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April 30, 2008 Demand for MR scanners slumps in 2007 Greg Freiherr -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Despite expanding clinical applications driven by functional and breast imaging, MR scanners are stuck in a sales doldrums. Vendors last year sold about 850 new units to customers in the U.S., about 7% less than the year before. Their sale produced $1.3 billion in revenue, about 4% less than in 2006. Sales turned up in the fourth quarter last year, according to GE Healthcare, a trend that the company, which dominates U.S. sales of MR scanners, said appears to be continuing. GE execs and some others in the industry are optimistic that this year will be better than last — but only fractionally so. Lingering reimbursement shortfalls, particularly in the outpatient sector, and macroeconomic fears of a recession have damped interest in buying new systems.

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