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Toshiba Awarded Veterans' Administration Contract to Supply Diagnostic Ultrasound Imaging Systems.

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TUSTIN, Calif.--(BW HealthWire)--June 4, 2001

Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc. (TAMS), has been awarded a contract from the Veterans Administration National Acquisition Center (VANAC) to supply diagnostic ultrasound systems to VA Medical Centers, clinics and other federal agencies worldwide.

Under the contract, Veterans Administration facilities, as well as other Federal hospitals, can purchase Toshiba's ultrasound products through the VANAC. The contract covers a one-year period and may be extended up to a total of three years.

This Veterans Administration contract provides the opportunity to expand the base of Toshiba ultrasound equipment installed at VA medical facilities," said Mike Kingcaid, Senior Director, Ultrasound Business Unit. "Offering a full product line of DICOM compatible systems, Toshiba has the capability to address the clinical needs of individual medical facilities, while also ensuring that the ultrasound scanners can be easily incorporated into current and future digital image management networks."

The contract allows Veterans and Federal healthcare facilities to purchase ultrasound equipment from Toshiba's full-line of ultrasound products, which include the PowerVision(TM) 6000 and PowerVision 8000, and the compact JustVision(TM) series systems. The all-digital PowerVision ultrasound systems provide harmonic imaging capabilities for use with contrast agents and is of particular value when scanning difficult to image patients. Ultrasound advances, such as contrast imaging, provide tremendous potential for more cost-effective, less-invasive methods of diagnosis and treatment.

The JustVision 200 and 400 series is a compact and easy-to-use ultrasound system designed to meet the needs of the labor and delivery hospital unit and private office OB/GYN markets.

Veterans Administration National Acquisition Center is a Veterans Administration Agency that annually provides more than $1.5 billion of medical related equipment and supplies to the nations VA Medical Center and other federal customers such as Indian Health Service. It is estimated that the yearly purchases of diagnostic ultrasound will total $20 million.

With headquarters in Tustin, Toshiba America Medical Systems is a subsidiary of Toshiba America Inc., which employs 10,000 throughout the United States. TAMS markets, sells, distributes and services diagnostic imaging systems. Toshiba's imaging products include CT, MRI, nuclear medicine, ultrasounds, and both conventional and vascular X-ray systems. Toshiba America Medical Systems' parent company is Toshiba Corp., a major provider of electronics and energy systems and products -- a $54 billion organization with more than 240,000 employees worldwide.
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