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April 4, 2016

The Spine Hospital of Louisiana Expands Spinal Imaging Capabilities

First Hospital in the Nation to Choose Toshiba’s State-of-the-Art X-ray System

Baton Rouge, La – March 31, 2016 –  The Spine Hospital of Louisiana at The NeuroMedical Center is the first hospital in the nation to expand its clinical capabilities with the installation of the UltimaxTM-i FPD multipurpose system from Toshiba America Medical Systems.  A state-of-the-art X-ray system capable of providing a wide range of angiographic services, the Ultimax-iFPD has already proven itself to be a valuable tool in The Spine Hospital’s imaging arsenal when it comes to enhancing patient comfort, increasing patient safety and improving physician efficiency for a wide range of specialized spinal procedures including myelograms, lumbar punctures (spinal taps) and numerous pain management procedures.

Toshiba’s Ultimax-i FPD system greatly improves patient comfort for a wide range of spinal procedures, increases patient safety by limiting areas of anatomy receiving radiation exposure and can help enhance physicians’ efficiency by rendering detailed digital images of the spine.  The Ultimax-I FPD can accommodate up to 500 lb with the tabletop horizontal., enabling patients to rest comfortably during exams, and offers more room for patients with wider shoulders. The high-capacity table can be lowered to just inches above the floor, making it easier for patients to maneuver.

A tilting C-arm provides flexibility and image quality, while limiting areas of anatomy receiving unnecessary repeated radiation exposure. Toshiba’s Ultimax i-FPD allows for maximum flexibility and efficiency, making exams more comfortable and accommodating for both staff and patients.

“The Ultimax is improving our patients’ safety by limiting radiation dose to the lowest possible amounts for the clinical application,” said Dr. R. Stephen Williams, board-certified neuroradiologist at The Spine Hospital of Louisiana. “This technology reduces radiation without compromising image quality, and that’s huge.”

“It’s an honor to be part of a hospital and a medical team that remains committed to acquiring the most advanced imaging technology to improve our clinical capabilities and provide an optimal level of patient care,” said board-certified neuroradiologist, Dr. Richard W. Foster. “The addition of the Ultimax i-FPD is a win for us and a win for the great communities we serve.”

The nation’s first Toshiba Ultimax-i FPD multipurpose system was first installed at The Spine Hospital of Louisiana in January of 2016. The system is designed to efficiently use the space providers have to improve patient access and enable clinicians to diagnose and treat their patients, without the need for major renovation.

“Toshiba understands providers like The Spine Hospital of Louisiana. The Ultimax-i FPD has allowed them to improve their standards of care with fewer resources,” said Bill Newsom, director, X-ray Vascular Business Unit, Toshiba. “By putting customers first, Toshiba has designed the Ultimax-i FPD to provide hospitals with the right technology for patient care and this new landscape.”

About The Spine Hospital of Louisiana at The NeuroMedical Center

The Spine Hospital of Louisiana is a five-star, physician-owned, 23 inpatient bed hospital located within The NeuroMedical Center Campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana offering patients the full spectrum of specialized care for the brain, spine and nervous system.

About Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.

With headquarters in Tustin, Calif., Toshiba America Medical Systems 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 Toshiba’s website at