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September 20, 2010
TUSTIN, Calif., Sept. 20, 2010 – Today’s hospitals are under pressure to enhance patient care and streamline workflow while containing costs. To achieve this goal, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial acquired four XarioTM XG ultrasound systems from Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc., to create imaging consistency across various departments. Consistently high-quality diagnostic images enable the hospital to diagnose patients faster, which results in more efficient treatment for patients and enhanced operational efficiencies for the staff.
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial uses two Xario XG ultrasound systems in its main hospital and two in its outpatient imaging center. Xario’s portability and advanced imaging capabilities make it easy to move and use within various departments throughout the 140-bed hospital. The four Xario systems are used for a range of diagnostic imaging needs, including imaging patients at bedside, assisting with ultrasound-guided biopsies and fluid draining, breast imaging, 4D imaging for OB/GYN exams and general radiology.
“The Xario ultrasound system offers the advanced capabilities of a high-end machine in a smaller, more portable system offering better value and usability for a large hospital like ours,” explained Dr. Paul Goldberg, medical director, Department of Radiology, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial. “The Xario’s Precision Imaging technology provides greater definition of structures and reduces noise, making it a tool we use in almost every case, especially with bariatric patients. In addition, Xario’s 4D imaging is extremely helpful for our OB/GYN department as most patients ask for 4D ultrasound capabilities these days.”
Precision Imaging, a multi-resolution signal processing technology, is playing a significant role in the diagnosis and treatment of Florida Hospital Fish Memorial patients, especially bariatric patients. Precision Imaging technology increases productivity and diagnostic confidence by providing more detailed ultrasound images. It not only evaluates images line-by-line, but also includes information from adjacent lines to enhance the amount of information obtained. Traditional ultrasound systems acquire images line-by-line only and do not consider information from adjacent lines. A Toshiba-exclusive software, Precision Imaging’s ability to capture information from multiple lines improves the definition of the structure, provides more detail, and minimizes noise and clutter, enabling clinicians to determine if the signal is part of a structure or an anomaly from one line.
Precision Imaging is also beneficial for head-to-toe scanning. It improves the ability to show subtle tissue differences and image small structures better than conventional imaging. It clearly shows contrast boundaries between tissue and lesions, visualizes vessel walls, and enhances true color borders in difficult-to-image areas. It is useful for imaging breast, small parts, the abdomen and vascular.
“Toshiba is committed to developing imaging technology that not only improves patient care and safety, but also enhances workflow and productivity,” said Tomohiro Hasegawa, director, Ultrasound Business Unit, Toshiba. “Toshiba’s Xario meets these needs by providing advanced features in a more portable system offering exceptional value to hospitals like Florida Hospital Fish Memorial.”
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial is a 139 bed full-service hospital providing inpatient and outpatient services as well as 24-hour emergency and critical care and is a member of Adventist Health System, the largest Protestant not-for-profit hospital system in the nation. The hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Florida Hospital Fish Memorial is Chest Pain Accredited the Society of Chest Pain Centers. The hospital has been recognized by FMQAI – The Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Florida with the FMQAI Performance Achievement Award. This honor recognizes Florida Hospital Fish Memorial on work to improve the quality of health care for Medicare beneficiaries during the last three years. The hospital has also been recognized for the sixth consecutive year among the 2009 Orlando Sentinel’s Top 100 Companies for Working Families. For more information about Florida Hospital Fish Memorial visit www.fhfishmemorial.org.
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 742 companies with more than 203,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing $67 billion. For more information, visit Toshiba’s website at www.medical.toshiba.com.