Issue 29
August 2017

 

ViSIONS is Toshiba’s customer magazine about innovative technologies and applications in medical imaging. Read articles on diagnostic imaging in the fields of CT, MRI, X-Ray and Ultrasound and stay up-to-date with the latest developments in your clinical field.

VISIONS is not only available online, but also as a printed magazine. Please let us know – during your online registration – whether you would like to receive a paper copy of ViSIONS at home or at work. ViSIONS magazine appears twice a year and subscription is free.

Do you have any questions, problems with access or do you want to share your own clinical experiences by writing an article? Get in touch with ViSIONS Europe headquarters!

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Innovation has always been a top priority in MRI development at Toshiba Medical. The history of MRI in general has always featured important scientific innovations developed by researchers and scientists from the world’s leading universities. Many of these achievements are highly recognised: a total of nine Nobel Prizes have been awarded in this field. One of the first was the Nobel Prize awarded in 1952 to Felix Bloch and Edward Mills Purcell for their development of new methods for nuclear precision measurements and discoveries in connection with these methods. This was the world’s first Spin Echo experiment. One of the most well-known in this field, however, is the Nobel Prize awarded to Sir Peter Mansfield and Paul Lauterbur in 2003 for discoveries with MR Imaging that describe the application of a field gradient to decode the spin localisation.

Alongside this, Toshiba Medical has established long-term customer research collaborations with some of the world’s leading academic partners, such as Kyoto University, Japan; John Hopkin’s University, Baltimore and the University of California (UCSD), San Diego, USA. We are very proud to have them as research partners.

Toshiba Medical recently started a new partnership in Europe with Prof. Vincent Dousset at the University of Bordeaux, France. Working together with his team on research and development projects, for sure we will advance technologies in Neuroradiology. And we also look forward to working with Prof. Luca Saba from the University of Cagliari, on Sardinia, Italy from the beginning of 2018 onwards. More information will follow soon.

In addition to collaborations with scientific groups, Toshiba Medical also works with leading sports organisations and is Official Medical Systems Partner to some of the world’s top football clubs, including Manchester United, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. These collaborations not only demonstrate our leadership in MSK imaging, but have also enabled the start-up of joint research projects that hold the potential to optimise the performance of elite athletes, advance diagnostics, and improve treatment strategies of injuries. This knowledge can then be transferred and translated into applications and innovations in other sports environments. These include a Muscle Talent Study, cardiac screening for young players.

ViSIONS Special Edition - Magnetic Resonance Imaging

 

Together with our friends at Olea Medical, we look forward to continuing and extending our scientific collaborations further in the interest of all our customers. We all will benefit from more advanced and unique applications to improve the quality of life of patients according to our company’s vision: ‘Made for Life’.

Download this special edition of VISIONS magazine, totally dedicated to Magnetic Resonance Imaging. You will find articles about many recent achievements, upcoming events and product developments.

Interventional procedures are becoming more and more complex, which could result potentially in an increase in fluoroscopic time. This means that the interventional landscape is looking for new technologies and innovations to help physicians to reduce radiation, increase image quality and improve workflow.

During the last two years, we observed a new, double market trend in the interventional landscape. The Cone Beam CT (CBCT) market segment remains the largest market segment, however, based on new clinical challenges, especially in interventional oncology, trauma, stroke and complex procedures in general, there was a spectacular increasing demand for Angio CT concept.

Toshiba Medical is investing a lot in R&D and developing both segments at an extremely high level in parallel. This strategic approach combined with unique and very advanced dose reduction features makes us the preferred partner for many high-profile sites.

Download this special edition of VISIONS magazine that highlights the personal experiences of European key opinion leaders, but also reflects our knowledge, experience and expertise in the field of Interventional X-ray Imaging.

ViSIONS SPECIAL Edition on Interventional X-ray Imaging

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Our four new core businesses accounted for 26% of total revenues last year… Health care addresses a fundamental human need. Demand is never going to go away.


Canon released earnings and a revised forecast on July 27, 2017, indicating a sharp rise in both sales and profit.

Due to increased demand for laser printers and color copiers, and firm demand for the company’s medical equipment, acquired through its acquisition of Toshiba Medical, Canon expects to book a strong profit in the 12 months ending December 31, 2017. This achievement represents a more than 40 percent increase from the prior year and a greater than 20 percent increase over the prior forecast.

For the first time since the acquisition, Toshiba Medical’s results were included in Canon’s results and forecast as a new business unit. According to the Asia Nikkei, Canon’s medical systems unit, which includes Toshiba Medical, is forecast to generate an operating profit of 20.5 billion yen on sales of 440 billion yen in 2017. Its profitability is likely to grow if Canon can parlay its competitive optical and imaging technology into the development of new hit products.

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Dear Valued Customers,

In December 2016, the agreement concerning the sale of Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation (Toshiba Medical) to Canon Inc. was finalised, as announced by Toshiba Corporation and Canon Inc. As a result, Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation is no longer a part of the Toshiba group and is now wholly owned by Canon Inc.

That is, the whole of Toshiba Medical (including its subsidiary here in Australia/New Zealand, Toshiba Medical Systems ANZ Pty Limited) is now a Canon group company.

Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation will be changing its name to “Canon Medical Systems Corporation” early in 2018 once we have completed the extensive required regulatory processes.

Recently, there was news coverage about our former parent company, Toshiba Corporation, and its ongoing financial trouble. While we are saddened by this news, it does not impact Toshiba Medical, as we are a subsidiary of Canon.

Canon and TMSC are building a synergistic relationship that leverages the strengths of both global leaders to deliver life-improving technologies and healthcare solutions to the global community. We are excited about the future and look forward to continuing to provide you with excellent customer service and sharing the upcoming benefits of this new partnership. We are certain that Toshiba Medical’s 100 year history and our “Made for Life” philosophy will continue to drive this company forward.

We invite you to read a recent article, Canon Takes a Major Step into Healthcare, published by Canon in major newspapers globally, outlining the long-term vision and shared philosophies of the new partnership.

We thank you for your business and continued support. If you require any further information or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Yours sincerely,


Monica King
Managing Director
Toshiba Medical Systems ANZ Pty Limited

 

Toshiba Medical SportsMed Program

Toshiba Medical’s SportsMed program consists of partnerships with elite sports clubs and their medical teams, utilising dedicated imaging facilities.

The program’s aims include developing advances in diagnosis and treatment of sports related conditions at the elite level, specifically in injury and rehabilitation management, and working together to enable translation of these advances to routine clinical practice.

Current partners include Manchester United and FC Barcelona, with Real Madrid’s facilities to be installed during 2017.

