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September 23, 2015

Gates Vascular Institute Uses Toshiba Systems to Provide Lifesaving Treatment to Stroke Patient

Infinix Cardiovascular X-ray and Aquilion ONE CT Help Facilitate Successful Angioplasty of Intracranial Stenosis

TUSTIN, Calif., Sept. 23, 2015 – Ronald Cooper of Sydney, Australia, suffered two small strokes and found his basilar artery 90 to 95 percent blocked. His local doctors placed him on medication that offered him little hope for improvement. After his daughter exhaustively searched alternatives, she came across the Gates Vascular Institute (GVI) in Buffalo, New York, and its leadership in conducting successful submaximal angioplasty, a vascular procedure that provides an alternative to stenting and medical therapy.

Mr. Cooper traveled to Buffalo and underwent a successful procedure that saw him return to Australia with his blockage cleared. In the planning and execution of the angioplasty, GVI used Toshiba’s AquilionTM ONE CT’s perfusion capabilities to confirm a severe narrowing of Mr. Cooper’s intracranial basilar artery. The team then utilized the Infinix™ Elite cardiovascular X-ray system’s superior visualization to carry out the angioplasty to expand the artery and immediately improve blood flow. The decision to use this over the commonly used medical therapy saved his life and prevented a potentially devastating stroke.

“While many physicians don’t consider interventional solutions for this condition, our facility has a strong track record of effectively using submaximal angioplasty to treat intracranial stenosis,” said Adnan Siddiqui, M.D., Ph.D., director of neurosurgical stroke service, Buffalo General Medical Center and Gates Vascular Institute, and professor of neurosurgery and radiology at the University of Buffalo. “The Toshiba systems allowed us to properly assess the situation and effectively use this technique in a manner that allowed the patient to be discharged the next day and be on his way home to Sydney in ten days’ time.”

“The safety and experience of patients treated with our systems is the major influence in our system designs,” said Satrajit Misra, vice president, Marketing, Toshiba. “The use of multiple Toshiba systems across the CT and X-ray/vascular modalities for this procedure highlights that as these therapies evolve, physicians trust our systems to give them the tools they need for success.”

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