Computerized Thermal Imaging Receives Positive Response on South American Trade Mission; Establishes Key Contacts in Argentina, Brazil and Chile

OGDEN, Utah, May 20, 1999 (PRIMEZONE) -- Computerized Thermal Imaging, Inc. (OTC BB: COII) (CTI), said today that its proprietary Thermal Breast Imaging System, as well as its general purpose imaging systems, generated considerable interest during a recently-completed visit to South America in a trade mission organized by Utah Governor Michael Leavitt.

"We had very productive meetings with medical community leaders, private and public hospitals and high ranking government officials in Argentina, Brazil and Chile, all of whom expressed genuine interest in our technology," said David A. Packer, CTI's president. "The trade mission allowed us to evaluate market potential, establish critical medical industry contacts and assess the unique business and regulatory practices within each country. We believe the opportunity to have face-to-face contact with these individuals allowed us to open many more doors than otherwise would have been possible," Packer added.

CTI was represented on the trade mission by David B. Johnston, CEO, David A. Packer, President and Dr. Manuel Viamonte from Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach. Mt. Sinai is one of CTI's clinical trial sites.

CTI is currently seeking FDA approval for its Thermal Breast Imaging System as an adjunctive diagnostic test to mammogram and clinical examination for the detection of breast cancer. The system is currently undergoing multi-center clinical trials to test its efficacy in differentiating benign from malignant breast abnormalities. The system uses a sophisticated heat sensitive camera to record thermal images of breast tissue. These images are then processed with a proprietary computer algorithm designed to recognize the distinct heat signatures of benign and malignant tissue. The test is simple, painless, and requires no exposure to radiation or heat compression.

Computerized Thermal Imaging, Inc. develops and deploys thermal imaging and associated technologies for use in the enhancement of medical screening, diagnosis and patient management. More information about CTI can be found on the Internet at or by calling CTI Public Affairs at (801) 776-4700.

Except for historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this news release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. The forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In addition to the factors set forth above, other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to technical risks associated with new technology development, government regulatory approvals or continued working capital. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements is contained from time to time in the Company's SEC filings. Copies of these filings may be obtained by contacting the Company or the SEC.

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