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June 16, 2008


Flexible C-arm of Infinix Systems Allows Cardiologists and Surgeons to Work Together Seamlessly in Hybrid Cardiac Setting

TUSTIN, California — June 16, 2008 — Toshiba America Medical Systems’ Infinix™ Hybrid cardiovascular X-ray imaging system will be featured in three live cases during the International Symposium on the Hybrid Approach to Congenital Heart Disease (ISHAC), June 16–18, 2008. Coordinated by Nationwide Children’s Hospital and in its third year, ISHAC is the most comprehensive symposium on cardiac hybrid procedures.

In the first case, co-directors of The Heart Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital will perform a hybrid procedure on a one day old baby with hypoplastic left heart syndrome via live simulcast using Toshiba’s Infinix Hybrid system. Dr. John P. Cheatham, director of Cardiac Catheterization and Interventional Therapy and Dr. Mark Galantowicz, chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery will complete this procedure. As pioneers in hybrid procedures, Dr. Cheatham and Dr. Galantowicz will utilize the unprecedented patient access and coverage of the Infinix system to complete the procedure and provide the highest level of patient care. While the doctors are working together on pediatric patients in a hybrid setting, it is critical the imaging system provides outstanding image quality, the flexibility to reach ancillary equipment and the patient quickly and easily.

“The unparalleled access and ability to freely move the C-arm allows us to perform these hybrid procedures in the pediatric setting,” said Dr. Cheatham. “The Infinix’s capabilities are ideal for allowing both the pediatric cardiologist and surgeon to work perfectly together in these hybrid procedures on patients with congenital heart disease.”

During the second live case procedure at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, an intraoperative stent will be placed during open heart surgery using endoscopic guidance. The procedure will be performed by Drs. Galantowicz and Dr. Cheatham’s colleagues, Dr. Alistair Phillips and Dr. Ralf J. Holzer. They will use the Infinix C-arm in the Hybrid Cardiac Operative Suite to confirm the effectiveness of the stent and the new pulmonary valve implanted at the end of the procedure before separating from cardio-pulmonary bypass.

In the third procedure using the Infinix Hybrid system, physicians from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago will complete a device closure of a perventricular muscular ventricle septal defect while broadcasting live. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Ziyad M. Hijazi, director of the Rush Center for Congenital and Structural Heart Disease, Dr. Michel N. Ilbawi, chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Dr. Anastasios Polimenakos, pediatric cardiac surgeon and Dr. Qi-Ling Cao, senior research scientist. Rush University Medical Center is home to a brand new Infinix system that was awarded the 2007 Frost & Sullivan technology innovation award.

“These three live cases with top pediatric physicians at the ISHAC symposium are a testament to the exceptional collaborative environment created by the Infinix’s unique C-arm positioning,” explained Robert Micer, director, X-ray Vascular Business Unit, Toshiba. “This allows a team of physicians and staff to gain easy patient and facilitate the ease of use of multiple ancillary devices. The unique Infinix attributes enable more complex procedures, like these hybrid cardiac therapies being demonstrated.”

Toshiba’s Infinix high-definition flat panel detector delivers superior contrast and dynamic resolution, allowing for easy visualization of the smallest details, including intricate blood vessels and guidance of small devices critical to pediatric hybrid procedures.

About Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s 2008 list of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the nation’s largest pediatric healthcare networks providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children, adolescents and adult patients with congenital disease. A medical staff of nearly 900 and a hospital staff of 6,000 provide state-of-the-art pediatric care for more than 700,000 patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s Hospital physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded free-standing pediatric research facilities. In honor of a $50 million transformational philanthropic gift from Nationwide Foundation, Columbus Children’s Hospital became Nationwide Children’s Hospital September 24, 2007. This renaming reflects the hospital’s national stature while staying true to the original mission since its founding in 1892 of providing care regardless of any family’s ability to pay. More information is available by calling (614) 722-KIDS (5437) or through

About Rush University Medical Center
Named as one of the top heart programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and Thomson Healthcare, Rush University Medical Center is a national leader in coronary care. Working in state-of-the-art facilities, using some of the world’s most sophisticated technology, the experts at Rush are on the leading edge of diagnosis, treatment and discovery. From preventive measures to heart transplantation, Rush is helping to revolutionize heart care. At Rush, patients are treated like family members, with compassion, understanding and respect. Consistent with Rush’s commitment to put the patient first, the University HealthSystem Consortium, an alliance of approximately 100 academic medical centers, awarded Rush the highest score possible, 100 percent, for equity of care and has consistently ranked Rush among the top tier of its member institutions.

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, MRI and information systems. Toshiba Corp. is a leader in information and communications systems, electronic components, consumer products, and power systems. Toshiba has approximately 191,000 employees worldwide and annual sales of $67 billion. For more information, visit