Plans are in place to expand the scope and breadth of sporting disciplines involved in the SportsMed program and so develop a global network of specialists in sports related imaging, its use in diagnosis and management of athletes.

Learn how Manchester United’s medical team utilise their dedicated imaging centre

Discover elite athlete profiling with muscle MRI scanning


Superb Micro-Vascular Imaging – A new tool for the sports physician

Read more about Superb Micro-Vascular Imaging – A new tool for the sports physician by Dr Steve McNally, Head of Football Medicine & Science at Manchester United.

 

XXVI International Conference on Sports Rehabilitation and Traumatology: The Future of Football Medicine

Toshiba Medical Tribune Workshop, Camp Nou, Barcelona

Saturday, 13 May from 1pm – 2:30pm at TRIBUNA

Role of Imaging in the Diagnosis of Injuries and Return to Play
Hear from the medical teams of FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, as they discuss the use and advantages of dedicated imaging centres in the diagnosis, treatment and clinical management of players. Toshiba Medical’s workshop includes sessions on Ultrasound and MRI in Football Players, Pathways and Decision Process and there will be Q&A.

Conference program and full agenda

Source: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation

 

TUSTIN, Calif., April 10, 2017 – Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine now have access to Toshiba Medical’s most advanced MR technology for cutting edge research in the fields of neurology, musculoskeletal (MSK) and non contrast MRA, leveraging Toshiba Medical’s all-new Vantage Galan 3T MR system as the key diagnostic tool.

Researchers at the UC San Diego School of Medicine now have access to Toshiba Medical’s most advanced MR technology, the Vantage Galan 3T MR system, for cutting edge research in the fields of neurology, musculoskeletal (MSK) and non-contrast MRA.

“This advanced research presents an opportunity to determine how Toshiba Medical’s MRI equipment can be used by healthcare providers to safely and effectively diagnose during neuro, MSK and non-contrast MRA procedures, which could ultimately impact a patient’s quality of life in the future,” said Hiroyuki Tsujino, general manager, MR Global Business, Toshiba Medical. “We are proud to have the researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine using our Vantage Galan 3T MR system in these studies, which speaks to Toshiba Medical’s commitment in partnering with healthcare providers to identify the right imaging solutions for complex clinical situations.”

“The Department of Radiology is committed to working to improve both patient’s lives and population health at UC San Diego Health,” said Alexander Norbash M.D., M.S., associate vice-chancellor for Diversity, professor and chair of Radiology, adjunct professor of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience, UC San Diego School of Medicine. “In particular, we have focused on increasing the throughput, practicality, and utility of MR Imaging.”

Key researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine include: Mitsue Miyazaki, Ph.D., principal investigator; Christine Chung, M.D., professor, Radiology, Musculoskeletal; Roland Lee, M.D., professor, Radiology, Neuroradiology; and Albert Hsiao, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor, Radiology and associate director, Cardiac and Vascular Imaging in the Center for Translational Imaging and Precision Medicine.


 

About Toshiba Medical Systems ANZ Pty Ltd.

Toshiba Medical Systems ANZ, a Canon Group company headquartered in Sydney, Australia., markets, sells, distributes and services radiology and cardiovascular systems, including CT, MR, ultrasound, X-ray and interventional X-ray equipment. For more information, visit Toshiba Medical’s website at www.medical.toshiba.com.au.

About Toshiba Medical

Toshiba Medical offers a full range of diagnostic medical imaging solutions including Ultrasound, CT, X-Ray, and MR, across the globe. As of December 2016, Toshiba Medical became a member of the Canon Group. In line with our continued Made for Life philosophy, patients are at the heart of everything we do. Our mission is to provide medical professionals with solutions that support their efforts in contributing to the health and wellbeing of patients worldwide so that together our industry-leading solutions deliver an enriched quality of life.

Source: Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc.

Special Issue
April 2017

As part of Toshiba Medical’s SportsMed program launch, we have created a SPECIAL Edition of our ViSIONS Magazine.

Our SportsMed program is about driving excellence in sports medicine imaging for diagnosis and management of elite athletes. Delivering exceptional care to everyone. The program consists of partnerships with elite sports clubs and their medical teams, utilising dedicated imaging facilities.

The program’s aims include developing advances in diagnosis and treatment of sports related conditions at the elite level, specifically in injury and rehabilitation management, and working together to enable translation of these advances to routine clinical practice.

In the issue:

  1. Musculoskeletal MRI in Football Medicine
  2. Ultrasound in Modern Sports Medicine
  3. Clinical Experience with 4D Ortho Application
CT Special of ViSIONS magazine

To highlight the ’10 years ahead – Area Detector CT’ campaign Toshiba Medical developed a special edition of ViSIONS magazine, fully dedicated to Toshiba Medical’s journey in Area Detector CT.

Download our new CT Special of ViSIONS magazine to read the personal experiences of our Key Opinion Leaders. It outlines Toshiba Medical’s journey in Area Detector CT and shows our continuing spirit to explore the unknown.

10 Years Ahead – Area Detector CT

It was described as ‘a breakthrough CT system’; our introduction of the very first and unique dynamic volume CT scanner back in 2007; the Aquilion ONE. Driven by the clinical need for a Volume Scanner it was the Area Detector that opened doors to new ways of imaging and now, 10 years later, we will celebrate this memorable introduction.

As clinical needs are ever changing, Toshiba Medical has collaborated with Key Opinion Leaders globally in order to improve and push boundaries. As of today this has resulted in unique software features and hardware developments. During our celebration you will discover and learn more about the beginning, present and future of Toshiba Medical’s Area Detector CT.

CT Timeline


Technology: St George Private Hospital director of cardiac services Dr James Weaver.
Technology: St George Private Hospital director of cardiac services Dr James Weaver.

St George Private Hospital will open a new catheter laboratory later this year – which will come as a boost for cardiology patients.

The cath lab, expected to open in May, will be used for stent procedures and similar treatments, reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Among the bells and whistles in the new lab will be a Toshiba Dose Tracking System (DTS). The private hospital was the first in the world to install the system back in 2013, and has decided to include the same technology in its new facility.

St George Private Hospital director of cardiac services Dr James Weaver said it had reduced patients’ exposure to radiation significantly.

The system basically allows practitioners to keep an eye on the level of radiation a patient is exposed to.

Patients are exposed to radiation levels during diagnosis and also during some procedures. Dr Weaver said the system shows a map of the body and uses colours to highlight how much radiation the patient was exposed to.

“It makes visible that invisible radiation,” Dr Weaver said.

“And helps us continue with best practice for our patients.

