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July 24, 2007


Complexity of Procedures Requires High-End Cutting-Edge Technology

TUSTIN, CA — July 24, 2007 — Continuing to position itself as a leader in medical education and patient care, Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. announced today that the Pediatric Interventional Cardiac Symposium (PICS) in Las Vegas, the most comprehensive symposium worldwide on pediatric cardiac interventional therapies, will feature a live demonstration of two challenging medical procedures using Toshiba’s Infinix CF-i/BP imaging system.

Dr. Zahid Amin, professor and medical director of Catherization Services in the University of Nebraska Medical Center/Creighton University Medical Center Joint Division of Pediatric Cardiology and at Children’s Hospital in Omaha, will perform a closure of coronary artery fistula and a stent placement in branch pulmonary artery via live simulcast on July 24, 2007, using the Toshiba Infinix CF-i/BP.

“Toshiba’s equipment has significantly improved the ability to perform these procedures in a pediatric setting,” said Dr. Amin. “The improved C-arm movement, clearer images, and five-axis positioner make the Toshiba Infinix CF-i/BP ideal for performing these challenging procedures on small patients.”

“Toshiba’s Infinix CF-i/BP Vascular X-ray system features a unique and unprecedented five-axis design that allows the C-arm to move around the exam table to obtain angles and positions for cardiac and general angiography,” explained Robert Micer, director, X-Ray Vascular Business Unit, Toshiba. “Additionally, Toshiba’s high-definition flat panel detector delivers superior contrast and dynamic resolution, allowing for easy visualization of small details including intricate blood vessels and small devices such as catheters.”

Dr. Amin selected to perform the two procedures at PICS based upon interest from the pediatric cardiac community. These procedures are noted in the field for complexity, which is exacerbated when treating small patients in pediatrics.

The Pediatric Interventional Cardiac Symposium (PICS) is the most comprehensive symposium worldwide covering the burgeoning field of interventional therapies for pediatric patients with congenital heart disease. The symposium, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, features distinguished faculty lectures, interactive discussions, workshops, live case demonstrations, and breakout sessions, covering topics such as devices, implantable valves, bioabsorbable technology, stents, balloons and many new aspects of interventional cardiology.

About Children’s Hospital of Omaha
Children’s Hospital of Omaha provides the most comprehensive pediatric care in the Omaha, Nebraska region. From primary care to emergency care and everything in between, Children’s Hospital provides children with the best healthcare possible. The Cardiology Clinic is staffed by cardiologists and midlevel providers from the Joint Division of Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Nebraska and Creighton University. Cardiology specialists perform diagnostic evaluations and manage the care of children, adolescents and adults with congenital heart disease, acquired heart diseases, heart murmurs, irregular heart rhythms, chest pain, fainting episodes and other suspected heart problems.

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 190,000 employees worldwide and annual sales of $62 billion. For more information, visit