Rex Healthcare Improves Blood Flow Visualization with Toshiba’s Aplio 500 and Superb Micro-Vascular Imaging

SMI Technology Allows Customers to See Low-Level Flows Without the Need for Contrast Agents

TUSTIN, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — December 10, 2014 — As Rex Healthcare looked to expand capabilities and further its position as a leader in vascular imaging, it acquired an Aplio™ 500 ultrasound system with Superb Micro-Vascular Imaging (SMI) from Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. Clinicians are now able to perform high-end, non-invasive vascular exams – looking at carotid arteries, visceral and renal organs – improving clinician confidence.

“Since our team shifted to using SMI, we are experiencing image quality that is night and day from other technologies,” said Pat Washko, Technical director, Rex Hospital, UNC Healthcare Vascular Center. “Rex Healthcare is now able to perform more comprehensive exams with the two different color modes, especially for identifying incidental findings to differentiate between solid and cystic masses. It is the right technology for our expanding vascular capabilities.”

In the past, physicians wanting to see low-velocity micro-vascular blood flow would have to use contrast agents or more invasive modalities. But with SMI, clinicians can dramatically improve the patient’s overall experience by making exams safer and faster.

“Toshiba understands what it takes to push ultrasound to the next level,” said Tomohiro Hasegawa, director, Ultrasound Business Unit, Toshiba. “With the development of SMI, clinicians can use ultrasound to see smaller vessels in and around areas like tumors and lymph nodes, giving way to faster, non-invasive disease diagnosis for improved care.”

About Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.

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

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

About Toshiba

Toshiba Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, channels world-class capabilities in advanced electronic and electrical products and systems into five strategic business domains: Energy & Infrastructure, Community Solutions, Healthcare Systems & Services, Electronic Devices & Components, and Lifestyles Products & Services. Guided by the principles of The Basic Commitment of the Toshiba Group, “Committed to People, Committed to the Future,” Toshiba promotes global operations towards securing “Growth Through Creativity and Innovation” and is contributing to the achievement of a world in which people everywhere live in a safe, secure and comfortable society.

Founded in Tokyo in 1875, today’s Toshiba is at the heart of a global network of over 590 consolidated companies employing over 200,000 people worldwide, with annual sales surpassing 6.5 trillion yen (US$63 billion). To find out more about Toshiba, visit


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