“The strength of this tool is the colour imaging. Rather than just a number, it is that colour reminding us, and when it goes red we know we should be concerned and adapt our behaviour.”

Interestingly, he said medical professionals around the world were still learning whether low levels of radiation had any negative affects on patients, such as links to cancer.

“We still don’t know exactly how much risk, if any, radiation places on patients,” Dr Weaver said.

“What we know is that high doses of radiation exposure – for example the Chernobyl disaster – those sorts of levels are related to cancer.

“But these lower levels, there could be a risk but if there is a threshold we don’t really know what it is. Those studies are on going.”

He said the important thing was being sensible and careful, and reducing radiation levels where possible.

Dr Weaver said since the first commercial DTS was installed at St George Private in 2013, other hospitals around the world had also started using the technology including St George Public Hospital.

Source Gary Hamilton-Irvine, St George & Sutherland Shire Leader

Issue 28
March 2017

 

ViSIONS is Toshiba’s customer magazine about innovative technologies and applications in medical imaging. Read articles on diagnostic imaging in the fields of CT, MRI, X-Ray and Ultrasound and stay up-to-date with the latest developments in your clinical field.

VISIONS is not only available online, but also as a printed magazine. Please let us know – during your online registration – whether you would like to receive a paper copy of ViSIONS at home or at work. ViSIONS magazine appears twice a year and subscription is free.

Do you have any questions, problems with access or do you want to share your own clinical experiences by writing an article? Get in touch with ViSIONS Europe headquarters!

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The Toshiba Aquilion ONE / GENESIS Edition scanner is the first of its kind to be installed in New Zealand. It is the first of two replacement scanners to be installed at the hospital this year.

“These scanners are part of a $3.4 million investment to replace ageing technology,” said clinical leader of radiology James Entwisle.

CT scans help detect various diseases and conditions including some cancers, vascular diseases, and trauma injuries. CT can also provide treatment in a less invasive way for patients.

“The new scanners are superior to those they’re replacing and are great for patients and staff. We’ll be able to scan in more detail and obtain more accurate information. For example, their advanced technology allows doctors to see internal organs in 3D. This is an enormous advantage when planning detailed operations.”

Scanning capacity will reduce during installation, with emergency and urgent scans being prioritised. Routine non-urgent referrals will have a slight increase in waiting time.

The first scanner is expected to be fully operational by mid-March. The second is due to arrive in May and be up and running by June, at which time radiology will be back to normal capacity.

Wairarapa DHB upgraded its scanner in November. Hutt Valley will also upgrade its scanner this year.

Additional information about the Toshiba Aquilion ONE GENESIS Edition scanners:

  • Scans a heart in one rotation, reducing the radiation dose
  • Can scan larger and heavier patients who previously could not be scanned.
  • Provides high-resolution, detailed images of patients with metal implants that are commonly obscured with CTs.
  • Allows doctors to visualise brain vessel bloodflows – important when detecting if a stroke has occurred and guiding the best treatment.

Source Capital & Coast District Health Board, contact Chas Te Runa – 027 230 9571

Forest City – New East Baltimore Partnership (“FC-NEBP”) and Toshiba Medical Research Institute USA, Inc. (“Toshiba Medical”) announced that they have executed a lease to construct a medical research center at 1812 Ashland Avenue, the newest building in the Science + Technology Park at Johns Hopkins. When it opens, the Toshiba Medical research center will showcase next-generation technology that will offer a unique opportunity at the Johns Hopkins East Baltimore Medical Campus to collaborate with researchers seeking the most advanced imaging capacity in the world.

Discussions began in 2014 among the leadership of Toshiba Medical and Johns Hopkins University to expand research in medical imaging and big data analysis applicable to ongoing research at the University. Close coordination between Johns Hopkins and Toshiba leadership led to a ceremony held in Baltimore in 2015 to conclude the agreement. The ceremony included the Japanese tradition during which eyes are painted onto a Darumi figure to signify the vision for the alliance.

Dr. Joao Lima, professor of medicine, radiology and epidemiology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Director of Cardiovascular Imaging at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, will lead the collaboration for Johns Hopkins.

Helen Montag, Senior Director for Business Development & Corporate Partnerships for Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures played a key role in attracting Toshiba to East Baltimore. “Establishing industry relationships that expand research opportunities for faculty is a top priority at Johns Hopkins,” says Montag. “We look forward to working with Toshiba in the Science + Technology Park at Johns Hopkins.”

Hisashi Tachizaki, Vice President and General Manager of Center for Medical Research and Development of Toshiba Medical, who helped the collaborative research agreement that includes Toshiba Medical’s multi-million dollar investment to be located in 1812 Ashland Avenue says, “This opportunity in the Science + Technology Park at Johns Hopkins is based on a long-standing relationship that we are enthusiastic about continuing.”

Source: Science + Technology Park at Johns Hopkins

TOKYO, December 19, 2016—Canon Inc. (“Canon”; Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan; Chairman and CEO: Fujio Mitarai) announced today that a resolution was passed at a Board of Directors meeting to acquire the shares of Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation (“Toshiba Medical”; Headquarters: Tochigi Prefecture, Japan; President: Toshio Takiguchi) and make the company a subsidiary, as the necessary clearance from competition regulatory authorities has been obtained.

Canon concluded a shares and other securities transfer agreement with Toshiba Corporation (“Toshiba”; Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan; President and CEO: Satoshi Tsunakawa) on March 17, 2016. Following that, in order for Toshiba Medical to become a subsidiary, Canon sought clearance from competition regulatory authorities. As clearance has been obtained from the competition authorities of every country and region where Canon applied, a Board of Directors meeting was held today and a resolution was passed to exercise the Company’s share options, acquire the shares of Toshiba Medical and make the company a Canon subsidiary.

Reason for the acquisition

Under Phase V of its Excellent Global Corporation Plan, a five-year initiative launched in 2016, Canon aims to embrace the challenge of new growth through a grand strategic transformation. With regard to reinforcing and expanding new businesses in particular, which represents one of the important strategies to be carried out during this phase, Canon intends to cultivate its health care business within the safety and security sector as a next-generation pillar of growth.

Toshiba Medical is one of the leading global companies in the medical equipment industry. Within the field of medical X-ray computed tomography (CT) systems in particular, Toshiba Medical is the overwhelming market share leader in Japan and has been steadily increasing its global market share. Additionally, Toshiba Medical is the only company in the industry with a broad product portfolio that spans diagnostic X-ray systems, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems, diagnostic ultrasound systems and diagnostic nuclear medicine systems. The company also offers cutting-edge medical imaging solutions and in-vitro diagnostics aimed at individualised care.

