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May 30, 2006


Hospitals First in the U.S. to Install Toshiba’s New Vascular Imaging System

TUSTIN, Calif., May 30, 2006 – Improving cardiac care at two regional healthcare institutions, Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. today announced the installation of its InfinixTM DP-i/FD2 at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, Washington, near Seattle, and Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.  The hospitals are the first to install the Infinix DP-i/FD2, Toshiba’s latest generation of vascular imaging technology, which was introduced in March 2006.  Designed as one system that operates like two, the Infinix DP-i/FD2 is equipped with two flat panel detectors (FPD) and is the only single lab that meets American College of Cardiology guidelines for both cardiac and peripheral work.

“Toshiba’s Infinix DP-i/FD2 improves the course of diagnosis and treatment for both the physician and the patient,” said Peggy Coltrin, RN, clinical manager of the Heart & Vascular Center for St. Francis Hospital.  “We are committed to providing the best care possible, with the best technology available, and Toshiba was able to satisfy both of these requirements.  As a result, Federal Way and Seattle-area residents now have world-class cardiac care close to home.”

Both St. Francis and Temple University Hospitals will serve as show sites for Toshiba, enabling potential customers to visit the facilities and preview the equipment in an operational setting.  Designed with one eight-inch by eight-inch floor mounted cardiac C-arm and one 12-inch by 16-inch ceiling mounted C-arm, the system enables physicians to obtain the high quality images needed to perform both detailed peripheral vascular work and coronary studies without compromise for more efficient, comprehensive patient care. 

“With our patients as our top priority, we chose Toshiba’s Infinix DP-i/FD2 because it was clear that the technology would enable us to improve our diagnosis and treatment capabilities,” said Dr. James Burke, director, cardiac catheterization laboratories and interventional cardiology at Temple University Hospital.  “We can diagnose and treat all of the cardiac and vascular problems in our patients without compromising either area.  This is the future of comprehensive cardiovascular care.”

“We are thrilled to be able to assist two such respected institutions as St. Francis Hospital and Temple University Hospital in expanding the capabilities of their cardiology departments,” said Don Volz, director, Vascular X-ray Business Unit, Toshiba.  “With the ability to perform both coronary and vascular studies in a single room, the Infinix DP-i/FD2 increases patient comfort and decreases exam time by eliminating the need to move the patient.”

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About St. Francis Hospital
Established in 1987, St. Francis Hospital has been named among the Top 100 hospitals in the nation five times since 1999 by Solucient, an independent healthcare research and information company that evaluates clinical outcomes and other data.  A 110-bed community hospital, St. Francis is part of Washington’s Franciscan Health System, which includes the Northwest Center for Weight Management in Federal Way, St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma and St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood.

About Temple University Hospital
Temple University Hospital was founded in 1892 by Dr. Russell Conwell as a 20-bed facility.  Today, Temple University Hospital is a 617-bed tertiary medical center.  In addition to providing quality medical care to more than 28,000 inpatients and 150,000 outpatients annually, Temple University Hospital is a certified Level I regional trauma center and has one of the busiest emergency departments in the region.

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 Corp., an independent group company of Toshiba Corp., is a global leading provider of diagnostic medical imaging systems and comprehensive medical solutions, such as CT, Cath & EP Labs, X-ray, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, MRI and information systems. Toshiba Corp. 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.

InfinixTM is a trademark of Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation.