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October 8, 2008


Significant Noise Reduction and High Image Quality Led to Purchase of the Titan

TUSTIN, California — October 8, 2008 — The quietness and open design of the Toshiba Vantage Titan™ is dramatically improving the MR experience for patients. Health Scan Imaging has installed the Vantage Titan as the flagship MR machine at its new 5,000-square-foot location in Temecula, Calif. The system boasts a 71-centimeter opening, the largest in the industry, and patented noise reduction technology.

The Vantage Titan’s patient-focused features significantly improve patient comfort and increase the range of patients who can undergo a MR exam. Claustrophobic and obese patients are now able to be imaged with MR because the open bore provides a greater feeling of openness. Toshiba’s patented PianissimoTM technology dramatically reduces acoustic noise, the most significant cause of patient discomfort during a MR exam. Finally, patients sensitive to contrast agents now have an option for a contrast-free MRA exam.

“The quietness of the Vantage Titan is dramatic when compared to other MRI systems on the market,” said Dr. Bill Kelly, founder and medical director of Health Scan Imaging, a medical imaging network with nine locations throughout Southern California. “Our radiologists, employees and especially patients have all noticed the distinct reduction in noise. Additionally, our patients really appreciate the more comfortable, wider bore. In fact, both of these features have led referring physicians and patients to recommend our site.”

The open bore of the 1.5T Vantage Titan MRI system is 18 percent larger than other 1.5T systems on the market and features a large 71-centimeter patient aperture, outstanding homogeneity, and the largest available clinical field-of-view (FOV) of 55 x 55 x 50 cm, providing the highest level of patient care and diagnostic capability available. The 30/130 gradient platform of the Vantage Titan provides unparalleled power. It also has a guaranteed homogeneity specification of two parts per million over a 50 x 50 x 50 cm DSV and a 1.4-meter magnet length, producing exceptional image quality.

“Maintaining our reputation for high levels of patient care due to outstanding image quality was paramount in our purchasing decision,” explained Dr. Kelly. “Alternative short bore systems on the market did not meet our needs because of limitations in z-axis field-of- view and excessive noise. The Titan’s 50 cm z-axis field-of-view for abdominal, pelvic and spine studies was a main factor in acquiring the system.”

The Vantage Titan MR system also takes advantage of Toshiba’s proprietary contrast-free MRA techniques — Fresh Blood Imaging (FBI), Contrast-free Improved Angiography (CIA), Time-Spatial Labeling Inversion Pulse (Time-SLIP) and Time and Space Angiography (TSA). Contrast-free imaging is particularly important because gadolinium, the most common contrast agent used for MR exams, has been directly linked to a potentially fatal disease that has occurred in patients with renal insufficiency, called Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF) or Nephrogenic Fibrosing Dermopathy (NFD). These contrast-free protocols allow physicians to perform scans on patients with known renal compromise and diabetes.

“Health Scan Imaging’s purchase of the Titan is a testament to the system’s patient-friendly features,” said Bob Giegerich, director, MR Business Unit, Toshiba. “The large, wide bore and significant reduction in noise create a better imaging experience for all patients. Also, the Vantage Titan’s large clinical FOV is unique for this bore size and produces high-quality images without compromising homogeneity or overall imaging performance.”

About Health Scan Imaging
Health Scan Imaging is an out patient imaging center network with nine locations throughout Southern California. Established in 1998, Health Scan Imaging has propelled its growth and has rapidly gained market share at each location by steadfastly maintaining its founding principles of quality, professional expertise and service. Health Scan Imaging provides its customers access to the industry’s most advanced technology, including high-resolution multislice 3D CT, high-field open concept multichannel MRI, ultrasound and digital X-ray. All locations are linked by a wide-band-width T1 PACS network that provides instant distribution of imaging examinations to appropriate sub-specialists among its team of fellowship-trained radiologists. Health Scan Imaging especially caters to the needs of patients with complex and challenging conditions referred by specialty physicians in the fields of neuroscience, orthopedics, sports medicine, oncology, ENT and pain management. For more information visit

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