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November 30, 2010


160-Detector Row Helical Scanning Helps Improve Workflow and Patient Outcomes Through Rapid, Accurate Routine Body Imaging

CHICAGO, Nov. 30, 2010 – One of the most common applications of CT exams is routine body imaging of the chest, abdomen and pelvis. During these exams, healthcare facilities look to provide cutting-edge exams for diagnosis, while improving departmental workflow and maintaining patient safety. To improve body CT imaging, Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. introduces 160-detector row helical scanning, which is the helical scan mode with the largest number of detector rows available at this year’s Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting, held in Chicago, Nov. 28 – Dec. 3, 2010 (Booth #3435, South Hall).

Available on the Aquilion® ONE and Aquilion® Premium system editions, Toshiba’s ultra helical scanning can image the entire chest, abdomen and pelvis in less than five seconds, which is 2.5 times faster than 64-detector row imaging. This ultra helical scanning mode produces significantly less motion artifact and provides clinicians with high-quality images for accurate diagnosis, allowing them to quickly obtain the information needed.

Since ultra helical scanning can capture a routine body scan in less than five seconds, it can improve workflow for facilities by allowing them to complete exams more quickly and accurately. Additionally, it is ideal for patients who have difficulty staying still during exams, such as trauma patients.

“The introduction of ultra helical scanning continues Toshiba’s tradition of developing CT technology to meet the needs of healthcare facilities today,” said Joseph Cooper, director, CT Business Unit, Toshiba. “The ability of Toshiba’s ultra helical scanning to image the entire chest, abdomen and pelvis in less than five seconds is unmatched in the industry and has the potential to improve the ability for clinicians to rapidly obtain highly accurate images.”

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 (eight consecutive years). The Aquilion 64 line has also been named Best in KLAS in 2006 and 2007 in CT; Best in KLAS in 2008, 2009 and 2010 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 was ranked number one in 26 out of 40 attributes in the IMV, Ltd. ServiceTrakTM Imaging 2010 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 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 204,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing $68 billion. For more information, visit Toshiba’s website at