Through the agreement announced today, Toshiba Medical, with its world-class technological capabilities and global platform, will be welcomed into the Canon Group. By maximising the combination of both companies’ management resources, Canon aims to solidify its business foundation for health care that can contribute to the world.

The inclusion of Toshiba Medical into the Canon Group is expected to make possible the following benefits.

Accelerated entry into new fields

By maximising the application of both Canon and Toshiba Medical’s management resources, Canon will be able to leverage Toshiba Medical’s core strength in imaging diagnostics, further reinforcing Toshiba Medical’s operational strength in its in-vitro diagnostics business and next-generation medical IT through M&A and other strategic investment, to make possible the strengthening of Canon’s biomedical business. Additionally, by making use of Canon’s business portfolio and partnerships, further progress is expected in the field of medical equipment.

Further improvements in quality through shared production technology

A collaborated effort between Canon, with its advanced production technologies, and Toshiba Medical, with its exceptional product development capabilities, is expected to lead to further enhancing Toshiba Medical’s product strength through the provision of precision design and microfabrication technologies, an optimised production system and cooperation aimed at improving quality. This will not only enable the sale of price-competitive products in the market, but also contribute to the development of the health care business through the circulation of funds generated through enhanced management efficiency applied toward investing in the development of next-generation medical equipment.

Expand business domains through the enhancement of R&D capabilities

Canon possesses proprietary high-speed dynamic X-ray imaging sensor technology, among other imaging devices, along with associated elemental technologies; photoacoustic tomography technology selected by Japan’s national ImPACT program; medical robotic system technologies and minimally invasive technologies. Through the promotion of joint technology development leveraging these Canon technologies and Toshiba Medical’s R&D capabilities, the Canon Group will be able to globally provide innovative new products and services in the future.

Overview of Toshiba Medical

1) Company name: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
2) Representative: Toshio Takiguchi, President
3) Location: 1385 Shimoishigami, Otawara-shi, Tochigi-ken, Japan
4) Date of establishment: September 23, 1948
5) Scope of business: Development, manufacture, sale and technical services for medical equipment (including diagnostic X-ray systems, medical X-ray CT systems, magnetic resonance imaging systems, diagnostic ultrasound systems, radiation therapy systems, diagnostic nuclear medicine systems, medical sample testing equipment, and information systems for medical equipment)
6) Operating Results for the fiscal year ending March 2016, Net sales: 291,310 million yen, Operating profit: 8,223 million yen and Net income: 16,378 million yen

Number of shares to be acquired, acquisition price

134,980,000 shares of Toshiba Medical Systems common stock, approximately 665.5 billion yen (ratio of ownership voting rights: 100%)

Schedule

Resolution of the Board of Directors: March 17, 2016
Date of agreement signing: March 17, 2016
Expected date of common stock acquisition: December 19, 2016

Outlook

As for the impact this will have on the company’s performance, in cases where the company needs to revise its projection it will make prompt disclosure. The company will also make prompt disclosure when something that needs to be made public occurs.

Source

Canon Global


 

North and North east residents with heart and other conditions will benefit from increased access to cardiology and interventional radiology services, following a $4 million investment for a second cardiac catheter lab at Lyell McEwin Hospital.

Under Transforming Health, the catheter lab has been installed at the hospital, allowing more local residents from the North and North east to receive urgent health assessment, treatment and care closer to home.

The new lab will result in a 30 per cent increase in the number of procedures involving interventional radiology.

Some of the heart procedures that will be carried out include internal measurement of the heart’s electrical activity to diagnose and treat abnormal heart rhythms, pacemaker and defibrillator insertions and insertion of stents to unblock arteries to the heart that cause heart attacks.

The multi-purpose lab can be used to investigate and treat parts of the body other than the heart. It can be used for other radiological interventions, such as catheter insertions for medication administration, organ biopsy and non-cardiology vascular imaging.

North and North east residents with heart and other conditions will benefit from increased access to cardiology and interventional radiology services, following a $4 million investment for a second cardiac catheter lab at Lyell McEwin Hospital.

Since 2002, $314 million has been invested in the Lyell McEwin Hospital over a continuous three stage redevelopment.

Source Department for Health and Ageing, Government of South Australia

It all happens on the Gold Coast. Australia’s favourite holiday destination, entertainment capital and tourist mecca is home to sun, fun – and some of the best medical teams our country has to offer.

WATCH IT NOW!

 

Source Yahoo7 TV

Toshiba Medical Systems Europe B.V. (headquarters: Zoetermeer, Netherlands; President: Hiroyuki Tachikawa), which is a regional subsidiary of Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation (headquarters: Otawara, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan; President and CEO: Toshio Takiguchi “Toshiba Medical”) signed a agreement with Real Madrid to be its Official Medical Systems Partner effective until June 30, 2020. Real Madrid is a football club based in Madrid, Spain.

Through the partnership with Real Madrid as the official medical systems partner, Toshiba Medical will cooperate with the medical staff of Real Madrid to maintain the player’s peak physical fitness and perform to the best of their abilities. This Provision of a state-of-the-art medical support environment at Real Madrid will help to prevent the players from injury, assist with diagnosis, and support rehabilitation.

For the period of agreement with Real Madrid, Toshiba Medical will provide cutting-edge medical systems at Real Madrid’s Medical Facility. Such cutting-edge medical systems consist of 7-advanced diagnostic imaging systems which include a 3T Vantage Titan™ Magnetic Resonance Imaging system, Aplio™ 500 Platinum Series and Aplio™ 300 Platinum Series Ultrasound systems and Mobirex™ Radiology system.

Real Madrid competes in the First Division of the Spanish Football League. It is one of the world’s leading football clubs and awarded by FIFA as Best Club of the 20th Century. Real Madrid has become a European Champion in the UEFA Champions League 11 times, which is the largest number ever.

Source: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation

Real Madrid and Toshiba Medical Systems Europe BV have signed an agreement that makes the Japanese brand a Real Madrid official partner for the next 4 years. During this time, Toshiba Medical Systems will provide state-of-the-art medical systems to the club. Among the 6 state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging systems to be installed are TitanTM 3T magnetic resonance imaging, AplioTM 500 Platinum Series and AplioTM 300 Platinum Series ultrasound systems and MobirexTM radiology.

With this agreement, Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation will collaborate with the club’s medical services with state-of-the-art technology that will help protect players from injury, assist in diagnosis and support rehabilitation.

