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December 4, 2008


Hands-On Courses Provide Insight on Capabilities of World’s First Dynamic Volume CT System

CHICAGO — December 4, 2008 — Providing cardiologists, radiologists and neurologists top-tier education on the latest diagnostic imaging technology, CVCTA Education, AMIGenics and Nevada Imaging Centers have partnered to create two new courses focused on applications for Toshiba America Medical System Inc.’s Aquilion® ONE dynamic volume CT system. Through this partnership, physicians can gain a further understanding of cardiac and neuroradiology applications available on the Aquilion ONE. This is the first neuroradiology course offered using dynamic volume CT. The Aquilion ONE will be showcased at this year’s Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting in Chicago, Nov. 30 – Dec. 5, 2008 (Booth #3429, South Hall).

“As the world’s first dynamic volume CT, the Aquilion ONE’s ability to reduce diagnosis time for a variety of diseases makes it an ideal system for today’s healthcare environment,” said Sharon Yoon, director, Education and Sales Support, Toshiba. “The new dynamic volume CT courses in cardiac and neuroradiology applications will empower physicians to use this single system to reduce diagnosis time, improve patient outcomes and lower overall costs. It is important that physicians understand the breadth of this equipment’s power to truly impact patients’ lives.”

The cardiovascular CT course will be taught by Dr. Tony DeFrance, medical director, CVCTA Education, SCCT Board of Directors; clinical associate professor, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA. The course will offer hands-on experience with the Aquilion ONE, including acquisition techniques, workflow, radiation and contrast reduction protocols. The course also will offer extensive hands-on workstation experience that will involve interpreting the studies.

The first neuroradiology course using dynamic volume CT technology will be taught by Dr. William W. Orrison, chief of Neuroradiology, Nevada Imaging Center; clinical professor, University of Nevada, School of Medicine and Dr. Eric H. Hanson, M.P.H., chief of Research and Education, AMIGenics. This hands-on course will focus on using the Aquilion ONE to diagnose neurological conditions.

Introduced in November 2007, dynamic volume CT scans an entire organ in a single pass and produces 4D 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, requiring 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 time.

About Toshiba’s Aquilion CT Product Line Recognition

The Aquilion® CT product line has received numerous accolades including earning the number one ranking in CT from MD Buyline since 2002 (six consecutive years). The Aquilion CT line has also been named Best in KLAS in 2006 and 2007; Best in KLAS in 2008 for 64-detector row and above; and Frost & Sullivan’s “Healthcare Innovation Award in Cardiovascular Imaging” in 2008. For more information about KLAS,

The Aquilion® ONE, the world’s first dynamic volume CT, utilizes 320 ultra-high resolution detector rows to image an entire organ in a single gantry rotation and shows dynamic function like blood flow. Since its introduction in November 2007, the Aquilion ONE has been named Popular Science magazine’s “Best of What’s New 2008 — Personal Health Category,” rt Image’s 2008 Most Valuable Product (MVP), Frost & Sullivan’s Global CT Systems Product Differentiation Innovation Award 2007 and’s “Minnies 2008 — Best New Radiology Device.”


CVCTA Education is a leader in the design and delivery of innovative medical educational programs. It has centers in San Francisco, Houston, Sydney and Las Vegas to deliver its courses to the medical community. In addition to the new NVCTA offering, CVCTA trains physicians in performing, post-processing and interpreting Cardiac CT angiograms, PV-CTA and cardiac MR. More information about CVCTA Education can be found at

About AMIGenics

AMIGenics (Advanced Medical Imaging and Genetics) provides personalized molecular medicine, and correlates diagnostic imaging findings for adults as well as directing clinical research services and medical educational courses in Las Vegas. More information about AMIGenics can be found at

About Nevada Imaging Centers

With five locations in Southern Nevada since 1998, Nevada Imaging Centers is a leading provider of cutting edge medical imaging services. Nevada Imaging Centers’ consistent application of advanced imaging technologies translates directly to high quality service for all its patients and referring physicians. For additional information,

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