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February 8, 2012


System Offers Advanced Visualization for Quick Diagnoses

TUSTIN, Calif., Feb. 8, 2012 – To enhance the diagnostic capabilities of ultrasound and improve patient care, Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Mich., has installed the first AplioTM 500 ultrasound system from Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. Aplio 500 offers advanced visualization capabilities, workflow automation tools, superior ergonomics and cutting-edge Fly Thru and Smart Fusion technologies, enabling clinicians to see what they have never seen before.

“As we searched to upgrade our ultrasound equipment, our main criteria were image quality, ergonomics and advanced imaging technologies,” said Clifton F. Ferguson, M.D., ultrasound section leader, Spectrum Health. “Toshiba’s Aplio 500 features advanced grayscale imaging, with additional controls to enable the clinician to manipulate and produce stunning images for quick and accurate diagnoses, which makes it easier to evaluate difficult and heavier patients.”

Spectrum Health will use the Aplio 500 to diagnose a variety of diseases and will take advantage of Fly Thru and Smart Fusion technologies, two advanced features unmatched in ultrasound:

Fly Thru: This industry-first technology uses 4D ultrasound to “fly through” interiors of ducts and vessels for better exploration of lesions and masses and to assist in planning interventional procedures. Fly Thru gives a new perspective of 4D imaging, looking from the inside out.

Smart Fusion: Smart Fusion syncs CT and ultrasound, helping to locate hard-to-find lesions and aiding in ultrasound-guided biopsies. Toshiba’s Smart Fusion is easy to use with an intuitive user set up.

Additional features delivering picture-perfect images on the Aplio 500 include: Tissue Standard Optimization (TSO), Precision Imaging, Differential Tissue Harmonics (DTH-I), Advanced Dynamic Flow (ADF) and ApliPure+. Toshiba’s iStyle™ Productivity Suite offers a full range of workflow automation tools combined with superior ergonomics including a 19-inch LCD with handle for easy repositioning, an adjustable console for convenient patient access, a lighter weight and a smaller footprint.

“Aplio 500 is another example of Toshiba’s continued commitment to developing advanced imaging capabilities that not only boost a hospital’s workflow and productivity, but improve patient care and safety,” said Tomohiro Hasegawa, director, Ultrasound Business Unit, Toshiba. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with Spectrum Health in order to provide innovative products that meet our customers’ need.”

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).