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TOSHIBA RECEIVES FDA CLEARANCE FOR THE INDUSTRY’S FIRST 16-ELEMENT MR FLEX COILS

Flexible Coil System Expands Exam Capabilities, Improves Efficiency and Diagnostic Confidence

TUSTIN, Calif., Aug. 7, 2012 – To improve MR exam efficiency and image quality, Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. has received FDA clearance for its high-density 16-element flexible coil system, developed in partnership with NeoCoil. The new coil system makes it easier for clinicians to complete high-quality exams and improve diagnostic efficiency.

“The 16-element MR coils feature a flexible design, enabling clinicians to use the coils for various exam types,” said Steve Nichols, chief operating officer, NeoCoil. “The light-weight coils come in two sizes and wrap around a patient’s anatomy, accommodating patients of various sizes and providing greater patient comfort.”

 Available for the Vantage Titan™ 1.5T, the 16-element flexible coils conform more closely to the anatomy, greatly improving signal-to-noise ratio. The coils are available in medium and large sizes and are ideally suited for general orthopedic and body imaging of large and small patients alike. Where standard coils are not optimal, the flexible coils can be used for general-purpose as well as head, neck and spine imaging. Large patients are not forced into or pinched by the hard plastic of traditional rigid coils. Image quality for small patients is not compromised due to fixed, oversized coil housings.

“Toshiba is committed to developing and bringing new technologies to market for its MR systems,” said Stuart Clarkson, director, MR Business Unit, Toshiba. “The Vantage Titan systems are patient-friendly, and the new 16-element coils will continue to provide comfortable exams while improving image quality for accurate diagnoses.”

About Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.

With headquarters in Tustin, Calif., Toshiba America Medical Systems (TAMS) markets, sells, distributes and services diagnostic imaging systems, 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.

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 550 consolidated companies, with 202,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing 6.1 trillion yen (US$74 billion). Visit Toshiba’s website at www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm.