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December 1, 2009


Performance Plus Provides Additional Educational Opportunities to Maximize Technology

CHICAGO, Dec. 1, 2009 – In today’s fast-paced health care environment, it is critical that hospitals keep their staff updated on using the latest imaging technology available. Currently, most facilities receive the majority of their diagnostic imaging equipment training when a new system is delivered. Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. recognizes the importance of maintaining that training edge and now is providing customers with an option – Performance Plus.

Performance Plus is a first-of-a-kind education plan that allows customers to purchase education “points” for use over several years with Toshiba. Throughout the product’s life, customers with Performance Plus can use the points to visit Toshiba’s Education Center in Irvine, Calif., attend an online course or have a Toshiba representative visit their facility to conduct in-person training.

The Performance Plus plan is particularly beneficial for customers as hospital staff changes, imaging technology is updated and new software is added. Currently, since most training is provided only during the equipment purchase, new staff may not be trained on the diagnostic imaging equipment or existing staff may not be up-to-date on new imaging protocols. By choosing the Performance Plus option, customers now have the ability to stay on the forefront of medical imaging by empowering them to utilize their existing equipment to its fullest potential.

“Toshiba is committed to helping customers optimize their existing imaging equipment,” said Sharon Yoon, director, Education and Sales Support, Toshiba. “Since technological advances in medical imaging often outpace a facility’s capital resources, the new Performance Plus plan provides additional educational opportunities after the initial equipment purchase. This helps to keep health care staff abreast of the latest protocols, ultimately empowering them to utilize their equipment’s technology to its fullest potential.”

Toshiba’s Performance Plus plan is currently available on all Toshiba Aquilion® purchases. Toshiba will feature its Aquilion CT line at this year’s Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting, held in Chicago, Nov. 29 – Dec. 4 (Booth #5629, South Hall).

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 in ServiceTrak Imaging’s 2008 report on CT system service.

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 corporation is a worldwide leader and in technology, electronic and electrical products, digital consumer products, electronic devices and components, power systems, industrial and social infrastructure systems and home appliances. Toshiba was founded in 1875 and today operates a global network of more than 740 companies with 199,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing $73 billion. For more information, visit Toshiba’s web site at