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Toshiba Introduces APLIO XG at RSNA
System Features Several Enhancements, Including Volumetric Imaging for
Radiology Applications and IHE Compliance

CHICAGO, Nov. 28, 2006 – Enhancing diagnostic confidence through the development of cutting-edge imaging technologies, Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. today announced the company’s newest innovations for its Aplio™ ultrasound system. The Aplio XG will be demonstrated for the first time at the Radiological Society of North America’s (RSNA) annual meeting in Chicago, Nov. 26-Dec. 1 in Toshiba booth #1129, located in South Building, Hall A. Shipments begin in December 2006.

Offering the latest advancements in diagnostic performance and operator comfort, the next-generation Aplio XG provides several enhancements that improve productivity, increase diagnostic confidence, facilitate connectivity and enhance ergonomics. Upgrade enhancements include new 4D technology, which allows users to acquire volume data sets for subsequent, off-line review. The Aplio XG’s 3D multi-slice view delivers sequential imaging with a presentation format similar to CT and MR. Additionally, slice thickness and the number of images displayed can be selected by the user. A new ergo-optimized control panel and 19” LCD also have been added to increase user comfort. The Aplio XG also is IHE compliant for improved connectivity and workflow.

“Aplio XG offers clinically relevant technologies that will help clinicians with their patient workloads,” said Edward Grant, M.D., professor and chair, Department of Radiology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California.

“Toshiba’s continued advancement of enhanced imaging applications for ultrasound further illustrates the company’s commitment to develop applications that are important to our customers,” said Gordon Parhar, director of the Ultrasound Business Unit at Toshiba. “We strive to introduce features that continue to improve diagnostic confidence and streamline clinical workflow, and have secured our global leadership position due to the increased adoption of our premium and high-end ultrasound systems.” Volumetric Imaging

Volume Ultrasound produces multidimensional images that can be viewed in any plane. The transducer automatically captures the volume data sets as it scans the area of interest. With 3D Multi-Slice imaging, the user selects the slice thickness, as well as the number of 2D images displayed. Coronal views can be displayed, which are unavailable with conventional 2D imaging. This quantifiable data can be thoroughly interrogated on the UL system or off-line at a workstation – freeing the ultrasound system to image more patients, which can subsequently boost productivity.

Additional Aplio XG features include Differential Tissue Harmonic Imaging (DTHI), Advanced Dynamic Flow™ (ADF), ApliPure™ and iASSIST. DTHI provides clearer images, resulting in faster assessments and more accurate diagnoses. Advanced Dynamic Flow accurately displays blood flow with directional information, even for tiny vessels, and improves diagnoses. ApliPure uses real-time spatial and frequency compounding technology to deliver clearer image quality. iASSIST utilizes Bluetooth technology and allows clinicians to operate the Aplio system from a distance without hardware applications, resulting in streamlined workflow processes and ease of use for clinicians.

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.

Source: Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.

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