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Veterinary Surgical Associates and Veterinary Medical Specialists Install 1,000th Eklin Digital Radiography System

September 23, 2008

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ — Digital radiography (DR) has been growing rapidly in veterinary medicine, accounting for a significant percentage of DR systems installed throughout the world. Eklin Medical Systems, a leader in veterinary DR, ultrasound, PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication Systems) and practice management software (VIA) announced the company has recently installed its 1,000th RapidStart DR system at Veterinary Surgical Associates (VSA) and its associate practices Veterinary Medical Specialists (VMS) and Tri-Valley Animal Emergency Center. VSA and VMS, leading Northern California providers of veterinary care, installed a third and fourth RapidStart system at the practices’ new facility in Dublin, California and will soon add two more systems for a total of six DR systems in VSA’s and VMS’ four Bay Area shared locations.

“Our mission is to improve the quality of veterinary medicine in the San Francisco Bay Area through the integration of science, compassion, and integrity, while giving the highest consideration to our patients, their human companions and the referring veterinarian that entrusts us with the care of them both,” said Chuck Walls, DVM, Diplomate ACVS, VSA. “To this end, we purchased Eklin’s DR solution because it provides better image quality than film-based x-rays in a fraction of the time. This gives us greater diagnostic confidence while often allowing us to begin treatment sooner, which many times can result in a far more positive outcome for the patient.”

Just as digital cameras have made photography easier and more efficient by eliminating film, DR systems provide the veterinarian with a radiographic image that can be viewed immediately onsite or at a review workstation, including a high-resolution monitor, without the need for film development. DR systems also offer sophisticated image processing tools, giving the doctor much greater depth of information that can be enlarged or manipulated for far better detail, resulting in closer scrutiny of potential areas of concern. Eklin offers either a 9″x11″ imaging sensor panel for large animal extremities, or a 14″x17″ sensor panel which provides the largest full imaging surface in the market and is equally suitable for large dogs or small cats.

The digital images are stored, archived and retrieved electronically through Eklin’s eFilm image management system. Based on DICOM standards, images from all compliant digital imaging modalities, such as ultrasound, MRI or CT, can be integrated for a comprehensive view of a patient’s imaging record. Images can be electronically shared throughout VSA’s and VMS’ multiple locations.

“It is important to have quick and easy access to our patients’ radiographs and other digital images,” said Julie Smith, DVM, VMS. “With the Eklin system, we can retrieve and review these images which can then be enhanced electronically to better focus on regions of interest or be shared with other experts throughout our collective practices. This ability can frequently improve our ability to make a diagnosis, giving us a valuable tool in optimizing our patient care.”

VSA offers a wealth of experience and expertise in all types of soft tissue, orthopedic and neurologic surgery. VMS provides the latest advances in internal medicine and oncology, often dealing with the most difficult and critical care-requiring patients. By teaming with VSA in the shared facilities, VSM patients receive the most comprehensive medical and surgical care available. VSA’s and VMS’ four Bay Area facilities are located in Campbell, San Mateo, Concord and Dublin.

“VSA’s and VMS’ commitment to outstanding patient care makes these highly skilled groups of professionals excellent representatives of our rapidly growing installed base,” said Gary R. Cantu, CEO and chairman, Eklin. “We developed the Eklin Digital Practice(R) to provide excellent image quality and workflow efficiencies in support of this commitment to superior patient care by all of our clients. We now look forward to the installation of our next 1,000 units.”

In addition to the historic 1,000th RapidStart system, VSA and VMS also installed Eklin’s 999th system in the new Dublin facility which opened its doors in August 2008. Along with digital radiography, the new 16,000 square foot facility provides ultrasound and helical CT scans. Veterinary specialty services include surgery, cardiology, oncology and internal medicine. VSA’s newest associated practice, Tri-Valley Animal Emergency Center, will provide emergency after-hour care within the same facility. An open house for area pet owners will be held at the Dublin practice on August 27, 2008 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

About Veterinary Surgical Associates and Veterinary Medical Specialists

Veterinary Surgical Associates’ (VSA) team of surgeons provides exceptional coverage around the clock for both scheduled and emergency surgery. Veterinary Medical Specialists (VMS) provides the latest advances in internal medicine and oncology. Each VSA and VMS facility is staffed for 24- hour skilled compassionate nursing care – a prerequisite to attaining the desired outcome for many surgical and critical patients. Patients may be seen at any VSA and VMS hospital located in Campbell, San Mateo, Concord and Dublin, California. For additional information, visit http://www.vsasurgery.com/ or http://www.vmsmedicine.com/.

About Eklin Medical Systems, Inc.

With thousands of systems installed in private practices and universities around the globe, Eklin Medical Systems, Inc. is one of the world’s leading providers of veterinary PACS, practice management software (VIA), ultrasound and digital radiography products. Clients include more than 90 percent of U.S. veterinary schools of medicine, such as UC Davis, University of Ohio, Pennsylvania State and Texas A&M. Numerous zoos and marine facilities, including San Diego, Los Angeles, Bronx, SeaWorld and the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Training Center, also employ Eklin Technology. Eklin is a privately- held company with reported sales revenues in excess of $35 million in 2007 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. The company can be contacted at 800- 819-5538 or visit http://www.eklin.com/.

    Media Contacts:     Jill Sweeten    VSA and VMS     (925) 288-4824    jsweeten@vsasurgery.com     Laurie Hallwyler    Eklin Medical Systems    650-248-9081    lhallwyler@eklin.com  

Eklin Medical Systems, Inc.

CONTACT: Media, Jill Sweeten of VSA and VMS, +1-925-288-4824,jsweeten@vsasurgery.com; or Laurie Hallwyler of Eklin Medical Systems,+1-650-248-9081, lhallwyler@eklin.com

Web site: http://www.eklin.com/http://www.vsasurgery.com/http://www.vmsmedicine.com/




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