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November 1, 2011


Vantage Titan Improves Bariatric Imaging, Reduces Claustrophobia at Geisinger Health System

TUSTIN, Calif., Nov. 1, 2011 – Demonstrating the ability of Toshiba’s VantageTM Titan MR system to help healthcare providers improve patient care and workflow in MR, Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc., has installed the 1,100th Vantage MR system at Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pa. The facility is using Toshiba’s Vantage Titan 1.5T MR to image bariatric patients and improve overall patient compliance for MR imaging.

“The MRI unit’s large, open bore was designed to accommodate both larger and claustrophobic patients. This enhancement will allow our team to deliver improved services to this patient population,” said Brenda Payne, team leader, MRI, Geisinger Medical Center. “For the approximately 80 exams we perform each week, we can provide our patients with the added benefit of comfort to meet their needs while continuing to provide the reliable results Geisinger patients have come to expect.”

The Vantage Titan 1.5T MR has a 71-cm open bore to provide a greater feeling of openness and more easily accommodate larger patients. It allows for feet-first imaging for most exams, letting patients keep their heads outside of the bore during exams to help reduce claustrophobia. Toshiba’s PianissimoTM noise-reduction technology reduces exam noise levels by up to 30 decibels, addressing one of the major compliance issues in MR.

“Working with Geisinger to reach this milestone demonstrates Toshiba’s commitment to developing patient-friendly solutions for a broad range of patients, while still maintaining the diagnostic accuracy clinicians require,” said Stuart Clarkson, director, MR Business Unit, Toshiba.

About Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.

With headquarters in Tustin, Calif., Toshiba America Medical Systems (TAMS) markets, sells, distributes and services diagnostic imaging systems, and coordinates clinical diagnostic imaging research for all modalities in the United States. For more information, visit the TAMS website at

About Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation

Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation is a leading worldwide provider of medical diagnostic imaging systems and comprehensive medical solutions, such as CT, X-ray and vascular, ultrasound, nuclear medicine and MRI systems, as well as information systems for medical institutions. Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation has been providing medical products for over 80 years. Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba.

About Toshiba

Toshiba is a diversified manufacturer and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products, spanning digital products, such as LCD TVs, notebook PCs and hard disc drives; electronic devices and components, such as semiconductors; social infrastructure systems, including power generation systems; and home appliances. Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 490 companies, with 203,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing 6.3 trillion yen (US$77 billion).

About Geisinger Health System

Geisinger is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record, and the development and implementation of innovative care models including ProvenHealth Navigator, an advanced medical home model, and ProvenCare program. The system serves more than 2.6 million residents throughout 42 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. For more information, visit Follow the latest Geisinger news and more at and