The Welsh Institute of Chiropractic (WIOC), an outpatient clinic within the University of South Wales recently acquired an Aplio 400 ultrasound system, which was delivered with Panoramic and SMI software. The Institute selected Toshiba Medical for its good reputation, reliability and the local support it provides.

 

Alison McBride, member of the  at WIOC MSK ultrasound team said, “It is an exciting development for us at the Chiropractic Institute as we are expanding our MSK ultrasound service to enable us to provide post-graduate clinical placement opportunities for those trying to fulfil course requirements. The WIOC provides a multi-disciplinary holistic approach to dealing with MSK problems and the ultrasound department is an essential part of the service.”

 

The WIOC is chiropractic training centre which is fully integrated within the University of South Wales. The outpatient clinic was purpose built in 2000 to allow the fourth year student clinicians on the Master of Chiropractic degree to undertake their clinical training. It offers a wide range of healthcare services to the community including chiropractic care, rehabilitation and diagnostic imaging.

 

The Aplio series is Toshiba’s premium system for general imaging and comes with advanced imaging and productivity features to satisfy the most robust requirements and boost efficiency. The Aplio 400 at the WIOC comes with Panoramic View SMI, which complements colour Doppler techniques in visualising small micro-vasculature.

 

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Shown left to right: Erica Oliver, Ultrasound Applications Specialist, Toshiba Medical; Dr. Roger Denton, Sports Physician, Dr. Alf Turner, Programme Leader and Alison McBride, Course Organiser, Senior Lecturer/Sonographer

 

Toshiba Medical offers a full range of diagnostic medical imaging solutions including CT, X-Ray, ultrasound 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.

 

Toshiba Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.   We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water

Toshiba Medical recently took its highly successful low dose road show over to Northern Ireland, where it was held over two consecutive days at Mossley Mill in Newtownabbey. A total of twenty-nine radiographers attended across the two days, the events being free for Toshiba customers, with the level of experience varying from a month to over thirty years.   Delegates all enjoyed the programme and are looking forward to further events in Northern Ireland.

 

The aims of the event were to build on the success of the low dose road shows previously run by the Toshiba Medical UK CT applications team. Northern Ireland is a new part of Toshiba Medical UK’s business, and educational events have previously not been held there for Toshiba users. These events are a useful tool for customers to understand how the systems function, as well as informing delegates about Toshiba equipment, introduce more detail as to how it works, and also to provide a practical demonstration of the software in action. The emphasis is on how the technologies influence image quality and dose, providing information to assist delegates in optimising their equipment in the clinical environment.

 

New Toshiba technologies were also discussed in relation to enhanced image quality and low doses, including SEMAR, SURESubtraction, FIRST and other Toshiba unique software. Low dose Cardiac CT was also covered, looking at the challenges presented in cardiac CT and how they can be overcome.

 

The final presentation, “What is displayed”, looked at how dose is measured, how effective dose is calculated and what dose information should be displayed on the scanners.

 

Comments on the two days ranged from “Presentations were excellent; lecturers were obviously well-educated and confident in the field”, to “Very beneficial event – extremely well organised. It was very helpful to get CT radiography staff thinking about their scanner/operator techniques, rather than just rolling through the motions.  Many thanks!” 

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Shown here: Group photo of delegates and speakers

Toshiba Medical  has a carbon-zero project in place.  We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water

New maternity ultrasound imaging service based in Oban provides much anticipated local service for mothers-to-be

 Toshiba Medical has partnered with Lorn and Islands Hospital to launch a new maternity scanning service for expectant mothers across the region. Sonographers at the hospital will use a Toshiba Aplio™ 400 ultrasound system and three probes to launch an expert and convenient local service for mothers-to-be.

Based at the Lorn and Islands Hospital in Oban, the service will cover Argyll and Bute and surrounding areas, as well as Mull and Tiree islands, with over 350 expectant mothers every year having access to a first-class maternity scanning service, which includes dating scans, Down’s syndrome screening, detailed anomaly scans and growth scans.

Lead sonographer, Helen Payne, says the Lorn and Islands service will make it much easier for local expectant mothers to get necessary scans. “Until this new local service was launched patients had to spend anywhere between two and a half to four hours travelling to Glasgow for their scans.”

 The launch of the new maternity scanning service comes after months of teamwork and collaboration between midwives, sonographers, radiology and hospital management and the service’s imaging partner, Toshiba Medical.

The sonography team has enjoyed help and input from Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Glasgow and NHS Highland, as well as invaluable logistics and IT support from St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

The service will use Toshiba Medical’s Aplio 400 ultrasound scanner and a high frequency probe for nuchal scans that produces exceptional image quality and accuracy for obstetrics imaging. Toshiba’s unique Advanced Dynamic Flow provides unparalleled colour imaging of blood through the foetal heart.

Helen Payne adds, “The imaging equipment is of the highest quality and the training and applications development work has been impressive   Toshiba has effectively worked with us to help design and deliver a first-class imaging service for the Argyll and Bute area.”

 Ergonomically designed with a fully customisable console, the scanner helps ensure every examination has an optimal result, providing the sonographers with unsurpassed image quality and superior productivity.

Mark Hitchman, UK Managing Director for Toshiba Medical says, “We are delighted to partner with Lorn and Islands Hospital to design and deliver a maternity scanning service. It’s exciting to know that specialist imaging equipment, operated by highly trained sonographers, is now easily accessible for mothers-to-be in the region.”

 

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Shown here, right to left, Tracey Bellas, Ultrasound Specialist, Toshiba Medical; Mark Nichols, Radiology Department Manager; Scott Couper, Ultrasound Sales Specialist, Toshiba Medical; Becky Brown, Midwife Sonographer and Helen Payne, Sonographer.    Seated in front is Jaki Lambert, Consultant Midwife

Toshiba Medical offers a full range of diagnostic medical imaging solutions including ultrasound, CT, X-ray and MR, across the globe.   As from 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 provid4e medical professionals with solutions that support their efforts in contributing to the health and well being of patients worldwide, so that together our industry-leading solutions deliver an enriched quality of life.

Toshiba Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.   We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water

 

“From this year, we plan to redouble our efforts, particularly in healthcare.”

Canon Chairman and CEO Fujio Mitarai

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Royal United Hospitals Bath recently purchased two of Toshiba Medical’s latest Aplio i-800 ultrasound systems for use in obstetrics, gynaecology, abdominal and MSK applications. The new scanners replace existing Toshiba Medical equipment, so that users are now able to enjoy state-of-the-art technologies such as such Superb Micro-vascular Imaging (SMI), and ultra wide-band i-series transducers.

 

Key features of the new equipment appreciated by the hospital include the SMI technology, and the multiple frequency probe design, which encompasses the traditional 6 and 3.75 MHz curved array probe in one unit. This innovation saves on cost and promotes efficiency of use since the need for switching between probes during an exam is negated. In addition, the design of the probe is larger than the usual 6 MHz version and is therefore more ergonomic, preventing RSI.

 

Tracey Blacker, Team Leader comments, “In the past our department has always chosen Toshiba Medical ultrasound equipment, which means that the products have a familiarity, which aids in training and also reduces the need for extensive applications support, an inevitable cause of reduction in throughput.” Productivity is always important in a busy acute hospital setting,  and as well as saving time, having the same equipment also assists in probe connectivity -(for several years the department had one linear probe shared between five machines, a major cost saving”. Tracey continues, Toshiba is very innovative with numerous training days up and down the country and the applications support and aftercare/service are excellent, so that we are able to get the most out of our equipment”.      

 

SMI offers colour flow imaging with unmatched detail and definition. It expands the range of visible blood flow to visualise low-velocity micro-vascular flow as never seen before with diagnosis ultrasound.    

 

Aplio i-series ultra-wideband transducers cover the same bandwidth as two conventional transducers, providing superior sensitivity and resolution for both the near and far field. As well as helping to reduce cost, this revolutionary transducer design can also provide better imaging regardless of the patient condition   

 

The new series features new beam-forming technology, iBeam, which optimises the efficiency of the beam, increasing penetration, spatial resolution and contrast resolution, while at the same time, reducing artefacts and clutter. It also comes with intelligent Dynamic Micro-Slice (iDS), which increases clinical accuracy and reveals more detail in all depths by electronically sharpening the imaging slice thickness.

 

Intuitive ergonomics boost productivity during daily routine and complex exams with iSense, which offers an image-guided user interface to visually guide the physician through the exam, simplifying system operation and helping improve efficiency. In addition, to make the ultrasound exams faster, the system features touch control screens and real-time quick scan, which makes automatic image adjustments without pushing a button.

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Shown here (left to right)  Becca Morgan and Rita Phillips, Advanced Practitioner Sonographers; Tracey Blacker, Team Lead; Elena Williams and Sue Jones, Advanced Practitioner Sonographers; Helen Lockyer, Applications Specialist, Toshiba Medical Systems.   In front on the left is Catherine Elmes, Trainee Sonographer and on the right, Jane Rosevear, Ultrasound Department Assistant

 

Toshiba Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place. We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water

“The revision in outlook reflects the newly consolidated Toshiba Medical Systems Corp.”

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Toshiba Medical Systems recently sponsored the North East Ultrasound Study Day. This inaugural meeting attracted sixty attendees from across the north east of the country. Due to Toshiba’s sponsorship, and also the speakers at the Study Day offering their services free-of-charge, it was possible to offer the event free-of-charge to delegates.

The main organisers were Ben Stenberg, Consultant Sonographer at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Richard Morrell, Ultrasound Services Manager at Northumbria NHS Trust and Claire Casling, Advance Practitioner Sonographer at the RVI, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. In addition, Tracey Bellas and Jo Bertelson, Ultrasound Specialists at Toshiba Medical Systems were in attendance.

After the opening remarks by Ben Stenberg, Ms Khalida Jan, Consultant Sonographer at Sunderland Royal Hospital present in “Thyroid (BTA classification), what they are and why we should be using them”. This was followed by Dr. Tim Hoare, Consultant Radiologist at the RVI speaking on “Appendicitis and what to do and when it isn’t”. After the coffee break, there followed a lively debate on “The future of sonographic education: Provider versus Manager”, led by Simon Richards of Teesside University and Richard Morrell from Northumbria NHS Trust. The morning closed with a lecture by Dr. Andy McNeill, Consultant Radiologist at the RVI on “Fusion ultrasound, not just for intervention.”

The afternoon programme opened with Dr. Tracey Hughes Consultant Radiologist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead speaking on “Gynae US perils and pitfalls, followed by a presentation from Dr. Richard Cooper, Consultant Radiologist, South Tyneside District Hospital on “Lumps and bumps”.

The meeting concluded with a questions and answers session. The session was chaired by Claire Casling, and included on the panel Richard Morrell, Simon Richards, Dr. Richard Cooper, Brian Allan, Ultrasound Service Manager, Newcastle NHS Trust and Jayne Richardson from South Tyneside District Hospital.

Ben Stenberg closed the meeting, and commenting on the day Ben said, “It was a fantastic day and great to see so many sonographers together from around the region with the appetite for educational events such as this. It is something I have wanted to set up for a long time and hopefully it will be the start of many more. Education and professionalism is so vital in maintaining and improving standards in patient care and I am glad others see it the same way and were prepared to give up their Saturday for the cause. And, of course, it would not have been possible without the excellent speakers and sponsorship from Toshiba, which was very much appreciated.”

 

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Group photo of delegates and speakers at the Ultrasound Study Day, RVI Clinical Learning Centre

Toshiba Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.   We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water

Please find here our response to the ‘Ransomware’ attack affecting NHS Hospitals. It was last updated on May 15th 2017.

Please also find the industry’s response through AXREM (Association of X-Ray Equipment Manufacturers) here on this link to AXREM’s website.

For further advice please contact our service hotline on 01293 653710.

Toshiba’s Aquilion Next Generation Aquilion ONE CT system was recently installed at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, part of Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. The new equipment replaced an existing 16-slice scanner and will provide cardiac patients with cutting-edge equipment on their doorsteps. It means that people in Buckinghamshire who would previously have had to travel out of the county for this kind of CT imaging can now come straight to Stoke Mandeville.

Designed to cater for the most specialised CT departments, the new system will enable the hospital to start a world-class cardiac service. It comes with Toshiba’s PUREVision detector which provides unparalleled image resolution and dose savings. In addition, the high speed gantry has a 78cm aperture to accommodate all patients, including bariatric and patients with high heart rates.

The new system performs coronary angiography using a single rotation axial scan. This not only ensures uniformity in the Z-axis. But the short scan time also reduces the need for contrast. With SURECardio Prospective even patients with arrhythmia can be successfully scanned while the patient dose is maintained as low as possible.

A major advantage of the 320-slice CT scanner includes minimal radiation dose. Optimal imaging quality is produced at the lowest possible dose. Ultra helical scanning capabilities reduce the scanning time to seconds, minimising the length of time patients are required to hold their breath and overall examination times.  The exceptional 4D diagnostic imaging can record a moment in time, or over multiple moments, to image dynamic blood flow or the mechanics of joint movement.

The system at Stoke Mandeville has also been equipped with Toshiba’s

SEMAR (Single-Energy Metal Artefact Reduction) technology. This innovative software employs a sophisticated reconstruction algorithm to eliminate artefacts caused by metallic implants, while improving visualisation of the implant, its supporting bone and adjacent soft tissues for an accurate diagnosis.

 

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Shown here (left to right) Simon Weeden, Branch Manager, Toshiba Medical Systems; Tessa Sanderson, CBE, and Andrew Wainwright, Radiology Operational Manager

 

Toshiba Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.   We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping and delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows: CT equates to 12 stoves and 48,365 litres of water

 

“We hope to address the expanding variety of health care needs around the world by combining technologies.”

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Our UK business is a rapidly growing organisation with dedicated sales and clinical applications professionals to support our customers.  As part of our continued commitment to providing our customers with an exceptional experience we are looking for Clinical Applications Specialists, MRI.

As a senior radiographer, or existing Applications Specialist, we are looking to you to provide our customers with clinical training on MRI installations and assist in the development of new applications techniques.  As an expert in MRI applications, you will be required to demonstrate your extensive knowledge of MRI imaging technology and techniques during your interview.  System demonstrations, sales support and internal product training are an integral part of the role.   You should have previous teaching experience and be able to enthusiastically convey this knowledge to our business partners.  This role is interesting and varied and involves regular travel throughout the UK, with full product training undertaken at our European and Japanese headquarters.

Toshiba Medical Systems attracts and retains highly skilled and solution-focussed individuals, generating a workforce of dynamic and motivated specialists. By offering a highly competitive salary and benefits package, along with an opportunity to continuously develop expertise, Toshiba offers meaningful and fulfilling employment opportunities.  If you want a challenging and satisfying role, are committed to providing exceptional customer satisfaction, and have a track record of achievements in your field, we want you in the Toshiba team.

Excellent benefits package including Basic Salary, Bonus, Company Car,

Pension, Private Medical Insurance, Income Protection and Life Assurance

 

To be considered for this highly rewarding position, send your CV with a covering letter as application to tmsuk.hr@toshiba-medical.eu by 15th June 2017.

“Consider me part of this family,” said Canon Chairman and CEO Fujio Mitarai to Toshiba Medical management at a meeting in January

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Otawara, Tochigi, Jan. 30, 2017 – Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation (Toshiba Medical; headquarters: Otawara, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan; President: Toshio Takiguchi) has decided on a new company name, “Canon Medical Systems Corporation”. The new company name will be officially introduced around the beginning of 2018 after regulatory procedures with the pharmaceutical and medical equipment authorities of each country regarding the name change are completed.

Toshiba Medical was established with capital provided by Tokyo Denki (Tokyo Electric Company, one of the companies that merged to form Toshiba Corporation) in 1930, and expanded its business globally, focusing on diagnostic imaging systems including X-ray, CT, MRI, and ultrasound. Toshiba Medical has the No. 1 market share in Japan and provides high-quality, reliable medical equipment and services to over 140 countries worldwide.

Toshiba Medical became independent of the Toshiba Group in March 2016, and decided to change the company name after officially becoming a subsidiary of Canon Inc. in December 2016.

As in the past, Toshiba Medical will continue to strengthen and expand the healthcare business, which is strategically important to Canon. Toshiba Medical will remain committed to contributing to healthcare worldwide under its management slogan “Made for Life”, while aiming to expand and achieve continued growth.

 

Toshiba’s Aquilion ONE Vision Edition CT scanner has been installed at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, Cornwall. The opening ceremony coincided with the hospital’s 50th birthday, highlighting the technological changes since the hospital opened, such as sub 1mSV cardiac imaging.

 

Emma Spouse, Imaging Lead, says, “Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust was impressed with the quality of the installation project of the new Toshiba Aquilion CT scanner on site. This was a difficult project requiring operational service continuity in the shared back-to-back control room, with equipment delivery into the department down a steep bank. Toshiba kept to time within a very tight project schedule, which was planned in meticulous detail. The applications training was of a high standard and the radiographic CT team was well supported through the challenges of different CT equipment and the associated software platform variations.   Despite being based at the tip of the South West, on-going system support has also been of a high standard with our local Toshiba engineer providing almost in-house level support.”

 

The Aquilion ONE Vision Edition CT scanner with its wide range of clinical imaging tools, delivers advanced performance, fast workflow, ultra helical scanning, ultra -low doses with high quality imaging and ease of use. With a 16cm wide detector for volumetric scanning of heart, organs and joints in a single rotation, and 4D dynamic acquisitions for moving joints and whole organ perfusion.

 

The system comes as standard with a 300kg weight limit bariatric couch. Conventionally a CT has in-out table movement, but with Toshiba’s unique option, Tech Assist Lateral Slide” which is lateral couch movement of 42mm to the left or right, this ensures patient safety and comfort, moving the patient at the touch of a button to the correct position. Lateral couch movement ensures that once the patient is on the couch, you can achieve perfect positioning optimising dose and image quality. With “no push and no pull”, this option reduces manual handling, and is ideal for ITU patients, unstable, trauma and bariatric patients.

 

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Shown here (left to right) Jackie Knox, Radiography Service Lead (in the scanner bore); Gemima Savage, CT Team Lead; Duncan Mitchell, CT Radiographer; Megan Newberry, Account Manager,  and Mark Condron, CT Clinical Development Specialist,  both of Toshiba Medical Systems; Tara Maher, CT Radiographer, and Emma Spouse, Imaging Lead

 

Toshiba Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.   We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping and delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

CT equates to 12 stoves and 48,365 litres of water

Cwm Taf University Health Board recently purchased four of Toshiba’s latest Aplio i-800 ultrasound systems, allocating two scanners for Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil and two for Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda Hospital. Users at both sites are now able to enjoy state-of-the-art technologies such as such Superb Micro-vascular Imaging (SMI), and ultra wide-band i-series transducers.

Royston Hibberd, Superintendent Sonographer comments, “We decided to purchase the Toshiba i800 after evaluating a number of manufacturers’ systems. The i800 was our first choice due to its image quality, the ergonomics of the system and Toshiba’s reputation for its after-sales support. The scanner out-performed all the other systems in our evaluation. A feature that particularly impressed us was the ‘Superb Micro-vascular Imaging’, which produces incredible images of the vascularity of the area under investigation. This feature is especially useful for MSK applications. The images produced of the ‘larger’ patients are also impressive. We found the Toshiba team very friendly and support during our installation.”    

SMI offers colour flow imaging with unmatched detail and definition. It expands the range of visible blood flow to visualise low-velocity micro-vascular flow as never seen before with diagnosis ultrasound.     

Aplio i-series ultra-wideband transducers cover the same bandwidth as two conventional transducers, providing superior sensitivity and resolution for both the near and far field. As well as helping to reduce cost, this revolutionary transducer design can also provide better imaging regardless of the patient condition   

The new series features new beam-forming technology, iBeam, which optimises the efficiency of the beam, increasing penetration, spatial resolution and contrast resolution, while at the same time, reducing artefacts and clutter. It also comes with intelligent Dynamic Micro-Slice (iDS), which increases clinical accuracy and reveals more detail in all depths by electronically sharpening the imaging slice thickness.

Intuitive ergonomics boost productivity during daily routine and complex exams with iSense, which offers an image-guided user interface to visually guide the physician through the exam, simplifying system operation and helping improve efficiency. In addition, to make the ultrasound exams faster, the system features touch control screens and real-time quick scan, which makes automatic image adjustments without pushing a button.

 

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Shown here (left to right)  – Royston Hibberd, Superintendent Sonographer; Gayle Godfrey, Support Worker; Erica Oliver, Clinical Specialist, Ultrasound, Toshiba Medical Systems, Jackie Charles, Support Worker (seated), and Annie Crocker, Sonographer

Forest Veterinary Centre, an independent veterinary practice in Epping, Essex, specialising in small animal work, recently invested in a Toshiba Aquilion Lightning 16-slice CT scanner.    The practice extended its premises with a custom built facility to accommodate the new system. Forest Vets also has a low field MRI solution on site.

Clive Swainsbury, Practice Partner says, “We were considering a second-life CT solution, but after seeing the advantages of Toshiba’s SEMAR software, we wanted a new CT system and Toshiba’s Aquilion Lightning was the obvious choice. We looked at acquiring a CT scanner about five years ago, but at that time we had a power supply problem. Toshiba was very helpful then, although at the time we didn’t purchase a system. We recently revisited our decision and during the acquisition of the new scanner, we again found Toshiba very supportive in all respects.”     

Continuing, Clive Swainbury explains, “We are achieving superb image quality, and we are finding as a result of having an in-house scanner our referrals have increased. It has been a very steep learning curve for our staff, but Toshiba’s applications support has been excellent, with the installation of the scanner going like clockwork. In addition, the SEMAR software is proving its worth.”

Toshiba Medical Systems’ Aquilion Lightning 16-row helical CT scanner comes with the world’s smallest detector element size of 0.5 mm, and is designed for all routine isotropic imaging. The environmentally friendly system incorporates fourth generation fast iterative reconstruction (AIDR 3D Enhanced) and Toshiba’s new PUREVISION detector to minimise the patient exposure dose for all examinations.

SEMAR utilises a sophisticated iterative reconstruction technique to virtually eliminate metal artefacts, improving visualisation of implants, supporting bone and adjacent soft tissue.

In addition, the Aquilion Lightning has the smallest footprint in its segment while having the largest gantry aperture. With a footprint of only 9.8 m2, the Aquilion Lightning can be installed in the smallest room and still offer a pleasant working environment.

 

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Shown here, left to right, Colin Pellow, Account Manager, Toshiba Medical Systems; Sophie Dennis, Veterinary Nurse; Glenn Bengtson, Practice Partner; Natalie Bennie, Veterinary Nurse and Clive Swainsbury, Practice Partner

Toshiba Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.  We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment, as follows:

CT equates to 12 stoves and 48,365 litres of water

 

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust recently in vested in Toshiba ultrasound, purchasing a total of five Aplio 500 systems, one for Todmorden Health Centre, to be used for a variety of exams and one for Huddersfield Royal Infirmary for the antenatal clinic.  Calderdale Hospital took delivery of three systems, two for the antenatal clinic and the third scanner for the Gynaecology Assessment Clinic. Chosen for its high image quality, excellent uptime and Toshiba’s unique low flow colour technology (SMI), the new systems also come with Toshiba’s highly valued lifetime applications support.

Shown here, (photo: Calderdale20), back row, left to right, Louise Higgins, Applications Specialist Toshiba Medical Systems; Advanced Practitioner Sonographers: Tina Halstead, Lisa Bury, Ann Hampshire and John Sunderland. Kate Grayson, Team Lead in Ultrasound;  Alina Robertshaw, Advanced Practitioner Sonographer; Jo Bertelsen, Account Manager, Toshiba Medical Systems and Nicola Longthorne, Advanced Practitioner Sonographer.

Seated in front: Lexi Hall-Lembo, Advanced Practitioner Sonographer; Samantha Ambler, Student Sonographer and Chris Bostock, Advanced Practitioner Sonographer

The Aplio 500 offers advanced performance that can be relied on day-after-day. Cost-effective, productive and versatile, it provides superior imaging with outstanding depth and detail. It comes with extra functionalities and increased image quality that will allow the users to scan patients in a faster time frame and is also equipped with a wide range of probes for use in scanning women in gynaecology and obstetrics, as well as 3D transvaginal capabilities.

Toshiba’s SMI (Superior Micro-vascular Imaging), which complements colour Doppler techniques in visualising small micro-vasculature. In addition, the Aplio 500 is also equipped with 3D packages.   Both of these exciting technologies, along with the quick and easy-to-use functions of the system,   improve the patient experience due to decreased scanning times and improved image quality.

Toshiba Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.  We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to including manufacturing, shipping and delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water

 

 

Toshiba Medical Systems recently undertook a hands-on practical training session on groin scanning at Fairfield Hospital, part of the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. The day, which was in line with Toshiba’s reputation for excellent after sales support and ongoing commitment to training, consisted of presentations and lectures followed by a hands-on session, with Sara Riley, Consultant Sonographer from Leeds Teaching Hospital being invited as guest speaker.

Angela Booth, Clinical Lead General Ultrasound commented “We covered anatomy, scanning technique and normal and pathological ultrasound appearances. After the theory there was a practical demonstration and after lunch we had a hands-on practical scanning session and we all managed to do several groins under Sara’s guidance.”

Angela concludes, “It was a really interesting day and very informative, and having Sara there to scan with us just brought all the knowledge together. We all thoroughly enjoyed it, with many thanks to both Toshiba and Sara.”

 

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Shown from left to right , standing – Paula Connor, Applications Specialist, Toshiba Medical Systems; Angela Booth, Clinical Lead General Ultrasound; Sara Riley, Consultant Sonographer, Leeds Teaching Hospital; Fiona Challinor,  Joanne Caballero and Safiyyah Sabat, Ultrasonographers

Seated, left to right – Esther Philips, Ultrasonographer; Marcia Wild, Ultrasound Service Manager and Angela Hargreaves, Ultrasonographer

 

Toshiba Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place. We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy use for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water

Royal National Orthopaedic XR

The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) in Stanmore recently acquired a Toshiba Ultimax-i X-ray fluoroscopy system. The new equipment, with its innovative design, provides a multi-directional interactive digital C-arm system, which makes it an ideal solution for all patients. It brings all the benefits of flat panel detector technology together with a comprehensive dose reduction programme. Effective dose management is available with a variety of fingertip controls, with three dose modes capable of reducing dose by up to sixty percent and three filters reducing hard and soft X-ray exposure.

 

The RNOH as a dedicated orthopaedic hospital will be performing exams mainly associated with orthopaedic injury and pathology. Antony Turner, Imaging Services Manager, says, “We chose Toshiba for the RNOH because it ticked all our boxes.  The equipment is easy to use, so training was easy to implement with our radiology and urology staff. The table height goes really low, which is a huge advantage for the types of patients we see on a regular basis.   We were very impressed with the enabling works and applications specialist support. The image quality is excellent and feedback from both radiographers and radiologists is very positive.  I am really pleased we went with Toshiba.”

 

With the Ultimax-i the RNOH has acquired a versatile, flexible system, designed to satisfy a wide range of clinical imaging and interventional needs. In fact the Ultimax offers ‘three systems in one’, with angiography, radiography/fluoroscopy and direct radiography all in the one unit. The C-arm system with a digital X-ray table is provided with remote and local operation, with rapid table and C-arm motion allowing virtually any position and projection whilst capturing high-resolution clinical images.

 

The tabletop may be lowered to only 52 cm above the floor, this height being ideal to meet the requirements of patients in wheelchairs, significantly reducing the burden on operators and assistants during patient transfer. Once the patient is initially positioned on the table, the quiet, smooth operation of the table-tilt can perform subsequent positioning without additional patient manipulation. In addition, the anatomical coverage from head to toe is in excess of two metres, taking into account the scanning range of 163 cm and the size of the 43 x 43 cm detector.

 

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Shown here, left to right: Gordon Stewart and Anna Drozdz, Radiographers; Edmond Kinene, Superintendent Radiographer; Jenny Armstrong, Radiographer; Nina Ghodrati, Superintendent Radiographer; Ella Mukherjee, Senior Radiographer; Sujatha Herath, Radiographer; Chi Burt, Account Manager and Dan Parr, Applications Specialist, both of Toshiba Medical Systems, with Antony Turner, Imaging Services Manager

 

Toshiba Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.   We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy useful for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

X-ray equates to 13 stoves and 50,781 litres of water

 

Bradford Royal US

Bradford Royal Infirmary recently acquired three Toshiba ultrasound scanners, two Aplio 400, and one Aplio 500 system. The Aplio 500 is being used in the main ultrasound department for general radiology applications, including paediatrics, interventional cases, contrast ultrasound, MSK work and abdominal and gynaecology studies. The Aplio 400 systems were purchased to replace two aged Toshiba ultrasound machines in the obstetrics department.   The new scanners joined other Toshiba equipment at the hospital, and as existing users of Toshiba ultrasound, Bradford Royal Infirmary opted for Toshiba again due to the excellent image quality as well as Toshiba’s commitment to lifetime applications support and high uptime.

 

The new systems come equipped with a host of features, including a fully programmable console that can be customised to suite individual clinical needs. The Aplio 500 comes which smart fusion software, which allows the ultrasound image and MR/CT images to be fused so that prostate and liver lesions can be targeted more accurately. In addition SMI (Super Micro-vascular Imaging), Toshiba’s unique colour imaging technique complements colour Doppler techniques to define to small blood vessels.  Shearwave and strain elastography packages provide quantitative measurements and dynamic visual display of tissue stiffness in a variety of clinical settings, ranging from abdominal to small parts exams.

 

The Aplio 400 scanners were also delivered with SMI software and users enjoy high resolution images of the foetus with the added benefits of SMI for looking at fetal hearts and brain structures.

 

Photo: 

Shown here, right to left, Karen Lomas, Sonographer; Jo Bertelsen, Ultrasound Sales Specialist, Toshiba Medical Systems; Shama Bi Ali, Penny Halmshaw, Naomi Titley, Gemma Powley and Donna Reynolds Sonographers; Louise Higgins, Clinical Applications Specialist, Toshiba Medical Systems; Carol Cahill, Midwife;  Jacqui Lee, Lead Sonographer; and Penny Fleming, Midwife

In front on the left, Wendy Hall, Superintendent Sonographer and on the left, James Chan, Sonographer

Toshiba Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.   We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water

Galan

Toshiba Medical Systems recently launched at the 2016 RSNA meeting in Chicago a new 3T MRI system. The Vantage Galan comes with a host of unique features, offering excellent image quality, streamlined workflow and outstanding patient comfort.

 

Commenting, Alistair Howseman, Director of Sales CT/XR/MR, Toshiba Medical Systems, says, “The new system as well as providing outstanding clinical image quality is extremely quiet and remarkably fast. Toshiba has focused on improving the patient experience and the result is a scanner with a 71cm wide bore aperture which allows the imaging of large patients comfortably and efficiently and a slim gradient design which provides significantly more space between the patient and the inside of the bore, greatly reducing acoustic noise with our patented Pianissimo technology.”

 

The Vantage Galan includes Pianissimo Zen, Toshiba’s silent technology, a combination of the company’s well-known Pianissimo hardware and new silent sequences for demanding applications such as FASE-DWI, FF3D and MR angiography. Its industry-leading non-contrast techniques allow for vascular imaging from head to toe, expanding patient access to MR angiography and dramatically improving patient safety. Multi-phase transmission technology provides outstanding homogeneity across all anatomical regions and clinical targets.

 

Compared to Toshiba’s conventional coils, Toshiba’s Atlas SPEEDER coil technology utilises a unique combination of smaller elements, which deliver a higher SNR and larger elements which provide greater penetration. By simultaneously integrating up to 128 channels, Vantage Galan 3T provides better image quality throughout the entire imaging volume. In addition, PURERF Transmit and Receive results in an increase of 20 percent in SNR.  Another feature unique to the new system is ultrashort TE imaging, enabling, for instance, a bright signal from ligaments and tendons.

 

The Vantage Galan comes with a short and compact bore which lowers patient anxiety and at the same time allows a 3T scanner to be installed in a room originally designed for a 1.5T system.

 

Photo:  The new Vantage Galan MRI system

 

Toshiba Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place. We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

3T MR equates to 47 stoves and 191,250 litres of water.

Hospital of Wales

The University Hospital of Wales (UHW) recently purchased a Toshiba Aplio 500 ultrasound scanner. The system has been delivered with Toshiba’s Smart Fusion technology which is being used at the hospital in conjunction with ultrasound for biopsies of the prostate.

 

UHW is one of the first sites in the UK currently using this ‘cutting-edge’ technology in every day practice, and commenting, Dr. Luke Wheeler, Consultant Radiologist says, “Toshiba Medical Systems is the University Health Board’s managed equipment service (MES) partner for ultrasound. The Smart Fusion technique has a learning curve, but then the process is quite straight forward. Toshiba’s support has been excellent. We are the first site in Wales to have started this procedure and I know that there is interest from other centres in Wales and elsewhere in the UK. Hopefully, Smart Fusion will improve the accuracy of targeting prostate cancer, identified on the pre-biopsy MRI.  Toshiba has always been around to advise and help me.”      

 

Lesions within the prostate are not always that easy to see using ultrasound and therefore are not easily biopsied. They may be better seen in CT or MRI images, but biopsies within these modalities can be time-consuming and costly. Toshiba’s Smart Fusion reads 3D DICOM data sets from all major imaging modalities and shows the corresponding images, in real-time, adjacent to the live ultrasound display. For a comprehensive pre- and post-evaluation of the intervention, Smart Fusion permits the user to work in any ultrasound imaging mode, including colour Doppler and contrast-enhanced ultrasound.

 

Tim Palarm, Regional Manager Ultrasound Sales, Toshiba Medical Systems commented “this is a first for Wales and Toshiba are proud to be working with the University Health Board on a leading technology that will change the radiological clinical pathway for patients.”

 

Photo: 

Pictured at the handover, left to right, Erica Oliver and Helen Lockyer, Ultrasound Applications Specialists, Toshiba Medical Systems; Dr. Luke Wheeler, Consultant Radiologist and Matthew Gallivan, Radiographic Helper (RDA)

 

 

 

Toshiba Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.  We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water

Northern Ireland

Medical Imaging NI has been a Toshiba Medical Systems partner for 25 years and is an established, and highly regarded, distributor for imaging equipment in Northern Ireland.

Retaining all staff from Medical Imaging NI, Toshiba Medical Systems will establish direct operations in Northern Ireland. The acquisition allows Toshiba Medical to develop innovative medical imaging equipment solutions and service offerings for its CT, MRI, X-Ray and Ultrasound customers, in Health and Social Care Trusts and private hospitals in the region.

 
Toshiba Medical Systems’ mission is to deliver the best quality products and services, as well as the industry’s best after-sales support through long-term, customer-focused partnerships. The company’s existing and new customers in the region will be able to enjoy enhanced benefits of being a direct Toshiba Medical Systems customer including: access to 7-day technical support, which drives the company’s 100% uptime and customer satisfaction goal; immediate access with enhanced spare parts delivery, as well as access to a growing fleet of relocatable MRI and CT scanners.

 
Mark Hitchman, UK Managing Director for Toshiba Medical Systems comments: “The acquisition of Medical Imaging NI signals our attempt to establish strong and lasting direct relationships with our growing customer base in Northern Ireland.”

 
Brian Beggs, Managing Director Medical Imaging NI comments: “Having been an established Toshiba Medical Systems partner, we are delighted by the acquisition and have ultimate faith that the quality product and service offering we have successfully developed over 25 years will be taken to the next level by a globally renowned medical imaging innovator.”

We will keep the same contact number allowing continued, uninterrupted communication. Tel: 02890839836
The office has relocated and the new head office details are listed below:
Mossley Mill
Carnmoney Road North
Newton Abbey
BT36 5QA

 

Diane Lennox (Consultant Radiologist), Tracey Bellas (Toshiba), Merilyn Cockburn (Consultant Radiologist), Nidhi Sibal (Consultant Radiologist)

Toshiba Medical Systems recently supplied the Breast Screening and Assessment Centre at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle with its recently-launched Aplio i-series ultrasound system. One of the first installations in the country, the new equipment comes with Toshiba’s Superb Micro-vascular Imaging (SMI) and Smart 3D technology as standard.

 

Commenting, Merilyn Cockburn, Consultant Radiographer at the Breast Screening and Assessment Centre at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, says, “The system is a replacement for a much older Aplio. We have two Toshiba ultrasound machines and we have found Toshiba scanners to be very reliable and user-friendly. In addition, the technical and applications support has always been very good. The image quality of the new equipment is very impressive.”

 

The Aplio i-series’ unique imaging technologies provide better image quality by reducing clutter, strengthening signal and improving visualisation. All functions work hand-in-hand with other imaging modes for greater uniformity across all applications. The new iBeam forming architecture enhances image quality thanks to sharper, more homogenous ultrasound beams, whilst simplified controls, a visual guided user interface and automated image optimisation features help to boost productivity, even during the more complex exams, without compromise on accuracy and precision.

 

Dr. Joanne Gholkar, Consultant Radiologist also appreciates the new features on the scanner, saying “I am impressed by the image quality for breast work, especially in the near field. It is a compact machine, but has a lovely-sized monitor, plus an uncluttered control panel that is easy-to-use and intuitive. It is easy to review images and reselect a patient for a rescan, even if the patient’s images have been closed and sent to PACS”.

   

Smaller and lighter, the Aplio i-series is easy to manoeuvre, with over 36 cm panel height adjustment, lateral slide and a fully articulating monitor arm to assist the user to optimally adjust the console to virtually any scanning position.

 

Photo:

Left to right, Diane Lennox, Consultant Radiographer; Tracey Bellas, Clinical Specialist, Ultrasound, Toshiba Medical Systems; Merilyn Cockburn Consultant Radiographer and Dr. Nidhi Sibal, Consultant Radiologist

 

 

Toshiba Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place .We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water.

 

 

MRI User Group

Toshiba Europe, together with Clinica Creu Blanca and Olea Medical invited Toshiba’s European customers to participate in a MRI MSK meeting held at Barcelona FC. The main theme of the event focussed on advances in MRI for musculoskeletal imaging, especially for sports injuries. Speakers were invited from both Europe and the USA, and included radiographers, radiologists and physicists.

The first day of the two day meeting focussed on the anatomy and histology of cartilage, tendon, muscle and bone and included a presentation by the Chief Medical Officer for Barcelona FC explaining how decisions were made regarding the management of the players’ injuries based on medical imaging. As part of these sessions, delegates also enjoyed a demonstration on how to improve MSK imaging at 3T using practical tips and tricks, during which they were fascinated by the use of pig lard at the Clinica Creu Blanca site to help with image homogeneity when scanning small areas using fat suppression.

In a lecture on chondral and osteochondral pathology, Dr. Padron from Clinical Centro Madrid showed that MRI is more and more moving from a qualitative to a quantitative approach for better comparison in follow-up examinations, commenting that the new ultra short TE sequences from Toshiba Medical Systems give more accuracy than the previously used sequences. This was followed by Dr Cerezal from Diagnostico Medico Cantabria, Santander, with a very informative presentation on advances in hip imaging.

Commenting on the meeting, Alistair Howseman, Sales Director at Toshiba Medical Systems UK, said, “The meeting provided an excellent opportunity for customers and users to interact with each other. During the evening, participants were able to discuss their current studies and work over dinner at the Princesa Sofia hotel, while admiring the view of the city and Mediterranean.”   

Speakers over the two-day period included Professor Gold from Stanford University, who gave two lectures, the first on functional imaging of the cartilage and quantification of the chondral change, and the second describing the measurement of the muscle velocity and inertial force using a phase contrast technique.

Other speakers presented on ‘advanced imaging techniques when imaging muscles and tendons’; ‘muscular break and follow-up’, and also diffusion tensor imaging and tractography of the internal structure of the peripheral nerves. In addition, Professor Derave of the University of Ghent gave a lecture on carnosine spectroscopy of the muscle. This indicates which muscle type is present in the individual, either explosive, or a slower muscle type, and is important information for athletes when determining how to treat injuries and also to establish which sports suits the individual, e.g., a sprinter or a long distance runner.

During a live scan, a volunteer was used to demonstrate the fusion of US and MRI. By synchronised fusion of an MRI 3D dataset during live ultrasound scans, the problem of imaging the deep structures, which is difficult for ultrasound, is resolved by the MRI data and the scan time overall is faster using this technique.

The visit to Barcelona was concluded with a visit to the nearby Camp Nou, when delegates had the opportunity to take a guided tour of the stadium and grounds of Barcelona FC.

Concluding, Alistair Howseman adds, “Both Toshiba and Olea Medical considered that the meeting was a great success with a lot of potential for the future.”

Photo: Group photo of the UK customers who attended the meeting

Toshiba Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.   We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

3T MRI equates to 47 stoves and 141,598 litres of water

Royal Stoke

The Royal Stoke Hospital Breast unit recently purchased a Toshiba Aplio 500 ultrasound system. The new equipment, which was delivered with Toshiba’s Strain Elastography software and the PVT1005BT probe, is being used for both screening and symptomatic patients including biopsy and FNA work.

 

Bernadette Booth Clinical Specialist Breast Imaging/Team Leader, says, “As users of Toshiba’s ultrasound systems we are very familiar with the equipment and are very happy with the service and continued after-care provided by Toshiba. We selected the Aplio 500 for its ease-of-use and customisation to suit group and individual preferences. The availability of two transducers enables efficiency in scanning the axilla, superficial structures, deeper lesions and improved scanning of larger breasts. In addition, the excellent after sales service has not only supported training in new techniques, but has also assisted in competency updates of established and new staff.”

 

The Aplio 500 offers advanced performance that can be relied on day-after-day. Cost-effective and versatile, it provides superior imaging with outstanding depth and clarity.  Toshiba’s strain and shear wave elastography technology assists in localising and assessing palpable masses with high accuracy and reproducibility, providing the user with integrated quantification tools. In addition, the new PVT1005BT probe offers a wider field-of-view and excellent image quality. Toshiba’s unique B-mode delivers images with sharpened lesion outline, enhanced uniformity and reduced noise. Penetration is increased for improved assessment of the large and dense breast.

 

Other advanced technologies include Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound (CEUS), which allows the user to assess and quantify perfusion dynamics with exceptional detail, providing sentinel node evaluation and improving patient management.

 

Superb Microvascular flow (SMI) imaging elevates colour Doppler imaging to a whole new level of spatial resolution, revealing minute vasculature whilst Biopsy Enhancement Auto Mode (BEAM) offers improved visualisation of biopsy needles in live scanning mode, enhancing diagnostic confidence for difficult, deep lesions.

 

Photo: 

Shown here, back row, standing (left to right), Ultrasound Account Manager, Toshiba Medical Systems Sean Steadman, with Consultant Mammographers Lorraine Moss, Catherine Ruane and Clinical Specialist Breast Imaging/Leader Trainer, Bernadette Booth

Front row, standing on the left Jackie Chambers, Applications Specialist, Toshiba Medical Systems, and seated, left to right: Consultant Radiologists, Dr. Bawja, Dr. Mohd Isa, Dr. Salehi-Bird and Dr. De Kluck

 

 

Toshiba Medial Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.  We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water

India Tech Summit - Official Announcement with PM's

INDO UK INSTITUTE OF HEALTH AGREES DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING PARTNERSHIP WITH TOSHIBA MEDICAL

20-Year Partnership Sees Toshiba Medical Deliver World Class Imaging Equipment, Clinical Training and World-Class Customer Service for unique Healthcare Collaboration Between The UK and India.

 

UK – 11th November 2016 – Toshiba Medical, one of the world’s leading medical imaging technology companies, announces a multi-year collaboration with Indo UK Institute of Health’s (IUIH) Medicity Programme to serve as a radiology partner in the area of diagnostic imaging products and services. Toshiba Medical and IUIH’s new relationship will provide greater access to high quality imaging services for patients in India.

 

The partnership was announced at the INDO UK Technology Summit inaugurated by the PM of India Mr N Modi and the PM of the UK Theresa May. Dr Liam Fox Secretary of State for Trade and Industry chaired the meeting where the agreement was made public.

 

The unprecedented 20-year partnership between Toshiba Medical and IUIH, a forward-looking healthcare provider, will create and deliver real value throughout the continuum of diagnostic imaging, driven by a combination of high technology premium products, clinical training and world-class customer services.

 

The Indo UK Institute of Health’s (IUIH) Medicity Programme is backed by private investment and supported by governments both in India and the UK. It aims to establish 11 Indo UK Institutes of Health, which will see high quality hospitals, nursing schools and medical colleges developed across India. When fully implemented, the initiative will amount to a huge investment into India’s healthcare system and provide healthcare to 100’s of millions of Indian people with currently no or little access to healthcare.

 

“We are proud to partner with Indo UK Institute of Health and our mission is to provide medical professionals with solutions that support their efforts in contributing to the health and wellbeing of patients. Together, we strive to create industry-leading solutions that deliver an enriched quality of  life through the broad portfolio of products that we offer but also in our commitment to research and customer education,” said Mr. Takiguchi, CEO and Chief Executive Officer of Toshiba Medical Corporation, Japan.

 

In addition to its commitment to provide access to its renowned products and technology, Toshiba Medical’s commitment includes the sponsorship of a post-graduate training and education center on the campus of one of IUIH’s medicities, and a research collaboration in India to develop more effective and efficient patient pathways.

 

Mark Hitchman, UK Managing Director at Toshiba Medical comments: “Healthcare has been identified as one of the priority areas for the two countries to work more closely together as part of the bilateral relationship between India and the UK. As a key strategic partner we are inspired by the philosophy of this project – The NHS in India – therefore we will be assisting IUIH in bringing tangible benefits to the population of India, and in doing so be able to develop beneficial strategies

to support the NHS here in the UK”.

 

“As a key partner for the project, the benefits of our collaboration are broad ranging and will include the provision of world class imaging equipment and knowledge that will form the basis of advanced medical research and development, plus training and education of imaging professionals in both countries, as well as extensive technology and innovation links – all with the aim of improving patient care and wellbeing.”

 

Mr. Ajay Rajan Gupta, Managing Director and Group CEO, IUIH said “The partnership with Toshiba Medical is set to redefine the existing paradigms in healthcare industry. It will add unparalleled value to IUIH at multiple levels. The agreement demonstrates our strategic intent to create a globally admired, affordable and accountable Indo UK Institute of Health Medicities Program. With this partnership we will have access to not just the best in radiology products, but also world-class customer after care, training and ongoing R&D, which will benefit not just the patients in India but reciprocally and ultimately also those in the NHS.”

 

Photo from left to right:

Dr Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science and Technology India, Theresa May, Prime Minister of U.K, Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India

Imaging Innovator to Advance Product and Service Offerings for Northern Ireland Customers From its New Belfast Base.

 

Belfast, NI – September 5th 2016 – Toshiba Medical Systems Ltd today announces the acquisition of Belfast-based Medical Imaging NI Limited. Medical Imaging NI has been a Toshiba Medical Systems partner for 25 years and is an established, and highly regarded, distributor for imaging equipment in Northern Ireland.

 

Retaining all staff from Medical Imaging NI, Toshiba Medical Systems will establish direct operations in Northern Ireland, where the operation will be led by Toshiba Medical Systems UK Director of Service, Paul Parsons. The acquisition allows Toshiba Medical to develop innovative medical imaging equipment solutions and service offerings for its CT, MRI, X-Ray and Ultrasound customers, in Health and Social Care Trusts and private hospitals in the region.

 

Toshiba Medical Systems’ mission is to deliver the best quality products and services, as well as the industry’s best after-sales support through long-term, customer-focused partnerships. The company’s existing and new customers in the region will be able to enjoy enhanced benefits of being a direct Toshiba Medical Systems customer including: access to 7-day technical support, which drives the company’s 100% uptime and customer satfisfaction goal; immediate access with enhanced spare parts delivery, as well as access to a growing fleet of reloactable MRI and CT scanners.

 

Additionally Toshiba Medical will offer its Northern Ireland customers access to first-line engineer training, and remote diagnostics, to support maintenance and multi-vendor servicing that ensures the Toshiba high standard of quality service for all imaging equipment. Finally, customers will have access to Toshiba Medical‘s tailor-made, shared-risk, multi-year contracts ensuring true value-for-money, with flexible invoicing options.

 

The company has relocated buildings from the Mallusk Enterprise Park to prestigious and more versatile surroundings at Mossley Mill, in Newton Abbey, where Toshiba Medical Systems will keep the same contact details allowing continued, uninterrupted communication channels for its customers.

 

Mark Hitchman, UK Managing Director for Toshiba Medical Systems comments: “The acquisition of Medical Imaging NI signals our attempt to establish strong and lasting direct relationships with our growing customer base in Northern Ireland. It is exciting that we are able to integrate a successful Toshiba Medical partner into our company especially as we have a strong existing relationship with the team there, having worked as a partner for 25 years. We see the existing team as a perfect fit with the same values, and we are confident that backed by our significant infrastructure, we will grow in Northern Ireland, helping to develop jobs and growth both for our company and the region.“

 

Brian Beggs, Managing Director Medical Imaging NI comments: “Having been an established Toshiba Medical Systems partner, we are delighted by the acquisition and have ultimate faith that the quality product and service offering we have successfully developed over 25 years will be taken to the next level by a globally reknowned medical imaging innovator. The Medical Imaging NI team is excited at the opportunity to join such a high performing team.“

 

Morcombe Bay

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust recently acquired six Toshiba ultrasound scanners as part of a second round of ultrasound purchases from Toshiba Medical Systems. Satisfaction with the customer service provided by Toshiba was a key factor in the decision to again select Toshiba ultrasound equipment.

 

Royal Lancaster Infirmary acquired four systems, two Aplio 400 scanners for placement in the antenatal ultrasound unit for obstetric and EPAU work, and one Aplio 500 for the radiology department, plus a Xario 200 for the ENT department, where it will be used to facilitate the one-stop head and neck clinic, which is operated from the main radiology department.

 

In addition, the Queen Victoria Hospital in Morecambe and Furness General Hospital both acquired Aplio 500 systems. The Aplio 500 scanners at Royal Lancaster Infirmary and Furness General Hospital are equipped with Toshiba’s software packages, SMI (Super Micro-vascular Imaging) and shearwave elastography. SMI will be used for bowel studies and it is hoped, eventually, to use elastography for a new liver screening service.

 

Jayne Ireland, Lead Sonographer says, “It was an easy decision to go with Toshiba for the second wave of our new ultrasound purchases. We selected the equipment for its ease-of-use, reliability and the excellent after-sales service provided by Toshiba.  We are achieving superb image quality and the SMI software as a useful aid to diagnosing bowel pathology is very sensitive and improves diagnostic confidence.”  Jayne adds, “The optimisation days recently held were very informative and took the sonographers to an extra level of understanding to get the most out of the machines for every patient.”

 

The Aplio series is Toshiba’s premium system for general imaging and comes with advanced imaging and productivity features to satisfy the most robust requirements and boost efficiency. The Aplio 500 comes with SMI, which complements colour Doppler techniques in visualising small micro-vasculature. Together with elastography software, it provides an abundance of expert tools for quick and reliable diagnosis.

 

A compact system with a small body, the Xario 200 offers excellent image quality and superior workflow in an easy-to-handle compact scanner. Its light weight transducers, which cover a large variety of clinical applications, are ergonomically shaped with flexible cables and a very slim connector.

 

Photo: 

Shown here, right to left, standing – Jayne Ireland, Lead Sonographer; Julia Gibson, Sonographer; Rachel Davies, Trainee Sonographer, Rachel Stephenson and Nicole Rhodes, Sonographers and Paula Connor, Ultrasound Applications Specialist Toshiba Medical Systems

Seated in front, left to right, are Sonographers, Stella Aspden, Mark Robinson and Steve Marks

 

 

Toshiba Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.   We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water

Salford Royal

Spire Liverpool Hospital recently replaced its existing X-ray equipment with a Toshiba Ultimax-i X-ray fluoroscopy system. The new system has enabled the hospital to broaden the scope of examinations it offers and increase efficiency, whilst providing a higher degree of patient comfort than ever before.

 

Anne Marsh, Diagnostic Imaging Manager comments, “We selected the Ultimax-i because it is a MP c-arm system with an optional overhead x-ray tube and erect bucky. This gives us more functionality in a general room and allows us to expand our services to include such procedures as spinal injections as well as all the usual fluoroscopic procedures. We have noticed a faster throughput and improved image quality with the new equipment. The Toshiba support was excellent. The project went very smoothly and the staff were extremely helpful throughout.”

 

The Ultimax-i is flexible and versatile, capable of performing multi- purpose imaging with a large image field of view and excellent image quality. Its innovative design with a multi-directional interactive digital C-arm facilitates all gastrointestinal studies, interventional radiology and angiographic procedures with anatomical coverage from head to toe and shoulder to shoulder on even the tallest patients.

 

Following initial positioning of the patient, the Ultimax-i can be moved in any orientation required. The system has integrated anti-collision technology to protect the patient at all times and a comprehensive dose reduction programme that ensures maximum diagnostic information at the lowest possible dose.

 

 

Photo: 

Shown here, left to right, standing, Graham King, Account Executive CT/MR/XR, Johanna Cotton, X-ray Sales Specialist, both of Toshiba Medical Systems; Fergus Macpherson, Hospital Director; Nik Codd, Project Manager, Toshiba Medical Systems and Anne Marsh, Diagnostic Imaging Manager

Seated in front, left to right, Alun Evans-Thomlinson, Radiology Team Leader; Maria Punay, Radiographer and Nicola Glover, Assistant Practitioner

Toshiba Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.   We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy useful for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

X-ray equates to 13 stoves and 50,781 litres of water

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Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust purchased two Toshiba Infinix-i neuro-interventional Labs, a biplane system and a single plane system. The Trust’s existing systems were over ten years old and it was therefore looking to replace both its bi-plane system, which is almost exclusively utilised for complex neuro interventional cases and the single plane system that was used as a neuro back up and for other general interventional procedures. After a lengthy evaluation process Toshiba was chosen to supply the replacement equipment, with the Infinix-i biplane at Salford being the first in Europe of its generation to be placed in a neurovascular environment.

 

As part of a collaborative agreement, the hospital clinicians are working in partnership with an international team from Toshiba Medical Systems Europe, Japan and the UK, to test new applications and software, specific to the specialised work undertaken at Salford. This arrangement is proving beneficial to both the hospital’s neuro radiologists, as well as an invaluable opportunity for Toshiba to work closely with its customers to push product development to meet clinical needs.

 

With regard to the choice of Toshiba systems, Dee Patel, Superintendent Radiographer explains, “We looked at all available systems that met our specifications and requirements, and the first thing that impressed us about the Toshiba equipment was the versatility of the multi-axis positioning capability of the C-arm on the Infinix i system. We have found the unique lateral and vertical movements of the lateral arm on the biplane system to be extremely useful in neuro applications. In addition, our neuro-interventionalists were impressed with the tableside controls, which give them access to the whole imaging system without leaving the patient. ”

 

The Infinix-i system has what is regarded as one of the most flexible C-arm designs currently on the market, with even the floor-mounted single plane system being able to achieve fingertip to fingertip coverage of the whole patient without moving the table. This coupled with the unique lateral plane reversibility and height adjustment, means that every patient can be positioned to allow the clinician the best possible access and flexibility.  At the same time, unencumbered access to the patient can be maintained for anaesthesia and other support staff, and also ensuring that staff and patients benefit from the dose reduction possible with better positioning.

 

Dee Patel continues, “Our radiographers are pleased with the user-friendly windows-based interface and find it easy to use.  C-arm and tube positioning are easily controlled with the Hyper Handle tableside and the satellite console.”

 

The Infinix-i systems at Salford are equipped with Toshiba’s latest ‘Spot Fluoroscopy’ technology, physicians can use this asymmetrical off-centre collimation technique to the focus on the region of interest whilst maintaining a last image hold of the surrounding area. The use of Spot Fluoro significantly reduces the amount of radiation used, improves image quality and enables the user to focus on a specific area within the field-of-view without having to move the table. The reduction in patient and operator dose is a huge benefit, in addition there is a significant risk reduction in complex procedures from vascular trauma due to inadvertent movement of the devices and catheters in keeping the table still during the procedure. Both systems also utilise Toshiba Medical Systems’ unique real-time skin dose tracking system. DTS, Dose Tracking System, provides real-time feedback on patient skin dose distribution to the clinical team, allowing them to make informed clinical decisions that benefit the patient at the tableside. As this information can be stored with the patient images, it also allows the clinical team to plan the best approach for those patients that are undergoing multiple, long and very complex procedures, to minimise the risk of any possible side effects.

 

Commenting on DTS, Dee Patel adds, “The real-time graphic patient dose information is very useful during procedures as adjustments can be made in tube positioning during a procedure to minimise skin dose to any one area.”

 

The single plane system at Salford offers imaging facilities for a range of other interventional specialties including renal-vascular, urology, GI, spinal and MSK. It has all the technological, and design capabilities of the biplane system, which provides the added flexibility of being able to use it as a backup for neuro as and when demand dictates.

 

From the outset, Toshiba was very keen to assist the Trust in the design of the purpose-built interventional suites, the result being an excellent work space with good patient flow. Dee Patel says, “Technical support has been excellent and service responses very fast.  From the start, Toshiba applications specialists were on site, or at the end of the phone, to help us to set up our systems just as we wanted them. Adjustments could be made mid-procedure to aid our interventionalists to the end point.”

 

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust is home to the Greater Manchester Neuroscience Centre, offering neurosurgery and interventional neuro radiology to a population of 3.5 million people. It performs around 250 interventional cases and 350 diagnostic cases on the biplane system, with a six-day service. It is also a comprehensive stroke centre for Greater Manchester, offering endovascular intervention to stroke patients. Salford Royal is also part of the Major Trauma Network, offering 24 hour emergency vascular intervention to patients from all over the Northwest.

 

 

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Shown here left to right, Marc Ivison, Senior Service Engineer XR, Toshiba Medical Systems; Dr. Hannah Stockley, Consultant Interventional Neuroradiologist; Dhiren Patel, Superintendent Radiographer; Graham King, Account Manager CT/MR/XR Toshiba Medical Systems; Rory Dedman, Senior Neuroradiographer and Matthew Solomon, Head of Technical Support Group, Toshiba Medical Systems

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X-ray equates to 13 stoves and 50,781 litres of water

 

 

 

Nuffield Health North Staffs(1)

Nuffield Health North Staffordshire Hospital in Newcastle under Lyme recently acquired a Toshiba Aquilion PRIME CT scanner. The equipment is installed in a £2.3 million diagnostics suite, which was recently officially opened by Stoke City Football Club Manager Mark Hughes. The new facility was delivered by a partnership between Nuffield Health and InHealth.

 

Ann Brunt, Nuffield Health North Staffordshire Hospital Director, comments, “In partnership with InHealth we are excited to be opening our new state-of-the-art facility, which provides the latest diagnostic innovation, combined with first-class patient experience. We are hoping this is the beginning of a fundamental transformation of our hospital. As a team, we are already working towards the next step in our development, which includes the creation of an ambulatory and oncology suite, which demonstrates that we are constantly looking at ways to improve our facilities to enable us to provide a better level of service to our customers and to the local community. It will also help to support the care of NHS patients through working with key partners such as local clinical commissioning groups.” 

 Richard Williams, Imaging Services Manager at In Health says, “We are all very pleased to be part of this marvellous joint venture between InHealth and the Nuffield. It gives us a fantastic opportunity to work together to provide our patients with gold standard diagnostic services and care. To this end, our choice of the Toshiba 160-slice CT scanner has proven to be a very wise one indeed. Toshiba told us it was a state-of-the-art, high quality CT system and following installation it has fully lived up to all expectations of the radiographers, radiologists and our referring clinicians.”

 The Aquilion PRIME is ideal for departments needing to perform a wide variety of examinations whilst maintaining a high throughput and streamlined workflow. The system has fully integrated advanced dose reduction technologies that enable the operator to consistently obtain maximum quality imaging at the lowest possible radiation dose. The scanner has a wide array of advanced packages, including Toshiba’s SURECardio software with ECG-gating, cardiac analysis and vessel probe. Nuffield Health North Staffordshire plans to make the most of this investment by starting a new CT cardiac service at the hospital.

 

 

Photo: Nuffield Health North Staffs

Shown here, left to right,  Matthew Stork, InHealth Managing Director of Diagnostic Services; Barnaby Harrison, Account Manager CT/MR/X-ray, Toshiba Medical Systems; Jean Frost and Alison Seadon, Radiography Department Assistants; Mark Hughes, Stoke City Football Club Manager; Debbie Lightfoot, Senior Radiographer; Richard Williams, Imaging Services Manager, InHealth; Lesley Hunter, Radiography Department Assistant and Graham Ogden, InHealth Head of Operations

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CT equates to 12 stoves and 48,365 litres of water

Tessa Sanderson Press Release

 

Specialist teams at the hospital and wellbeing centre will use state-of-the-art ultrasound imaging technology to help the Foundation identify, evaluate, treat and rehabilitate talented athletes as they complete TSFA programmes and local residents as they recover from sporting injuries.

 

August 2016 – Toshiba Medical Systems today announces the launch of a formal partnership between the Tessa Sanderson Foundation and Academy (TSFA), Homerton Hospital and the Sir Ludwig Guttman Health and Wellbeing Centre. The partnership sees sports injury and musculoskeletal specialists from two nationally-renowned centres of sports medicine excellence using state-of-the-art medical imaging technology within a sports foundation to manage athletes’ health and wellbeing.

The Partnership will continue to build on the legacy of the London 2012 Games by providing health and wellbeing services that meet local needs and expectations, and to encourage local people to improve their own health and wellbeing.

Based at Newham College, TSFA employs a growing number of experienced ex-international class coaches and works with teachers and managers in local schools, community centres, sports clubs and academies. The Foundation and Academy has a structured programme that helps youngsters identify and experience the positive benefit of sport on lifestyle, nutrition and wider life skills.

Dr. Peter Resteghini leads the Sports and Musculoskeletal Clinic at the Homerton University Hospital, where he has trained and worked with staff who have gone on to work in high level sport including the Football Premiership, Rugby and also specialists in sports medicine at the 2012 Olympics. Dr Resteghini and his team will help the Foundation manage medical health initiatives using the Aplio™ 500 ultrasound scanner, helping TSFA maintain their young athletes’ fitness and wellbeing as they participate in sporting activities and prepare for major sporting events such as the Olympics, World Championships and Commonwealth Games.

Homerton University Hospital will provide a one-stop service for sports injuries and musculoskeletal problems for the Foundation. Providing treatment at Homerton University Hospital and Sir Ludwig Guttmann Health and Wellbeing Centre, a specialist team will assess and treat sports injuries and musculoskeletal problems including; sports injuries, tendon and muscle sprains and strains, joint pain and arthritis among other conditions.

Through the unique partnership, injured athletes and local residents will have access to Sports Physicians, Physiotherapy, Orthopaedic Surgery, and Radiology services including ultrasound guided injections. Additionally patients will have access to biomechanical (podiatric) assessments, a full range of investigations including X-ray, ultrasound, MRI and blood tests where appropriate, and treatment for activity related injuries. The team will provide advice and education for Foundation athletes in order to reduce the risk of future injuries.

As an NHS clinic there is no charge for patients who are referred with sports injuries or musculoskeletal problems. Access to the clinic is generally considered via a referral letter from a GP or local hospital but the clinical will occasionally accept patients via an A&E pathway for a wide variety of MSK conditions.

As well as providing a treatment for injured athletes, the partnership will help promote the rapid development of novel sports medicine and exercise-related applications for ultrasound scanner technology as well as helping TSFA medical staff and the wider community it serves develop an understanding of ultrasound scanner technology as a fundamental building block for young athlete well-being and development.

Toshiba’s ultrasound technology will enable the TSFA team in partnership with Toshiba Medical Systems to develop scanner applications and best practice guidelines regarding the early diagnosis, improved rehabilitation and preventative care for these young athletes as they travel through the Foundation and Academy programmes. The partnership will help TSFA maintain their young athletes’ fitness and wellbeing as they participate in sporting activities. By using imaging in innovative ways to track the physical and physiological development of youngsters playing sport, the partnership will identify best practice treatment and exercise regimes for athletes at varying skill and aptitude levels.

TSFA and its partners will use Aplio™ 500 ultrasound scanner technology, which is used by many of the UK’s leading imaging research centres. Designed for high-resolution musculoskeletal imaging, the system features exceptional spatial and contrast resolution to visualise muscle and tendon architecture in super-fine detail. Advanced Dynamic Flow and elastography applications will allow the earliest possible detection of vascular flow interruption and muscle and tendon damage, enabling the Foundation’s medical staff to make fast and accurate decisions on treatment for its growing base of young talent based on immediate diagnosis.

Tessa Sanderson, CBE is excited at formal launch of the partnership: “Our original partnership with Toshiba Medical Systems gave us a unique opportunity to explore the capabilities of medical imaging within our Foundation environment. Now with a fully developed partnership that involves Homerton Hospital and the Sir Ludwig Guttmann Health and Wellbeing Centre, we’re able to treat athletes quickly and effectively as well as open a pathway for them to learn about sports medicine and sports science by giving them opportunities to learn about how the body performs during exercise and heals after injury.”

Toshiba Medical Systems UK Managing Director, Mark Hitchman is proud to be part of the partnership: “Our technology is being used by some of the world’s leading sports organisations and community-based sports facilities for significant player and athlete medical care – from Manchester United and Barcelona to the Barnet FC and Imaging Academy, our technology and expertise is helping develop sports science in applied settings for elites athletes and importantly, for the wider community these organisations help to serve and support.

“Our continued efforts in the pursuit of medical imaging excellence is a perfect fit with the aims of Tessa’s Foundation and Academy and its partners. Together we’ll be able to quickly diagnose young athletes and local residents with MSK injuries and get them on a recovery pathway so that they can recover well and realise their sporting and healthy living ambitions.”

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Toshiba Medical Systems UK together with Clinical Diagnostics Educational Ltd. recently ran a one day course on “The increasing impact of ultrasound in general gynaecology and reproductive medicine – clinical and technical aspects.” Held at Bromsgrove Hilton Hotel in Bromsgrove, attendees voted it an excellent venue, describing the day as “well organised with brilliant staff running the course.”

 

Aimed at experienced sonographers and clinical and nursing personnel working in the field of medical ultrasound, the course offered an intensive lecture programme that reviewed current scanning practice in gynaecology and other associated areas of pregnancy and women’s healthcare. It also highlighted recent developments in scanning technology and their impact in terms of ultrasound diagnosis and clinical management.

 

In addition to the lecture programme and practical demonstrations, the course was also designed to encourage discussion and the exchange of views and experience within the group. This aspect of the day was much appreciated by delegates, who welcomed the opportunity to catch up with other sonographers and discuss work issues.

 

Lecture topics included a review of recent advances in transvaginal ultrasound imaging, and a review of causes, investigation and current management of abnormal uterine bleeding.  Ultrasound of the endometricum, together with gynaecological oncology and post menopausal studies was covered, together with the value of 3D transvaginal ultrasound in early pregnancy assessment and first trimester screening. Another topic explored current clinical trends in the investigation and treatment of recurrent miscarriage, together with a lecture on advanced 3D virtual imaging in reproductive gynaecology.

 

With positive feedback from all the delegates, one delegate commented, “I found the course extremely interesting and thought-provoking. I have never used 3D IV scanning and very little colour Doppler for gynae scanning, but can definitely see the benefits of using both. I have really enjoyed the day and have gained a lot of new information.”  A second delegate added “Excellent information conveyed at a good pace.  I have been given much food for thought to apply to my current working practice.”

 

 

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Lecturers, Toshiba staff and delegates attending “The increasing impact of ultrasound in general gynaecology and reproductive medicine – clinical and technical aspects” course at Bromsgrove

 

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Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water

Three Shires

 

Imaging@Three Shires Hospital in Northampton, a joint partnership between BMI Three Shires Hospital, St Andrews Healthcare and Global Diagnostics, recently upgraded its existing 1.5T Toshiba MRI scanner to a Toshiba Vantage Titan 1.5T MRI system.

 

The Vantage Titan 1.5T is an ultra short and ultra wide bore system (71cm) for a more comfortable patient experience but without compromise to the large useable field of view and image quality. During the upgrade period, the clinic utilised Toshiba’s re-locatable Vantage Elan 1.5T as an interim solution to maintain its MRI service on site.

