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October 15, 2008


Live Cases Showcase System’s Unique C-arm Positioning and Unparalleled Patient Access

TUSTIN, California — October 15, 2008 — The unique C-arm positioning of the Toshiba Infinix™ cardiovascular X-ray system provides physicians and support personnel superior access to the patient. Demonstrating these capabilities, Toshiba’s Infinix CF-i/BP and Infinix DP-i configurations will be used in multiple live cases at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) conference, held in Washington, D.C. from October 12–17, 2008.

Rush University Medical Center and Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute will use Toshiba Infinix systems to perform live cases at the symposium. These institutions have been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as two of nation’s premier healthcare facilities.

Dr. Ziyad M. Hijazi, director of the Rush Center for Congenital and Structural Heart Disease, will perform a percutaneous valve procedure, an atrial septal defect (ASD) closure and a coarctation with stents using the Infinix CF-i/BP. The design of the Infinix CF-i/BP system will assist with the procedures, enhancing collaboration between clinicians and critical equipment to aid diagnosis and treatment. The floor-based rotation mechanism of the C-arm allows staff to have 180 degree access around the head-end of the table.

“The high image quality produced by our Infinix system and the unique positioning is ideal in treating patients with congenital heart disease and valve problems,” said Dr. Hijazi. “The innovative biplane system is well-suited for studies requiring complicated and advanced techniques, including transcatheter procedures.”

Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute will perform additional live cases during the TCT symposium using the Infinix DP-i. Dr. Christopher J. White, M.D., chairman of the Department of Cardiology and Dr. Stephen R. Ramee, M.D., director of Cardiac Catheterization, both of Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute, will perform a renal and mesenteric intervention procedure and a superficial femoral artery (SFA) as a live demonstration.

“The dual panel of the Infinix DP-i cardiovascular X-ray system enables us to select the right detector for the anatomy we are imaging,” said Dr. White. “The image quality and patient focused features of the system will be exemplified in the live cases we conduct at the TCT symposium.”

The Infinix DP-i’s unique dual C-arm system allows one lab to perform like two. One C-arm is designed for cardiac work, while the other is optimized for peripheral work outside the heart, such as carotids, renals and legs.

The annual TCT symposium has become the primary means by which state-of-the-art techniques and training are disseminated to interventionalists around the world. This allows them to bring innovative breakthroughs to their practices and dramatically improve the lives of their patients with cardiovascular disease.

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, located in Chicago, 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

About Ochsner Health System
Ochsner Health System ( is a non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system dedicated to patient care, research and education. The system includes seven hospitals and over 35 health centers located throughout Southeast Louisiana. Ochsner employs over 600 physicians in 80 medical specialties and subspecialties and over 300 clinical research trials annually. Ochsner was ranked one of the “Best Places to Work” by New Orleans CityBusiness in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and received the Consumer Choice for Healthcare in New Orleans for 13 consecutive years. Ochsner was ranked as “Best” Hospital by U.S. News and World Report in July 2007. Ochsner has more than 10,000 employees system-wide.

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