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 News Release - November 11, 2014

St. Mary’s Health Care System Expands Cardiac Imaging with Toshiba MR

Vantage Titan 1.5T MR Delivers More Efficient Cardiac Exams

TUSTIN, Calif.--(Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network)--To build leadership in the region for cardiac care, St. Mary’s Health Care System installed two Vantage Titan™ 1.5T MR systems from Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. St. Mary’s utilizes the systems to enhance its cardiac imaging program and for advanced imaging studies that include myocardial perfusion and stress MR.

“Toshiba’s Titan 1.5T MR systems have allowed us to push the needle forward by improving our cardiac services so that nearby cardiology groups can feel confident in referring their patients to St. Mary’s,” said Jeff Brown, R.T., director, Radiology and Cardiovascular Services, St. Mary’s Health Care System.

“In order to build a state-of-the-art cardiac imaging program, cardiac MRI capability is crucial, and Toshiba’s Titan 1.5T MR systems exceeded our expectations with image quality,” said Dr. Erick Avelar, medical director of cardiac MRI and CT, Oconee Heart & Vascular Center, St. Mary’s Health Care System, who started the cardiac MRI program in Athens, Ga. “Additionally, no matter the clinician skill level, exam times and operator errors have reduced significantly with Toshiba’s CardioLine.”

As the official healthcare provider for the University of Georgia Athletic Association, St. Mary’s also uses the Titan 1.5T MR systems for musculoskeletal and body imaging of injured athletes.

The Titan 1.5T offers patient-friendly features, including a 71 cm bore and feet-first exams to reduce claustrophobia. Toshiba’s exclusive Pianissimo™ noise-reduction technology, advanced non-contrast imaging, integrated coils and intuitive M-Power user interface make the system easier to use for the clinician and more comfortable for the patient. A Toshiba exclusive, CardioLine is a fully automated cardiac positioning alignment tool that automatically detects anatomical landmarks for accurate and reproducible positioning to complete alignment of six standard cardiac views without any operator interaction.

“Toshiba’s MR technology is uniquely designed to make patients comfortable while helping healthcare providers like St. Mary’s address business demands,” said Nancy Gillen, vice president, Marketing and Business Management, Toshiba.

About St. Mary’s Health Care System

St. Mary’s is a non-profit, faith-based ministry whose mission is to be a compassionate and transforming healing presence in the communities we serve. Ranked by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for stroke care, joint replacement and general surgery, St. Mary’s specializes in neurosciences, orthopedics, cardiac care, general medicine/general surgery, women’s and children’s health, and gastroenterology. Our system features hospitals in Athens and Greensboro, Ga., numerous outpatient facilities, a retirement community, home health care/hospice services and multiple physician practices providing quality care across Northeast Georgia.

About Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.

With headquarters in Tustin, Calif., Toshiba America Medical Systems (TAMS) 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 the TAMS website at

About Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation

Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation is a leading worldwide provider of medical diagnostic imaging systems and comprehensive medical solutions, such as CT, X-ray and vascular, ultrasound, nuclear medicine and MRI systems, as well as information systems for medical institutions. Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation has been providing medical products for over 80 years. Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba. Visit Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation’s website at

About Toshiba

Toshiba Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, channels world-class capabilities in advanced electronic and electrical products and systems into five strategic business domains: Energy & Infrastructure, Community Solutions, Healthcare Systems & Services, Electronic Devices & Components, and Lifestyles Products & Services. Guided by the principles of The Basic Commitment of the Toshiba Group, “Committed to People, Committed to the Future,” Toshiba promotes global operations towards securing “Growth Through Creativity and Innovation” and is contributing to the achievement of a world in which people everywhere live in a safe, secure and comfortable society.

Founded in Tokyo in 1875, today’s Toshiba is at the heart of a global network of over 590 consolidated companies employing over 200,000 people worldwide, with annual sales surpassing 6.5 trillion yen (US$63 billion). To find out more about Toshiba, visit

Source: Toshiba America Medical Systems

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