Source: Real Madrid

Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation (Toshiba Medical; headquarters: Otawara, Tochigi prefecture, Japan; President: Toshio Takiguchi) will establish the Yokohama Development Center in Tsurumi ward, Yokohama, in February 2017 with a workforce of one hundred people who will be involved in expanding the scale of our operations and pioneering new business opportunities. The center will focus on the development of anticipatory technologies and basic component technologies for diagnostic ultrasound systems, MRI systems, and clinical laboratory systems as well as the development of industrial video cameras, including those used for medical equipment. The company will institute policies to promote the continuous enhancement of the center in the future.

In addition to its headquarters in Japan, which plays the central role, Toshiba Medical has established R&D bases around the world (in the USA, UK, France, China, and India) to promote the most effective utilisation of the special skills available in each country. The Yokohama Development Center will serve as one of these R&D bases, allowing the company to accelerate the development of core technologies through cooperative efforts involving headquarters and our R&D bases outside Japan.

By taking full advantage of its favorable location as a development base in the Tokyo metropolitan area, the company will aim to strengthen development through activities within a framework of industry-academia-government cooperation involving healthcare facilities, partner companies, and other organizations throughout the country.

Toshiba Medical is committed to the promotion of human health and social welfare as well as to the development of medical technologies.

Location 1-1-43 Suehiro-cho, Tsurumi ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan with at Total floor area Approximately 2,500 m2.

Source: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation

CT scanner arrives – Latest news on Narrabri Courier

“It’s here: Narrabri Hospital radiographer Jackie Williams and chief radiographer Jenna Read admire the new CT scanner as installation got underway yesterday. The purchase of the scanner was fast tracked by a local fundraising campaign.”

The brand new $600,000 CT scanner arrived at Narrabri Hospital yesterday.

Two trucks arrived at the hospital early on Monday morning and a team of delivery and technical personnel got to work unpacking and installing the machine.

The purchase of the scanner was aided by a huge community fund raising campaign, kick-started in March by the Narrabri CWA branch tipping in $120,000 and supported by businesses, clubs and individuals.

Hunter New England Health said the installation came earlier than anticipated thanks to the significant community donations.

Article & Image Source: The Narrabri Courier

About Toshiba Medical Systems ANZ Pty Ltd
Toshiba Medical Systems ANZ Pty Ltd (TAP) markets, sells, distributes and services radiology and cardiovascular systems, including CT, MR, ultrasound, X-ray and cardiovascular equipment, and coordinates clinical diagnostic imaging research for all modalities in ANZ. For more information, visit the TAP website at www.medical.toshiba.com.au

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. Visit Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation’s website at www.toshibamedicalsystems.com


 

Issue 27
August 2016

 

ViSIONS is Toshiba’s customer magazine about innovative technologies and applications in medical imaging. Read articles on diagnostic imaging in the fields of CT, MRI, X-Ray and Ultrasound and stay up-to-date with the latest developments in your clinical field.

VISIONS is not only available online, but also as a printed magazine. Please let us know – during your online registration – whether you would like to receive a paper copy of ViSIONS at home or at work. ViSIONS magazine appears twice a year and subscription is free.

Do you have any questions, problems with access or do you want to share your own clinical experiences by writing an article? Get in touch with ViSIONS Europe headquarters!

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Birthday 13 April 2015

Things I love Basking in the spring sun after my lesson

Skills I’m learning “Tug” (open draw/door) and “Tip” (close draw/door)

What’s next Practicing ignoring places that smell of other dogs


 

Now 17 months old, Shiba continues to be a content, affectionate pup who loves to be around people. She brightens up everyone’s day at the kennel, and greets all-comers with rounds of enthusiastic tail wags.

Shiba is making excellent progress in learning the advanced skills required of her, and also adapting to the daily routines at the kennels. She is accomplished at the cues — “find”, “visit”, “lap” and “counter”. Aside from learning, Shiba is having a fantastic time making lots of new puppy friends, reuniting with her siblings and playing with her toys.

On regular field trips in the local area, Shiba is always extremely well-behaved. She good at walking at heel and side whilst consistently making eye contact and checking in on her handler. She ignores other dogs when working, but sometimes her exuberant nature just can’t resist saying hello when passers-by try to talk to her, which of course, they shouldn’t! Since her last Pupdate, she has mastered hopping on and off travelators and escalators.

Shiba is on her way to becoming a wonderful, kind and caring Assistance Dog. She visibly enjoys learning new skills. Shiba’s happy personality is infectious, making her an absolute delight to be around.

During October, help raise funds and awareness for Assistance Dogs Australia. Host a doggie themed event or activity with friends, family, colleagues, your school or local club – or even with just your dog! Visit dogtober.org.au for more information.

Assistance Dogs Australia is passionate about training dogs to assist people with disabilities so they can live more confident and independent lives.

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RayScan has just installed the AquilionTM PRIME for better patient care through greater comfort and lower radiation dose while maintaining high image quality.

“With dose-reduction features such as AIDR, active collimation and dose modulation, the system can make adjustments in real time to reduce radiation exposure while maintaining the image quality needed for diagnoses,” said Dr Madhu Gulati. “Additionally, the wide, open bore and high-speed rotation make exams more comfortable and quicker for any patient type.”

The Aquilion PRIME generates 160 unique sub-millimeter slices per rotation. This high resolution, high-speed scanning allows for rapid data acquisition with shorter scan times, making it easier for patients to breath hold; while a faster reconstruction unit reduces the time required for diagnoses.

The installation of the Aquilion PRIME delivers advanced CT technologies, such as metal artefact reduction software, to Rayscan’s CT patients. “Using the Aquilion PRIME’s  Single Energy Metal Artefact Reduction (SEMAR) software the artefacts commonly associated with metal implants are suppressed and the adjacent soft tissues can be much better assessed for a more confident and accurate diagnosis” said Rob Walczynski, CT Manager for Toshiba Medical Systems ANZ.

 

About Toshiba Medical Systems ANZ Pty Ltd
Toshiba Medical Systems ANZ Pty Ltd (TAP) markets, sells, distributes and services radiology and cardiovascular systems, including CT, MR, ultrasound, X-ray and cardiovascular equipment, and coordinates clinical diagnostic imaging research for all modalities in ANZ. For more information, visit the TAP website at www.medical.toshiba.com.au

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. Visit Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation’s website at www.toshibamedicalsystems.com

Aquilion ONE, Aquilion ONE GENESIS and Aquilion are trademarks of Toshiba medical Systems Corporation.


 

Aquilion ONE GENESIS Edition, the new CT scanner is a flagship model that goes beyond the evolution of Area Detector CT. Intensive clinically focused research and breakthrough technological development have culminated in a new CT system delivering superior image quality and reduced radiation dose requirements.

