Sonosite Introduces S-Women’s Health™ Ultrasound Tool Bringing Customization to Women’s Health

January 12, 2009

BOTHELL, WA- January 12, 2009- Sonosite, Inc. (Nasdaq:SONO), the world leader and specialist in hand-carried ultrasound for the point-of-care, introduced today the S-Women's Health ultrasound tool. The newest product in Sonosite's S Series™ product line is an innovative, custom-designed solution to enable women's health clinicians to provide comprehensive care in the patient exam room. It joins the M-OB/Gyn Office™ and the S-Gyn™ ultrasound tools as part of Sonosite's innovative suite of products for women's health.

"The S-Women's Health is great to have in the exam room because if a patient comes in with a lump, I am able to quickly and easily determine if it is something like fibrocystic thickening, or if it requires additional evaluations," said Deanna J. Attai, MD, FACS, Center for Breast Care in Burbank, California. "When you consider the quality and affordability of the system and the fact that you can pick it up and take it to the operating room, you just can't get a better tool for your practice than the S-Women's Health system."

The S-Women's Health ultrasound tool is designed with women's health clinicians in mind. It is sophisticated, yet simple and easy to use. Buttons, dials and menus have been eliminated from the interface, with the exception of two controls- Depth and Gain- for acquiring the optimum image quality. Sonosite's proprietary advanced technologies, SonoHD™ and SonoMB™, are incorporated, providing crystal-clear imaging and enabling the physician to visualize minute details. With the capacity to zero-in on a targeted area, Sonosite's advanced SonoAdapt™ technology enables the clinician to confidently locate masses, target lesions, guide biopsies, and initiate a course of treatment. The S-Women's Health tool has an award-winning design and is engineered to be placed on a stand or mounted on an exam room ceiling or wall to be easily accessible at the examining table.

The system is configured to work with four broadband transducers to provide high resolution superficial, abdominal, vascular and pelvic imaging, allowing physicians to address a wide spectrum of women's health concerns. This full functionality is complemented by Sonosite's unsurpassed, industry-leading 5-year warranty, which covers the system and transducers and eliminates the need for costly annual service contracts. Dr. Attai commented, "Not only does Sonosite have superior products, but they also have superior service. The 5-year warranty on their products means that not only will they repair the system if needed, they will get a loaner to me the very next morning. I can't practice without my ultrasound system and Sonosite recognizes that." Sonosite offers extensive training and education programs delivered on site, online, and in collaboration with leading medical institutions and educators.

About Sonosite
Sonosite, Inc. ( is the innovator and world leader in hand-carried ultrasound. Headquartered near Seattle, the company is represented by ten subsidiaries and a global distribution network in over 100 countries. Sonosite's small, lightweight systems are expanding the use of ultrasound across the clinical spectrum by cost-effectively bringing high performance ultrasound to the point of patient care. The company employs over 600 people worldwide.