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September 20, 2007


CVCTA’s Top-rated Courses Use Toshiba’s Aquilion 64 CFX to Provide Physicians with Outstanding Training Experience

TUSTIN, CA — September 20, 2007 — CVCTA Education, a leading provider of top-tier medical educational programs, received the most positive reviews for its CTA courses in an online physician student review conducted by the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT). CVCTA uses Toshiba’s Aquilion® 64 CFX exclusively to provide physicians with the highest quality of CTA training.

“Partnering with Toshiba America Medical Systems has enabled us at CVCTA Education to teach our students groundbreaking procedures using the finest technology available,” explained Dr. Tony DeFrance, medical director of CVCTA Education.

Over the last three months, the SCCT has requested that all physicians who graduated from CTA courses across the country submit reviews of these courses. More than 300 reviews were submitted reviewing 16 different institutions/physicians offering CTA courses. More than 140 physician respondents, the largest segment in the entire survey, submitted positive reviews regarding CVCTA Education.

“By providing physicians the forum to share feedback on CTA courses nationwide, the SCCT is showing its commitment to quality physician education,” added Doug Ryan, senior director, CT Business Unit, Toshiba America Medical Systems. “This is a tremendous achievement for the team at CVCTA.”

Of CVCTA’s 140 responses, 94.5% gave the course a “five,” the top ranking on a scale of one-to-five. In addition, physicians were asked to provide written feedback on the course.

“Dr. DeFrance’s courses are well executed and he keeps his audience engaged,” said Dr. Mark Winkler, SDMI, via the online survey. “The interactive component is done well, and his course is well suited for cardiologists and radiologists.”

CVCTA Education is able to meet physicians’ needs and obtain these types of reviews by continuing to innovate medical education. For example, the company recently announced its offering of a Peripheral Vascular CTA (PV-CTA) training course — the first of its kind to exceed current ACCF/AHA Level 2 requirements in the ACCF/AHA Clinical Competence Statement on Cardiac Imaging with Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance.

“By frequent review and repetition, Dr. DeFrance was able to teach us his detail oriented, practical and systematic approach to case review,” said Dr. Thomas Pappas, Interventional Heart Group, via the online survey. “Having attended other introductory courses on CTA interpretation, I can state that this course was the most comprehensive.”

Additional information about CVCTA and/or Toshiba America Medical System’s Aquilion 64 used at CVCTA Education can be found at or

CVCTA Education is a leader in the design and delivery of innovative medical educational programs. It has centers in San Francisco, New York and Houston to deliver its courses to the medical community. In addition to the new PV-CTA offering, CVCTA trains physicians in performing, post-processing and interpreting Cardiac CT angiograms. More information about CVCTA Education can be found at

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