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March 14, 2010
ATLANTA, March 14, 2010 – In interventional procedures, it is critical that the imaging system provide outstanding image quality, as well as positioning flexibility for clinicians to access ancillary equipment and the patient quickly and easily. Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.’s InfinixTM-i cardiovascular X-ray systems, featuring the unique C-arm positioner, are specifically designed to excel in this setting. Highlighting this ability, Toshiba’s Infinix-i systems will be utilized during several live cases at this year’s American College of Cardiology (ACC) annual meeting and i2 Summit in Atlanta, March 14 – 16, 2010. The live cases will be performed by leading physicians at Miami Children’s Hospital and Memorial Hermann Heart and Vascular Institute – Texas Medical Center.
Dr. Richard Smalling, a leading interventional cardiologist at the Institute and professor in the Division of Cardiology at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, will lead two Endovascular cases performed simultaneously, both AAA stents from a peripheral access. Toshiba’s Infinix VF-i/BP and Infinix VF-i/SP will be utilized during the procedures.
Dr. Evan Zahn, chief of cardiology at Miami Children’s Hospital, will conduct two live cases with Toshiba’s Infinix CF-i/BP and new CAT-880B hybrid catherization table. The cases, entitled Congenital Cardiology Solutions Spotlight, Live Cases I and II, will showcase the system’s ability to meet the needs of physicians during hybrid intervention. Combining the new table, which offers head-to-toe tilting and side-to-side cradling, with the unparalleled patient access and coverage achieved by Toshiba’s Infinix-i five-axis X-ray systems creates a best-in-class hybrid lab unmatched in the industry today.
“These live cases at ACC and the i2 Summit with the industry’s leading physicians demonstrate the exceptional collaborative environment created by the Infinix-i C-arm positioning,” explained Robert Micer, director, X-ray Vascular Business Unit, Toshiba. “The features of the systems allow a team of physicians and staff to gain unparalleled access to the patient and facilitate the use of multiple ancillary devices. The unique Infinix-i attributes enable more complex procedures, like these hybrid cardiac therapies being demonstrated.”
Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Miami Children’s Hospital® is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with more than 650 attending physicians and over 130 pediatric sub-specialists. The 289-bed hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with several specialty programs ranked among the best in the nation in 2008 and 2009 by U.S.News & World Report. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor.
The Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute, established in March 2008, was the first freestanding heart and vascular hospital in the Texas Medical Center. The patient services and amenities available at the Institute, coupled with the facility’s unique design, make it the most modern hospital of its kind in Texas. The 230,000 square-foot facility houses 147 patient beds, including a 20-bed shortstay unit, CVICU cardiology care unit and six cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology labs, as well as access to 11 VIP suites with hotel services and library area. Affiliated with The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, the Institute features a continuum of heart and vascular care including a chest pain center, cardiology, cardiothoracic and vascular surgery and cardiac rehabilitation. Our patients have access to heart specialists with extensive training and experience in the complete range of cardiac treatments, from interventional cardiology to electrophysiology and complex robotic-assisted procedures.
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 worldwide leader 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 www.medical.toshiba.com.