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 News Release - October 30, 2006

Toshiba Receives FDA Approval for Injector Synchronization Option

Improves Efficiency and Patient Care

TUSTIN, Calif.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. announced today it received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for a new CAN Level 1 injector synchronization option for its Aquilion(TM) 64- and 32-slice Computed Tomography (CT) systems. The new option facilitates contrast enhanced CT exams by interfacing the CT scanner to a contrast injection system - giving clinicians the option to activate the contrast and the scanner without leaving the patient's side.

According to Doug Ryan, senior director, CT Business Unit, Toshiba, the new injector protocol gives clinicians the flexibility they need to deliver better patient care while improving productivity. "Patient comfort and efficiency are primary concerns for clinicians, particularly when it comes to diagnostic imaging procedures that can be stressful for patients," said Ryan. "This new option lets clinicians stay close to the patient while starting the system, limits the number of times a technologist has to leave the room and reduces the time required for each scan."

The new injector protocol will be available on all Aquilion CT systems equipped with Toshiba's Version 3.0 software and is field upgradeable. Version 3.0 software supports synchronization of the injector and CT system using the Level 1 scan protocol option.

About Toshiba America Medical Systems

With headquarters in Tustin, Calif., 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, Cath & EP Labs, 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 $54 billion.

Aquilion(TM) is a trademark of Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation.

Source: Toshiba America Medical Systems

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