Building on more than 10 years of clinical experience in Area Detector Technology, GENESIS Edition transforms CT for superior and safer patient care.

“GENESIS Edition offers improved X-ray detector functionality through a complete redesign of the system together with high-quality image processing and lower radiation doses than ever before,” said Mr. Rob Walczynski, National Manager of Toshiba Medical Systems ANZ Pty Ltd.

GENESIS Edition is empowered by FIRST, the world’s first volumetric Model Based Iterative Reconstruction (MBIR) that is fully integrated into scan protocols. FIRST will transform CT image quality with improved spatial resolution at lower doses.

GENESIS Edition has been designed with a unique flared gantry, providing a wide-open space for better patient experience.  The industries only Area Detector Gantry with 30 degrees bidirectional tilt enables angled scanning to avoid unnecessary exposure to radiosensitive organs.

A world first laser collimation system provides the ease of x-ray in CT, making CT scans faster and more comfortable for the patient, without the need for a scanogram.

The first GENESIS Edition in Australia will be installed into Southern Radiology at their Miranda practice.

 

About Toshiba Medical Systems ANZ Pty Ltd
Toshiba Medical Systems ANZ Pty Ltd (TAP) markets, sells, distributes and services radiology and cardiovascular systems, including CT, MR, ultrasound, X-ray and cardiovascular equipment, and coordinates clinical diagnostic imaging research for all modalities in ANZ. For more information, visit the TAP website at www.medical.toshiba.com.au

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. Visit Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation’s website at www.toshibamedicalsystems.com

Aquilion ONE, Aquilion ONE GENESIS and Aquilion are trademarks of Toshiba medical Systems Corporation.


 

High spatial resolution at short acquisition times with 16-Channel Knee SPEEDER coil

Engineered for outstanding clinical performance and enhanced throughput. Leading innovation, the 16-Channel Knee SPEEDER™ Coil is designed for optimal imaging of the knee and incorporates SPEEDER technology – Toshiba’s advanced parallel imaging.

Read three real-world case reports on our SPEEDER technology’s clinical performance and enhanced throughput capabilities.


 

The new 16-Channel Tx/Rx Knee SPEEDER coil is consistently delivering great image quality across a diverse range of patients.

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Dr Matthew Bastian-Jordan, MBBS BSc FRANZCR

The coil utilises SPEEDER technology for all directions which enhances clinical value with higher spatial resolution.

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Mr Alastair Collett, Chief MRI Technologist at QEII

16-Channel Knee SPEEDER™ Coil


 

About

Queensland X-Ray forms part of Sonic Healthcare, an Australian healthcare company focused on delivering medical excellence in radiology, pathology, general practice and occupational medicine.

Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, Sonic Healthcare is an ASX Top 50 company that has grown to become one of the world’s leading healthcare providers, with an emphasis on medically-led decision making across all of its divisions and individual companies.


Better care and safer imaging.

Toshiba Medical’s ground-breaking 16-row helical Aquilion Lightning system for whole-body imaging, employs cutting-edge technologies to optimise patient care and accelerate clinical decision making. The team at Regional Imagining Palmerston lead the way with the with the first Lightning system install in Australia.

“There are a few things I was quite impressed with on the new Lightning system:

Helical SEMAR is an excellent feature that we will use regularly. I wasn’t expecting gantry tilt to be available, it is a bonus!

The patient screen on the gantry is useful. Reconstruction speed is impressive.

App support was great! Dave was knowledgeable, thorough and was good at spotting things we didn’t know and informing us on better ways to use the system.

The scanner has a large bore and at the same time the entire unit is very small – the whole unit is easy to clean.

We’ve regained a lot of space in the control room from the smaller box and single control PC.

Installation was very smooth!”

Jack Feeney

Chief Technologist


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Shiba Stats

Breed Labrador

Birthday 13 April 2015

Things I love Playing with my brother, Buddy!

Skills I’m learning “Sit, Down, Watch, Fetch, Leave, Wait, Give, Side”

What’s next July I start Advanced training full time


 

Shiba recently left the big city and stayed with a carer in Kiama, whilst her Educator Alex was away travelling. Shiba loved being on holiday too, and kept her great manners and even learned new things.

During her stay in Kiama she learned to shake paws and to jump into the car on cue. She also made great progress walking up and down see-through stairs, which was a bit scary at first. It didn’t take long for her to become confident and soon she was walking calmly up and down the stairs all day! Shiba also practised her public transport etiquette on buses and trains, and got in and out of the train on her own accord.

Shiba is now back with her Educator in Sydney, and enjoyed a recent puppy class in the city with her brother Buddy. She resisted the temptation to play with him, and they remained focused throughout the whole class (until of course, they had playtime at the end of class and exhausted themselves with a good game of chase).

She is now mastering the art of giving retrieved objects/items to your hands, and is also learning how to relax in restaurants and cafes and not be distracted by delicious food smells.

Assistance Dogs Australia is passionate about training dogs to assist people with disabilities so they can live more confident and independent lives.

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Toshiba and the Australian Institute of Ultrasound officially announce their new partnership to expand education offerings to sonographers and clinicians using Toshiba’s market leading ultrasound systems. The Ultrasound Business Unit Manager, Robert Petersen said the partnership was in response to our customer’s need for the highest standard in clinical education and the AIU’s strong reputation as leaders in ultrasound training.

The Australian Institute of Ultrasound covers a wide range of courses that intersect with the clinical capabilities of Toshiba’s high-end ultrasound systems. Toshiba Ultrasound

represents leading innovation in medical ultrasound and through this partnership we can be sure that medical professionals receive the education required to get the best outcomes for their patients.

The Australian Institute of Ultrasound was one of the first private ultrasound education providers in Australia, which has been established for over 20 years. Located on the Gold Coast, delegates attend from around the world to receive lectures and practical sessions by highly trained and experienced imaging professionals.

Director of the Australian Institute of Ultrasound, Mr Kim Sanderson said that the synergy between the two companies will form the basis of a strong relationship that will increase the provision of quality education to the medical community.

“The Australian Institute of Ultrasound has a very positive reputation in the education field, and the partnership with Toshiba allows us to highlight the latest in Ultrasound technology from our state of the art facilities on the Gold Coast” Mr Sanderson said.

The Australian Institute of Ultrasound holds over 80 educational courses annually across a wide range of clinical areas. The modern facility also houses an audio visual production suite where high quality training videos are produced as well as other educational material.