 

Helena White, MRI Lead Radiographer comments, “The wide bore is much more patient friendly allowing for reduced anxiety and better access for larger patients. We work closely with the professional sports teams in Northampton, in particular Northampton Saints Rugby, providing them with much of their imaging requirements, so this feature is particularly useful when scanning the larger players. We also now have an extended couch which enables 80% feet first scanning and again improves comfort for the taller sportsmen. The system has excellent field homogeneity and together with automatic shimming improvements, more robust fat saturation can be achieved in problematic areas. This, in conjunction with the new 16 channel flex coils, is paramount for our provision of high resolution, optimum MSK image production. MRI appointments are reserved for the Saints following match days. Our dedicated team of specialised consultant radiologists have full confidence in our image quality and using Global Diagnostics’ teleradiology RIS PACS system provide the medical team with an instant report.”  

 

In addition to its wide bore, other benefits of the new system include contrast free vascular imaging, wireless ECG and respiratory gating and ceiling routed cables to avoid floor obstacles around the gantry. With an extended scan range and Toshiba’s general purpose medium and large flex coils the Vantage Titan fully meets the demands of today’s challenging clinical environment.

 

Patient comfort is addressed with Toshiba’s patented Pianissimo technology, which dramatically reduces acoustic noise, a major cause of patient unease during an MRI scan.     In addition, Time-SLIP, Toshiba’s MR angiography technique does not require the use of contrast media.  It uses a Spatial Labelling Inversion Pulse that can be applied to many regions of the body and used for evaluating haemodynamic velocity, functional assessments and visualisation of vascular structures. Based on the Arterial Spin Labelling technique, it employs spatially non-selective IR pulses and spatially selective tag pulses, to reveal regions excited as bright or black blood.

 

Helena White goes on to say ‘Good partnership working is of paramount importance when planning and developing an ongoing MRI service provision, and this was a key factor in us continuing to trust in Toshiba, rather than opting for an alternative manufacturer. After a 10 year association, Toshiba have gained knowledge and understanding of our MRI clinical practices and workflows and their support in terms of service and applications is proven. Our MR radiographers are well practised in ‘Toshiba terminology’  and this was important for efficiency in the training process, both on the interim  Elan system and the upgraded Titan and MPower platform, thus causing minimum disruption to patient lead times during the process.

 

 

 

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Shown here (left to right), Dominic Bath, BMI Three Shires Hospital Director; David Sheehan, Global Diagnostics CEO; Jennifer Lingley, Out-patient Services Manager; Alex Waller, Prop, Northampton Saints Rugby Club; Helena White, Clinical Lead MRI Radiographer; Colin Pellow, Account Manager, CT/X-Ay/MRI & Connectivity, Toshiba Medical Systems, and Gil Baldwin, St. Andrew’s Healthcare CEO

 

 

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1.5T MR equates to 35 stoves and 141,598 litres of water

BIR Toshiba Mayneord Adrian Dixon 3

Professor Adrian Dixon, the recipient of the BIR/Toshiba Mayneord Award, delivered the keynote eponymous lecture titled “Has imaging become too effective?” in Liverpool, on Tuesday 7 June to a packed audience of radiologists, radiographers and other healthcare professionals.

Professor Dixon is Emeritus Professor of Radiology, University of Cambridge.  He has a worldwide reputation as an academic and a radiologist and has published extensively on body and musculoskeletal computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging and was one of the early pioneers of these modalities.

Dr David Wilson, BIR President, introduced Professor Dixon as someone who “has made us think differently about radiology” and who has written so many papers “we don’t count them, we weigh them”.

In his talk, Professor Dixon spoke about the huge milestones achieved during his career but warned that because imaging is now so effective there is a risk of “over-imaging” the patient. Departments are becoming stretched and with increasing workloads there is now a shortage of radiographer and radiology personnel.

He spoke about huge advances in MRI, CT and ultrasound and questioned the viability of some plain radiographs for diagnosis. Touching on the controversial issue of whether screening saves lives he concluded that it’s vital for radiology departments to work as a team to ensure that the right examination is chosen for each patient.

After the lecture, Professor Dixon was presented with a prize and a trophy. He said, “I am honoured to receive this award and it has been a pleasure to reunite with so many ex-colleagues and friends here at UKRC”.

Mark Hitchman, Managing Director of Toshiba Medical Systems, who presented the award, said, “We are once more honoured to support this renowned eponymous lecture. Professor Dixon inspired us all to think about the big picture and the challenges we face, and furthermore how to face them head-on”.

 

About the award

The BIR Toshiba Mayneord Memorial Lecture is an annual award made to an individual or a group of collaborators in recognition of recent or current contributions in the wide and expanding field of radiology. The lecture was founded in 1984 in memory of Professor Val Mayneord CBE FRS, past president of the BIR. The lecture is given at the annual UKRC.

Toshiba sponsors this BIR award which recognises values, skills and contributions at the forefront of medical imaging, as it is in line with Toshiba’s commitment to education.

You can view the lecture on the UKRC website here http://www.ukrc.org.uk/presentation-webcasts

Read an interview with Professor Dixon on the BIR blog https://blog.bir.org.uk/2016/04/07/has-imaging-become-too-effective/

Previous recipients include Professor Sir Muir Gray (2015), Professor John Buscombe (2014), Professor Richard Ehman (2012), Professor Sir Mike Richards (2011) and Lord Darzi (2010).

Professor Sir Muir Gray delivers the BIR/Toshiba Mayneord Memorial Lecture at UKRC 2015

 

Professor Sir Muir Gray, the recipient of the BIR/Toshiba Mayneord Award, delivered the opening plenary lecture of UKRC, in Liverpool, on Monday 29 June to a packed audience of around 400 radiologists, radiographers and physicists.  The lecture was entitled “From Quality to Value—population and personalised imaging”, and was an appropriate introduction to the four streams of the conference: Clinical, Advances in Technology, Service Delivery and Informatics.

 

Professor Gray is a Consultant in Public Health at Oxford University Hospitals Trust and Director of Better Value Healthcare Ltd.  His lecture centred on how to  transform care with the aim of increasing value for both populations and individuals.

 

The BIR Toshiba Mayneord Memorial Lecture is an annual award made to an individual or a group of collaborators in recognition of recent or current contributions in the wide and expanding field of radiology. The lecture was founded in 1984 in memory of Professor Val Mayneord CBE FRS, past president of the BIR. The lecture is given at the annual UKRC.

Toshiba sponsors this BIR award which recognises values, skills and contributions at the forefront of medical imaging, as it is in line with Toshiba’s commitment to education.

Dr David Wilson, President of the BIR, said “This was an inspiring and motivating talk which challenged every member of the audience to analyse the “value” in the service they provide.”

Mark Hitchman, Managing Director of Toshiba Medical Systems, said, “Professor Sir Muir Gray gave an inspiring and thought provoking lecture which was perfectly in tune with the current climate. We should all take something away from this to apply in our daily working practice.”

You can view the lecture on the UKRC website here http://www.ukrc.org.uk/presentation-webcasts

Read an interview with Professor Gray on the BIR website:

http://www.bir.org.uk/media-centre/news/2015/march/professor-sir-muir-gray-to-deliver-birtoshiba-mayneord-lecture/

Previous recipients include Professor John Buscombe (2014), Professor Richard Ehman (2012), Professor Sir Mike Richards (2011) and Lord Darzi (2010).

 

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Photograph: (left to right) Mark Hitchman (Managing Director, Toshiba Medical Systems), Dr David Wilson (President BIR), Professor Sir Muir Gray, Jacqueline Fowler (Chief Executive, BIR), XXXXXX (President Toshiba)

 

Notes to Editors

 

About Professor Mayneord

Professor William Valentine Mayneord entered the field of medical physics in 1924 at St Bart’s Hospital in London then to the Cancer Hospital, now the Royal Marsden Hospital. During WWII he was seconded by the government to work in Canada on the radiological aspects of atomic energy development.

 

He is recognised as the leading authority in the UK on the applications of radiation dosimetry to medical radiology and the problems of radiation hazards. He was awarded a CBE in 1965.

 

About The British Institute of Radiology

 

Ysbyty Maelor US XR

 

Ysbyty Maelor Hospital, Wrexham recently acquired a Toshiba Ultimax-i X-ray fluoroscopy system. The new system comes with an array of software packages and extras including remote control console; retrospective fluoroscopy save; extended field of view; laser projector for under-table tube; and angiography software.

 

Stephen Roberts, Radiology Site Manager explains, “The Ultimax-i has allowed our department to offer a greater range of examinations to our service users. The usability, flexibility, dose reduction and image quality of the Toshiba kit offers a vast improvement over the previous system we had in our department. The very large digital detector offers many advantages for a range of clinical situations and it has enabled us to reduce our waiting times in areas such as diagnostic and therapeutic joint injections.”

 

As a multi-purpose RF system the Ultimax-i is a flexible and versatile system designed to be capable of a wide variety of examinations and is used at Wrexham as back-up for interventional procedures. Stephen continues, “The new system has also allowed us to develop the cardiology service by incorporating multiple cardiology pacemaker insertion lists each week into the Radiology Department, which is a marked improvement on the previous service, where the exams were performed using a mobile image intensifier.   This also has had benefits for the wider hospital, as the vacant pacing theatre has now been re-developed into a new decontamination suite.”  Stephen adds, “Support from Toshiba during applications training was excellent and communications with the company have been very good.”

 

 

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Shown here, left to right back row, (standing) from Toshiba Medical Systems, Johanna Cotton, X-ray Applications Specialist; Matthew Solomon, National Service Manager and Graham King, Account Executive, CT/MR/XR

Left to right, front row, (seated) Sian Jones, Radiographer & Ultimax-i Key Trainer; Stephen Roberts, Radiology Site Manager; Stephanie Mills, Radiographer, and standing, Dr. Praveen Govind, Clinical Director of Radiology

 

 

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X-ray equates to 13 stoves and 50,781 litres of water

Edinburgh Western US

Toshiba Medical Systems recently installed two Aplio 500 ultrasound systems in the mammography department at Edinburgh Western General Hospital.

 

The Aplio 500 machines, which were delivered with shearwave software, were chosen for their speed and image quality. Commenting on the purchase, Nicola Mason, Lead Sonographer says, “We have never used Toshiba ultrasound systems before, however, we have found the Aplio 500 an easy and ergonomic system to use with good image quality. We also found there is increased visualisation of the needle tip during biopsy which improves accuracy and reduces the need to repeat. This also means the overall procedure is quicker. For cases which require assessment of the axilla, the Aplio 500 has proved to be comparatively superior for assessment of lymph nodes. The Colour Doppler modality is highly sensitive at detecting small vessels; these are important to visualise prior to biopsy.”      

 

Nicola adds, “In addition, Toshiba’s shearwave technology provides a quantitative measure and dynamic display of tissue stiffness, which may help to differentiate benign from malignant tumours.”

 

The Aplio 500 offers advanced performance that can be relied on day-after-day. Cost-effective, productive and versatile, it provides superior imaging with outstanding depth and detail for the widest range of clinical specialities. In addition, comprehensive on-board programmes allow the user to review, manage and report conveniently on the system or via a network. It fits perfectly into individual work practices with a software-driven platform that is easy to configure and to upgrade, to meet the demands of patient workload and fast-changing clinical practice.

 

 

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Left to right, Lynn Henderson and Carol-Ann Lonie, Radiographic Department Assistants; Dr. Gauri Babu, Consultant Radiologist; Scott Couper, Ultrasound Sales Specialist, Toshiba Medical Systems; Dr. Ben Ward, Consultant Radiologist; Laura McGibbon, Ultrasound Applications, Toshiba Medical Systems; Nicola Mason, Clinical Specialist Sonographer;

Dr. Melanie Smith, Consultant Radiologist; Mandy Stewart, Superintendent Radiographer and Rebecca King, Radiographic Department Assistant

 

 

Toshiba Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.   We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water

Ysbyty Maelor CT

 

Toshiba Medical Systems recently supplied an Aquilion PRIME 160-slice CT system to Ysbyty Maelor Hospital, Wrexham.

Ysbyty Maelor already has a Toshiba Aquilion ONE scanner, Neal Crimes, Superintendent Radiographer says, “It is no longer a luxury for a District General Hospitals to have two scanners; in fact, it is a necessity these days.”

The new equipment incorporates some of the latest clinical applications available, and the scanner at Ysbyty Maelor comes with an array of packages including cardiac software, and SURESubtraction software. The system is one of the first in the UK to be supplied with revolutionary new metal artefact reduction software, SEMARTM, which is Toshiba’s latest addition to its adaptive diagnostic suite of technologies. SEMARTM is a sophisticated, dose neutral, software package that is used to virtually eliminate the metal artefacts seen around dense metal objects such as hip prosthetics and dental amalgam.

SEMARTM is complementary to dose reduction technologies; it provides remarkable visualisation of implants, surrounding bone stock and soft tissues making it invaluable for a wide variety of previously challenging diagnostic scenarios.

Neal Crimes continues, “We have a longstanding relationship with Toshiba and we chose the Aquilion PRIME for our second scanner as it is compact with a small footprint. The equipment is extremely reliable; the installation went very smoothly and we also found the applications training excellent. The new software meets all our clinical needs, and we particularly like the new SEMAR package.”  

The Aquilion PRIME is an ideal CT system for imaging departments that need to perform a high volume and wide variety of examinations. The intuitive and streamlined workflow allows for rapid throughput, whilst maintaining clinical confidence.

 

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Shown here, on the left-hand side of the couch, left to right Dr. Praveen Govind, Clinical Director Radiology; Matthew Soloman, National Service Manager and Graham King, Account Executive CT/MR/XR, both of Toshiba Medical Systems

On the right-hand side of the couch, on the left is Neal Crimes, CT Lead Radiographer and on the right is Stephan Roberts, Radiology Services Manager

 

 

Toshiba Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.  We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

CT equates to 12 stoves and 48,365 litres of water

Aintree Hospital Prime

 

Aintree Hospital recently acquired a Toshiba Aquilion PRIME CT scanner. The new equipment is an additional system to three other Toshiba CT systems at the hospital, and is located in the new major trauma centre that treats in excess of 80,000 patients per year.

Kate Hughes, CT Manager, comments, “We already have three Toshiba scanners and we know they are very reliable machines with a very comprehensive after-sales service. Also being familiar with the functions reduced the training period, and Toshiba understood our needs throughout the procurement process. We like the speed, reliability and ease-of-use of the new system, key requirements for equipment in an A&E department.” 

The Aquilion PRIME is the ideal CT scanner for a busy A&E department that needs to provide instant access to a wide variety of examinations. The system has a wide bore, bariatric couch and high output generator to ensure that all patients can be scanned comfortably and without compromise. The inclusion of lateral couch movement ensures that minimal patient movement is required to achieve perfect positioning.

In an environment where time is of the essence, InstaView, Toshiba’s instantaneous image reconstruction and review software enables immediate image review, allowing for critical decisions to be made. Intuitive, structured workflow ensures rapid scanning which along with the integration of Adaptive Iterative Dose Reduction (AIDR 3D Enhanced) the patient dose can be lowered by up to 75 percent compared to conventional scan techniques.

The scanner had a wide array of advanced packages to ensure all clinical scenarios are covered including SURECardio; wide volume brain perfusion and variable helical pitch.

 

 

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Shown here, left to right, Dr Suzanne Amin, Consultant Radiologist; Dr Erica Thwaite, Consultant Radiologist; Karen Irwin, CSI Manager; Kate Hughes, CT Manager; Kathy Porritt, Radiographer; Dr Aldo Camenzuli, Consultant Interventional Radiologist; Ray Smith, Radiographer; Graham King, Account Executive CT/MR/XR, Toshiba Medical Systems and Dr Rebecca Hanlon, Radiology Clinical Director

 

 

Toshiba Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.   We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

CT equates to 12 stoves and 48,365 litres of water

Low Dose Road Show

 

Toshiba Medical Systems recently held a study day on the company’s CT scanners from a physicist’s perspective, at three separate venues in the UK: Slough, Manchester and Glasgow.

 

Building on the success of its low dose road shows, which are run by Toshiba’s CT applications team and aimed predominantly at clinical radiographers, the recent study days were tailored for physicists working with Toshiba CT scanners. Delegates were given an overview of Toshiba’s equipment and introduced in more detail to how the technologies function, including a practical demonstration of the software in action. The emphasis was on how the technologies influence image quality and dose, providing delegates with the information to help optimisation in the clinical environment.

 

The programme opened with a CT review, covering Toshiba’s detector technology, scanner aperture, detector technology and dose efficiency including a comparison between helical and volume scanning.

 

Noise reduction and reconstruction methods and how they work, including AIDR and the latest model-based iterative reconstruction FIRST, were explained, as well as Toshiba’s metal artefact reduction software, SEMAR. Wedge filter design, fields-of-view and resolution including what it is and what it affects were also discussed.

 

Automatic exposure control was explained, including how Toshiba’s SUREExposure works, how it adapts to individual patient size and what exposure parameters affect each other when using SUREExposure and how they affect patient dose.

 

All these topics were presented by Dr. Roy Irwan, Science and Product Manager CT at Toshiba Medical Systems Europe and Deputy Chair HERCA-COCIR TF*. Dr. Irwan concluded with a presentation looking at the IEC regulations covering how dose must be displayed and the changes over time. The presentation also introduced delegates to HERCA (Heads of the European Radiological Protection Competent Authorities, and the commitments from COCIR regarding standardised benchmarking of CT systems, implementation of dose reduction methods in CT, dose management and reporting, and provision of specific training curricula.

 

Mr. David Platten, Medical Physicist at Northampton General Hospital gave a presentation on the 16th COMARE** report, (IR(ME)R,*** which covered the seven recommendations from COMARE and how they help address IR(ME)R and optimisation in dose, including personal experience in his own clinical environment and the importance of medical physicists, radiographers, radiologists and manufacturers working together to obtain the best clinical use of CT scanners.

 

Mark Condron, Senior CT Applications Specialist and Heather Dring, CT Applications Specialist at Toshiba Medical Systems ran a session on application of technology in clinical practice. This comprised an introduction to the user interface, plus a short demonstration to illustrate the differences between software versions, and slides on dose notification, dose alert and dose reports.   It also included a practical session, using a demonstration system to show, amongst other topics, how the interface works, the effect of different parameters on dose, different scan modes and the anatomy of a protocol.

 

Over 75 delegates attended over the three days, mainly medical physicists. The event was free for Toshiba customers and those physicists responsible for Toshiba CT systems. The feedback was excellent, with comments ranging from “extremely good coverage of physics on application of image quality and reconstructive software”; “very well targeted to the audience”, to “very helpful Toshiba representatives and handy networking opportunities.” Another delegate stated “it was a very good idea to run this course.  Well presented and informative day, I would be very happy to attend a similar event, if you run one again.”  “It was a useful study day; plenty of information, which will aid our upcoming testing on the new scanners.    Thank you for inviting us.”

 

Photo: Group Photo: Delegates at the Glasgow venue

*HERCA-COCIR TF

Heads of the European Radiological Protection Competent Authorities

European Coordination Committee of the Radiological Electromedical Healthcare IT Industry

TF – Task Force

 

**COMARE – Committee on Medial Aspects of Radiation in the Environment

 

***IR(ME)R – Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations

 

 

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Japan Green Ultrasound

 

The Japan Medical Centre, a private healthcare facility based at Throgmorton Avenue, London, recently acquired a Toshiba Xario 200 ultrasound system for general abdominal, vascular and MSK scanning.

 

Dr. Yoshihiro Takaya, Clinical Director comments, “The new scanner is easy-to-use with excellent image quality.  We have enjoyed stress-free imaging with a Toshiba Nemio scanner for many years and appreciate its stability and compactness. On the Xario 200 we particularly like the QuickScan software, which enables automatic optimisation of image quality, and also the elastography package, which helps us to evaluate a solid component effectively. Dr. Takaya adds, “We also found Toshiba’s after-sales support to be particularly helpful and efficient.”

 

Small, smart and simple, Toshiba’s Xario 200 comes with outstanding image quality and superior workflow in an easy-to-handle, compact scanner, which includes lightweight, transducers covering a large variety of clinical applications as well as a fully customisable console and a large colour touch command screen. The large 19 inch high-resolution monitor has a fully articulating monitor arm, and ergonomic handgrip, enabling optimised positioning in every challenging environment. Xario’s monitor facilitates full screen mode for increased visibility of the smallest detail. In addition, it is equipped with details such as smart transducer cable management, a standby function to allow quick shutdown and startup in mobile situations and, during probe changes, an illuminated transducer bay area.

 

The Xario 200 has been engineered to enhance efficiency, increase throughput and boost productivity. Toshiba’s exclusive iStyle+ productivity suite simplifies procedures and accelerates workflow with a set of automation tools. The customisable user interface and touch screen display, providing one-button access to major imaging modes and functions, reduces operator fatigue. At the touch of a button, exam times are reduced using the fully automated Quick Start menu to optimise image quality and colour flow for specific targets, and greater exam consistency can be achieved by the use of Quick Scan to optimise image quality. In addition, workflow can be automated and exams standardised using the Quick Assist Protocols featuring a one-click operation.

 

 

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Shown here (left to right) Kae Kikukawa, Head Nurse; Dr. Yoshihiro Takaya, Clinical Director; Yoshie Sekita, Clinical Assistant; Dr. Katsunori Ishida and Jane Hanford, Clinical Applications Specialist, Ultrasound, Toshiba Medical Systems

 

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Royal Victoria US 22.02.16

 

Toshiba Medical Systems is supporting a series of workshops on a cutting edge new procedure at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The technique involves the use of iodine-125 seeds for the localisation of breast tumours.

The UK Breast Screening Service detects around 17,000 breast tumours per annum, of which the majority are impalpable. Many of these patients will undergo surgical excision of the tumour guided by wire.

The Newcastle Hospitals Trust has introduced the first routine UK service to localise tumours with iodine-125 seeds as an alternative to wires. The seeds act as a beacon in the tumour, with a gamma probe guiding the surgeon to the precise location. This has resulted in an improved patient pathway as the seed insertion can take place seven to fourteen days prior to surgery. There is improved cosmesis and almost all surgical excisions are done as a day case.

The Trust uses the Toshiba Aplio 500 ultrasound scanner for seed placement and a Toshiba Viamo portable ultrasound machine is used on the course for practical demonstration.

The RVI was the first unit in the UK to start using this technique, in October 2014 after staff had travelled to the Netherlands for training in the procedure.

Merilyn Cockburn, Advanced Practitioner Radiographer says, “Apart from the advantages of being able to insert the seeds at least a week before surgery, thereby reducing the anxiety for patients, other benefits include a more straight forward procedure, with research showing that the technique gives greater accuracy in locating the tumour. The Toshiba ultrasound scanner offers good tumour and iodine seed visualisation and to date we have not had any misplaced seeds. The Toshiba Viamo portable machine is easy to set up and use and has improved the quality of our practical demonstrations.

The target audience for the workshop includes breast radiologists, radiographers, surgeons, key theatre and pathology staff, nuclear medicine physicists and radiation protection advisors.   Further workshops are planned and anyone interested can contact Julie.whale@nuth.nus.uk

 

 

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Shown here is the team at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, left to right, Mr. Adam Critchley, Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon; Dr. George Petrides, Consultant Radiologist; Dr. Nidhi Sibal, Consultant Radiologist, Breast Screening Programme Director; Merilyn Cockburn and Jenni Scott, Advanced Practitioner Radiographers and Dr. Richard Peace, Clinical Scientist & Nuclear Medicine Physicist

 

 

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Nuffield Health Leeds CT

Toshiba’s Aquilion ONE VISION Edition CT system was recently chosen by Nuffield Health Leeds Hospital. The new equipment replaces an existing scanner and was purchased primarily for its cutting edge cardiac capabilities. Cardiac is an area of speciality for the hospital. As part of the project Toshiba also supplied a Vitrea advanced visualisation software (thin client) solution.

Nuffield Health Leeds is Yorkshire’s largest private hospital, located in Leeds city centre. It specialises in complex surgery such as cardiac and neurosurgery, whilst also delivering specialities more traditionally associated with a private hospital such as orthopaedics, women’s and men’s health and cosmetic surgery.

Andrew Pimperton, Diagnostic Services Manager, says, “We chose Toshiba CT because it is a market leader in terms of cardiac CT, which is one of our areas of speciality at Leeds Nuffield. The acquisition of the heart in a single rotation gives us a competitive edge.”    Andrew continues, “The Toshiba team was very helpful and we are happy with the scanner.   It delivers clinically, and we have been able to increase our throughput with the new scanner.   Also, for the first time, we hope to be able to offer our patients a CT colonography service.”        

The Aquilion ONE VISION Edition CT scanner at Nuffield Health Leeds delivers advanced performance, with state-of-the-art features, including cardiac, body perfusion, CT colon CAD, and lung density analysis packages. It comes with Toshiba’s new PUREVision detector which provides unparalleled image resolution and industry leading dose savings. The Aquilion ONE is ideal for scanning bariatric patients with advanced iterative dose reduction, a large capacity generator, a 300kg couch and a large bore of 78 cm.

The addition to the system of iterative reconstructed volumetric 3D and 2D real-time CT fluoroscopy allows the most difficult interventional procedures to be performed at the lowest dose with improved accuracy and safety for both operator and patient.

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Shown here (left to right)  Graham King, Account Executive CT/MR/XR, Toshiba Medical Systems; Georgina Casey, Radiographer; Lee Martin and Heather Dring, CT Application Specialists, Toshiba Medical Systems; Lisa Fox, Lead Radiographer and Andrew Pimperton, Diagnostic Services Manager

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St Mary's XR 15/02/16

Toshiba Medical Systems recently sponsored a cardiology simulation training session at the Surgical Innovation Centre, located at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington. The Hammersmith MDT Immersive Team Simulation sessions utilised the simulation framework iCAST (Imperial Cardiology Simulation Training) programme. Developed by Imperial College London and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, in conjunction with a team of behavioural psychologists and experts in simulation science, in close collaboration with strong clinical leads in cardiology and anaesthesia, it provides an inclusive and innovative approach to education, training and learning for consultants, trainees and cath-lab personnel.

Patient safety lies at the heart of the iCAST programme, which features a ‘live’ patient (actor), in a simulated setting with a state-of-the-art interventional simulator and trained clinical and technical faculty, housed in a high fidelity simulated cath lab (Orcamp) at the Surgical Innovation Centre at St. Mary’s. The pioneering iCAST framework fills crucial gaps in current cath-lab training by providing a safe, high-fidelity and immersive simulated setting for learning human factor skills (e.g. communication, leadership, decision-making, team co-operation and crisis management), combined with technical and procedural skills.

The simulations and subsequent structured team debriefs and group discussions aimed to provide a safe, simulated environment and multi-professional platform for learning for consultants and multi-disciplinary teams (MDTs), participating in the simulations. In addition, as an educational group learning tool, the aim was to generate discussions and solutions for Hammersmith cath-lab personnel viewing the simulations to establish: (a) what went wrong in the scenarios and why? (b) How can MDT communication and teamwork related issues be improved in real cath labs and (c) what are the current barriers and solutions for improvement?

Three entire cath-lab teams participated in three simulations, each led by a consultant cardiologist.  Each team comprised one radiographer, one cath-lab nurse, one physiologist, and an anaesthetist, who was called when needed in the case. All consultants and cath-lab team members were blind to the scenarios and were presented with a case history only, leading on to the interventional procedure and onset of complications requiring external input. Consultant anaesthetists were paged to arrive to the simulated cath-lab as in real emergency cases. Using the iCAST methodology, scenarios were expertly manipulated, haemodynamically and procedurally, in a separate control room by the highly experienced simulation faculty.

Findings, based on fifty iCAST participants, reflected the high realism of the training format, its utility and potential. The simulation experience was positively rated in terms of replicating the workplace, pathway and interactions with the team. It was rated positively for team training and as a format to assess workplace performance.

From a cath-lab personnel perspective, a radiographer from Hammersmith Hospital, participating in the training said, “Thank you very much for giving me an opportunity for the simulation based training course. It was a very useful, challenging and effective way to enhance and improve technical skills, clinical knowledge and also inter-professional skills. I would say it is part of clinical governance to delivery quality service and quality care to the patients and I would like to recommend to all my multi-professional colleagues to participate in this simulation training course.” 

 Dr. Jonathan Cousins, Consultant Anaesthetist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust summed up the day, commenting, “I have used and been trained inside anaesthetic-only simulators for many years, mainly to train crisis management and acute skill updates. iCAST is different and refreshingly so, the focus clearly on the MDT and getting a ‘pick and mix’ on call team to act in unison and without conflict between rank and specialty. Cardiac cath labs are the epitome of modern day hospital crisis environments. The specialty has rapidly out grown its historical construction and supports with the advent of HAC’s and chest pain centres – iCAST is clearly striving to repair this growth gap.” 

 Dr. Cousins continues, “It was clear how stressful the scenarios appeared to senior consultants (wanting to appear faultless and in sole charge) but the junior doctors with less knowledge, but more belief in teams and support relished the challenges. iCAST let them show the seniors how to engage (by example) and both groups were impressively changed by the end of the course.      This course should be standard for all trainees entering the cardiac catheter labs and for consultant revalidation on a regular basis – a 100% must for those on a PCI rota. With more than fifteen years experience of my own, I learnt a great deal and can see improvements in my own practice.”

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Shown here, students participating in a simulation-based training session   

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Musgrove Park Hospital Taunton recently purchased a Toshiba Xario 200 ultrasound scanner for use in the hospital’s early pregnancy assessment clinic.

Debra Hamilton-Rose, EPAC Specialist Nurse, commenting on the new equipment, says “The process of moving over to our new Toshiba Xario 200 was very smooth. It is a smaller and more compact machine compared to what we had been used to, and the heat and noise output is noticeably reduced. The staff from Toshiba made the switch over seamless and also provided training and ongoing support with any issues we encountered.”

Smaller, smarter and simpler, the Xario 200 comes with excellent image quality and superior workflow in an easy-to-handle, compact scanner. Its lightweight transducers cover a large variety of clinical applications and provide superb image quality. With a fully customisable console, it offers a large colour Touch Command Screen to programme the system settings and access, so that very intuitively and quickly, a wide range of applications and exam types can be programmed into the system. In addition, flexible, individually customisable panel keys and smart panel layout contribute towards a significant reduction in keystrokes and shortened exam time. Toshiba’s QuickStart is available with its preset orientation which enables swift execution of every exam, with easy access to measurements and annotations, increasing productivity even further. QuickScan one-button image optimisation automatically adjusts parameters of B-mode and Doppler mode.

Offering better ergonomics for the workplace, the Xario 200 features a very attractive and compact system designed with a small body that is extremely lightweight, for rapid and easy transportability in every clinical environment. It sets new standards of ergonomics with a height adjustable console over a large range, plus a panel swivel for even more flexibility.  Xario’s transducers are also ergonomically shaped with flexible cables and a very slim connector. They are locked to the main system through large levers for secure connection and the active port indicator further enhances workflow.

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University College Hospital CT

Toshiba Medical Systems recently supplied two premium CT scanners, an Aquilion ONE Vision Edition and an Aquilion PRIME, to University College Hospital, London.

Dr. Mark Duncan, Consultant Radiologist and CT Lead says, “We are delighted to be entering into a new partnership with Toshiba to supply University College Hospital with industry-leading CT technology and serve as a reference site for these scanners. Our Aquilion ONE Vision will provide us with numerous cutting-edge features, allowing UCH patients to benefit from new techniques in many fields, including cardiac CT, cancer imaging, and neuro perfusion, all at vastly reduced doses compared to our previous scanners. Our Aquilion PRIME will be our main interventional CT scanner for biopsies and the complex tumour ablations performed by our rapidly expanding interventional oncology service, and we look forward to working with Toshiba to develop new capabilities in these areas. We are also delighted with the training and support we have received from Toshiba so far.”

The Aquilion ONE Vision Edition provides robust clinical solutions, offering unique benefits for cardiac care, stroke and perfusion. The Aquilion PRIME is ideal for imaging departments that need to perform a wide variety and number of routine examinations as well as advanced studies, together with streamlined workflow to obtain maximum quality images at the lowest possible radiation dose through the new PUREVision detector. Both systems come with Toshiba’s Adaptive Iterative Dose Reduction, AIDR 3D, which lowers the noise level by up to fifty percent and the patient dose by up to 75 percent compared to conventional scanners.

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Shown here, left to right, Jason Godbold, CT Superintendent, UCLH; Simon Weeden, Branch Manager, Toshiba Medical Systems; Dr. Mark Duncan, Consultant Radiologist, UCLH;  Alistair Howseman, Director of Sales, and Stephen Whale, Account Executive, both of Toshiba Medical Systems. Gemma Lewis, A&E Superintendent Radiographer, UCLH;  Richard Murley, Chairman, UCLH; Sir Robert Naylor, CEO, UCLH and Hugh Jelley, Divisional Manager, UCLH

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Womens Centre DevonThe Ultrasound Department at the Centre for Women’s Health at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital recently purchased a Toshiba Aplio 500 ultrasound system.

Commenting on the new system, Dr. Helen Liversedge, Associate Specialist, Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound said, “Our department has experience with the Aplio 500 and it is a very popular machine with us. It has all-round capabilities with great image quality and Doppler. We decided to choose the Toshiba scanner after a few trials; we used a points system to score the ultrasound machines on offer, and the Aplio 500 came out with the highest score.”

The Aplio 500 offers advanced performance that can be relied on day-after-day. Cost-effective, productive and versatile, it provides superior imaging with outstanding depth and detail for the widest range of clinical specialities. In addition, comprehensive on-board programmes allow the user to review, manage and report conveniently on the system or via a network.

The system comes equipped with a wide range of powerful clinical tools for advanced visualisation, quantification and intervention. Its modular design with raw data functionality is easy to upgrade, allowing it to grow at any time, according to clinical demands. Lighter and with a smaller footprint, the Aplio 500 is designed to increase mobility, to optimise viewing and to provide an ergonomic workplace.

 

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Shown here on the left is Dr. Helen Liversedge, Associate Specialist, Obstetrics and Gynaecological Ultrasound, with Sonographers, Claire Overton (centre) and Rachel Hardy (right)

 

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Western Isles UltrasoundToshiba Medical Systems recently supplied two Aplio 500 ultrasound systems and a Viamo portable scanner to the Western Isles Hospital in the Outer Hebrides. One system will be used for the main hospital in Stornoway, and a second scanner is for both radiology and obstetrics scanning at Uist and Barra Hospital, a satellite of the Western Isles Hospital on Benbecula Isle. The A&E department at Stornoway will be using the Viamo for FAST scans.

The Toshiba equipment was chosen for its versatility and high image quality. Steve Wilson, Sonographer says, “We have a two year old Aplio that we bought for obstetrics. The image quality is what has impressed us most about this machine. We trialled the new unit in radiology for a few days and we were, again, impressed with its performance over a range of examinations, and we were happy to order two new Aplios for radiology in the Western Isles.   We have the main hospital in Stornoway and a satellite hospital in Benbecula, which we visit weekly to provide an ultrasound clinic for the southern Western Isles. The Aplio scanners are very versatile, providing great image quality across a broad range of exams and are perfect for our needs. We also ordered two UPS for the units as we get a number of sudden power cuts on the islands due to the unpredictable weather, and these prevent the scanners from crashing and losing data.”

 Toshiba’s Aplio 500 delivers high quality performance. Based on its innovative High Density Architecture, users can obtain clinical images of exceptional resolution and detail. Toshiba’s unique iStyleTM productivity suite offers a full host of technologies, providing ergonomic relief by reducing keystrokes, improving workflow and raising the consistency of exams. A smaller, lighter form gives great manoeuvrability while the fully configurable console and intelligent workflow support functions enable fast exams and productivity.
The Viamo ultrasound system, which shares its core imaging engine and transducer technology with the Aplio series, offers all the advantages of a portable laptop with the advanced radiology features of a premium cart-based scanner to deliver outstanding image quality, enhanced diagnostic confidence and improved ease-of-use.

 

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Shown here with the Aplio 500, is, on the left, Mike Woodley and on the right, Steve Wilson, Sonographers at the Western Isles Hospital

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Queen Elizabeth Gateshead UltrasoundThe Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead recently purchased two Toshiba Aplio 500 ultrasound systems with Contrast Harmonic Imaging, shear wave, elastography, SMI (Superb Micro-vascular Imaging) and 4D.The new equipment replaced existing systems in a rapidly expanding service covering Gateshead, Sunderland and Durham. Both scanners are dedicated breast systems and Dr. Jane Potterton, Lead Consultant Radiologist commenting on the choice says, “The Toshiba Aplio produces high quality images for all breast types leading to an accurate and speedy diagnosis.”  
Toshiba’s range of Aplio ultrasound systems deliver outstanding performance for superior clinical precision, diagnostic confidence and productivity, offering a wide selection of advanced imaging and quantification tools to supply valuable additional information that can help avoid supplementary exams.
At Gateshead, the Aplio 500 was selected due to its image quality and range of software options available. The hospital has a research radiologist who will be looking at using the various software options and collaborating with other centres on a variety of projects.   In addition, Toshiba is keen to work alongside the department of education and training at Gateshead hospital.

 

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Shown left to right: Dr. Jane Potterton, Lead Consultant Radiologist; Catherine Consterdine and Gillian Tulip, Radiographers; Dr. Sheetal Sharma Consultant Radiologist; Jackie Westgarth, Radiographer; Dr. Alan Redman and Dr. Simon Lowes, Consultant Radiologists; Barbara Welsh, Department Deputy Lead, and Tracey Bellas, Clinical Specialist, Ultrasound, Toshiba Medical Systems
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St Johns

Suzanne Adams comments, “We reviewed a number of machines from different manufacturers before deciding that Toshiba not only met all our clinical needs, but went beyond our expectations. Image quality and the wide range of advanced system functions were the main deciding factors in selecting the system. With the advanced functions offered by the Aplio 500 we have been able to increase the range of work we are able to perform, including oral contrast and 3D gynaecology.” Suzy continues, “The applications and service support offered by Toshiba has been excellent. They have been able to accommodate one-to-one training as well as radiologists performing specialist scans. Overall, I have been impressed with Toshiba’s professionalism as well as their excellent equipment.”  

The Toshiba Aplio 300 is a reliable, cost-effective and versatile system, offering superior imaging with outstanding depth and detail for the widest range of clinical specialties. In addition, comprehensive onboard facilities allow the user to review, manage and report on studies conveniently on the system, or in a network environment.
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Pictured at the St. John’s Therapy Centre, part of St. George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, left to right, are Filia Smith and Jane Hanford, Clinical Application Specialists at Toshiba Medical Systems, and Suzanne Adams, Ultrasound Superintendent.    The centre purchased a Toshiba Aplio 500 to cover a wide range of scans, including 3D gynaecology, small parts and general abdominal imaging.

Toshiba Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place. We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water.

West London Beast Screening

Pictured at the handover at the Rose Centre, St. George’s Hospital, along with one of the three Toshiba Aplio 500 ultrasound systems purchased by the Centre, are, left to right, Jane Hanford, Clinical Applications Specialist, Toshiba Medical Systems; Sue Marshall and Cate Hagen, Clinical Assistants; Dr. Louisa Wilkinson, Consultant Radiologist; Anuma Shrestha, Specialist Practitioner, Sian Davies, Healthcare Assistant and Mary Sinclair, Consultant Practitioner.

The Aplio 500, was selected for its outstanding image quality and ease-of-use, and came with Toshiba’s new platform incorporating Super Micro Vascular Imaging (SMI), which expands the range of visible flow and also provides visualisation of low velocity microvascular flow.

Toshiba’s Aplio 500 delivers high quality performance. Based on its innovative High Density Architecture, users can obtain clinical images of exceptional resolution and detail. Toshiba’s unique iStyleTM productivity suite offers a full host of technologies, providing ergonomic relief by reducing keystrokes, improving workflow and raising the consistency of exams. A smaller, lighter form gives great manoeuvrability, while the fully configurable console and intelligent workflow support functions enable fast exams and productivity.

 

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Toshiba Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place. We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water

Zita West Clinic

The Zita West Clinic London has recently upgraded its ultrasound platform to the latest Toshiba Xario 200. The Xario 200 was chosen for its high image quality on the transvaginal transducer. Commenting on the new equipment, Anita O’Neil, Group Practice Manager says, “The Xario 200 came recommended to us by another clinic and we have found the equipment easy-to-use and fits the needs of a fertility clinic. The Toshiba team was excellent, and the training on the system was particularly good.”
The Xario 200 is small, smart and simple to use, with outstanding image quality and superior workflow in an easy-to-handle, compact scanner. Offering better ergonomics for the workplace it features a small body that is extremely lightweight for rapid and easy transportability in every clinical environment. It comes with a height adjustable console over a large range and ergonomically shaped transducers with flexible cables and a very slim connector. They are locked to the main system through large levers for secure connection and the active port indicator further enhances workflow.

 

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Pictured with the Xario 200 is, on the left, Anita O’Neil, Group Practice Manager, the Zita West Clinic, with, on right, Jane Hanford, Clinical Applications Specialist, Toshiba Medical Systems.

 

 Toshiba Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place. We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water

 

 

 

Morecambe Bay US

Morecambe Bay Hospital Trust (MBHT) recently held an inaugural ultrasound study day at Westmorland General Hospital, with sonographers and radiologist from the three hospitals in the Trust attending.   Entitled “System training and ultrasound update at MBHT”, the meeting was led by Dr. Nigel Grunshaw, Consultant Radiologist at Furness General Hospital. The study day was supported by Toshiba Medical Systems.

 This was the first time that MBHT had organised an in-house ultrasound study day, and in fact, it was the first time since the Trust was formed that all three ultrasound teams had been brought together. Jayne Ireland was recently appointed as head of ultrasound across the Trust and comments, “The study day itself marked the beginning of many positive changes which lie ahead for the team at MBHT. The previously three separate ultrasound teams will now work more closely by sharing expertise, and every sonographer will be fully supported and have the opportunity, with training, to develop to their full potential.” Jayne continues, “The feedback from all the sonographers was overwhelmingly positive; all the presentations were excellent, relevant and informative. We are now hoping to make this an annual event and tailor it to the MBHT sonographers’ needs and interests. Sales Specialist Lynn Parkington and Applications Specialist Paula Connor from Toshiba were excellent hosts and helped the day run smoothly.”

 The programme consisted of a wide variety of presentations on diverse topics, including GI ultrasound and thoracic ultrasound (Dr. Nigel Grunshaw); acute tendon injuries (Dr. Sameer Shamshuddin); thyroid ultrasound (Dr. Nik Nik-Hussin); avoiding stillbirths  – every baby counts (Dr. Alison Sambrook and Wendy Thompson), and direct entry ultrasound (Lorelei Waring).

The day was rounded off by Lynn Parkington and Paula Connor from Toshiba Medical Systems, demonstrating the advanced applications available on the hospital’s newly-purchased ultrasound systems.

Feedback on the day rated it an overwhelming success and it is hoped to make it an annual event, tailoring the programme to the sonographers’ training needs.

 

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Shown here delegates and speakers at the study day
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Following the completion of the company’s Customer Satisfaction survey, Toshiba Medical Systems presented cheques to three charities. The donations were made by Toshiba on behalf of individuals who gave up time to complete the telephone survey.

The survey, undertaken independently by QCG, polled both clinical and business staff across the UK, and consisted of feedback from almost four hundred customers who were asked what they felt about Toshiba’s products, customer service and staff.

The results indicated a resounding endorsement of Toshiba customer service, with ninety-four percent of the respondents rating the company’s services highly. Nine out of ten respondents stated they would recommend Toshiba’s product to other people, a significant measure of product quality, reinforcing Toshiba’s commitment to innovation, ease-of-use, efficiency and comfort. In fact, the top three reasons for product satisfaction were listed by customers as: image quality, ease-of-use and reliability.

Mark Hitchman, Managing Director, Toshiba Medical Systems UK expressing his delight at the findings said, “It’s great to hear such positive feedback from our customers; we pride ourselves on the fact that we take a long-term approach to customer relationships, and customer satisfaction is obviously a critical part of that. We are always looking at how we can innovate to help our customers to be more efficient, either by increasing patient throughput or speeding up diagnosis and treatment. Our solutions combine the high quality systems that customers have come to expect, along with superb engineering, customer support and consistent reliability.”

 Toshiba will use the feedback from the survey to strengthen its work in all areas, reinforcing the company’s commitment to product excellence and innovation, and to providing unparalleled service and support to its customers.

Toshiba nominated three charities: Little Hearts Matter charity, Toshiba donating £900 to this cause. The Stroke Association received £1,270, and the third organisation to benefit was MacMillan Cancer Support charity, receiving £2,090.

On receiving the donation, Paul Tomlinson of the Stroke Association commented, “A stroke occurs every three minutes in the UK and so we very much welcome the support received from Toshiba and also Toshiba’s customers in nominating the Stroke Association for donations. The response demonstrates that Toshiba’s ethos of social responsibility and environmental commitment is appreciated by its customers.”

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Photo : AB15584 shows the presentation to Little Hearts Matter. On the left is Maiko Davison, Head of Marketing Toshiba Medical Systems and on the right is Bal Kainth from Little Hearts Matter.

Photo : 31634-11 shows presentation to MacMillan Cancer Support. On the left is James Bacharew from the charity, and on the right Mark Hitchman, Managing Director Toshiba Medical Systems UK

Photo : 31634-13 shows the presentation to the Stroke Association. On the left is Paul Tomlinson from the Stroke Association, and on the right Mark Hitchman, Managing Director Toshiba Medical Systems UK

 

Toshiba Medical Systems Europe is part of the Toshiba Corporation, with an extensive global network of almost 100 subsidiaries and affiliates outside Japan and over 204,000 employees worldwide. Toshiba supports system user with an extensive range of diagnostic imaging systems, including CT, MRI, X-Ray and Ultrasound, and a burgeoning R&D pipeline, which makes us one of the world’s leading suppliers of medical systems.  Globally recognised as a pioneer within the marketplace ensure we remain at the forefront of this dynamic industry and are capable of responding rapidly to the changing needs of our customers.

Our UK business is a rapidly growing organisation with a team of dedicated Service professionals who provide exceptional levels of service to our valued customers.  To enhance our customer offering in the South East Region, we are looking for a field service engineer to provide complex and expert technical assistance for our leading edge medical diagnostic CT and XR imaging systems.

As a highly motivated and enthusiastic full-time engineer already working in the imaging sector, your passion for supporting patient care through your expertise is what drives your success, along with your understanding that our customers are healthcare professionals who directly influence the health of real people – often our friends and family.  To apply for this role you must hold a recognised engineering qualification.  This role is interesting and varied and involves occasional travel into Europe for training purposes.

Toshiba Medical Systems attracts and retains highly skilled and solution-focussed individuals, generating a workforce of dynamic and motivated specialists who are dedicated to our customers. By offering a highly competitive salary and benefits package, along with an opportunity to continuously develop expertise, Toshiba offers meaningful and fulfilling employment opportunities.  If you want a challenging and satisfying role, are committed to providing exceptional customer satisfaction, and have a track record of achievements in your field, we want you in the Toshiba team.

Excellent benefits package including Basic Salary, Bonus, Company Car, Pension, Private Medical Insurance, Income Protection and Life Assurance

To be considered for this highly rewarding position, please send your CV with a covering letter as application to recruitment@toshiba-medical.eu.

Closing date 30th November 2015

Countess of Chester US November 2015

Toshiba Medical Systems recently handed over The Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust a Toshiba Next Generation Aquilion ONE CT scanner.

The Next Generation Aquilion ONE CT system has a new PUREVision detector which provides unparalleled image resolution with exceptional dose savings. Next Generation Aquilion ONE includes Toshiba’s latest-generation iterative dose reconstruction software, AIDR 3D advanced, which is fully integrated into the protocols and can be used in all scanning techniques. In addition, the new high speed gantry has a 78cm aperture to accommodate all patients, including bariatric and patients with high heart rates.

Consultant Radiologist and Divisional Medical Director, Dr. Amer Rehman comments: “For a hospital of our size to have such a state-of-the-art CT scanner at our disposal is a major coup. The image quality is fantastic, but the key progress is the speed with which we can capture images of the body, and in particular the heart, which takes cardiac imaging to a new level.   We are now able to image the entire heart and coronary arteries in one ‘cardiac cycle’, and the diagnostic quality is superior to any other scanner in operation.” Dr. Rehman continues, “The process is also a lot kinder for many patients, as we will only rarely need to use Beta Blockers to slow the patient’s heart rate for imaging, and will, therefore, be able to complete the scan more promptly, conveniently, and at a higher quality.”

 Ultra helical scanning capabilities reduce the scanning time to seconds, minimising overall examination times, including the length of time patients are required to hold their breath. The exceptional 4D diagnostic imaging can record a moment in time, or over multiple moments, image dynamic blood flow or the mechanics of joint movement.

Dr. Rehman concludes, “The radiology team at The Countess saw 31,000 patients last year and the new scanner will enable us to be even more efficient and accurate, whilst hopefully both improving throughput and reducing radiation dose. In addition, some of the more common follow-up scans can now be performed with much less radiation and no significant compromise of quality.”

 

Shown here, left to right, standing: Emma Fondacaro, CT Superintendent Radiographer and Dr. Amer Rehman, Divisional Medical Director. Next to Dr. Rehman are Toshiba Medical Systems personnel – Lee Martin, CT Applications Specialist; Graham King, Account Executive, CT/MR/XR, and Heather Dring, CT Applications Specialist,

Seated are, left to right, Mike Roberts, Radiography Support Worker and Chris McManus, Senior Radiographer. Standing behind them is Dr. Javier De-Pablos, Consultant Radiologist
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Rotherham US November 2015

Rotherham Hospital recently purchased a Toshiba Aplio 500 ultrasound system. Shown here (left to right, standing): Annette Brammer, Deputy Superintendent Sonographer, and Advanced Practitioner Sonographers: Emma Black, Alisha Ellison, Julia Hill, David Winstanley and Lewis Moore. Sonographer Jacki Copley; Louise Higgins, Applications Specialist, Toshiba Medial Systems and Michelle Speed, Advanced Practitioner Sonographer

Seated, are Advanced Practitioner Sonographers, on the left, Jessica Booker and on the right, Hannah Cummings

 

Toshiba’s Aplio 500 delivers high quality performance. Based on its innovative High Density Architecture, users can obtain clinical images of exceptional resolution and detail. Toshiba’s unique iStyleTM productivity suite offers a full host of technologies, providing ergonomic relief by reducing keystrokes, improving workflow and raising the consistency of exams. A smaller, lighter form gives great manoeuvrability, while the fully configurable console and intelligent workflow support functions enable fast exams and productivity.

With features such as QuickScan, greater consistency in exams can be achieved by ensuring that superb image quality is the benchmark at all times. With a simple push of a button, the user can automatically optimise image quality in 2D and spectral Doppler modes with acoustic precision while suppressing unnecessary noise and clutter in echo-weak regions.

 

Toshiba Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.  We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water

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The Radiology Department at Solihull Hospital, part of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust recently purchased three Toshiba Aplio 500 ultrasound scanners as replacement systems for general radiology.

Ann Britton, Site Lead Sonographer says, “We chose Toshiba equipment for its ease-of-use and also the expertise and knowledge provided by Toshiba’s support staff. We were really pleased with how smoothly the installation process went. Ann continues, “The new systems have been supplied with Toshiba’s Smart Fusion imaging and we are looking forward to using the new software once we have been trained by Toshiba staff.”

Toshiba’s range of Aplio ultrasound systems deliver outstanding performance offering a wide selection of advanced imaging and quantification tools to supply valuable additional information that can help avoid supplementary exams. Its High Density Architecture provides clinical images of exceptional resolution and detail so that the diagnostic answer is always available quickly and reliability. In addition, the comprehensive iStyle+ Productivity Suite supplies the user with a wealth of workflow enhancements and automation functions to improve efficiency and consistency of exams.

It comes with Smart Fusion, Toshiba’s virtual navigation software that enables the user to remain fully focused on interventional procedures at all times. It allows the sonographer to correlate different imaging modalities in real-time, and to locate difficult lesions, faster, as well as securely navigating complex anatomy and improving confidence while carrying out invasive procedures.

Smart Fusion reads 3D DICOM data sets from all major imaging modalities and shows the corresponding images, in real-time, adjacent to the live ultrasound display. For a comprehensive pre- and post-evaluation of the intervention, Smart Fusion permits the user to work in any ultrasound imaging mode, including colour Doppler and contrast-enhanced ultrasound.

Matching the transducer position with the pre-acquired 3D set is a simple and quick two-step process. By moving the transducer over the region of interest, it is possible to browse the area simultaneously in both real-time ultrasound and pre-acquired volume data. Intelligent target and marker points facilitate navigation in the region of interest. A magnetic position sensor with sub-millimetre accuracy allows for precise spatial correlation of different imaging modalities in real-time. Attaching the sensor to the transducer shaft facilitates undisturbed imaging and intervention.

 

Pictured at the handover, left to right, standing: Donna Holdcroft, Ultrasound Clinical Specialist, and Jackie Chambers, Ultrasound Applications Specialist, both of Toshiba Medical Systems; Lianne Nichols, Sonographer; Dr. F. Khattar, Consultant Radiologist; Dr. S. Cooper, Consultant Radiologist & Clinical Lead, Gynaecology; Rachel Jordan, Sonographer and Dr. A. Shimal, Consultant Radiologist

Seated in front, left to right, Ann Britton, Site Lead Sonographer, and Dr. K. Bhatt and Dr. M.Djaerman, Consultant Radiologists

 

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Birmingham Heartlands Hospital recently acquired two Toshiba Aplio 500 ultrasound scanners as part of the Heart of England’s NHS Foundation Trust’s equipment replacement programme. The Trust purchased in total five Aplio 500 systems, with Solihull Hospital receiving the other three units. 

Ryan Carr, Clinical Lead Sonographer at Heart of England NHS Trust says, “We reviewed a number of machines from different manufacturers and decided that Toshiba was best for our clinical needs. The image quality has greatly improved and we are now in the early stages of introducing fusion scanning. There is a large selection of probes to choose from and we have invested in a 3D transvaginal probe to improve our capabilities within this area.”

Toshiba’s Aplio 500 delivers high quality performance. Based on its innovative High Density Architecture, users can obtain clinical images of exceptional resolution and detail. It comes with a wide range of tools and options for advanced imaging and interventions.

Correlating different imaging modalities in real-time, Toshiba’s Smart Fusion allows the user to locate difficult lesions faster, to navigate complex anatomy securely, and to improve confidence when carrying out invasive procedures. For a comprehensive pre- and post-interventional evaluation, Smart Fusion enables the sonographer to work in any ultrasound imaging mode, including colour Doppler and contrast-enhanced ultrasound.

In addition, Smart Fusion reads 3D DICOM datasets from all major imaging modalities and shows the corresponding images contained in real-time, adjacent to the live ultrasound display.

Commenting on the installation and training supplied by Toshiba, Ryan adds, “We found the whole process, from our trial runs with the machines, to completion of the project to be seamless and the applications specialists have been tremendously supportive. We often asked Toshiba, sometimes at short notice, to provide training and they have always been accommodating. Overall, we have been impressed with Toshiba’s ability to provide high quality scan machines, as well as a first-class support system.”

 

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Shown here (left to right) at the handover of the equipment is:

Donna Holdcroft, Ultrasound Clinical Specialist, Toshiba Medical Systems, with Registrars, Dr. Qazi Jahenzeb; Dr. Laura Davies and Dr. Hayder Al-Assam. Kamaljeet Nagra, Clinical Lead Sonographer and Dr. Ben Miller, Consultant Radiologist

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St. Richard’s Hospital, Chichester, part of Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, recently acquired a Toshiba Aplio 500 ultrasound system for obstetric scanning.

Rebecca Coombes, Acting Superintendent Sonographer says, “We chose the Toshiba Aplio 500 because it offers excellent resolution on images, with an ergonomically effective small high-frequency curved array probe. We are all finding it a pleasure to work with.”

The Aplio 500 comes equipped with a wide range of powerful clinical tools. Its modular design with raw data functionality is easy to upgrade as individual demands grow, and its compact design with adjustable console and fully articulating monitor arm enables the user to create an ergonomic work environment in virtually any clinical setting. The system’s premium quality LCD screen with the four-axis arm can move and swivel into perfect position for better viewing and protection from neck, shoulder and eye strain.

In addition, Aplio’s fully programmable console can be customised to suit individual clinical needs and personal preferences simply by reassigning functions to the keys of choice. This results in better reach, fewer keystrokes and a shorter learning curve. The mode-sensitive touch screen, which is also programmable, enables direct access to complex measurements, labels and advanced functions. Its 3D multi-functional keys offer four degrees of freedom for outstanding usability, and their mode-sensitive function is fully programmable and displayed on the adjacent touch screen in an easy-to-understand manner.

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Shown here, (left to right) Natasha Litherland, Student Sonographer; Jackie Dummer, Midwife Sonographer; Rebecca Coombes, Acting Superintendent Sonographer, and Amanda Sutton, Kathryn Hicks and Geeta Singh, Sonographers

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Nuffield Health Cambridge Hospital recently went live with its new Toshiba Ultimax-i X-ray system, located in a brand new building, on the site of the old hospital. Toshiba supplied an Ultimax-i C-arm with overhead tube crane and vertical chest stand, providing a new fluoroscopy service as well as a back-up for the hospital’s general X-ray room. Included in the options purchased by Nuffield Health Cambridge are Toshiba’s 512-frame Retrospective Fluoro Record and Extension Reference Tool.

Commenting on the new installation, Michelle West, Radiology Manager, says, “The new system, which replaced an old machine, gives us more capabilities to perform different procedures. We chose the unit because we were impressed with the ease-of-use and the imaged quality. With the new Ultimax-i, we are now able to perform interventional procedures, such as lumbar punctures, nephrostomies and joint injection.” Michelle adds, “The Toshiba staff have been great; very helpful and the training was really flexible for our needs. The trainers have also been in touch a couple of times, post-installation to book more training to fill in any gaps.”

Offering versatility and flexibility, Toshiba’s Ultimax-i is able to cover a wide range of clinical imaging and interventional needs. It comes with a 43 x 43 flat panel detector and includes an integrated C-arm that eliminates the need for the patient to be moved from the table. Capable of performing multi-purpose examinations, including conventional X-ray, fluoroscopy and angiography, its innovative design enables AP and PA examinations and provides a multi-directional interactive digital C-arm system, which ensures an ideal solution for all patients.

The 512-Retrospective Fluoro Record allows, during normal screening, for any of the last 512-frames of acquisition to be stored for later review, should something of interest be noticed during the fluoro run and the prospective fluoro record was not previously enabled. No additional radiation exposure is required to implement this dose-saving function.

The Extension Reference Tool enables multiple DR images to be acquired by the C-arm X-ray tube and detector, and for the resultant images to be stitched together. Typical examinations include load-bearing leg lengths, long legs and scoliosis spines.

Nuffield Health Cambridge Hospital - Toshiba Ultimax-i X-ray system
Shown here, left to right: Colin Pellow, Account Executive, CT/X-RAY/MRI & Connectivity, Toshiba Medical Systems; Michelle West, Radiology Manager, Nuffield Health Cambridge Hospital; Chi Burt, Sales Specialist, Toshiba Medical Systems; Fatima Carvalho, Deputy Radiology Manager at Nuffield Health Cambridge Hospital and Daniel Parr, X-ray Clinical Applications Specialist, Toshiba Medical Systems

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Toshiba’s Aquilion ONE VISION Edition and Vitrea Advanced reporting system were recently chosen by The Bournemouth Nuffield Hospital. The new equipment is part of a larger development of a private cardiac centre of excellence in a large urban conurbation with an extensive aged demographic.

The hospital was looking for a CT scanner that delivered advanced performance. With its state-of-the-art features, including cardiac and 4D orthopaedic packages, the Aquilion ONE VISION Edition fitted the bill exactly and in addition, as an Aquilion 64 user for eight years, Bournemouth Nuffield also selected Toshiba equipment based on excellent experience of the Company’s service and applications support.

Since installation, the new system has been highly successful with doses for general work, including chest/abdominal and pelvis scanning dropping by around 75 percent. Bournemouth Nuffield is also establishing a new cardiac CT service.

Marie Helps Imaging Services Manager says, “We have named the new scanner KOJI, Japanese for ‘second shining son’, as this our second Toshiba system and it outshines the first one. The new scanner with the Toshiba Vitrea advanced reporting system was chosen as an integral part of a larger project. This was to establish a cardiac centre of excellence in this area. The new system has reduced our patient dose to very low levels, while delivering improved image quality and enabling the very highest level of diagnostic CT across the board. 

Marie continues, “The project was challenging in terms of access, and other physical confines of our basement department, but Toshiba’s project delivery was on time, on budget and we were delighted with the final result.”

The Aquilion ONE VISION Edition provides robust clinical solutions, offering a successful outcome with the lowest possible radiation exposure and highest quality diagnostic image, first time, every time. It comes with Toshiba’s new PUREVision detector which provides unparalleled image resolution and dose savings, offering unique benefits for cardiac care.   The scanner produces high quality images and fast workflow by capturing the entire heart in one rotation with 640 slices. In addition, it can accommodate bariatric patients and those with high heart rates with a gantry rotation of 0.275 seconds and a large bore of 78 cm.

The system’s lesion visualisation and myocardial perfusion capability allow clinicians to visualise and quantify myocardial ischemia with a single CT examination and Toshiba’s third generation iterative dose reconstruction software, AIDR 3D, offers simplified dose reduction that procedures the image quality needed for diagnosis at low dose.

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Shown here (left to right)  Kelly Williams, Lead CT Radiographer; Mark Foxall, Account Executive, CT/XR/MR, Toshiba Medical Systems; Alexandra Marques, Radiographer; David McNair, Hospital Director; Leila Solomans, Radiographer; Marie Helps, Imaging Services Manager  and Simon Weeden, UK South Manager, Toshiba Medical Systems.

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The Ultrasound Department at Diana Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby, which is run by Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Foundation Trust, recently acquired two Toshiba Aplio 500 ultrasound systems.

The Toshiba equipment was chosen for its high image quality, ergonomics and manoeuvrability.  Beverley Evans, Head of Ultrasound at Grimsby Hospital, “The addition of the two Toshiba Aplio 500 ultrasound machines to our current departmental facilities will allow us to provide improved image quality. Vascular and MSK imaging will benefit especially from this improvement in image quality, thus allowing the Trust to continue to offer our patients a first class service. In addition to the improved quality, the systems were also chosen for their excellent ergonomic design and are very user friendly, thus ensuring safe working conditions for the staff as well.”  

Toshiba’s Aplio 500 delivers high quality performance. Based on its innovative High Density Architecture, users can obtain clinical images of exceptional resolution and detail. Toshiba’s unique iStyleTM productivity suite offers a full host of technologies, providing ergonomic relief by reducing keystrokes, improving workflow and raising the consistency of exams. A smaller, lighter form gives great manoeuvrability while the fully configurable console and intelligent workflow support functions enable fast exams and productivity.

With features such as QuickScan, greater consistency in exams can be achieved by ensuring that superb image quality is the benchmark at all times. With a simple push of a button, the user can automatically optimise image quality in 2D and spectral Doppler modes with acoustic precision while suppressing unnecessary noise and clutter in echo-weak regions.

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Shown here (left to right) Emma Roberts, Advanced Health Care Assistant; Cara Duffy-White, Angela Cliff and Liz Bowles, Advanced Practitioner Sonographers; Oby Odunsi-Gibson, Student Sonographer; Beverley Evans, Head of Ultrasound at Grimsby Hospital; Nick Church, Advanced Practitioner Sonographer; Louise Higgins,  Ultrasound Applications Specialist, Toshiba Medical Systems and Gale Kerr, Advanced Health Care Assistant 

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Toshiba Medical Systems recently installed an Ultimax-i fluoroscopy system at Central Middlesex Hospital, part of London North West Healthcare NSH Trust. The new equipment, which comes with a 43 x 43 cm flat panel detector, is equipped to enable the department to perform multi-purpose examinations, including conventional X-ray, fluoroscopy and angiography exams. Its innovative design provides a multi-directional interactive digital C-arm system, which makes it an ideal solution for all patients.

Dr. Philip Shorvon, Consultant Radiologist says, “The system is well-designed for patient access, which is particularly important for procedures such as ERCP, where equipment and several personnel need proximity to the patient. The large field of the detector plate and the full 180° movement of the table make the equipment very versatile. It is also possible to place a wheelchair between the table and detector for video swallows.”    

Offering versatility and flexibility, Toshiba’s Ultimax-i is able to cover a wide range of clinical imaging and interventional needs. The C-arm and table positioning allows the patient to rest comfortably during exams and the low table height puts patients at ease. The tabletop may be lowered to only 52 cm above the floor, this height being ideal to meet the requirements of patients in wheelchairs, significantly reducing the burden on operators and assistants during patient transfer. Once the patient is initially positioned on the table, the quiet, smooth operation of the table-tilt can perform subsequent positioning without additional patient manipulation. In addition, anatomical coverage from head to toe is in excess of two metres, taking into account the scanning range of 163 cm and the size of the 43 x 43 cm detector.

The Ultimax-i brings all the benefits of flat panel detector technology together with a comprehensive dose reduction programme. Effective dose management is available with a variety of fingertip controls. For instance, three dose modes immediately reduce dose by up to sixty percent, and three filters reduce hard and soft X-ray exposure. Unique to the Ultimax is the ability to rotate the X-ray Rectilinear Light Beam Collimator in both radiographic and fluoroscopic modes, further reducing X-ray dose to the patient.

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Shown here, (left to right) Dr. Philip Shorvon, Consultant Radiologist; Bozenna Wereszczynska, Clinical Lead, Radiology; Katarzyna Guz, Radiographer; Stephen Whale, Account Executive, Toshiba Medical Systems and Mr. Alberto Isla, Consultant Surgeon

Toshiba Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.   We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping and delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

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Pictured here with the new Toshiba Aplio 300 ultrasound system, (left to right), are Miriam Griffiths, Breast Screening Superintendent and Programme Manager, & Superintendent Radiographer; Bincy Alias, Mammography Assistant; Lynn Parkington, Ultrasound Sales Specialist, Toshiba Medical Systems, and Christine Muir, Mammographer. The new scanner, which replaced existing equipment, will be used for further investigation of follow-up cases that have been re-called after screening. It will also be used to perform ultrasound-guided needle biopsies.

Dr. Michael Crotch-Harvey, Consultant Radiologist comments, “We have used Toshiba

ultrasound machines for breast work for many years now as they produce consistently good imaging in breast patients. We wanted to have a machine that produced qualitatively similar images to those which we were used to and which operated in a way with which we were familiar.  Swapping transducers between machines is an additional benefit. The new equipment has a panoramic feature which we have found very useful in delineating the size of large lesions and demonstrating the relationship of tumours to the nipple.”

The Aplio 300 offers advanced performance that can be relied on day-after-day. Cost-effective, productive and versatile, it provides superior imaging with outstanding depth and detail for the widest range of clinical specialities. In addition, comprehensive on-board programmes allow the user to review, manage and report conveniently on the system or via a network. It fits perfectly into individual work practices with a software-driven platform that is easy to configure and to upgrade, to meet the demands of patient workload and fast-changing clinical practice.

The system comes equipped with a wide range of powerful clinical tools for advanced visualisation, quantification and intervention. Its modular design with raw data functionality is easy to upgrade, allowing it to grow at any time, according to clinical demands. Lighter and with a smaller footprint, the Aplio 300 is designed to increase mobility, to optimise viewing and to provide an ergonomic workplace. With Toshiba’s comprehensive iStyle+ Productivity Suite, it supplies a wealth of workflow enhancements and automation functions, improving the efficiency and consistency of exams, and allowing the user to focus on the patient.

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Toshiba Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.  We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy usage for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows:

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Toshiba Medical Systems recently installed a Toshiba Astelion Advance 16-slice CT scanner at the local veterinary clinic within the Pets At Home store in Pitsea, Basildon, Essex. The new equipment was opened by the Deputy Mayor of Basildon, Danny Lawrence. The store is part of Vets4Pets/Companion Care, the largest veterinary group in the UK. This is the first CT scanner to be purchased by the Vets4Pets/Companion Care group.

Joint Venture Partner and Veterinary Surgeon, Olushola Idowu, says “We selected the Toshiba equipment for its ease-of-use and image quality. The scanner is already very busy imaging small mammals, particularly cats, and, in fact, we are finding that people, now that they know we have this facility, prefer to bring their pets to our practice.”      

Toshiba Medical Systems put together a unique Vet CT package, offering state-of-the-art CT scanner technology based on the company’s Astelion Advance 16-slice system. This is supported with a bespoke Vet CT service maintenance and clinical applications package. The new scanner comes with Toshiba’s Adaptive Iterative Dose Reduction 3D (AIDR-3D) software which minimises patient dose and in turn reduces system power requirements for routine CT scans.

The Astelion Advance is the only entry level mutli-slice CT system in the industry offering iterative reconstruction, as implemented on Toshiba’s elite systems. Delivering routine low-dose scans, it offers performance and value for every day imaging needs. It comes with software to enable multi-planar reformats to be reconstructed in any plane, allowing full visualisation of patient scans, including 3D reconstructions of vascular and orthopaedic regions of interest.

Another advantage is its small footprint, which is ideal in small veterinary practices. In addition, to protect the environment and improve the quality of life, the Astelion Advance Edition reduces carbon footprint and lowers medical radiation exposure.

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Shown here (left to right) Toby Hartshorn, Veterinary Surgeon; Jenny Gordon, CT Nurse; ‘Murphy’, Jenny’s dog; Olushola Idowu, Joint Partner & Veterinary Surgeon; Justine Feltham, Veterinary Nurse, and Colin Pellow, Account Executive, Toshiba Medical Systems

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Myocardial CT Advanced

Myocardial CT Perfusion Advanced – Course

Date : 16/09/2015 – 18/09/2015
Location : Copenhagen, Denmark
Website : http://www.rh-ct-cardiacperfusion.dk/index.html

The Advanced course is in addition to the introductory workshop on myocardial CT perfusion (CTP). This clinical case oriented course is specifically meant for experienced users who already have a basic knowledge of CTP (in addition to extensive experience in coronary CT angiography) and who would like to improve their CTP reading skills.

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Harefield Hospital, part of Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, recently purchased a Toshiba Infinix-i Cath Lab, comprising a single plane, floor mounted system with 20 x 20 cm flat panel detector and Toshiba’s latest innovations ‘Spot Fluoro’ and DTS (patient dose tracking system).

Toshiba’s ‘SpotFluoro’ enables interventional efficiency while enhancing dose reduction capabilities. Physicians can observe a region of anatomy using live fluoroscopy while viewing the Last Image Hold (LIH) surrounding area. DTS, Dose Tracking System is a dose awareness tool that provides estimated dose information for the patient’s body surface in real time.   Harefield is one of the first sites in Europe to use these new technologies.

Commenting on the new system and installation process, Mark Bowers, Cath Lab Manager says, “Toshiba managed the design, build and installation as a turnkey project of Lab 4 at Harefield. This is our primary lab, so it was imperative that the system was installed according to the programme with minimal disruption to the department. There was great communication with the Toshiba project team throughout the programme, which contributed to the smoothest replacement project that we have ever experienced at the hospital.”

Chris Prytherch, Cath Lab Superintendent Radiographer adds, “After a careful equipment evaluation process we selected Toshiba to supply our primary Cath Lab at Harefield Hospital.   The installation was a very smooth process and we are delighted with the Infinix-i system.   In addition to the excellent image quality, Toshiba has a number of unique features that dramatically reduce patient dose and improve the workflow of the department. We would certainly recommend Toshiba and all of my team are very happy to work in the Infinix-i Lab.”

The Toshiba Infinix-i system comes complete with a C-arm allowing full lateral movement with fingertip-to-fingertip movement without the need to move the patient, and direct right-left coverage enables a convenient radial approach and easy imaging of off-centre anatomy.

It also comes equipped with Sequential Navigation so that when a clinician needs to “navigate” quickly through an exam, the system can duplicate preferred angles, projections and acquisition parameters by the touch of a button. Parameters can be changed as needed throughout the procedure without disrupting Sequential Navigation.

In addition, the new system features a comprehensive dose reduction package. Toshiba’s beam filtration can dramatically reduce absorbed patient dose and radiation scatter.  At the tableside, clinicians can select the mode of choice to limit dose and optimise image quality.

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(Shown here left to right) Daniel Parr, Applications Specialist, Toshiba Medical Systems; Mark Williams, Estates Manager; Emma Bell, Senior Radiographer; Stephen Whale, Account Executive, Toshiba Medical Systems; Maria Swan, Business Relationship Manager IT; Mark Bowers, Cardiology/Project Manager; Pauline Nokes, Project Secretary; Vincent Berry, Construction Project Manager; Karen O’Brien, Senior Cardiac Physiologist and Chris Prytherch, Cath Lab Service Manager

Toshiba Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.   We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy useful for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows: X-ray equates to 13 stoves and 50,781 litres of water

 

The Women’s & Children’s Department at Hull Royal Infirmary recently acquired five new Toshiba ultrasound systems. The Department purchased four Aplio 500 scanners and one Xario 200 machine. The four Aplio 500s replaced aged Toshiba systems.

The Toshiba equipment was chosen for its high image quality, ergonomics and manoeuvrability. Dr. Anne-Marie Coady, Consultant Radiologist and Lead for Obstetrics & Gynaecological Ultrasound says, “We have been using Toshiba equipment here in Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust Women &Children’s Hospital, Hull for almost fifteen years and we have always found the equipment to be very well suited to all aspects of women’s health imaging. The advances in technology have always been at the forefront of imaging and the company has always been very supportive to the ever-evolving needs of a very busy, modern obstetric and gynaecology department.”

Continuing, Dr. Coady comments, “The equipment is user-friendly and meets all the ergonomic requirements needed to keep pace with the increasingly demanding workload encountered by ultrasound departments. The support during installation of all the new equipment has always been exemplary, but the after sales support and attention is amongst the best we have encountered; nothing has been too much for the application specialists assigned to Hull. Toshiba has also been enormously supportive of ultrasound educational courses.”

Toshiba’s Aplio 500 delivers high quality performance. Based on its innovative High Density Architecture, users can obtain clinical images of exceptional resolution and detail. Toshiba’s unique iStyleTM productivity suite offers a full host of technologies, providing ergonomic relief by reducing keystrokes, improving workflow and raising the consistency of exams. A smaller, lighter form gives great manoeuvrability while the fully configurable console and intelligent workflow support functions enable fast exams and productivity.

Smaller, smarter and simpler, the Xario 200 comes with outstanding image quality and superior workflow in an easy-to-handle, compact scanner.

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Shown here (left to right, standing) Pam Jennings, Receptionist; Louise Gibson and Catriona Watt, Sonographers; Dr, Anne-Marie Coady, Consultant Radiologist; Lauren Turney, Receptionist; Emily Coulson, Sonographer; Louise Higgins, Ultrasound Applications Specialist, Toshiba Medical Systems; Charlotte Collier and Emily McHugh, Student Radiographers;  Heidi Roche, Receptionist; Ann Brown Sonographer; Eileen Williamson, Support Worker, and Chris Harrison, Lead Sonographer in Obstetrics

Kneeling in front, left to right, Vicky Elvin, Support Worker; Shauna Smith, Student Radiographer and Margaret Mullaney, Sonographer

Toshiba Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place. We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows: Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water

Huddersfield Royal Infirmary recently acquired a Toshiba Aquilion PRIME CT scanner. The new equipment which replaced an existing Toshiba CT system will enable the hospital to offer the very latest in cutting-edge technology to patients, including cardiac imaging. As well as being cardiac enabled, the new equipment comes equipped with an advanced interventional package, and a cross-site Vitrea Advanced thin-client solution.

The Aquilion PRIME combines fast scanning in conjunction with high speed reconstructions, allowing images to be instantly available for review before the patient leaves the exam room.   The combination of state-of-the-art hardware technology and advanced clinical applications provides improved patient care across a broad spectrum of clinical cases.

Lucy Thomson, CT Lead Radiographer comments, “Having previously had a Toshiba scanner, we knew already they are very reliable machines and we were also familiar with the functions, which reduced the training period. We like the speed, reliability and ease-of-use of the new system, which is helping us improve our throughput and reduce waiting lists. We also found the Toshiba staff very efficient and helpful.”

Toshiba’s Aquilion PRIME is the ideal system for imaging departments that need to deliver a diverse variety of examinations. The system has streamlined workflow and produces high quality images at the lowest possible radiation dose. Toshiba’s Adaptive Iterative Dose Reduction, AIDR 3D Advanced, reduces image noise by up to fifty percent allowing the patient dose to be reduced by up to 75 percent compared to conventional scanners. AIDR 3D is seamlessly integrated into the scanner’s workflow, assuring superb image quality at a minimum dose for every patient, with no penalty on patient throughput or image reconstruction speed.

The scanner at Huddersfield has been delivered with Toshiba’s automated cardiac software.   SURECardio monitors the heart-rate of a patient and adapts the scanning parameters to the optimal settings during the examination, compensating for fluctuations in heart rate, and ensuring a robust, reliable and reproducible scan in even the most challenging clinical scenario.

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Shown here, left to right, standing, Graham King, Account Executive and Heather Dring, Applications Specialist, both of Toshiba Medical Systems; Debra Unshorn and Victoria Woodward, CT Radiographers; Lucy Thomson, CT Lead Radiographer and Dr. Heshan Panditaratne, Consultant Radiologist

Seated in front, left to right, Maria Jedrzejczak, CT Radiographer; Danielle Lewis, Radiology Assistant and Catherine Driver, CT Advanced Practitioner

The Dorset Breast Screening Unit recently purchased two Toshiba Aplio 500 ultrasound systems. The Unit selected the scanners for their superior image quality and also for the potential they offer to expand their services to include shearwave elastography and microbubble studies of the axilla. One of the new machines was a replacement, and the additional system was purchased as part of a service development.

Stella Campbell and Lisa Bisset, Consultant Radiographers both endorse the new equipment, saying, “We are delighted with the two Toshiba systems which have increased throughput and productivity in our clinics. The scanners, which are specifically used for breast work, are efficient and easy-to-use.”

The Aplio 500 offers advanced performance that can be relied on day-after-day. Cost-effective and versatile, it provides superior imaging with outstanding depth and clarity.

Toshiba’s shear wave technology is a highly accurate and reproducible tool that provides integrated measurement and reporting for seamless integration into clinical workflow. It provides a quantitative measure and dynamic visual display of tissue stiffness in a variety of clinical settings, with raw data functionality to assist in localising and assessing palpable masses with high accuracy, sensitivity and reproducibility in a wide range of clinical settings.   Different degrees of tissue elasticity can be quantified or colour-coded in parametric images, making suspicious tissue changes quantifiable and visible in the ultrasonic image.

In addition, the Aplio 500 supplied to Dorset Breast Screening came with Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound (CEUS). Toshiba’s comprehensive contrast imaging package allows the user to assess perfusion dynamics in a wide range of clinical settings. Depending on the system configuration, up to 24 transducers support contrast-enhanced studies, including an ample variety of specialised probes such as high frequency, intra-operative, intra-cavity and 3D/4D transducers.

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Shown here (left to right, standing), Suzanne Holloway, Breast Imaging Manager; Gilly Adams, Dorset Breast Screening Unit Assistant; Lisa Bisset,  Consultant Radiographer, and Melanie Huish, Deputy Superintendent Radiographer

Seated on the left is Stella Campbell, Consultant Radiographer, and on the right, Dr. Nicola Robson, Consultant Radiologist

Toshiba Medial Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.  We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows: Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water

Royal Surrey County Hospital recently acquired a Toshiba Ultimax-i X-ray fluoroscopy system. Elisabeth Main, GI Advanced Practitioner, says, “We find the Toshiba Ultimax a very easy machine to use and particularly appreciate the low table height which facilitates the transfer of immobile and wheelchair patients. In addition, our patients all love the ceiling installation with its creative lighting. It is proving to be a much more relaxing experience for them.” Elisabeth continues, “We had an old Toshiba Ultimax and as well as its excellent image quality and the low dose, we opted for the Ultimax again because of the excellent service support we always receive from Toshiba.”

As a multi-purpose RF system the Ultimax is capable of a wide variety of exams including hystero-salpingograms, and is also used as back-up for interventional procedures. In addition to its excellent image quality and low dose, the installation of a Relax & View ceiling, as part of the Toshiba turnkey project and normally only seen in high-end modalities such as CT, is a particular improvement for HSG patients.

With the Ultimax-i the Royal Surrey County Hospital has acquired a versatile, flexible system, designed to satisfy a wide range of clinical imaging and interventional needs. In fact the Ultimax offers ‘three systems in one’, with angiography, radiography/fluoroscopy and direct radiography all in the one unit. The C-arm system with a digital X-ray table is provided with remote and local operation, with rapid table and C-arm motion allowing virtually any position and projection whilst capturing high-resolution clinical images. It covers all gastrointestinal studies, interventional radiology and angiographic procedures without compromise.

Designed with patient comfort and safety in mind, following the initial positioning, the Ultimax can assume any orientation required, with anti-collision technology in place to protect the patient at all times. It comes with a minimum table to floor height of 50 cm, providing greater comfort for patients with poor mobility.  In addition, a comprehensive dose reduction programme, consisting of various hard- and software features, ensures the optimum result at lowest dose.

Anatomical coverage from head to toe is in excess of two metres, taking into account the scanning range of 163 cm and the dimensions of the 43 x 43 cm detector. The 90°/90° table-tilt allows added flexibility for multi-purpose techniques such as gastrointestinal studies, urological exams, etc, and C-arm and digital acquisition controls permit bolus chasing DSA for extremity imaging. A triple-focus X-ray rube that facilities imaging of finely detailed

anatomy and a fluoro digital compensation filter allows real-time image enhancement.  In addition, multiple images can be linked as a single image so that the spine and lower extremities can be displayed in a single view.

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Shown here, left to right, Wendy Dengate, Radiology Directorate Services Manager; Christopher Moore, Radiographer; Jann Paton, Interventional Lead Radiographer; Dr. Alex Horton, Consultant Radiologist; Mark Foxall, Account Executive CT/XR/MR, Toshiba Medical Systems and Anita Sankar, Radiographer

Toshiba Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.   We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy useful for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows: X-ray equates to 13 stoves and 50,781 litres of water

The Forth Valley Royal Hospital, part of NHS Forth Valley Healthboard, recently procured a Toshiba Xario 200 ultrasound machine for use within its gynaecology and outpatients clinics.    The new scanner, which is the first of its type in Scotland, replaced an existing system.

The Xario 200 is easy to use and comes with a small footprint. The Departmental Manager, Front Door Services of the Women, Children & Sexual Health Directorate, Judith Rooney comments, “The system was purchased to support gynaecology scanning within our outpatient clinics. We selected the Toshiba scanner for its excellent image quality and intuitive software. In fact, due to the flexibility of the system, we plan to utilise it as a contingency scanner when our obstetrics systems are ‘down’ for service and/or repair.” Judith adds, “In addition, Toshiba has been very attentive and flexible around applications training and ongoing support, fitting in around consultant clinics.”

Smaller, smarter and simpler, the Xario 200 provides outstanding image quality and superior workflow in an easy-to-handle, compact scanner. It comes with lightweight transducers that cover a large variety of clinical applications and offer superb image quality.

Offering excellent ergonomics, the Xario 200 features a very attractive and compact system designed, with a small body that is extremely lightweight, for rapid and easy transportability in every clinical environment. It sets new standards of ergonomics with a height adjustable console over a large range, plus a panel swivel for even more flexibility. Xario’s transducers are also ergonomically shaped with flexible cables and a very slim connector. They are locked to the main system through large levers for secure connection and the active port indicator further enhances workflow.

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Shown left to right: Judith Rooney, Department Manager Women, Children & Sexual Health Directorate; Nicola Fleming, Clinical Specialist Sonographer Midwife and Dr. Shahzya Huda, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

Toshiba Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place. We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows: Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water

Yeovil District Hospital Foundation Trust recently acquired a Toshiba Aquilion RXL 16-slice CT scanner. The new system, which was officially opened by ex-BBC chief news correspondent Kate Adie, was purchased thanks to a campaign to raise the initial funds for a second scanner. The Friends of Yeovil Hospital, Friends of South Petherton Hospital and the Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund all responded to the appeal and contributed to the purchase.

The Aquilion RXL system, which complements the hospital’s higher end, Aquilion CXL 128-slice cardiac CT scanner, will provide much-needed extra capacity. Fiona Rooke, Diagnostic Services Manager, comments, “We are delighted with our second CT scanner from Toshiba. We had a challenging budget, but the Toshiba Aquilion RXL 16-slice system is great value for money as the system still offers the same low dose technology as our higher end CT, which is a huge advantage for patient scanning flexibility.” Fiona continues, “A second CT has allowed us to provide continuity of service and faster response for patients, and supports trauma imaging, stroke and cancer pathways. We have also always received excellent customer service from Toshiba.”

The Aquilion RXL 16-slice CT system delivers routine low-dose scans, combining performance and value for every day imaging needs.  A whole-body multi-slice helical scanner, it comes with the latest innovations in multi-slice technology. Featuring the high-performance MegaCoolTM X-ray tube and advanced Quantum detector, the new system enables fast, helical scanning. In addition, although just a 16-slice system, it still comes equipped with Adaptive Iterative Dose Reduction 3D (AIDR 3D), an iterative reconstruction algorithm that has been designed to further reduce dose while preserving excellent image quality. AIDR 3D is standard on all Toshiba CT scanners.   The Aquilion RXL can also be upgraded to a 32-slice system and provides quality, low dose imaging for reduced CT budgets.

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Shown here, on the left of the scanner is Megan Newberry, Account Executive, Toshiba Medical Systems. Standing behind the couch: Mark Condron, Senior CT Applications Specialist, Toshiba Medical Systems; Simon Jones, Deputy Superintendent Radiographer CT/MRI;  Graham Martin, CT Applications Specialist, Toshiba Medical Systems and Dr. Cenydd Thomas, Consultant Radiologist

Seated in front, from left to right: Fiona Rooke, Diagnostic Services Manager; Samantha Kibby, Superintendent Radiographer CT/MRI; Catherine Howard, Radiology Assistant, and Kate Howells, Senior Radiographer

Toshiba Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.   We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows: CT equates to 12 stoves and 48,365 litres of water

The Worcestershire Oncology Centre, a brand new 25 million pound centre for cancer patients in Worcestershire, was recently officially opened by HRH the Princess Royal. Equipped with the latest technology, with all facilities under one roof including the Toshiba Aquilion LB CT scanner, the new centre means that cancer patients will no longer have to travel to Coventry, Cheltenham or Wolverhampton for treatment. Developed in partnership with University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, hospital bosses estimate the new centre will save one million miles of travel every year.

The Toshiba Aquilion LB, which has been designed specifically for oncology, has a 90 cm bore for easy patient positioning and maximum flexibility for treatment planning. With the largest bore size on the market, the Aquilion LB removes historic positioning restrictions apparent in standard bore scanners, and its large scan field of 70 cm covers more anatomy with greater accuracy. As the largest true (non-extrapolated) field-of-view, the 70 cm scan field-of-view is accomplished without extrapolation algorithms by the QuantumPLUS detector. This method provides improved image quality across the entire image during bariatric and CT simulation exams. These key advantages of the large aperture and large scan field allow radiotherapy patients to be scanned in their treatment position, using appropriate immobilisation devices.

Jacky Walters, Clinical Lead Radiographer at the Centre says, “The Toshiba CT scanner offers good image quality and speed of scanning. The radiographers have found it very easy-to-use and the scanner is an asset to the recently-opened Worcestershire Oncology Centre.” Sarah Mcevoy, a Radiotherapy Radiographer at the centre endorses this view with the comment: “The system is very user friendly, easy to set up and the user interface is very intuitive.”

As with all Toshiba’s CT scanners the new system incorporates a variety of functions that can significantly reduce the patient exposure dose, including AIDR 3D (Adaptive Iterative Dose Reduction in 3D). AIDR 3D can provide a dose reduction in a clinical setting by up to 75 percent when compared to scans performed with traditional Filtered Back Projection (FBP) techniques.   The AIDR 3D algorithm is designed to work in both the raw data and reconstruction domains and optimises image quality for each particular body region. It is fully integrated in Toshiba’s SUREExposure 3D (automatic exposure control software) for optimised dose control, and adds mere seconds to total reconstruction times. In addition, newly designed hardware maximises reconstruction speed in all applications.

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Shown here: left to right, Megan Newberry, Account Executive Toshiba Medical Systems; Helena Mccarthy, Laura Catterall and Dean Carrabin, Radiotherapy Radiographers; Heather Dring, Applications Specialist, Toshiba Medical Systems; Sarah Mcevoy and Emily Lau, Radiotherapy Radiographers

Toshiba Medical has a carbon-zero project in place.   We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows: CT equates to 47 stoves and 48,365 litres of water.

Toshiba Medical Systems recently installed a Toshiba Astelion Advance 16-slice CT scanner at the local veterinary clinic within the Pets At Home store in Pitsea, Basildon, Essex. The new equipment was opened by the Deputy Mayor of Basildon, Danny Lawrence. The store is part of Vets4Pets/Companion Care, the largest veterinary group in the UK. This is the first CT scanner to be purchased by the Vets4Pets/Companion Care group.

Joint Venture Partner and Veterinary Surgeon, Olushola Idowu, says “We selected the Toshiba equipment for its ease-of-use and image quality. The scanner is already very busy imaging small mammals, particularly cats, and, in fact, we are finding that people, now that they know we have this facility, prefer to bring their pets to our practice.”      

Toshiba Medical Systems put together a unique Vet CT package, offering state-of-the-art CT scanner technology based on the company’s Astelion Advance 16-slice system. This is supported with a bespoke Vet CT service maintenance and clinical applications package. The new scanner comes with Toshiba’s Adaptive Iterative Dose Reduction 3D (AIDR-3D) software which minimises patient dose and in turn reduces system power requirements for routine CT scans.

The Astelion Advance is the only entry level mutli-slice CT system in the industry offering iterative reconstruction, as implemented on Toshiba’s elite systems. Delivering routine low-dose scans, it offers performance and value for every day imaging needs. It comes with software to enable multi-planar reformats to be reconstructed in any plane, allowing full visualisation of patient scans, including 3D reconstructions of vascular and orthopaedic regions of interest.

Another advantage is its small footprint, which is ideal in small veterinary practices. In addition, to protect the environment and improve the quality of life, the Astelion Advance Edition reduces carbon footprint and lowers medical radiation exposure.

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Shown here (left to right) Toby Hartshorn, Veterinary Surgeon; Jenny Gordon, CT Nurse; ‘Murphy’, Jenny’s dog; Olushola Idowu, Joint Partner & Veterinary Surgeon; Justine Feltham, Veterinary Nurse, and Colin Pellow, Account Executive, Toshiba Medical Systems

Toshiba Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place. We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows: CT equates to 12 stoves and 48,365 litres of water

Royal Chesterfield Hospital chose a Toshiba Aplio 500 ultrasound system for its ease-of-use, intuitive user function, 3D functionality and Toshiba’s highly valued lifetime applications support.

