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November 30, 2008


New Multi-Channel Coil Optimizes Breast MR on Toshiba MR Systems

CHICAGO — November 30, 2008 — Advancements in medical imaging technology have significantly increased early detection and improved outcomes for patients with breast cancer. At this year’s Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting in Chicago, Nov. 30 – Dec. 5, 2008 (Booth #3429, South Hall), Toshiba will announce its Radiance Plus Breast Imaging Suite available on the Vantage Atlas™ and Vantage Titan™ MR systems. The new multi-channel Radiance Plus Breast Imaging Coil optimizes Magnetic Resonance Mammography (MRM) on the Vantage systems.

“Breast MR is effective in helping to diagnose breast cancer and the Radiance Plus Breast Imaging Suite is the latest technological advancement in improving image quality,” said Bob Giegerich, director, MR Business Unit, Toshiba. “The higher signal-to-noise ratio created by the coil results in clearer images.”

The bilateral, dedicated, multi-element Radiance Plus Breast Imaging Coil provides high temporal and spatial resolution for dynamic analysis and lesion characterization. The coil delivers a high signal-to-noise ratio, significantly increasing the breast image quality. The Radiance Plus Breast Imaging Coil is an addition to existing Vantage coils which are uniquely designed to improve workflow and patient comfort.

The Vantage Atlas and Titan’s features greatly improve the patient experience in a MR machine. The systems have the ability to perform breast exams feet first, reducing patient discomfort and claustrophobia. Additionally, the patented Pianissimo™ technology reduces acoustic noise by up to 90 percent, addressing the number one patient complaint with the quietest system available.

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 198,000 employees worldwide and annual sales of $77 billion. For more information, visit

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