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November 13, 2008


World’s First Dynamic Volume CT Provides Uniquely Comprehensive Exam
to Aid Patient Diagnosis

TUSTIN, California — November 13, 2008 — Recognizing the innovation behind its dynamic volume CT scanner, Popular Science has named Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.’s Aquilion® ONE 320-detector row CT scanner “Best of What’s New” in the Personal Health category of its annual awards. As its top-selling issue annually, “Best of What’s New” highlights products that represent a significant leap forward, such as the Aquilion ONE dynamic volume CT scanner.

Calling the scanner, “the fastest CT scanner yet,” Popular Science stated the Aquilion ONE “can visualize organs, blocked arteries and tumors in a single heartbeat. That speed means faster diagnoses and 80 percent fewer X-rays than with other CT scanners. The advance is a set of 320 high-resolution X-ray detectors that can image a six-inch (up to 16 cm) swath in one swift rotation.”

“Being named to Popular Science‘s annual ‘Best of What’s New’ list is a remarkable milestone for the Aquilion ONE,” said Doug Ryan, senior director, CT Business Unit, Toshiba. “As the only CT system in the world that can image an entire organ — such as the heart or brain — in one rotation, it helps provide a faster diagnoses for ailments such as heart disease and stroke, it is important to see the Aquilion ONE recognized by a premier publication.”

Introduced in November 2007, this advanced system scans an entire organ in a single pass and produces 4-D videos that show an organ’s structure, its 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 multiple exposures to radiation and exam times.

“For 21 years, Popular Science‘s ‘Best of What’s New’ awards honor the innovations that make a positive impact on life today and change our views of the future,” says Mark Jannot, editor-in-chief, Popular Science. “PopSci’s editors evaluate thousands of products each year to develop this thoughtful list, there’s no higher accolade Popular Science can give.”

About Best of What’s New
Each year, the editors of Popular Science review thousands of products in search of the top 100 tech innovations of the year; breakthrough products and technologies that represent a significant leap in their categories. The winners — the “Best of What’s New” — are awarded inclusion in the much-anticipated December issue of Popular Science, the most widely read issue of the year since the debut of Best of What’s New in1987. “Best of What’s New” awards are presented to 100 new products and technologies in 11 categories: Automotive, Aviation & Space, Computing, Engineering, Gadgets, Green Tech, Home Entertainment, Securities, Home Tech, Personal Health and Recreation.

About Popular Science
Founded in 1872, Popular Science is the world’s largest science and technology magazine; with a circulation of 1.3 million and 6.8 million monthly readers. Each month, Popular Science reports on the intersection of science and everyday life, with an eye toward what’s new and why it matters. Popular Science is published by Bonnier Active Media, a subsidiary of Bonnier Corporation.

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