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June 12, 2013
Aplio 500 CV Used to Identify Leading Cause of Death in High School Athletes
TUSTIN, Calif., June 12, 2013 – Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is the leading cause of death in high school-aged athletes. To determine if SCD can be prevented with a heart screening, The Christ Hospital Health Network (Cincinnati, Ohio), The University of Mississippi Medical Center and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center partnered with USRowingand Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. to conduct The Athlete Heart Research Study. Initial participants included volunteer high school rowers with more than two years of continuous practice who competed in the USRowing Youth National Championships, June 7 – 9, 2013 in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
“SCD affects one to two out of every 100,000 young adults, and high school athletes participating in a vigorous sport have a two to three times-greater risk,” says primary investigator Santosh Menon, M.D., cardiologist, The Christ Hospital Health Network. “While current recommendations only include a physical exam, we hope to identify what changes are considered normal for athletic hearts, versus the true presence of heart abnormalities, which may be the cause of SCD.”
Toshiba’s AplioTM 500 CV was used to conduct heart tests on rowers using electrocardiogram (EKG) and echocardiogram (echo) screenings. With Toshiba’s 2D Wall Motion Tracking technology, the Aplio 500 CV provides stunning visualization and quantitative analysis of myocardial wall motion with unrivaled accuracy and reproducibility for earlier diagnosis.
“Toshiba is committed to partnering with leading institutions to assist in identifying disease before it is too late,” said Tomohiro Hasegawa, director, Ultrasound Business Unit, Toshiba. “SCD is a serious risk for high school athletes, and the Aplio 500 CV can help in researching the cause of this devastating condition.”
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 www.medical.toshiba.com.
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. Visit Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation’s web site at www.toshibamedicalsystems.com.
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 www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm.