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February 25, 2009


Millard Fillmore is the First U.S. Stroke Center to Offer Dynamic Volume CT to Reduce Diagnosis Time From Hours and Days to Mere Minutes

TUSTIN, California — February 25, 2009 — Every minute counts when diagnosing a stroke. Now, Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y. has installed a CT system that can dramatically reduce the time it takes to diagnose stroke symptoms. Toshiba’s Aquilion® ONE dynamic volume CT system is now operational at the hospital’s Kaleida Health Stroke Center. Developed by Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation, the Aquilion ONE dynamic volume CT is the only medical imaging system that can image the entire brain and show real-time brain function in less time than traditional multi-detector row CT systems.

“As the only CT system of its kind, the Aquilion ONE’s ability to reduce stroke diagnosis time from hours and days to minutes will dramatically improve the quality of life for our patients,” explained Donald Boyd, interim president, Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital. “We are committed to using the most advanced technology available and feel the Aquilion ONE will allow for faster, more accurate diagnosis of stroke, helping to ensure better patient outcomes and lower healthcare costs.”

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.

“According to the American Stroke Association (ASA), stroke is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. with a stroke occurring every 40 seconds,” said Doug Ryan, senior director, CT Business Unit, Toshiba. “In 2008, Americans are estimated to spend approximately $65.5 billion for stroke-related medical costs and disability. By using the Aquilion ONE to assist in the detection of stroke as early as possible, we hope to improve patient outcomes and help reduce healthcare costs.”

Millard Fillmore is home to a multi-disciplinary team trained in stroke care that comprises the hospital’s Kaleida Health Stroke Center. It is the first stroke center in the U.S. to offer dynamic volume CT. This primary stroke center has been awarded the Gold Seal of Approval™ and achieved Disease-Specific Care Certification for Acute Stroke from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). It is the only hospital in Western New York with this certification, which has been given to less than one percent of U.S. hospitals, and also is a Designated Stroke Center by the New York State Dept. of Health.

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.”

About Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital

Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital is a 189-bed acute care medical center located near Delaware Park in Buffalo, N.Y. and is a part of Kaleida Health, the largest, most comprehensive health care system in the region. A major affiliate of the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Millard Fillmore Gates Circle offers treatment in a wide spectrum of clinical inpatient departments and outpatient programs. Specialized programs include world class neurological and stroke care services, in-patient geriatric hospitalization services, outpatient geriatric care services, cardiac and orthopedic surgery, cardiac catheterization, lithotripsy and urology, gastroenterology, a long-term and sub acute short-term skilled nursing facility, cardiac rehabilitation and rehabilitation medicine. It is also home to the Hand Center of Western N.Y., the Diabetes-Endocrinology Center, and the only hyperbaric chamber in the region.

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