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November 4, 2009


Advanced Multi-detector CT System Offers Faster, More Comprehensive Exam to Improve Patient Care, Diagnostic Confidence and Workflow

TUSTIN, Calif., Nov. 4, 2009 – Today’s high-volume health care facilities require premium diagnostic imaging equipment that can image patients faster, with the best possible diagnostic accuracy. Huntington Hill Imaging Center has installed Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.’s Aquilion® Premium CT system, to enable them to meet the demands of their growing business. The Aquilion Premium features 160 detector rows to image up to 8 cm of anatomy in a single gantry rotation (as fast as 0.35 seconds). Huntington Hill, which is connected to the 636-bed Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, Calif., is the first imaging center in the United States offering this advanced CT technology.

“The Aquilion Premium’s advanced imaging capabilities provide the versatility and diagnostic accuracy to image the wide range of patient conditions seen at our high-volume center,” explained Dr. Christopher G. Hedley, medical director, Radiology, Huntington Hill Imaging Center and president, The Hill Medical Corporation. “The system’s fast, comprehensive exam has improved patient comfort and safety by allowing us to complete exams in mere minutes with reduced radiation. Not only has the Aquilion Premium enhanced the patient exam experience, but also it has improved staff workflow by performing exams quickly and efficiently.”

Huntington Memorial Hospital, which uses Toshiba’s Aquilion ONE to support its new emergency department, sends many of its non-emergency radiology patients to Huntington Hill for advanced imaging, including cardiac CTA, neuro perfusion and other radiology applications, using the Aquilion Premium. On average, Huntington Hill completes 1,000 CT exams monthly, many of which are performed using the Aquilion Premium.

The Aquilion Premium was designed to not only improve clinical accuracy, but also to make procedures safer and more efficient while increasing patient comfort and operator convenience. It features a 660 lb. patient weight couch to accommodate larger patients; front and (optional) rear table footswitches to facilitate workflow; and a single push button enabling the gantry and couch to return to the home position automatically. It also comes standard with the 72 kW generator and advanced features like iStation display and 8 cm dynamic scanning capability.

“With Huntington Memorial using the Aquilion ONE and Huntington Hill using the Aquilion Premium, the hospital system now has two of the industry’s premier systems,” said Doug Ryan, senior director, CT Business Unit, Toshiba. “The Aquilion Premium not only meets Huntington Hill’s current needs, but is field upgradeable to the Aquilion ONE should their imaging needs change. This gives the medical community access to advanced technology today, while allowing physicians and administrators to plan for their future needs.”

About Toshiba’s Aquilion CT Product Line Recognition

The Aquilion® CT product line has received numerous accolades including the number one ranking in CT from MD Buyline since 2002 (seven consecutive years). The Aquilion CT line has also been named Best in KLAS in the Top 20 Best in KLAS Awards reports for 2006 and 2007 for CT; Best in KLAS in the Top 20 Best in KLAS Awards reports for 2008 and 2009 for 64-detector row and above; and Frost & Sullivan’s “Healthcare Innovation Award in Cardiovascular Imaging” in 2008. (For more information about KLAS, visit Most recently, Toshiba’s service for the Aquilion line was ranked number one in 21 out of 34 ServiceTrak Imaging’s 2008 report on CT system service.

About Huntington Hill Imaging Center

At the Huntington-Hill Imaging Center, our mission is to provide you with services to optimize your health and wellness. The Huntington-Hill Imaging Center is a part of the Hill Medical Corporation, a respected team of caring radiologists, technicians and clerical staff devoted to providing the finest outpatient diagnostic imaging services in the Southern California area.

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