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[December 03, 2013]

Toshiba's Innovative MR Applications Improve Diagnostic Accuracy and Patient Safety

CHICAGO --(Business Wire)--

Clinicians can utilize MRI to diagnose more conditions with Toshiba (News - Alert) America Medical Systems, Inc.'s advanced applications for its Vantage Titan™ MR systems. Toshiba expands MR's ability to visualize neurological conditions without contrast using Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CSF) Dynamics imaging and 3D Arterial Spin Labeling (ASL) and furthers innovations in MR with the Research Sequence Development Environment (RSDE).

  • CSF Dynamics Imaging: CSF bulk movement can be visualized non-invasively for the first time using Toshiba's proprietary Time-Spatial Labeling Inversion Pulse (News - Alert) (Time-SLIP) non-contrast technique. This technique provides a safer and faster way to get diagnostic information, as CSF movement disorders normally require invasive procedures.
  • 3D ASL: Blood flow and perfusion characteristics of the entire brain can be studied without contrast and with a single scan.
  • RSDE: A research-only tool that allows the research community to develop its own pulse sequences to explore new applications of MR imaging.

"Toshiba's MR technologies allow for the understanding of neurological disorders in new ways that directly impact patient care," said Beverly Plost, director, MR Business Unit, Toshiba. "Our systems put customers first and provide safe and patient-friendly exams that allow clinicians to make efficient and accurate diagnoses."

These advanced applications are available on Toshiba's Vantage Titan 1.5T and 3T systems and ill be showcased at this year's Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting in Chicago, Dec. 1-6, 2013 (Booth #7330, North Hall).


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 www.medical.toshiba.com.

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 www.toshibamedicalsystems.com.

About Toshiba

Toshiba is a world-leading diversified manufacturer, solutions provider and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products and systems. Toshiba Group brings innovation and imagination to a wide range of businesses: digital products, including LCD TVs, notebook PCs, retail solutions and MFPs; electronic devices, including semiconductors, storage products and materials; industrial and social infrastructure systems, including power generation systems, smart community solutions, medical systems and escalators & elevators; and home appliances.

Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 590 consolidated companies, with 206,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing 5.8 trillion yen (US$61 billion). Visit Toshiba's web site at www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm.

Vantage Titan is a trademark of Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation.


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