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November 11, 2008


Acquisition of Artida Makes OIT First in the Nation to Offer 4D Ultrasound Training

TUSTIN, California — November 11, 2008 — To offer its students access to the most advanced medical technology available, Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) has acquired the Toshiba Aplio™ Artida 4D ultrasound system. The acquisition of the advanced ultrasound system will make OIT the first undergraduate program in the United States to offer courses in 4D ultrasound imaging.

“Our goal is to train OIT students using the newest, most advanced technology to prepare them for high-tech, high-demand careers in healthcare,” explained OIT’s Brad Burda, acting provost and interim dean, School of Health, Arts and Sciences. “By using the Artida, one of the most advanced 4D ultrasound systems available, our students will gain the comprehensive skills necessary to meet today’s healthcare demands.”

Using Artida’s real-time, multi-planar reformatting capabilities, physicians can assess global and regional LV function, including volumetric LV ejection fraction. Arbitrary views of the heart, not available in 2D imaging, are also obtained to help with surgical planning. The 2D/3D wall motion tracking features from Toshiba allow the user to obtain angle-independent, global and regional information about myocardial contraction. It is hoped these features will enable acquisition of additional data that could be of value in echo-guided cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) and in stress echocardiography.

Artida includes additional features that enhance diagnostic capabilities, including multiple processors that run synchronously which allows for handling large amounts of data.

“Toshiba specifically designed the Artida to meet the needs of the growing 4D cardiac market,” explained Gordon Parhar, director, Ultrasound Business Unit, Toshiba. “As the first ultrasound system in the world with the ability to track and display myocardial motion and 3D volumes in 3D images, OIT students will learn new imaging techniques that will set future healthcare standards.”

Since the Artida’s multiple processor design brings echocardiography to a new level of imaging performance and clarity, OIT plans to use the Artida 4D ultrasound system in its new Echocardiography program. The Artida employs the distributed processing power of more than 80 processor cores interconnected by a fast digital system interface. The Artida’s engine is so powerful that every single second it can process an amount of data equal to a fully-loaded DVD.

MultiCast Beamformer
Artida’s MultiCast Beamformer uses advanced digital signal processing to control the shape of the ultrasound beam more precisely and flexibly than in comparable systems. Notable performance improvements, such as a simultaneous multiple transmit focus or a doubled frame rate in color Doppler mode, help expedite exams while improving diagnostic accuracy.

Artida brings best-of-breed cardiac 4D imaging to everyday clinical use. A variety of prospective and retrospective volume acquisition modes provide the freedom and flexibility to easily acquire and store 4D volumes as raw data. The easy-to-use volume navigation is delay-free and enables fast and accurate surfing of the volumes at any time, either on the system or off-line. Artida’s intuitive SmartSlice functions allow physicians to cut, slice and position the 4D volume quickly and conveniently.

In addition to the Artida 4D ultrasound system, OIT uses 20 Toshiba Xario™ ultrasound systems in its programs such as Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Vascular Technology and Echocardiography. OIT offers the only hands-on training ultrasound bachelor’s degree in Oregon and is one of only three schools in the country that offer a Vascular Technology bachelor’s degree.

About OIT
OIT offers bachelor’s degree programs in allied health areas including clinical laboratory science, dental hygiene, diagnostic medical sonography, health sciences, echocardiography, nuclear medicine technology, radiologic science, respiratory care and vascular technology. The school also offers nursing degrees in partnership with Oregon Health and Sciences University. 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