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SVMHS/Toshiba America Medical Systems Demonstrate Global Remote MRI Scanning

What: Demonstration of global remote MRI scanning

Where: Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center, 5 Lower Ragsdale, Monterey

When: Tuesday, December 9, 2008, 11:00 a.m.

Background: Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System and Toshiba America Medical Systems are working together in research to advance cardiovascular diagnostic imaging, and their latest effort will be on display tomorrow at the Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center (CVDC) in Ryan Ranch. A Toshiba research physician located in Japan will remotely control the MRI scanner in Ryan Ranch during a patient study tomorrow.

"The implications of this are enormous," said Timothy Albert, MD, FACC, Medical Director of the CVDC. "This is bringing down geographical barriers to patient care. When this technology is fully employed, patients will be able to seek the real time expertise of imaging specialists, even if those specialists are half a world away. It is exciting to see what we once dreamed of becoming reality."

"We are glad to see our technology used clinically to benefit the patients here, and it is particularly exciting to consider the potential of apply this globally," said Masatoshi Hanawa, General Manager of Worldwide MRI for Toshiba. He and Bob Giegerich, Director of MRI for Toshiba are visiting the Ryan Ranch facility for this latest research development.

Salinas Valley Memorial's Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center at Ryan Ranch has been designated as the primary United States research and development center for cardiac MRI imaging for Toshiba America Medical Systems Corporation. Physicians at the CVDC provide clinical care to patients; education and training in cardiac imaging to physicians from around the country; and research into the next generation of cardiovascular technology.

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