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 News Release - October 2, 2008

Shands at the University of Florida Medical Center Installs the Toshiba Aquilion ONE Dynamic Volume CT

Perfusion Capabilities of Dynamic Volume CT to Dramatically Improve Patient Care

TUSTIN, Calif.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--In a single gantry rotation Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.’s Aquilion® ONE dynamic volume CT system may change the way hospitals and physicians treat and diagnose patients with cardiovascular and neurological disease. As a testament to the industry leading technology of dynamic volume CT, Shands at the University of Florida medical center, a Level 1 trauma center in Florida and one of the Southeast’s premier health systems, has installed the Toshiba Aquilion ONE.

“As the only dynamic volume CT system in the world, the Aquilion ONE’s ability to perform single beat heart studies and capture organ perfusion is a unique capability found in no other system,” explained Anthony Mancuso, M.D., professor and chairman of Department of Radiology, UF College of Medicine.

Toshiba’s Aquilion ONE dynamic volume CT system utilizes 320 ultra-high resolution detector rows (0.5 mm in width) to image an entire organ in a single gantry rotation. The result is unparalleled in diagnostic imaging today and shows up to 16 cm of anatomical coverage, enough to capture the entire brain or heart. The Aquilion ONE also shows dynamic function, such as a 4D clinical video with sequential sampling showing the wash in and wash out of blood flow and organ perfusion.

“The Aquilion ONE’s perfusion applications for the heart and brain are a significant technological breakthrough,” added Dr. Mancuso. “We will use the Aquilion ONE initially in our formal protocols for evaluation of patients presenting with possible cardiac or cerebral infarction mainly coming from the emergency room. The system’s uniquely comprehensive exam may significantly reduce time to diagnosis and helps clinicians treat disease at its earliest stages.”

In addition, the Aquilion ONE’s single exam may provide physicians with data to replace a variety of duplicative tests and invasive procedures.

“The installation of the Aquilion ONE at a high volume facility such as Shands at UF demonstrates the power and versatility of the system,” said Doug Ryan, senior director, CT Business Unit, Toshiba. “In today’s healthcare environment, the Aquilion ONE’s ability to replace multiple tests with a single exam may save hospitals important resources and deliver the best possible patient care.”

Shands at UF will use the Aquilion ONE in an intense high volume interdisciplinary setting and it will accompany the facilities’ other Aquilion systems. The Aquilion ONE will be the primary machine for cardiac studies requiring perfusion and will be used to evaluate stroke alert patients. The hospital’s radiology, cardiology, neurology, pediatric and emergency medical systems groups will also use the Aquilion ONE for a variety of applications.

About Shands HealthCare

Shands HealthCare is a private and not-for-profit organization affiliated with the University of Florida. It is comprised of eight hospitals, including two academic medical centers: Shands at UF in Gainesville and Shands Jacksonville. Shands is affiliated with more than 80 UF outpatient practices located throughout North Central and Northeast Florida. Approximately 1,500 affiliated UF faculty and community physicians on Shands’ medical staff offer comprehensive care in more than 100 specialty and sub-specialty medical areas. Areas of expertise include cancer, cardiovascular, neurosurgery and transplantation services. For more information, visit www.shands.org.

About Toshiba

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, MRI and information systems. Toshiba Corp. is a leader in information and communications systems, electronic components, consumer products, and power systems. Toshiba has approximately 191,000 employees worldwide and annual sales of $67 billion. For more information, visit www.medical.toshiba.com.


Source: Toshiba America Medical Systems

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