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April 4, 2005


Improvements to the Vitrea® 2 Workstation Include 3-D Image Fusion, Advanced Imaging Controls and Image Transfer Capabilities

NEW ORLEANS, April 4, 2005 – Continuing to offer new innovations to improve clinical performance, Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. (TAMS) today released exclusive software upgrades (v3.5.1) for the InfinixTM-i series vascular and cardiac imaging system to improve the Vitrea® 2 workstation.  Improvements include advanced 3-D Bone Fusion Angiography and imaging functionalities to assist in the diagnosis of vascular disease and surgical planning.  The Infinix-i series system, featuring the new upgrades, will be exhibited for the first time at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society of Interventional Radiologists (SIR) in New Orleans.

“The latest upgrades to the Infinix-i series and its Vitrea workstation demonstrates Toshiba’s long-term commitment to improve its imaging capabilities and offer unique technologies to further its clinical value,” said Don Volz, director, Vascular X-ray Business Unit, Toshiba America Medical Systems.  “The new imaging capabilities enabled by the upgrades will not only improve the image quality of bone and vessels, but also offer visualization tools to assist in surgical planning and improve the accuracy of interventional procedures.”

The exclusive upgrades will enable the Infinix-i series and the Vitrea® 2, a powerful PC-based 3-D workstation, to perform 3-D Bone Fusion Angiography, allowing the fusion of bone volume with the associated vessel volume to facilitate interventional decisions by clearly delineating bone and vessel relationships.  The system also offers independent control of Window/Level (W/L) in separate volumes, which constitute a fused volume (device/vessel or bone/vessel); dynamic display of 3-D volume relative to positioner projection to indicate out-of-range viewing angles; and the ability to transfer displayed images from the workstation back to the acquisition system for use as reference images for automatic C-arm positioning during interventional procedures.

About the Infinix-i Series
The Toshiba Infinix-i series is the industry’s only system that is truly field-upgradeable to cardiac Flat-Panel Detector technology.  This capability enables clinicians to expand the system and take advantage of next-generation technology for superior image quality, while reducing upgrade costs.

Toshiba’s Infinix-i series vascular systems include single-plane, bi-plane and dual-plane configurations designed with advanced technologies that deliver fast and accurate diagnostic and interventional exams.

For more information about the Infinix-i series of vascular X-ray systems, TAMS and its wide range of medical imaging products, please

About Toshiba
With headquarters in Tustin, Calif., Toshiba America Medical Systems markets, sells, distributes and services diagnostic imaging systems, and coordinates clinical diagnostic imaging research for all modalities in the United States.  Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation, an independent group company of Toshiba Corporation, is a global leading provider of diagnostic medical imaging systems and comprehensive medical solutions, such as CT, X-ray, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, MRI and information systems.  Toshiba Corporation is a leader in information and communications systems, electronic components, consumer products, and power systems.  Toshiba has approximately 161,000 employees worldwide and annual sales of $53 billion.

About Vital Images
Vital Images is a leading provider of enterprise-wide advanced visualization software for use in disease screening applications, clinical diagnosis and therapy planning. The company’s technology utilizes high-speed volume visualization and analysis, as well as network communications based on DICOM and Internet protocols. Vital Images cost effectively brings 3D visualization and analysis into the day-to-day practice of medicine. Press releases, examples of 3D medical imaging and other corporate information are available on Vital Images’ Web site at

InfinixTM is a trademark of Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation.
Vitrea® is a registered trademark of Vital Images, Inc.