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May 18, 2009


New Detector Improves Visualization; Images on Display at ASNR

TUSTIN, California — May 18, 2009 — To increase workflow and optimize patient access during diagnostic and interventional neuro-vascular procedures, Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. is showcasing benefits of its new biplane 12″ x 12″ flat panel detector system at the American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR) annual meeting in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, May 16-21, 2009 (Booth Number 225). The mid-size, high-resolution 12″ x 12″ panels are available on the Infinix™ VF-i/BP. Ideally sized for neuro procedures, the 12″ x 12″ panel provides optimal anatomical coverage and displays small vessel detail, while increasing patient access through its low-profile housing and positioning flexibility.

“Our new 12″ x 12″ flat panel detector improves imaging capabilities and patient outcomes by improving workflow and patient access,” said Robert Micer, director, X-ray Vascular Business Unit, Toshiba. “The addition of this panel to our system offerings exemplifies Toshiba’s dedication to offering top-tier imaging capabilities without sacrificing patient safety or outcomes.”

In many neurological procedures, multiple physicians must access the patient simultaneously, which can be difficult when using equipment with limited positioning flexibility. The low-profile housing of the new 12″ x 12″ panel with the Infinix VF-i/BP optimizes positioning flexibility, allowing the Infinix’s C-arm to be positioned for image acquisition while increasing patient access and improving workflow. This feature is especially beneficial in procedures where an anesthesiologist needs to access the patient during the exam.

Additionally, using this mid-size detector panel, physicians can capture images of large anatomical regions, such as the brain, without sacrificing small vessel detail. The flat panel detector also provides optimal coverage while still allowing for steep, compound biplane projections. Other sizes of flat panel detectors can be difficult to position, which compromises image quality, or can be too small to image large anatomical regions, like the brain.

Developed based on the popular Infinix-i series platform, the Infinix VF-i/BP is a floor-mounted frontal/ceiling-mounted lateral biplane system featuring multi-axis positioners with unique movement capabilities. These features allow physicians to complete procedures quickly and comfortably, reducing procedure times and improving overall departmental workflow.

In January 2009, Toshiba received the 2008 Frost and Sullivan Award for Healthcare Innovation, which recognized the five-axis cardiovascular X-ray system. Also, in 2007, the Infinix received Frost & Sullivan’s Product Innovation award. The 12″ x 12″ detector has been available on the Infinix VF-i/SP single plane system for several months.

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