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March 28, 2007


TUSTIN, CA — March 28, 2007 — Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. has expanded its professional education and training offerings by partnering with Atlanta-based Georgia Radiology Research and Educational Network (GRREN). GRREN, with its Aquilion® 64 CFX and state-of-the-art training center, will serve as Toshiba’s newest site for American College of Cardiology (ACC) Level I and II, as well as ACR, cardiac CT accreditation training. As part of the educational program, physicians will view live and live feed broadcasts of cardiac exams using Toshiba’s Aquilion 64 CFX advanced computed tomography (CT) system and experience hands on education using post-processing and advanced cardiac clinical analysis workstations provided by Vital Images.

“Over the last two and half years, we have taught more than 400 physicians and technologists about advanced cardiovascular CT. We have done so with a commitment to providing an outstanding educational experience that results from the combination of creative curriculum design, exceptional faculty, and innovative teaching methodology,” said Jay Cinnamon, M.D., an instructor of the course, and director of 3-D imaging for GRREN. “It is with this same spirit that GRREN has developed and launched the new Cardiac-CT courses that meet the ACC Level I and II guidelines. We employ a sophisticated and methodical curriculum that blends challenge with achievement. The goal is simple: to teach core material and nuance — all in a five-day course held in our state-of-the-art teaching center. And all this we do with a passion for teaching that rivals many of our most prestigious academic institutions.”

Course objectives include:

  • Familiarize participants with normal and variant anatomy of cardiac and vascular system.
  • Identify and characterize disease in these systems and become acquainted with the impact on clinical decision-making.
  • Learn technological advantages of multi-slice CT imaging in the evaluation of cardiac and vascular disease, including protocol optimization.

The comprehensive workshop will be held in a private-practice setting and is open to cardiologists as well as radiologists. Developed and conducted by highly qualified instructors, former Emory University Medical Center professors, the course is designed to meet the ACC Levels I and II, as well as ACR, training requirements through interaction with 150 studies. Competency is achieved through integration of didactic teaching, direct real-time case interaction, extensive clinical case review and supervised workstation experience for advanced cardiac multislice-CT applications.

“This program is a great option for Toshiba customers who have purchased an Aquilion CFX system,” said Doug Ryan, director, CT Business Unit. “We remain committed to advancing professional knowledge and expertise through education and training.”

Course dates scheduled in 2007 are April 30–May 4, and June 11–15. For more information or to register online, visit or call 678-626-0743. GRREN joins Toshiba’s other noteworthy physician education partners that include Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, University of California Irvine, University of Florida and Shands and CVCTA Education.

The Georgia Radiology Research & Educational Network (GRREN) was established to promote educational and research excellence in imaging and related fields. GRREN, created by the private practice radiologists of Quantum Radiology Northwest (QRNW) outside Atlanta, GA, is dedicated to the advancement of the field of radiology through educational and research related activities.

Many of the 36 radiologists within QRNW come from strong academic backgrounds with many years experience in teaching and research. To this extent, a new state-of-the-art teaching facility and research office has been created to foster an environment conducive to learning and conducting clinical trials. QRNW, one of the largest radiology groups in Georgia, is known for its excellence in imaging. Every subspecialty is represented, many by radiologists whom are considered national experts. For more information,

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 172,000 employees worldwide and annual sales of $54 billion. For more information, visit