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September 11, 2012


Toshiba Installs 1,400th Vantage MR System Worldwide

TUSTIN, Calif., Sept. 11, 2012 Providing patient-friendly 3T MR imaging with outstanding image quality, Kaleida Health’s Gates Vascular Institute (GVI) in Buffalo, N.Y., installed the Vantage TitanTM 3T MR system from Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc., the 1,400th Vantage MR installation worldwide.

“Two important aspects of any imaging exam are patient comfort and image quality,” said Dr. L. Nelson Hopkins III, chief of service, Neurosurgery, Kaleida Health; professor and chairman, Neurosurgery, University at Buffalo; and chair, GVI Physician Board. “The large bore and Pianissimo noise-reduction technology on Toshiba’s Titan 3T help improve patient compliance, enabling clear, artifact-free images for more accurate patient diagnoses during all general and vascular imaging exams.”

Titan 3T has a 71 cm open bore and allows feet-first imaging for most exams to help reduce claustrophobia. It is the quietest 3T MR system available, as Toshiba’s exclusive Pianissimo™ technology reduces exam noise by up to 33 dB(A). GVI is also utilizing Toshiba’s proprietary non-contrast imaging for some vascular exams, eliminating the use of potentially harmful contrast agents.

“The main concerns with 3T imaging are patient compliance and diagnostic confidence during body imaging,” said Stuart Clarkson, director, MR Business Unit, Toshiba. “Titan 3T addresses these concerns by providing integrated diagnostic solutions, enabling GVI to address its clinical needs with patient-friendly exams and exceptional image quality.”

Toshiba has a long-standing strategic partnership with Kaleida Health, including 14 Infinix™-i vascular X-ray systems and an AquilionTM ONE dynamic volume CT system.

About Gates Vascular Institute

Opened in March 2012, Gates Vascular Institute (GVI) is dedicated to the surgical and interventional management of cardiac, vascular and neurological conditions, and features a 16-bed, highly specialized intensive care unit and a 62-bed short-stay suite. The combined buildings of the Gates Vascular Institute and Buffalo General Medical Center house a brand new emergency department, a new helipad, 610 beds and 28 operating rooms.

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 world-leading diversified manufacturer, solutions provider and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products and systems. Toshiba Group brings innovation and imagination to a wide range of businesses: digital products, including LCD TVs, notebook PCs, retail solutions and MFPs; electronic devices, including semiconductors, storage products and materials; industrial and social infrastructure systems, including power generation systems, smart community solutions, medical systems and escalators & elevators; and home appliances.

Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 550 consolidated companies, with 202,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing 6.1 trillion yen (US$74 billion). Visit Toshiba’s website at