced contrast media injection systems; EBIT-AET, which creates and markets medical application software; and Singapore-based Volume Interactions, which also produces advanced medical software.
Bracco also operates a high-level international research network, with three centers (Milan, Geneva, and Princeton). These centers develop products for the latest-generation diagnostic techniques, from X-ray and computed tomography (CT) to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine and ultrasound.

About CardioGen-82
CardioGen-82 is the only FDA approved generator-based PET perfusion agent reimbursed for the evaluation of coronary artery disease.
As in the use of any radioactive material, care should be taken to minimize radiation exposure to the patient consistent with proper patient management and to ensure minimum radiation exposure to occupational workers. Radiopharmaceuticals should be used only by physicians who are qualified by training and experience in the safe use and handling of radionuclides and whose experience and training have been approved by the appropriate government agency authorized to license the use of radionuclides.

Please see full prescribing information available with this release.

Please click here for CardioGen-82 Package Insert.

Kirk Deeter
Bracco Diagnostics Inc. Press Office
303-838-8708