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November 30, 2005


Expansion Aimed at Meeting Industry Demand for Practical Training Using 64-slice CT Technology

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IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 30, 2005 – As part of its ongoing commitment to cardiac CT education, Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. (TAMS) today announced that it has expanded its cardiac CT training program to meet the growing demand for hands-on training using its AquilionTM 64 CFX—the world’s most advanced 64-slice CT system.  Training also will address development of a successful CT business model for clinicians adopting cardiac CT.

“Toshiba has long been committed to the development of cutting-edge technology and proper education for its use—a point evidenced by our leading customer education programs,” said Sharon Yoon, senior manager, Training, TAMS.  “Customer education is a significant focus for the company and continues to play a major role in our favorable customer satisfaction and user ratings.”

Toshiba training partners include the University of California, Irvine; University of Florida at Shands; Manhattan Diagnostic Radiology Cardiovascular Center; and Woodlands North Houston Heart Center.  The new training courses offer practical CT training that meets requirements as outlined by the guidelines for diagnostic imaging set forth by the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Radiology. 

Phase 1 of the training program includes a one-week, on-site course, offering functional experience using 64-slice CT technology.  Training content is developed in an effort to optimize scanning and diagnosis techniques—giving clinicians the opportunity to scan, view and manipulate images acquired using the Aquilion CFX.

Courses offer continuing medical education (CME) credit and provide a wide-range of practical coursework, including basic cardiac anatomy, cardiac CT image review and workflow overview.  Physicians also may enroll in a follow-up, 90-day, self-study course, following completion of the Phase I coursework.  In addition, Toshiba has expanded its collaboration with industry partners like Vital Images and is now able to offer workstation training using its Aquilion CT systems.  For information about course curriculum and enrollment visit

Toshiba’s Aquilion 64 CFX—World’s Most Advanced 64-Slice CT System
The Aquilion 64 CFX allows physicians to easily capture precise, motion-free images of the heart and coronary arteries to identify soft plaque or measure coronary blockage, and detect signs of disease at its earliest stages, reducing the need for high-risk interventional procedures. 

Featuring the most advanced multi-detector CT technology available, the Aquilion 64 CFX utilizes Toshiba’s unique 64-row QuantumTM detector, which enables the Aquilion CT scanner to acquire 64 simultaneous slices of 0.5 mm with each 400-millisecond gantry revolution, resulting in precise isotropic imaging of any region of the body.  Additionally, the Aquilion 64 CFX’s superior multi-detector design produces the best low contrast resolution at the lowest dose, critical for plaque imaging.

About Toshiba America Medical Systems
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.

AquilionTM is a trademark of Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation.