BURLINGTON, N.C. — Revenues increased 21 percent for TriPath Imaging (NASDAQ: TPTH) in the third quarter over the same period in 2005, but profits fell to just $68,000, the company reported Wednesday after the markets closed.

TriPath reported $1.8 million in expenses related to its pending acquisition by Becton Dickinson. The company reported a $1.8 million profit for the third quarter in 2005.

TriPath, which has more than 300 employees in Research Triangle Park, is being acquired by Becton Dickinson for $350 million. The deal is expected to be approved by TriPath stockholders in December.

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