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October 17, 2005


Fast, Agile System Offers Clinicians Unparalleled Flexibility and Patient Access

TUSTIN, Calif., Oct. 17, 2005 – Further expanding its commitment to innovative cardiac care, Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc., today introduced the five-axis InfinixTM CF-i/SP (single plane) diagnostic and interventional imaging system—delivering unprecedented head-to-toe and fingertip-to-fingertip patient access.  The system will be demonstrated at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) annual meeting in Washington, D.C., Oct. 16-21, 2005.

The system was designed using Toshiba’s Voice of the Customer feedback program, which utilizes clinician feedback to guide future product development.

“The opportunity to review and operate with Toshiba engineers this new technology was a view to the future of all catheterization laboratories,” said Ronald P. Karlsberg M.D., Clinical Professor of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, and Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Brotman Medical Center.  “The development of five-axis technology sets a new standard for floor-mounted systems.  With this system, even lower leg and radial access to patients is achieved quickly and easily for patients of all sizes. There is complete open access to the patient and even with the C-arm rotated to the side, the head is always up for proper anatomic orientation.”

The unique floor-mounted Infinix CF-i/SP’s innovative five-axis design permits easy shifting of the C-arm around the exam table for optimal angling.  In addition, the Infinix CFi/SP is equipped with Toshiba’s 8-inch cardiac flat panel detector (FPD) mounted on a fifth axis which rotates exactly as the C-arm rotates to the side. This fifth axis results in images always maintained in a heads-up orientation while the C-arm rotates.
Other system features include the industry’s highest anode heat-capacity liquid metal bearing tube of 3.0 MHU, which virtually eliminates overheating and increases overall throughput and efficiency. The liquid metal tube allows for immediate image capture.

“Toshiba’s new, five-axis Infinix CF-i/SP delivers unparalleled performance and allows clinicians to image virtually any region of the vascular anatomy.  This system is a great addition to our full line of cardiac catheterization systems,” said Don Volz, director of the Vascular and X-ray Business Unit at Toshiba.

The Infinix CF-i/SP is the latest addition to Toshiba’s family of Infinix-i series catheterization systems for cardiac applications.  Configurations include single plane floor-mounted, single-plane ceiling-mounted, bi-plane and dual-plane flat panel detector systems to meet diverse cath lab needs.  Attendees of this year’s TCT are invited to view a demonstration of images and data acquired from the Infinix CF-i/SP at Toshiba’s booth #660.

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 162,000 employees worldwide and annual sales of $55 billion.

InfinixTM is a trademark of Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation.