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Hitachi, Horizon Medical ink distribution agreement

TORONTO – Doug Ragan, General Manager of Medical Solutions for Hitachi Canada Limited, and Larry Riley, President and CEO of Horizon Medical Services Limited, have completed the signing of a multi-year agreement for Horizon to sell and service Hitachi’s full line of MRI Scanners in Canada.

Hitachi markets a number of Open MRI systems, including the Airis Elite, Airis II, Altaire and the new 1.2T Oasis (according to the companies, it is the first true, high-field open MRI in the marketplace.) As well, Hitachi has a 1.5T traditional “closed-bore” system – the Echelon.

“The addition of the Hitachi MRI Line to Horizon’s product portfolio makes us a significant alternative supplier of MRIs to the Canadian marketplace,” said Larry Riley. “With our existing agreement with Esaote MRI of Italy, Horizon can now offer everything from dedicated extremity magnets (Esaote’s C-Scan), a tilting magnet (Esaote G-Scan), to a High Field Open (Hitachi’s Oasis), and the Hitachi Echelon for a conventional High Field ‘closed-bore’ system (Hitachi’s Echelon).

Horizon will immediately take over the service on existing Hitachi MRIs in Canada and is now gearing up their marketing activities for the Hitachi MRI Product Line.

Doug Anderson, Horizon’s Vice President, Sales & Marketing, is particularly pleased to have this new agreement in place. “Up until now, Canadian MRI customers have been limited to only looking at the big, multi-modality manufacturers such as Siemens, Philips and GE for their MRI needs. Now, we can give them more options, which is always a benefit to customers,” suggests Anderson.

Doug Ragan of Hitachi Canada was also very positive of this new agreement and looks forward to working closely with Horizon personnel to bring the Hitachi MRI Product Line to Canada. “When we made the decision to look for a Canadian distributor, the search was quite simple – we wanted an MRI-experienced vendor who is represented from coast-to-coast and who already has a strong customer base and a reputation for providing high-quality, unique products to the Canadian Healthcare community. Horizon met all that criteria as well as being ISO 13485:2003 certified. Done deal!,” said Ragan.

Hitachi Canada Ltd., headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, delivers high quality and technologically advanced products and solutions to customers. These are marketed and serviced through four distinct divisions: Medical Solutions Division, Power & Industrial Division, Digital Media Division, as well as Optical & Security Products Division.

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