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​Toronto, ON (April 10, 2015) – The Toronto General Hospital today becomes the first ​healthcare institution in the world to unveil a novel technology-based platform aimed at shortening the time required to translate medical research into clinical practice. This will enable faster diagnoses and more rapid treatment for patients with heart disease and other conditions that are detected using advanced medical imaging devices.

"This unique set-up advances the frontier for tomorrow's patients in truly significant ways," says Dr. Narinder Paul, Division Chief, Cardiothoracic Imaging at Toronto General Hospital. "Having two cutting-edge CT scanners sitting virtually side by side in a novel integrated layout will allow us to pinpoint heart disease earlier, identify opportunities for improving patient care and translating this almost immediately into clinical practice," he says.

A computerized tomography (CT) scan marries x-ray images of the bones, blood vessels and specific tissues inside the body with computer-processed images to yield highly-detailed images used by medical professionals to detect disease, map out a treatment plan and better understand the impact of that treatment on patients.

"Because changes in blood flow are the earliest indicator of potential disease in the heart, the specific images produced by CT scans in this bench to bedside approach will profoundly enhance our ability to diagnose illness before irreversible heart disease occurs, like a heart attack," says Dr. Barry Rubin, Medical Director, Peter Munk Cardiac Centre. "Our culture of innovation demands that we continually push forward to harness the marvels of technology optimally to provide the best possible care for our patients," he says

The multi-year project between the University Health Network's Joint Department of Medical Imaging (JDMI) and the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre features two identical scanners, operated within a shared control room, offering clinicians the unique opportunity to expedite the transfer of research findings from one CT into clinical use on the other scanner.

"Toshiba is extremely proud of the long lasting relationship with UHN and we refer to it as one of our most prestigious global partnerships" says Jens Dettmann, General Manager and VP of Toshiba of Canada, Medical Systems Division. The Peter Munk Cardiac Centre's research team provides important and extremely valuable input for future developments of our products and ​solutions. More importantly, we together have one common goal, provide better patient care."

The integrated platform also supports ongoing efforts to decrease patient exposure to radiation as a result of using novel radiation dose efficient technology that produces more detailed images and reduces the need for additional tests.

"This exciting initiative brings imagers closer together with our cardiac and research partners, ​helping further distinguish ourselves as a leading state-of-the-art, multi-disciplinary institution," ​says Dr. Larry White, Radiologist-in-Chief, Joint Department of Medical Imaging. Traditionally, the timeline for having validated research adopted into clinical practice spans several months and in many cases years.

Video interview​ with Dr. Narinder Paul.

ABOUT THE PETER MUNK CARDIAC CENTRE

The Peter Munk Cardiac Centre is the premier cardiac centre in Canada. Since it opened in ​1997, the Centre has saved and improved the lives of cardiac and vascular patients from around the world. Each year, approximately 55,000 patients receive innovative and compassionate care from multidisciplinary teams in the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, and the Centre trains more cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and vascular surgeons than any other hospital in Canada. The Centre is based at the Toronto General Hospital and the Toronto Western Hospital – members of University Health Network. www.petermunkcardiaccentre.ca

ABOUT THE JOINT DEPARTMENT OF MEDICAL IMAGING

The Joint Department of Medical Imaging (JDMI) is the largest sub-specialized medical imaging program in Canada. They are comprised of over 600 staff, 75 radiologists and 80 residents and fellows. The JDMI looks to provide Exceptional Quality and Exceptional Care to each of the approximately 690,000 patients they see each year. They are part of a multi-site network that includes three separate healthcare organizations: Mount Sinai Hospital, University Health Network (Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital and Toronto Rehab Institute), and Women's College Hospital.

ABOUT TOSHIBA OF CANADA LIMITED, MEDICAL SYSTEMS DIVISION

With headquarters in Markham, Ontario, Toshiba of Canada Limited, Medical Systems Division (TCL), 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 Canada. For more information, visit the TCL Medical S​ystems Division website at www.toshiba-medical.ca.

ABOUT TOSHIBA MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORPORA​TION

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 100 years. Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba. Visit Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation's website at www.toshibamedicalsystems.com.​

For more information:

Shaun Dias
Communications Specialist
Joint Department of Medical Imaging
University Health Network, Mount Sinai Hospital, Women's College Hospital 

Email: shaun.dias@uhn.ca​
Phone: 416 ​340 4800 ext. 8921​


Lianne Castelino
Senior Public Affairs Advisor
Peter Munk Cardiac Centre
Phone: 416 340 4429
Cell: 647 669 8416
​Email: lianne.castelino@uhn.ca

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Sherry Lyons
VP Marketing
Toshiba of Canada Limited, Medical Systems Division
Phone: 905 470 3538
​Email: sherry.lyons@toshiba.ca​

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