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Agfa HealthCare Awarded New Contract with Novation for Direct Radiography

Agfa HealthCareAgfa HealthCare has been awarded a new three-year contract with Novation, a leading healthcare supply contracting company, to provide Digital Radiography systems to more than 30,000 VHA, UHC and Provista member organizations in the United States. The DX-D 500n overhead tube crane digital X-ray room, the DX-D 300 digital U-arm, and the DX-D 100 digital mobile X-ray system are all included in the contract. VHA, UHC and Provista members can thus select high-quality Direct Radiography (DR) imaging systems from Agfa HealthCare's wide range, based on their own needs.

"Agfa HealthCare is dedicated to continually enhancing our comprehensive DR portfolio and providing healthcare facilities with a range of solutions that enables them to efficiently acquire the high-quality images they need," said Ray Russell, General Manager, Radiology Solutions Business, Agfa HealthCare U.S. "We are pleased to be able to expand the reach of our DR products to the members Novation serves, and to provide them top-quality solutions that will ultimately help them to improve the quality of care provided."

Each system comes with Agfa HealthCare's NX workstation, which enables technologists to quickly and efficiently acquire images and complete the exam. With its intuitive user interface, NX requires minimal training while offering maximum convenience.

Each DR solution includes MUSICA2, Agfa HealthCare's 'gold standard' image processing software for excellent image quality, which makes use of the company's established NX platform for a smooth workflow. MUSICA2 automatically analyzes the characteristics of each image and optimizes the processing parameters - independent of user input and dose settings. MUSICA2 is unaffected by the presence of collimation or direct X-ray backgrounds in the image, leading to consistent, high-quality results. The software can also improve the overall visibility of clinically relevant structures, making particularly low-contrast details more easily perceptible. Moreover, Agfa HealthCare's DR solutions offer Cesium Iodide (CsI) technology for high-quality imaging with the potential for patient dose reduction, and Gadolinium Oxy-Sulphide (GOS) detectors.

This contract, effective September 1, 2011, is the latest in a series of agreements between Agfa HealthCare and Novation and its member facilities, dating back to 2006. Agfa HealthCare also has Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) and Computed Radiography (CR) contracts with Novation.

About Agfa
The Agfa-Gevaert Group is one of the world's leading companies in imaging and information technology. Agfa develops manufactures and markets analogue and digital systems for the printing industry (Agfa Graphics), for the healthcare sector (Agfa HealthCare), and for specific industrial applications (Agfa Materials). Agfa is headquartered in Mortsel, Belgium. The company is present in 40 countries and has agents in another 100 countries around the globe. The Agfa-Gevaert Group achieved a turnover of 2,948 million euro in 2010.

About Agfa HealthCare
Agfa HealthCare, a member of the Agfa-Gevaert Group, is a leading global provider of diagnostic imaging and healthcare IT solutions. The company has nearly a century of healthcare experience and has been a pioneer on the healthcare IT market since the early 1990's. Today Agfa HealthCare designs, develops and delivers state-of-the-art systems for capturing, managing and processing diagnostic images and clinical/administrative information for hospitals and healthcare facilities, as well as contrast media solutions to enable effective medical imaging results. The company has sales offices and agents in over 100 markets worldwide. Sales for Agfa HealthCare in 2010 were 1,180 million euro.

About Novation
Founded in 1998, Novation is the leading health care supply contracting company for more than 25,000 members of VHA Inc. and UHC, two national health care alliances, and 5,500 members of Provista, LLC, representing more than 30,000 sites. Novation provides alliance members sourcing and information and data services. Based in Irving, Texas, Novation develops and manages competitive contracts with more than 600 suppliers. VHA, UHC and Provista members used Novation contracts to purchase approximately $40 billion in 2010.