BOTHELL, January 28, 2004 - Sonosite, Inc. (NASDAQ: SONO), the leader in high-performance, hand-carried ultrasound technology, today announced the appointment of Robert G. Hauser, M.D., F.A.C.C., president, Cardiovascular Services Division of Abbot Northwestern Hospital, to its board of directors."We are delighted that Dr. Hauser, a prominent cardiologist and accomplished executive, has joined our board," said Kevin M. Goodwin, president and CEO of Sonosite. "Dr. Hauser's broad business experience and expertise in cardiovascular medicine will play a crucial role in advising the company on growth strategies as we extend our technology and sales efforts further into key markets."In addition to his position as president of the Cardiovascular Services Division at Abbot Northwestern, Dr. Hauser, 64, is a senior consulting cardiologist at the Minneapolis Heart Institute. He was formerly the director of Pacemaker Surveillance Clinic, Minneapolis Heart Institute and served as president of the Minneapolis Heart Institute. Prior to that, Dr. Hauser served as chief executive officer of Minneapolis Cardiology Associates. He also served as president and chief executive officer of Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc. from 1988 to 1991, and continued as its Chairman and CEO until 1992 following its acquisition by Guidant."I am very pleased and excited to be joining the Sonosite board of directors. Sonosite's innovative products provide high-quality ultrasound in both the hospital and clinic. I believe Sonosite's technology will bring important applications to the fields of preventive cardiology and vascular medicine," said Dr. Hauser.Dr. Hauser is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a founding member and Chairman of the Heart Rhythm Society (NASPE). He has authored medical papers that have appeared in journals including Circulation, American Journal of Cardiology and The Journal of Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology. Moreover, he received the Chicago Heart Association Outstanding Achievement Award and the Michel Mirowski Award for Excellence in Cardiology. Dr. Hauser also serves on the boards of Allina Health Systems and Endocardial Solutions, Inc.He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati and a medical degree from the College of Medicine at University of Cincinnati. About SonositeSonosite, Inc. (www.sonosite.com) is the innovator and world leader in hand-carried ultrasound, with an installed base of more than 20,000 systems. The Company, headquartered near Seattle, Washington is represented by eight subsidiaries and a global distribution netwok in over 75 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 approximately 450 people worldwide.