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About Toshiba Medical Systems ANZ Pty Limited
Toshiba Medical Systems ANZ (TAP) markets, sells, distributes and services radiology and cardiovascular systems, including CT, MR, ultrasound, X-ray and Health Imaging Informatics solutions. TAP also coordinates clinical diagnostic imaging research for all modalities in Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit our website www.medical.toshiba.com.au/ or Follow us on Twitter @Toshibamed_Au

TUSTIN, Calif., April 12, 2016 – As chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) stands in the national spotlight for high impact sports, the University of California, Irvine has partnered with Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. for a first-of-its-kind study of cerebral microbleeds (CMB) in high school football players as a potential precursor to CTE. The study will utilise Toshiba’s Vantage Titan 3T MR system as the key diagnostic tool, taking advantage of its non-invasive capabilities.

The study will investigate the use of non-contrast MRI as a safe and noninvasive way to examine youth athletes and other patients for early signs of CTE, a degenerative disease found in those who suffer head trauma and a well-documented consequence of sub-concussive head injury. This will include evaluations of local high school student volunteers, including 100 test subjects (football players) and 50 control subjects (non-football players). Toshiba will provide application training to UCI researchers concerning the use of Toshiba’s MRI equipment.

“There have not been extensive studies of CTE in younger populations to date, so we see this as an important opportunity to examine if there are precursors or early signs that can lead to better diagnosis and treatment,” said Dr. Mark Fisher, UCI professor of neurology and study lead researcher. “Using Toshiba’s Titan 3T MR system, we may have an effective way to examine how playing football is affecting these subjects, and we hope to break new ground in diagnosing and treating head trauma before it can potentially cause problems for these athletes in the future.”

The Vantage Titan 3T MR was chosen for its ability to provide non-contrast neuro imaging. This includes elements such as a suite of advanced neuro-imaging sequences and PianissimoTM noise-reduction technology, and in particular its ability to determine the prevalence of CMB using the Flow Sensitive Black Blood (FSBB) sequence.

“This study presents an opportunity to determine how Toshiba’s MRI equipment can be used by healthcare providers to safely and effectively diagnose serious brain trauma or CTE earlier than ever before, which could ultimately impact a patient’s quality of life in the future,” said Eugene Mensah, Ph.D., M.B.A., director, Clinical Collaborations, Toshiba. “We are proud to have the researchers using Toshiba’s Vantage Titan 3T MR system to establish these potential markers of CTE, which speaks to Toshiba’s commitment to partnering with healthcare providers to identify the right imaging solutions to complex clinical situations.”

About University of California, Irvine
Currently celebrating its 50th anniversary, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 30,000 students and offers 192 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $4.8 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit www.uci.edu.

About Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.
With headquarters in Tustin, Calif., Toshiba America Medical Systems markets, sells, distributes and services radiology and cardiovascular systems, including CT, MR, ultrasound, X-ray and cardiovascular equipment, and coordinates clinical diagnostic imaging research for all modalities in the United States. For more information, visit Toshiba’s website at www.medical.toshiba.com.

Source: Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc.

Issue 26
February 2016

 

ViSIONS is Toshiba’s customer magazine about innovative technologies and applications in medical imaging. Read articles on diagnostic imaging in the fields of CT, MRI, X-Ray and Ultrasound and stay up-to-date with the latest developments in your clinical field.

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The Club will be able to access the departments of Toshiba Ultrasound and MRI Engineering

From this season, Toshiba Medical Systems Europe will be an official partner of FC Barcelona in the field of medical services. The European subsidiary of the Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation will supply 13 Ultrasound Systems and one Magnetic Resonance Imaging System to the Club’s medical centre, which will help to improve injury prevention and diagnosis and assist with the rehabilitation of players in the different professional and amateur sections.

As a result of this five-year agreement, the Club will be able to access the departments of Toshiba Ultrasound and MRI Engineering, which supply the very latest technology for diagnostic imagining, and will also provide support and advisory services to the FC Barcelona doctors.

Toshiba Medical Systems Europe (TMSE) is a regional subsidiary of Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation, the world’s leading supplier of diagnostic imaging systems: Ultrasound, Digital Radiology, Interventionist Radiology, Computerised Tomography, Magnetic Resonance, Nuclear Medicine and integral solutions.

Statement by Jordi Monés, director responsible for the FC Barcelona Medical Area:

“We are very satisfied with this deal. Toshiba is a prestigious international brand that is a leader in diagnostic imaging and with a great commitment to scientific investigation. This agreement strengthens our diagnostic capacity with one of the most important global brands in the Medical field and is a further step into Japan where FC Barcelona has an immense supporter base”

Statement by Toshio Takiguchi, President and CEO of Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation:

“We are happy to have our leading global brand partner with one of the best clubs in the world, FC Barcelona. This partnership will strengthen both brands as they continue their passion for sport and the values associated with it. Those values that FCB represents, such as respect, effort, ambition, teamwork and humility, are also relevant in our Company’s culture.”

Source: FC Barcelona

We spoke with Bryan Jago, National Service Manager, and Daryl Meppem, Branch Manager from Toshiba Australia’s medical division about their experience of sponsoring a UTS biomedical engineering scholar.

Why did Toshiba Medical Systems decide to sponsor a scholarship and what has your experience been to date?

Toshiba Medical Systems has a considerable history of assisting the training of Australian youth through traineeships. Many of our former trainees are now full-time employees of Toshiba. However, this is the first time we’ve sponsored an engineering scholarship.

Along with our desire to be an active member of our society, we also hope to expand the horizons of engineering students through exposure to ‘real-world’ engineering practice in the field of diagnostic imaging.

Companies need to play a part in training and developing future generations of engineers. We highly recommend the UTS engineering and IT scholarship and internship programs.

We were delighted by the high quality of the candidates and found it difficult to choose only one scholarship winner. We finally chose Mimi, a biomedical engineering student.

Mimi has just started her first internship at Toshiba Medical Systems. She will work with experienced Service Engineers installing and servicing equipment in public hospitals and private facilities. Mimi is interested in how new technologies can integrate with human anatomy, and aspires to work either in medical diagnostic imaging or developing technology to improve patient quality of life.

The equipment she will work on includes: angiography, cardiac catheter labs, CT, MRI, ultrasound and advanced 3D imaging systems.

Article source: Mutual benefits: Toshiba Medical Systems and UTS shape the engineers of tomorrow

To further the potential of Big Data to predict and prevent illness, Toshiba Group has established the Toshiba Center for Big Data in Healthcare at the Science + Technology Park at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Md. The Center’s principal project is a collaboration with the Johns Hopkins radiation oncology department to study treatment pathways and outcomes in head and neck and lung cancer patients.

