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November 4, 2008


Leading Radiology Publication Recognizes Toshiba in its First Best-of-the-Best Ranking

TUSTIN, California — November 4, 2008 — Continuing to be recognized by the radiology field as a game-changing imaging technology, the Aquilion® ONE dynamic volume CT system has been named Most Valuable Product in the CT category by rt image magazine. The rt image Most Valuable Product ranking, which is the magazine’s first best-of-the-best list for radiology products and services, was voted on by radiologists and rt image readers.

As the world’s first dynamic volume CT system, the Aquilion ONE by Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc., can help physicians reduce diagnosis time for stroke, serious heart conditions and other life-threatening diseases from hours and days to mere minutes. Additionally, the Aquilion ONE has the ability to replace multiple tests and invasive procedures, helping lower healthcare costs and radiation exposure.

In the nomination, Dr. Frank J. Rybicki, M.D., Ph.D., director of cardiac CT and vascular CT/MRI and director of Applied Imaging Sciences Laboratory at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and associate professor, Harvard Medical School, stated, “What makes the Aquilion ONE unique in comparison with traditional CT scanners is that you can actually image more patients in a quicker time period. This is very important when you image the heart because the heart is, in fact, beating. And so, what you can do with the Aquilion ONE that’s new and unique is you can image the heart in a single heart beat.”

rt image is excited to debut the Most Valuable Products in Radiology and Imaging, particularly because the awards are based on the nomination and selection by radiology professionals in the field,” said Heather Koitzsch, publisher of rt image. “As radiology professionals working in the field every day, our readers are in the perfect position to tell us which products are helping them advance healthcare. Our goal with the Most Valuable Product Award is to provide credibility and recognition to these tried-and-true products so that other readers can benefit from them.”

Introduced in November 2007, this advanced system scans an entire organ in a single pass and produces 4D videos that show an organ’s structure, movement and blood flow. In comparison, a 64-slice, 128-slice or 256-slice CT scan can only capture a portion of an organ in a single pass, forcing physicians to “stitch together” multiple scans of an organ to get a full image. The new technology helps reduce exposure to radiation and exam times.

“Toshiba is honored to have received this accolade from our peers in the radiology industry who have recognized that the Aquilion ONE was designed for today’s healthcare environment,” said Doug Ryan, senior director, CT Business Unit. “By replacing several tests with a single exam, the Aquilion ONE has the potential to change physicians’ approach to treat at-risk patients immediately — saving resources and time for both the healthcare facility and patients.”

rt image’s “Most Valuable Products” list appeared in the Oct. 6, 2008 issue. A complete list of all of this year’s Most Valuable Products and Services is available at

About rt image
For the past 20 years, rt image has been the only national weekly magazine exclusively for radiology professionals. The magazine’s mission is to provide radiologists with a variety of timely, accurate reader-focused articles and resources to further their careers and provide information about prevailing techniques and technologies. Published by Valley Forge Publishing Group, rt image’s award-winning, annual Radiology Directory is considered the most comprehensive resource on the market containing more than 7,000 listings available in print and searchable in digital and online formats. The magazine reaches more than 250,000 readers each month via its print, digital and online formats, including an e-newsletter. 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