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Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation Completes Acquisition Of Advanced Visualization Imaging System Division of Barco

2/3/2009 6:53:55 AM

TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation announced today that via its wholly-owned subsidiary, Toshiba Medical Visualization Systems Europe, Ltd. (TMVS), it has completed its acquisition of the Advanced Visualization Imaging System Division (AVIS) of Barco nv, Edinburgh, Scotland. This acquisition brings in-house the development of 3D volume rendering and advanced visualization capabilities for all Toshiba modalities.

“TMVS now serves as the foundation of a world-class medical research and development center in Europe,” said Kenichi Komatsu Ph.D., president and CEO, Toshiba Medical, “demonstrating Toshiba’s strong commitment to our European customers as well as the healthcare industry worldwide.”

The AVIS team has been conducting research, development and sales of medical 3D visualization software products since 1991 as Voxar Ltd. For the past 10 years, Toshiba has used Voxar 3D visualization core software in its medical imaging products and Picture, Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS). AVIS, as part of Barco, provided advanced visualization solutions for the medical imaging and PACS markets.

TMVS is led by Toshiaki Nakazato, president, and Callum Cunningham, senior vice president and general manager.

Toshiba’s global research entities, including TMSC Research in Japan and Toshiba Medical Research Institute USA, Inc., support clinical programs in partnership with luminary academic institutions worldwide to accelerate research and development of clinical applications using Toshiba’s advanced imaging systems.

About Barco, Inc.

Barco, a global technology company, designs and develops visualization products for a variety of selected professional markets. Barco has its own facilities for Sales and Marketing, Customer Support, R&D and Manufacturing in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. Barco (Euronext Brussels: BAR) is active in more than 90 countries with about 3600 employees worldwide. Barco posted sales of euro 747 million in 2007.

About Toshiba

Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation is an independent group company of Toshiba Corporation. The company is a global leading provider of diagnostic medical imaging systems and comprehensive medical solutions, such as CT scanners, X-ray, ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, MRI equipment and information systems for medical institutions. Toshiba Corp. is a leader in information and communications systems, electronic components, consumer products, and power systems. Toshiba Corp. has approximately 198,000 employees worldwide and annual sales of $77 billion. For more information, visit


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