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 News Release - November 3, 2008

PinnacleHealth Installs the Most Advanced Medical Imaging System Available - Toshiba's Aquilion ONE Dynamic Volume CT

Dynamic Volume CT's Faster, More Accurate Diagnosis Can Help Lower Healthcare Costs

TUSTIN, Calif.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--To help reduce diagnosis time for stroke, serious heart conditions and other life-threatening diseases, PinnacleHealth in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania will install the Aquilion® ONE dynamic volume CT system from Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. The Aquilion ONE, the world’s first dynamic volume CT system, can help doctors diagnose life-threatening conditions in mere minutes, rather than the hours or days previously required. The installation of the Aquilion ONE is part of a five-year agreement in which PinnacleHealth plans to source 85 percent of its new medical imaging systems from Toshiba’s leading product portfolio including CT, MR, Vascular X-ray, X-ray and Ultrasound.

“The strategic business agreement with Toshiba allows PinnacleHealth to provide the most advanced, life-saving technology available to our patients, such as the Aquilion ONE,” said Phil Guarneschelli, chief operating officer, PinnacleHealth. “As the world’s first dynamic volume CT system, the Aquilion ONE can image an entire organ and show function, which means faster, more accurate diagnosis, better patient outcomes and ultimately lower healthcare costs.”

PinnacleHealth will use the Aquilion ONE to treat stroke, orthopedic, vascular and cardiac patients.

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 produces a 4D clinical video showing up to 16 cm of anatomical coverage, enough to capture the entire brain or heart, and show its movement such as blood flow. The Aquilion ONE’s single, comprehensive exam can provide physicians with data to replace a variety of duplicative tests and invasive procedures.

“Toshiba designed the Aquilion ONE for today’s healthcare environment,” said Doug Ryan, senior director, CT Business Unit, Toshiba. “By replacing several tests with this single exam, the Aquilion ONE will allow physicians to treat at-risk patients immediately – saving resources and time for both healthcare facilities and patients.”

PinnacleHealth offers services ranging from prenatal to geriatrics throughout its multiple locations. In addition to the Aquilion ONE, PinnacleHealth also plans to install $14.5 million in Toshiba medical imaging equipment, including four additional CT systems, five MR systems, 11 Ultrasound systems and eight X-ray systems. As part of this exclusive business agreement, Toshiba will provide value added services to the hospital such as consulting engagements, productivity and efficiency solutions and marketing services.

About PinnacleHealth

PinnacleHealth is a non-profit healthcare system serving Central Pennsylvania. The healthcare network includes four campuses (Community, Cumberland, Harrisburg and Polyclinic), FamilyCare physician practices, home health and hospice services, FirstPlace urgent care center, outpatient surgery and imaging centers, inpatient and outpatient care and an array of other healthcare services. For a complete list of services, visit www.pinnaclehealth.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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