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October 28, 2008
TUSTIN, California — October 28, 2008 — To offer hospitals more versatility and a seamless transition from endovascular imaging to surgical intervention on a single system, Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. is partnering with surgical table manufacturer, MAQUET, to provide new solutions for Toshiba’s Infinix™-i product line. The partnership combines the Infinix-i systems’ unparalleled image quality and versatility with a complete range of innovative MAQUET table top options, which range from general surgery to radiology-specific.
The Toshiba/MAQUET hybrid operating room (OR) suite is the only hybrid solution to offer interchangeable table tops, optimizing asset utilization of these specialized OR suites. This no-compromise approach to hybrid OR configurations demonstrates Toshiba’s philosophy to provide imaging systems that maximize the everyday utility of cardiovascular/interventional imaging systems.
Because ceiling mounted systems are typically best suited for a hybrid operating room setting, these table tops match perfectly with Toshiba’s Infinix CC-i and Infinix VC-i systems.
“The Toshiba and MAQUET partnership provides physicians with a single system for imaging and surgical procedures, without compromising image quality or safety,” explained Robert Micer, director, X-ray Vascular Business Unit, Toshiba. “Not only does this partnership help improve patient care and access, it offers better asset utilization for hospitals. By having a system in an operating room that can perform multiple procedures, hospitals can ensure that hybrid suite settings are utilized for more than just surgery. They can also be used for diagnostic and interventional imaging procedures, as well as hybrid procedures that involve surgeons and interventionalists working together.”
“Unlike catheterization suites, this hybrid operating suite by Toshiba and MAQUET is designed specifically around the cardiac surgeon, cardiac interventionalist and cardiac surgical patient, offering new advanced access and imaging in the operating room, without having to move patients,” explained Dr. Mark E. Galantowicz, chief of cardiothoracic surgery, co-director of The Heart Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and associate professor of surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.
In addition to the versatility offered by the MAQUET table top options, physicians will continue to benefit from the Infinix VC-i and CC-i’s ceiling-mounted C-arm ensuring head-to-toe and fingertip-to-fingertip coverage, dose reduction technologies, dynamic FPD capability and exceptional image quality.
“The Toshiba/MAQUET hybrid solution will provide the added flexibility that hospitals are asking for today,” explained Kevin Gilroy, director of business development, MAQUET, Inc. “Our Alphamaquet systems table solution with multiple interchangeable tops provides greater utilization of these advanced technology rooms. Various table tops can be readily exchanged to accommodate interventional and surgical procedures, making these rooms more cost effective,” added Gilroy. “The staff can attach the correct table top for the specific case they need to perform without compromising patient positioning for procedures.”
MAQUET is a subsidiary of the publicly listed Swedish group of companies GETINGE AB. The MAQUET brand represents the Medical Systems business division. Together with the two other business areas ARJO Extended Care and GETINGE Infection Control, the entire GETINGE group of companies focuses on forward-looking medical technology. The GETINGE Group posts sales revenues of some 1.7 billion euros with a workforce of approximately 10,100 employees (in 2006).
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 www.medical.toshiba.com.