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December 2, 2010


New Lightweight DR Panel and Rotating Bucky Tray Demonstrate Toshiba’s Commitment to Improving Operational Efficiency

CHICAGO, Dec. 2, 2010 – Maximizing medical imaging resources and improving patient throughput is critical to success for healthcare facilities today. To improve workflow in X-ray imaging, Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. is showcasing the KalareTM DR system with a new lightweight DR panel and new rotating bucky tray at this year’s Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting in Chicago, Nov. 28 – Dec. 3, 2010 (Booth #3435, South Hall). The Kalare X-ray system provides advanced digital productivity and efficiency while increasing patient comfort with its extended table weight limit, tableside controls and radiation dose reduction technology.

The new lightweight DR panel detector for the Kalare DR is designed to enhance clinician productivity for work outside of the bucky. The eight pound, 14” x 17” DR panel can be easily positioned, accommodating numerous types of exams. This makes it ideal for imaging ambulatory, wheelchair and stretcher patients, since positioning variety dramatically increases room utilization and overall operational efficiency. Furthermore, a new rotating bucky tray has been developed for the system, allowing technologists to easily rotate the detector from portrait to landscape without having to take the detector out of the bucky tray. The light weight of the panel combined with the rotating bucky tray enables quicker and more efficient exams.

“The versatile Kalare DR with its all-digital imaging capability is optimized for the most demanding clinical environments,” said Doug Ryan, vice president, Marketing and Strategic Development, Toshiba. “The addition of the new lightweight detector panel and rotating bucky tray is improving the operational efficiency of the system for quicker and more accurate exams.”

Incorporating the latest innovative technology through a feature-rich one-system approach, the Kalare system combines a superior user interface and capability set with all-digital imaging for fluoroscopic and radiographic examinations. With its high-resolution, removable, lightweight flat panel detector, all digital images can be captured and displayed virtually instantaneously on digital workstations. The all-digital image acquisition completely eliminates costs associated with conventional film and the rapid-processing and instant access to images increases productivity by shortening exam times and reducing the need for retakes.

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