Shown here, (photo: 006-013842), left to right, standing, are Janet Bown, Jane Barnes and Sian Mead sonographers; Justine Walker, matron, Women’s Health Unit; Sally Revell, sonographer; Dawn Ingham, ultrasound account executive, Toshiba Medical Systems; Clare Worgan and Rebekah Tzavaras , sonographers; Diane Shepherd, lead sonographer and Louise Higgins, applications specialist, Toshiba Medical Systems. Seated in front, on the left is Ruth Hutchinson, sonographer and on the right, Nioamh Magnier, sonographer

The Aplio 500 offers advanced performance that can be relied on day-after-day. Cost-effective, productive and versatile, it provides superior imaging with outstanding depth and detail. It is configured for use in the busy Women’s Health Unit at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, and replaced an aged Toshiba system. It comes with extra functionalities and increased image quality that will allow the users to scan patients in a faster time frame. It is also equipped with a wide range of probes for use in scanning women in gynaecology and obstetrics, as well as 3D transvaginal capabilities.

The hospital selected the Toshiba scanner because of its ease-of-use, intuitive user function, 3D functionality and the lifetime applications support from Toshiba, which is highly valued.  Also included on the system is Toshiba’s SMI (Superior Micro-vascular Imaging), which complements colour Doppler techniques in visualising small micro-vasculature.   In addition, the Aplio 500 is also equipped with 3D packages. Both of these exciting technologies, along with the quick and easy-to-use functions of the system, backed up by Toshiba’s applications support, improve the patient experience, due to decreased scanning times and improved image quality.

Chesterfield Royal District General Hospital is part of the Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which covers Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales and North Amber Valley (towards the north); the High Peak and North East Derbyshire, with a total population of 416,762.

Toshiba Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.  We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to including manufacturing, shipping and delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows: Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water

Toshiba Medical Systems recently installed a Toshiba Aquilion PRIME 80-slice CT system at Gloucester Royal Hospital. The radiology department already has two other CT systems and the new scanner will add extra capacity, and enable the hospital to offer the very latest in cutting-edge technology to its patients.

David Reed, CT.MR Lead Radiographer, comments, “We are delighted with the Toshiba Aquilion PRIME CT scanner. The image quality is superb with low radiation doses. We are very impressed with Toshiba’s unique SURESubtraction technologies, SEMAR Metal Artefact Reduction and lateral couch movement. We are currently redeveloping our cardiac services and improving cardiac CT image quality, while extending the range of patients that can be successfully imaged. Support from Toshiba applications and service has been excellent.”

Toshiba’s Aquilion PRIME combines high performance with a small footprint for flexibility in siting without compromise in available techniques. The Aquilion PRIME is ideal for imaging department that need to perform a wide variety and number of routine examinations as well as advanced studies, together with streamlined workflow to obtain maximum quality images at the lowest possible radiation dose. In this respect Toshiba’s Adaptive Iterative Dose Reduction, AIDR 3D, lowers the noise level by up to fifty percent and the patient dose by up to 75 percent compared to conventional scanners.

With pixel-perfect subtraction of bone and calcium, Toshiba’s SURESubtraction software offers unsurpassed visualisation of vessels and contrast-enhanced tissue structures, providing all the information needed to make a diagnosis with confidence in the shortest time. SEMAR™ technology employs a sophisticated reconstruction algorithm to eliminate artefacts caused by metal, while improving visualisation of the implant, its supporting bone and adjacent soft tissue for an accurate diagnosis. It can be used in routine low-dose scans, and the combination with AIDR 3D provides the best possible image quality without the need for a dedicated scan procedure or additional radiation exposure.

Toshiba’s unique lateral couch movement of 8.4cm combined with a standard wide bore of 78 cm ensures iso-centric imaging to optimise image quality and dose and prevents further manual handling for the radiographers. This is of great benefit for example, with bariatric patients, immobile patients and for cardiac, orthopaedic, interventional and trauma imaging, where the table can be moved rather than physically move the patient. Patient workflow is improved whilst optimising imaging for the best results.

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Shown here, left to right, David Reed, CT/MR Lead Radiographer; Megan Newberry, Account Executive, Toshiba Medical Systems; Sue Merrick, Superintendent Radiographer; Debby Booth, Advanced Practitioner, CT; Mark Condron, Senior Applications Specialist Toshiba Medical Systems and Alison Hannam, Deputy Superintendent Radiographer.

Toshiba Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.   We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping and delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows: CT equates to 12 stoves and 48,365 litres of water

The group photo shows delegates and lecturers outside the Airport Hilton Hotel in Manchester, where they attended the ‘3D ultrasound in gynaecology and reproductive healthcare’ run by Clinical Diagnostics and sponsored by Toshiba Medical Systems.

Feedback from delegates indicated that attendees really appreciated the opportunity for hands-on experience in 3D/4D technology, with several people commenting that the workshops had encouraged them to use 3D in their clinical settings.

Other remarks on a very successful day included praise for the excellent coverage of different pathologies, the interesting images examples and outstanding speakers. One comment summed up the positive feedback from all present, “The course was very enlightening and the physics and mechanics of achieving 3D/4D imaging were clearly explained. It made the concept of 3D image acquisition less intimidating.”

The course was designed to show how 3D (transvaginal) ultrasound scanning offers considerable practical and clinical benefits in key areas of general gynaecology, reproductive medicine and early pregnancy assessments. It covered the technical principles of 3D ultrasound and aspects of scanning techniques, including practical demonstrations as well as hands-on training for delegates.

Topics covered included general gynaecology and evaluation of complex pelvic disease; reproductive gynaecology, and saline infusion sono-hysterography and virtual 3D (“ultrasound hysteroscopy”) imaging; fertility studies and treatment monitoring; early pregnancy and investigation of recurrent miscarriage and first trimester screening and fetal assessments.

Delegates also commented that the course had been well organised and that the venue had been very good. They found the provision of the course contents for future reference on a USB stick useful and helpful.

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Toshiba Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.  We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows: Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water 

Toshiba Medical systems recently installed a Xario 100 ultrasound system in the Renal Unit at Royal Preston Hospital. The new machine replaced an existing Toshiba scanner.

Dr. Aimun Ahmed, Renal Physician says, “We selected the Xario 100 for its lightweight and small footprint. The ergonomics of the system are excellent and we find it very easy to manoeuvre. We use it for renal biopsies and venous access and have found it is faster than our old scanner, helping us improve our throughput.”  

Shown here with the Xario 100: (photo Preston 12) on the left, Toshiba Medical Systems staff: Lynn Parkington, Ultrasound Account Manager and Louise Higgins, Ultrasound Applications Specialist, and on the right, Dr. Aimun Ahmed, Renal Physician.

The Xario 100 is small, smart and simple to use, with outstanding image quality and superior workflow in an easy-to-handle, compact scanner. Offering better ergonomics for the workplace it features a small body that is extremely lightweight for rapid and easy transportability in every clinical environment. It comes with a height adjustable console over a large range and ergonomically shaped transducers with flexible cables and a very slim connector. They are locked to the main system through large levers for secure connection and the active port indicator further enhances workflow.

The large 19 inch high-resolution monitor has a fully articulating monitor arm, and ergonomic handgrip. Xario’s monitor facilitates full screen mode for increased visibility of the smallest detail. In addition, it is equipped with aids such as smart transducer cable management, a standby function to allow quick shutdown and startup in mobile situations, and during probe changes, an illuminated transducer bay area.

Royal Preston Hospital is part of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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Toshiba Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place.  We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows: Ultrasound equates to 1 stove and 3,415 litres of water

Festival Medical Services ready to man one of the busiest medical facilities in the country – Over 200,000 festival goers and site workers will result in approximately 4,000 patients during the festival in 2015

Over 500 medical staff prepare to provide care over the period.

Glastonbury, UK. June 17th 2015 – From 24th – 29th June 2015 around 200,000 festival goers and site workers will converge at Glastonbury for the most anticipated music festival of the year.

Each year, a huge number of visitors and support staff continue to push the limits for Festival Medical Services, the charity responsible for providing medical care at Glastonbury. The medical team will serve one of the countries busiest medical facilities during the festival, treating over 4,000 festival goers in 2014, at an average of around 600 patients every day. This year, three local hospitals in Bath, Yeovil and Taunton will take referrals for major injuries.

The field hospital set up includes: two major medical centres for drop-in and ambulance patients, equipped and staffed for minor and major injuries; a 24-hour pharmacy; an emergency dentistry service; a mental health unit, led by consultant psychiatrists; a team of paramedics and first responders who cover the festival site both in 4×4 vehicles and on foot. For major injuries, there is a two-bed resuscitation area directly connected to an ambulance bay as well as a helicopter ambulance facility to provide fast and effective journeys for those needing urgent treatment.

Dr. Mark Regi, consultant vascular interventional radiologist at the Sheffield Vascular Institute heads up the medical imaging team at Glastonbury: “The provision of care at the festival grows more comprehensive each year. It’s important that fast assessment of injury is made to ensure the quickest possible path to treatment is provided. The imaging services save a significant number of transfers to local A&E departments due to the capability on-site. It’s a huge operation for the duration of the festival”.

The shifts at the main medical centres are headed by an A&E doctor, who will work with a team of other specialty doctors working in shifts through the festival. The team is backed up by a team of nurses, physiotherapists and podiatrists. In addition to this, every day, a consultant paediatrician, a surgeon, gynaecology consultant, a consultant radiologist and anaesthetist are available for referrals from the A&E unit as patients are triaged through assessment to treatment quickly and effectively.

Working in partnership with the Festival Medical Services team, the Toshiba medical ultrasound imaging equipment forms an important part of the services care provision. A 24-hour ultrasound service is manned by a team of six consultant radiologists, all from major teaching units covering a range of sub-specialties. All are on-call over the six-day period and are backed up by a team of radiographers, providing constant and consistent availability for festival goers.

The imaging team usually performs over 20 ultrasounds per festival, using Toshiba Viamo™ portable ultrasound scanners, which are provided for the festival duration free of charge together with a team to help operate the equipment. Rob Hawkes, Consultant Paediatric Radiologist at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital helps lead the radiology team during the festival. He comments: “The imaging team provides an important role during the festival. In 2013, we had an unfortunate incident where a festival goer suffered a penetrating chest trauma injury. Having easy and immediate access to the imaging equipment helped save a life with an echo cardiograph showing serious bleeding around the patient’s heart. The story ended well with the patient recovering after emergency stabilising interventions on site and rapid transfer to the regional cardiothoriacic centre. It’s an effective demonstration of the speed with which we can assess and refer quickly for treatment. From a scan taking place to the patient arriving at Bristol Heart Hospital happened within 35 minutes using land, then air ambulance.”

“As well as the patient benefits, there are strong economic reason for an onsite radiology unit. It costs on average £250 for each hospital transfer, not to mention the extra loading on local A&E departments and their radiology departments if we were to refer all patients. The imaging equipment allows us to provide a better service for festival goers through quick and effective on-site assessment and immediate treatment options for minor injuries.”

As well as the extremely rare medical emergencies, the last few festivals have seen emerging trends with regard to the importance of imaging with a growing number of festival goers in early pregnancy who have needed reassurance that their pregnancy remained healthy. Over the past three years the majority of the ultrasound has been of pregnant visitors and that number is growing every year. The women’s health service also includes a gynaecological consultant who works closely with a sonographer. Non urgent scans take place every morning during the festival.

Dr. Hawkes adds: “In terms of the most frequent injuries that require scans on site, the rain and mud have caused a growing number of lower leg fracture injuries over the last couple of festivals. In very muddy conditions, boots become stuck in the mud and festivals goers fall awkwardly causing severe strains or leg breaks at worst”.

Toshiba Medical Systems UK Managing Director, Mark Hitchman comments: “Toshiba Medical Systems is proud to support one of the world’s most popular festivals. Our flexible ultrasound imaging equipment will help fast and efficient identification of injury during the event, helping the services offer the best patient care of its kind”.

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About Festival Medical Services

Festival Medical Services is a registered medical charity, whose clinical volunteers are skilled and experienced health professionals.

We provide quality event medical services and all levels of medical care in a challenging environment. FMS supports charitable projects around the world.

Festival Medical Services is:

  • A registered charity providing comprehensive event medical services at mass gatherings
  • A not for profit organisation raising funds for medical and environmental projects around the world
  • Regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for Ambulance & Imaging Activities
  • A regulated training organisation accredited by QualSafe to deliver OfQual regulated QCF awards

 

Festival Medical Services started in 1979 as a small group of local medical staff providing cover at the Glastonbury Festival. From simple beginnings and basic facilities in the early years, FMS kept pace as Glastonbury developed into the largest festival of contemporary performing arts in Europe and now, FMS provides a sophisticated range of services including, A&E specialists, four-wheel drive ambulance logistics, computerised patient registration and tracking, pharmacy services, dental services, mental health services, physiotherapy treatments, podiatry, safeguarding team, health & safety, command and control and many more. www.festival-medical.org

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. For more information please visit www.toshiba-medical.co.jp/tmd/English

For further information:

Contact: Blaise Hammond / Phone: 07713 684597 / E-mail: blaise@terranovapr.co.uk

Rebecca Miller – rmiller@tmse.nl

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 210,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing 5.8 trillion yen (US$61.7 billion). Visit Toshiba’s website at http://www.toshiba.co.jp

ZOETERMEER, The Netherlands, 13 May 2015 – Toshiba Medical Systems Europe B.V. announced today that Mrs. Myriam Guiral has been named General Manager, Toshiba Medical Systems Belgium.

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Mrs Myriam Guiral, General Manager, Toshiba Medical Systems Belgium

In her new role, Myriam has full P&L responsibility for business activities in Belgium and Luxembourg and is in charge of the development and implementation of strategic marketing plans that drive growth and profitability for the subsidiary.

“Myriam brings a wealth of experience and expertise in our business domain and we are confident that she, together with our Belgian colleagues, can significantly grow our Belgian subsidiary” said Jos Ruis, vice president, Toshiba.

Prior to joining Toshiba, Myriam held several senior business positions driving strategies for business growth in the Medical Healthcare Industry.

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About Toshiba Medical Systems Europe
With headquarters in Zoetermeer, The Netherlands, Toshiba Medical Systems Europe (TMSE) 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 Europe. For more information, visit the TMSE website at http://toshiba-medical.eu

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 http://www.toshibamedicalsystems.com

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 210,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing 5.8 trillion yen (US$61.7 billion). Visit Toshiba’s website at http://www.toshiba.co.jp

TOKYO – Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) today announced it has been appointed an Official Sponsor of the Rugby World Cup 2015, renewing the company’s support for the biggest tournament in rugby for the third consecutive time.

Rugby World Cup 2015 will see 48 matches take place across England and Wales from September 18 to October 31, 2015.

Toshiba’s association spans the breadth of its business domains including social infrastructure, air conditioning, multi-functional printers, digital products and medical imaging devices. In addition, Toshiba will support the tournament by providing its products to support the running of the event.

Toshiba has a long heritage in rugby.  As well as sponsoring Rugby World Cup in 2007 and 2011, last year Toshiba has become the the Official Sponsor of the Japanese Men’s team and will also support their participation in Rugby World Cup 2015. A further example of Toshiba’s dedication to the game is with its own team, “BRAVE LUPUS”, which competes in Japan’s Rugby Top League.  Many members of the team have represented the nation as part of Japan’s Rugby World Cup team over the years.

“Toshiba is delighted to be continuing its successful partnership with the Rugby World Cup,” said Noriaki Hashimoto, Corporate Vice President, Corporate Representative – EMEA, Toshiba Corporation. “The tournament is one of the world’s greatest sporting events and we’re looking forward to playing our part in bringing the power and the passion of the games to a bigger audience than ever before.”

Rugby World Cup Limited Head of Commercial, Broadcast and Marketing Murray Barnett added: “Toshiba is a world leader and innovator in pioneering high technology and with the expanded reach of Rugby World Cup, we are working to together to reach people wherever and whenever they are watching, talking about or playing rugby.”

In the build up to and during the tournament, Toshiba will initiate a range of activities to enhance its association and engage spectators with the event. Part of Toshiba’s activity will include perimeter boards at each match of the tournament as part of a larger advertising programme. Activity will be focused on regions where rugby is most popular including Europe, Japan, Oceania and Africa.

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About Toshiba

Toshiba Corporation, a Fortune Global 500 company, channels world-class capabilities in advanced electronic and electrical product 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 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/index.htm

TOSHIBA MEDICAL SYSTEMS UK LTD LAUNCHES FIRST SELF-LOADING RELOCATABLE MR SYSTEM IN THE UK

Toshiba Medical Systems is the first manufacturer to offer a hydraulic self-loading relocatable MR scanner for the UK.

Innovative relocatable system can be delivered and up and running quickly and easily. First use will be at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July 2014.

Crawley, UK. July 29th 2014 – Toshiba Medical Systems Ltd today unveils its latest newly launched MRI system, the Vantage Elan™ 1.5T. Previously only available in Japan, The state-of-the-art relocatable MR scanner hits the UK roads on the 24th July in Glasgow, where it forms part of the onsite medical facility at the Commonwealth Games for which Toshiba Medical is the official medical systems provider.

The unique relocatable unit was designed in partnership with Bristol-based, WH Bence Ltd, one of Europe’s leading specialist vehicle manufacturers. The relocatable MR scanner offers the patient and clinician almost 50% more space than conventional mobile MRI units.  At 3.5m wide, Toshiba’s new relocatable Vantage Elan MRI does not require a separate escort vehicle to follow the unit during transportation despite its roomy design.

The result is a unique relocatable that enjoys the versatility of a mobile, as it is easy and inexpensive to transport, but with the added advantages of easier patient, and clinician access, and space. The unit is furnished with an onboard diesel generator, which is able to power the scanner and the chiller, to keep the magnet running during transport. Designed for patient and clinician comfort, the unit incorporates inspirational interior design aspects including; ambient

lighting, visual displays on walls and ceiling, Freeview TV and sound system, as well as hot and cold running water.

The relocatable is armed with a specially designed super low loader trailer, which results in a reduction of the overall height of the unit during transportation. This will enable Toshiba Medical Systems UK to rent the unit to customers across Europe if required. The super low loader trailer also benefits from rear steering axles, which can be steered via remote control, this offers greater manoeuvrability to gain access on site. An MRI compatible wheelchair and patient transfer gurney/PAT slide are included with the unit.

Mark Hitchman, UK Managing Director for Toshiba Medical Systems comments: “One disadvantage of a relocatable previously was that they needed to be craned into different customer sites. This often posed certain access restrictions and meant that relocatables were not ideal for short term rentals due to the substantial costs of hiring in a crane. With our relocatable we have come up with a unique design, together with WH Bence in Bristol, to incorporate hydraulic lifting legs into each corner of the housing“.

Toshiba’s new relocatable MR can however, still be craned into position. Moreover, the stainless steel legs can fully support the 27T container allowing the relocatable unit to lift itself from the super low loader trailer, to a height that the trailer can be driven out from underneath. The MRI relocatable unit can then be lowered into position quickly and easily.

The Vantage Elan™ MRI scanner provides outstanding clinical and economic benefits together with a wide variety of advanced technologies. A 1.4m ultra-short magnet with excellent magnetic field homogeneity ensures ultra high image quality, whilst reducing patient anxiety and ensuring more comfortable examinations. With patient comfort in mind, Pianissimo™ ∑ technology dramatically reduces scanner noise, whilst zero helium boil-off system and Eco mode technology minimizes system operating costs, with power consumption being dramatically reduced when the system is idle.

The system requires only a small installation footprint, which means that installation work can be completed quickly and easily. Complete with a set of post-processing options, including cardiovascular, neuro and MSK applications, the scanner will arrive at a venue or hospital ‘ready-to-go’. Toshiba will also provide free applications training as part of the service as it travels from centre to centre.

Outside of the initial Commonwealth Games placement, the relocatable MR scanner will also be used to ensure Toshiba Medical Systems service levels are maintained as the highest in the industry. The challenge of meeting near 100% uptime is one that Toshiba Medical Systems is proud of maintaining. The mobile scanner protects and enhances this quality assurance and uptime record.

Mark Hitchman continues: “ This latest project yet again demonstrates Toshiba Medical System’s commitment to innovation. We are delighted to launch the first of this new product, the Vantage Elan 1.5T MRI scanner, a high quality yet economical system, manufactured to high quality standards in Japan, yet producing premium class image quality.“

“By installing this new technology into a unique and ultimately flexible, high quality relocatable unit, we are showing the design creativity that meets the needs of today‘s healthcare providers in the UK and beyond. Apart from the fact that the quality of this installation is first class in every way, the novel way in which this unit can dismount itself from the delivery trailer quickly and easily, means it is a truly flexible relocatable scanner that enjoys greater inside space than a traditional mobile, with almost none of the drawbacks from being bigger, regarding ease of transport“.

After supporting the medical centre at the Commonwealth Games, the system will go to a leading NHS Hospital for long term rental.

About the Vantage Elan™

Superior image quality

Vantage Elan™ incorporates a magnet with high field homogeneity that ensures high image quality in examinations of any clinical region. Combining Toshiba’s unique scan sequences and imaging techniques, the new MRI system offers a wide variety of solutions to meet the demands of modern clinical environments, including non contrast MRA and fat-suppression techniques.

Eco friendly and economically competitive

Vantage Elan™ has been developed based on environmentally friendly design concepts. Its zero helium boil-off system and Eco mode are extremely effective in minimizing system operating costs. Power consumption is dramatically reduced when the system is not in use. Its small footprint and easy-to-install design mean greater flexibility in system installation for a wide range of hospitals and health centres.

Easy system operation

The new system incorporates M-Power and Atlas SPEEDER technologies, which allow easy system operation even by inexperienced users. The M-Power user interface, which has been optimized based on analysis of clinical workflow efficiency in examinations of every clinical region. EasyTech automatically sets the scanner locator positions for the head, spine and heart, ensuring high image quality. Atlas SPEEDER, Toshiba’s integrated coil system featuring parallel imaging technology, provides outstanding diagnostic versatility and streamlined workflow, resulting in easy setup and acquisition in all clinical studies.

User interface

Vantage Elan™ employs a new platform to provide user friendly operability. The user interface has been designed in accordance with the ‘universal design’ concept for intuitive operation, enabling even those with less experience to operate the system without difficulty. The new MRI system also employs a new imaging engine, which provides three-dimensional image processing and colour fusion processing, as well as flexible support for clinical application software.

The trailer is owned and run by Toshiba Medical Systems UK. For rental enquiries please contact Toshiba Medical Systems on tel: 0800 13 12 11 10

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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. For more information please visit www.toshiba-medical.co.jp/tmd/english

For further information:

Contact: Blaise Hammond / Phone: 07713 684597 / E-mail: blaise@terranovapr.co.uk

Maiko Davison: mdavison@tmse.nl