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March 25, 2013


Aquilion ONE and PROTECT to Help Lower Dose Across CT Exams

TUSTIN, Calif., March 25, 2013 – A longtime partner of Toshiba, McLeod Regional Medical Center installed the AquilionTM ONE from Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. to offer the most advanced CT technology to its patients and become a leader in lowering radiation dose.

McLeod is South Carolina’s first Aquilion ONE user and the first site to implement Toshiba’s PROTECT program. The Aquilion ONE is the eighth Toshiba CT system at McLeod Health and will act as the go-to scanner for emergency department patients, general radiology and cardiac exams.

“At McLeod, we are driven to improve patient care by lowering radiation dose while maintaining high image quality, and the combination of Toshiba’s Aquilion ONE CT system and the PROTECT program will help us achieve this mission,” said David Poston, director, Radiology and Imaging, McLeod Regional Medical Center. “These technologies change the way we treat patients. For example, we are now imaging all cardiac patients with the Aquilion ONE, due to its ability to capture the heart in one rotation and show dynamic function, all at a low dose.”

PROTECT is a three-year, comprehensive CT radiation dose management program combining Toshiba’s technology solutions with its renowned education and support. Through in-person collaboration, Toshiba experts will review the system’s hardware and software and consider implementation of additional dose reduction technologies.

“Toshiba developed PROTECT as a commitment to making CT imaging safer for all patients,” said Satrajit Misra, senior director, CT Business Unit, Toshiba. “By providing our partners with technology, education and training we can continue to lower radiation dose with outstanding image quality.”

About McLeod Health

Recognized nationally for its quality initiatives and methodology, McLeod Health has a leading regional presence in Northeastern South Carolina and Southeastern North Carolina and a reputation for dedication to its patients and their families. McLeod is constantly seeking to improve its patient care with efforts that are physician led, data-driven and evidence-based. The 15-county area McLeod serves has a population more than one million, including those who live in Southeastern North Carolina. In addition to its modern facilities, premier technology and equipment, McLeod is dedicated to improving the health of the residents of those communities served.

About Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.

With headquarters in Tustin, Calif., Toshiba America Medical Systems (TAMS) markets, sells, distributes and services radiology and cardiovascular systems, including CT, MR, ultrasound, X-ray and cardiovascular equipment, 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