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November 10, 2008


TUSTIN, California — November 10, 2008 — To further emphasize a growing commitment to improving diagnostic confidence and patient outcomes, Springhill Medical Center has installed the Aquilion® ONE dynamic volume CT by Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. This is the first dynamic volume CT in the state of Alabama.

“The installation of the Aquilion ONE, the world’s first dynamic volume CT and the first in Alabama, will allow us to reduce diagnosis time for life-threatening diseases from hours or days to a matter of minutes,” explained Jeff St. Clair, hospital administrator and C.O.O., Springhill Medical Center.

Toshiba’s Aquilion ONE is the world’s first dynamic volume CT system. It utilizes 320 ultra-high resolution detector rows (0.5 mm in width) to image an entire organ in a single X-ray gantry rotation. The system also produces a 4D clinical video showing up to 16 cm of anatomical coverage, enough to capture the entire brain or heart, and show its movement such as blood flow.

“The Aquilion ONE’s single, comprehensive exam can provide physicians with data to replace a variety of duplicative tests and invasive procedures, dramatically increasing diagnostic confidence and patient satisfaction,” explained Laura Cleveland, R.T., radiology director, Springhill Medical Center. “Replacing several tests with the Aquilion ONE’s single exam helps reduce radiation and contrast dosage and provides an overall safer exam for the patient.”

Springhill Medical Center plans to use the Aquilion ONE to treat at-risk patients with a variety of medical conditions, including cardiovascular disease, cerebral vascular disease and musculoskeletal injuries.

“The Aquilion ONE installation at Springhill Medical Center will further improve their exceptional quality of care,” said Doug Ryan, senior director, CT Business Unit, Toshiba. “Using the Aquilion ONE, healthcare facilities can provide patients with a quick and accurate diagnosis to address their needs immediately.”

Long before the Aquilion ONE, Springhill Medical Center had a relationship with Toshiba and enjoyed success using its technology. In addition to the new Aquilion ONE, Springhill uses a variety of Toshiba’s leading medical technology to treat patients, including the Toshiba Aquilion 64 CT system, the Vantage™ Atlas MR system, several InfinixTM Vascular X-ray systems, and three Aplio™ and four Xario™ ultrasound systems.

About Springhill Medical Center
Springhill Medical Center is a 252-bed acute care hospital accredited by The Joint Commission. Since 1975, Springhill has grown and expanded its services in the southwest Alabama market while maintaining more nurses to each patient for a personal approach and 1-to-1 nurse/patient ratio for childbirth services. Today, SMC includes the hospital, a unique and comprehensive heart center, senior residence, sleep center, athletic club, and orthopedic surgery center.

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