Toshiba America Medical Systems (TAMS) is not sheepish about looking beneath the surface for medical insight. The company, a subsidiary of Toshiba America, is a leading provider of diagnostic imaging systems in the US. Products include computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance (MRI), ultrasound, and x-ray imaging systems. The company's Infinix-i catheterization laboratory (cath lab) suites are used by clinics specializing in non-invasive cardiac procedures. TAMS markets, distributes, and services its equipment and provides training and continuing education. The company also provides information technology support services, and it is active in clinical diagnostic imaging research.
TAMS' customers include heath networks and hospitals such as Johns Hopkins Medicine, Children's Mercy Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, as well as specialty outpatient clinics and diagnostic imaging centers. The company conducts research and development efforts to create innovative new products; it also conducts R&D efforts by partnering on a stroke research center at the University at Buffalo.
One such new product launched in 2010 was the Aquilion One CT system, which is designed to serve the pediatric market. The system uses lower levels of radiation, which also reduces the need for patient sedation. TAMS is also working to reduce radiation exposure levels for patients of all ages, as well as to reduce scanning times for products such as its brain MR imaging devices.
TAMS paid some $273 to acquire one of its partner technology firms, Vital Images, in 2011. The purchase strengthened TAMS' advanced visualization and informatics offerings and will allow the companies to enhance their collaborative technology platform. – less