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DUKE UNIVERSITY CONDUCTS CLINICAL EVALUATION ON WORLD'S FIRST STEREO FLUOROSCOPY SYSTEM FROM TOSHIBA

DUKE UNIVERSITY CONDUCTS CLINICAL EVALUATION ON WORLD'S FIRST STEREO
 FLUOROSCOPY SYSTEM FROM TOSHIBA
 Unique Neurointerventional Positioner Displays 3-D Images
 in Real Time for More Instant Vascular Visualization
 WASHINGTON, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The world's first neurointerventional stereo fluoroscopy system, developed by Toshiba America Medical Systems (TAMS), is currently in operation at Duke University in Durham, N.C., it was announced here at the annual meeting of the Society of Cardiovascular Interventional Radiologists, which runs April 6-9. TAMS installed the system in November and it is now undergoing extensive clinical evaluation by university radiologists.
 "The advantage of this system is the ability to display a three- dimensional image of minute vessels in real time," stated Phil Smith, vice president, X-ray business unit of TAMS. "Subsequently, the practitioner can instantly visualize the vascular path for executing angiographic procedures."
 The CAS-30B/110A biplane angiographic positioner, developed and manufactured by Toshiba, is designed to give the clinician a detailed view of the vascular route for guiding angiographic neurointerventional procedures. A dual focus X-ray tube provides two 0.3 mm focal spots for 2X geometric magnification and two 0.8 mm focal spots for contact work. Each focal spot produces an image at a rate of 15 images per second. The DFP-60 DSA unit collects this information in real time and displays it on a liquid crystal screen causing each eye to see an independent image at 60 frames per second.
 "Imagine looking at a flat, two-dimensional photograph of the vessels and trying to determine which vein is on top and which is on the bottom. Now, the physician can see these anatomical structures more distinctly and quickly which significantly reduces the time a patient is on a catheter," Smith said.
 The CAS-30B/110A consists of two major imaging components. A ceiling-suspended lateral plane and stereo digital subtraction angiography positioner acquires the images to assist the physician in the catheterization. The system allows easy access to the patient and the ability to perform a rapid head to toe examination.
 Because Toshiba is truly a technology company, Toshiba X-ray systems benefit from the experience of a diversified electronics manufacturer. Broad technology transfer is formally encouraged within the global Toshiba Corporation and the latest technological advances in specific areas are made available to researchers and engineers throughout the corporation.
 This technology crossover, combined with the expertise of other Toshiba technology-specific divisions, allows most critical components of the system to be produced in-house. This assures that every component of each instrument is designed for peak performance and reliability enabling Toshiba to offer one of the industry's strongest uptime guarantees.
 Further demonstrating its commitment to uptime and customer satisfaction, Toshiba maintains a comprehensive service network with rapid response, 24 hours a day. Should a problem arise, ASSIST (Automate Service System and Integrated Support Team) promptly puts clinicians in touch with a Toshiba X-ray service engineer.
 Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc., headquartered in Tustin, Calif., markets diagnostic imaging systems. In addition to X-ray, Toshiba's imaging products include CT (computed tomography), MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), ultrasound and nuclear medicine. Toshiba America MRI, Inc., in South San Francisco, is a subsidiary of Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc., and has responsibility for research and development, engineering and manufacturing in the United States as well as MRI international operations.
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 /NOTE: ASSIST is a trademark of Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc./
 /CONTACT: Suzanne Flynn of Toshiba America Medical Systems, 714-669-2466 or, during SCVIR Week, April 6-9, at the Canterbury Hotel, 202-393-3000/ CO: Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. ST: District of Columbia IN: MTC SU:


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