Combining the expertise from Johns Hopkins’ world-renowned clinical research institution and its Big Data analysis techniques with Toshiba’s advanced image analysis and data mining, the Toshiba Center for Big Data in Healthcare will create new technologies to monitor individual health and drive more precise, individualised patient care. The work at the Center will use Big Data to analyse a patient’s condition and compare it with the plans and outcomes of patients who have a similar anatomy, physiology, pathology and history.

“From fitness and travel to marketing and retail, there are many applications in the public realm already using Big Data,” said Rich Mather, Ph.D., director, Clinical Programs, Toshiba Medical Research Institute USA, Inc. “Toshiba recognises the ability of Big Data to monitor individual health, and in the future, to support day-to-day clinical decision making. With our collaboration at Johns Hopkins, we hope to create a new paradigm in medicine that transforms healthcare into a more efficient, cost-effective and data-driven enterprise that will help to improve patient outcomes.”

Mr. Satoshi Tsunakawa, executive officer, corporate senior vice president of Toshiba Corporation, added, “This is a great opportunity to work with Johns Hopkins, one of the world’s leading medical centers, and I am confident that the research will lead to improvements in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of disease, and help to promote better health for patients in the U.S. and around the world.”

About Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.
With headquarters in Tustin, Calif., Toshiba America Medical Systems (TAMS) markets, sells, distributes and services radiology and cardiovascular systems, including CT, MR, ultrasound, X-ray and cardiovascular equipment, 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. Visit Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation’s website at www.toshibamedicalsystems.com.

About Toshiba
Toshiba Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, channels world-class capabilities in advanced electronic and electrical products and systems into five strategic business domains: Energy & Infrastructure, Community Solutions, Healthcare Systems & Services, Electronic Devices & Components, and Lifestyles Products & Services. Guided by the principles of The Basic Commitment of the Toshiba Group, “Committed to People, Committed to the Future,” Toshiba promotes global operations towards securing “Growth Through Creativity and Innovation” and is contributing to the achievement of a world in which people everywhere live in a safe, secure and comfortable society. Founded in Tokyo in 1875, today’s Toshiba is at the heart of a global network of over 590 consolidated companies employing over 200,000 people worldwide, with annual sales surpassing 6.5 trillion yen (US$63 billion). To find out more about Toshiba, visit www.toshiba.co.jp

Source: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation

State of the art medical imaging suite now operational at Aon Training Complex

David Moyes declared Manchester United now have “the best medical facilities of any football club in the world” at the unveiling of an impressive new suite at the Aon Training Complex.

The Reds’ official medical systems partner Toshiba have installed state-of-the-art Ultrasound, MRI and CT scanners at the training ground, the first of their kind in the UK.

They will help club doctor Steve McNally and his staff make earlier diagnoses of injuries, refine the rehabilitation process and facilitate ways of maintaining players’ longevity at the top level – among many other benefits.

And Moyes believes the pioneering equipment is sure to wow any transfer targets he sets his sights on in the coming seasons.

“It’s a wonderful facility that we can show off to new players and something we should be very proud of,” the Reds boss said.

“Manchester United has great partnerships and to be working with Toshiba is important to attract new players to the club. The Aon Training Complex is one of the leading football centres in the world and to have this new medical unit connected to it is fantastic.”

The new facility will allow the club to conduct all player treatment on site, including medicals with prospective new signings, something Moyes feels is crucial.

“It’s private and somewhere the players can trust, which is important for us,” he said. “It’s a great on-site facility where they can come and know they’ll get the right decision made about their injury.

“We will be able to get scans quicker and have a better idea of when players can train. That will help us get them on the field quicker, which will, in turn, result in fewer injuries.”

Moyes’ first-team coach Phil Neville, who was also at the unveiling, has seen the huge medical advances made in football since he started out as a young player at United’s old training ground, The Cliff.

“It’s almost unrecognisable from The Cliff,” he said. “We have a state-of-the-art facility here now and it’s improving. The pitches are getting better, the sports science departments are getting better and now we’ve got one of the best medical facilities in the world.

“We are trying to attract players and, when they come, they know they are going to get the best of everything. That’s what Manchester United’s all about.”

Source: Manchester United Ltd and Getty Images

State of the art medical imaging suite now operational at Aon Training Complex

Manchester United and Toshiba Medical Systems have today officially unveiled a brand new medical facility at the Aon Training Complex, harnessing the cutting edge medical equipment of the club’s official medical systems partner.

The pioneering agreement, part of the partnership that was announced in October 2012, has seen Toshiba install scanning equipment to help with early diagnosis of injury, improve player welfare and also facilitate research into early markers of potentially preventable injuries and ways of maintaining player career longevity at elite level.

The new facility will aid analysis of patterns and trends in rehabilitation, with innovative cardiac and musculoskeletal profiling helping to gain a wider understanding of both normal and abnormal responses to athletic training with possible applications to everyday health problems and injuries outside of professional sports.

Speaking about the facility, Dr Steve McNally, Manchester United club doctor, said: “Our partnership with Toshiba Medical Systems that provides Manchester United with state of the art Ultrasound, MRI and CT scanning facilities at our training complex will be a world first, offering a unique opportunity to explore the capabilities of medical imaging within an elite sporting environment. Not only am I excited about the possibilities for enhancing player healthcare, athletic development and ultimately performance, the innovative applications we hope to develop through this collaboration may confer wider healthcare benefits for the general population.”

United manager David Moyes added: “I’m absolutely delighted to have this facility fully up and running. Not only is it cutting edge medical technology, it will also help us detect the early signs of injury and help to refine the rehabilitation process – something that will pay dividends for years to come.”

United’s group managing director, Richard Arnold, commented: “Our players are at the centre of Manchester United and it is vital that we are able to offer them the best possible medical support. Toshiba are one of the world-leaders in sports medicine, and this partnership will have tangible value to the success of Manchester United and continue to advance understanding into both sports and other kinds of injuries.”

Toshiba’s vice president of sales and service in Europe, Mark Holmshaw, said: “This partnership will see the rapid development of world-class sports medicine applications from global leaders in the fields of football and medical technology.

“Toshiba’s medical technology delivers excellent image quality as well as market leading diagnostic precision that will enable Manchester United to identify, treat and rehabilitate players with a speed not currently experienced in world football today. Also, we will identify best practice rehabilitation for professional athletes, identifying new treatments, whilst delivering guidance and potential applications and treatment pathways for the wider public regarding the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for all patients in the long term.”

Toshiba Medical Systems’ innovative technological advancements will assist in giving United’s players the best care available, further demonstrating how the club’s commercial ventures can assist with its on the pitch activities.

Source: Manchester United Ltd and Getty Images