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May 10, 2011


Toshiba Announces FDA Clearance of Extra-Large Knee Array Coil

Tustin, Calif., May 10, 2011 – With obesity on the rise, today’s radiology departments are continually challenged to provide diagnostic imaging solutions to improve clinical accuracy for bariatric imaging without sacrificing patient care. As part of its commitment to develop patient-focused MR imaging technology to accommodate a range of patient types, including bariatrics, Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc., has announced FDA clearance for the extra-large knee Array coil for the Vantage TitanTM MR system. Toshiba is the first diagnostic imaging vendor to offer an extra-large knee coil with a 22 cm interior diameter for MR imaging.

Properly fitting coils are essential to precisely diagnose a patient’s condition, especially in bariatric imaging where coils are often too small to accommodate patients. The wide diameter of the extra-large knee Array coil can accommodate most bariatric patients, creating a more comfortable exam for the patient and better accuracy for the clinician. The extra-large knee Array coil can be used when imaging non-bariatric patients as well; its wide diameter is ideal for imaging a flexed or bent knee, which is useful when patients cannot straighten their leg due to injury or a medical condition.

“By listening to customer feedback about the changing needs of patients, we learned that it is important to design products that will provide quality images without sacrificing patient care,” said Stuart Clarkson, director, MR Business Unit, Toshiba. “The coil can accommodate imaging bariatric patients and general population patients, allowing healthcare providers to use one knee coil for a range of procedures.”

Toshiba’s extra-large knee Array coil can be used for most routine and advanced MR knee studies, including assessing cartilage, fractures or knee replacement. It is available to current and new Vantage Titan customers. Its performance specifications include:

• Transmit-receive six-channel Array coil design
• 22 cm interior diameter
• Designed to acquire high-SNR images
• Removable upper coil: an attachment to ease patient positioning
• SPEEDER parallel processing to support faster scanning techniques
• Robust off-center imaging capabilities

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