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Toshiba Partner Awarded First Place for
Cardiac Imaging Research at ISMRM

Research Validates Use of Non-Contrast Imaging Techniques for Diagnosing Disease

August 23, 2006 -- Toshiba Medical Systems Corp. (TMSC) today announced that Dr. Katsumi Nakamura of Tobata Kyoritsu Hospital in Japan received first place honors for his research in the area of non-contrast magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) imaging. Nakamura, a radiologist and long-time Toshiba collaborator, received accolades for his poster presentation comparing non-contrast fresh blood imaging (FBI) to 16-slice computed tomography (CT) for the diagnosis of peripheral vascular disease using Toshiba's 1.5T MRI system. The poster was presented at the 14th annual International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) Scientific Meeting & Exhibition, held May 6-12, 2006, in Seattle.

"Toshiba and its partners have pioneered research into the use of contrast-free MRA for the diagnosis of peripheral vascular disease," said Bob Giegerich, director, MR Business Unit for Toshiba. "ISMRM's recognition of Dr. Nakamura's research further highlights FBI as an effective technique within the scientific community, and strengthens the use of MR technology in this area of medicine."

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About Toshiba
With headquarters in Tustin, Calif., Toshiba America Medical Systems markets, sells, distributes and services diagnostic imaging systems, and coordinates clinical diagnostic imaging research for all modalities in the United States. Toshiba Medical Systems Corp., an independent group company of Toshiba Corp., is a global leading provider of diagnostic medical imaging systems and comprehensive medical solutions, such as CT, Cath & EP Labs, X-ray, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, MRI and information systems. Toshiba Corp. is a leader in information and communications systems, electronic components, consumer products, and power systems. Toshiba has approximately 161,000 employees worldwide and annual sales of $54 billion.

Excelart Vantage is a trademark of Toshiba Medical Systems Corp.

Source: Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.

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