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 News Release - April 10, 2006

Toshiba America Medical Systems Becomes American College of Cardiology Foundation 'Imaging Champion'

Toshiba Supports ACCF to Provide Cardiac CT Education Initiatives

TUSTIN, Calif.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--April 10, 2006--Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc. (TAMS) today announced its support of six educational programs in 2006 from the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF), achieving the elite status of Imaging ChAmpion. As an Imaging ChAmpion, Toshiba's educational grant supports ACCF in providing innovative and relevant education to all cardiovascular professionals.

The first of the six educational programs in 2006 offers 23.5 American Medical Association (AMA) PRA Category 1 Credits(TM) and is designed to emphasize the practical aspects of SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography). SPECT allows physicians to simultaneously evaluate left ventricular function and motion of the heart wall when used in combination with a type of imaging that involves injecting a small amount of radioactive material, which circulates in the bloodstream.

For the first time, program curriculum incorporates the growing field of cardiac CT, including interpretation of complex coronary angiography studies and coronary calcium scoring. Titled "Recent Advances in Clinical Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT," this program allows attendees to refine interpretive skills in nuclear cardiology and develop capabilities in cardiac CT. It is scheduled for May 4-6, 2006 at the Renaissance Washington D.C. Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The workshop includes image review of complex cases alongside leading cardiologists: Daniel S. Berman, M.D., Guido Germano, Ph.D., and Jamshid Maddahi, M.D. ACCF expects more than 225 cardiologists, radiologists and nuclear medicine specialists to attend. For additional information on all courses, please visit www.acc.org.

According to Robb Young, senior manager, Cardiology CT for TAMS, the addition of cardiac CT to this course illustrates the demand by cardiologists for this type of education and emphasizes ACCF's commitment to the delivery of needs-based education and quality cardiovascular care. "We are glad to show our support for this well-established program and look forward to supporting other programs in the future."

Physicians interested in more information about the CME (continuing medical education) program may contact the ACCF at 800-253-4636, ext. 8603, or visit www.acc.org. For more information about Toshiba and its wide range of cardiac imaging technologies, please visit www.medical.toshiba.com.

About Toshiba America Medical Systems

With headquarters in Tustin, Toshiba America Medical Systems markets, sells, distributes and services diagnostic imaging systems, and coordinates clinical diagnostic imaging research for all modalities in the United States. Toshiba Medical Systems Corp., an independent group company of Toshiba Corp., is a global leading provider of diagnostic medical imaging systems and comprehensive medical solutions, such as CT, X-ray, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, MRI and information systems. Toshiba Corp. is a leader in information and communications systems, electronic components, consumer products, and power systems. Toshiba has approximately 161,000 employees worldwide and annual sales of $53 billion.

About American College of Cardiology Foundation

The American College of Cardiology Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advocacy of quality cardiovascular care through education, research promotion, development and the application of standards and guidelines. The Foundation, which also aims to influence health care policy, is aligned with the mission and goals of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), a 33,000-member nonprofit medical society that provides professional education and operates national registries for the measurement and improvement of quality care.


Source: Toshiba America Medical Systems

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