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Innovation from Toshiba Medical

When we look at the history of Toshiba medical equipment, the word "first" often reappears.
Toshiba was the first in Japan to begin research on X-ray tubes in 1914, and has continued to be a national leader in diagnostic imaging equipment, being the first to introduce many products, including MRI and helical CT.
We are continuing to write new pages in the history of medical equipment development.

2016 Toshiba Medical becomes a Canon group company
Real Madrid appoints Toshiba Medical as official medical systems partner
Launching the premium Aplio i-series ultrasound platform
New matrix array transducer with the world’s first intelligent Dynamic Micro-Slice(iDMS)
Toshiba Medical leaves the Toshiba group
2015 Completed acquisition of Olea Medical SA
Signed an OEM agreement with OptiGene in the UK
Selected as the official medical systems partner of FC Barcelona
Achieved cumulative production of 1,000 Aquilion ONE™ systems
2014 Established Toshiba Medical Systems Manufacturing Asia Sdn. Bhd. (TMMA) as the third production base outside Japan
Established a local subsidiary in Malaysia
2013 Launched operation of the production facility in Brazil
Achieved cumulative production of 30,000 CT scanners
Established regional subsidiaries in Turkey and Korea
Established Toshiba Medical Systems R&D (Dalian).
2012 Selected as the official medical systems partner of Manchester United
Produced the 500th Aquilion ONE™ system
Opened the "Academic Center", the first medical device training facility in China
2011 Started multicenter study of non-contrast-enhanced MRA technology Time-SLIP (First in the world)
Developed low-dose CT scan technology (AIDR 3D)
Acquired Vital Images, Inc. in the USA
2010 Began sales of large-bore 3-Tesla MRI system (Vantage Titan™3T)
Began sales of hybrid surgical X-ray angiography system with tilting catheterization table (First in the world)
2009 Established Customer Support & Training Center (CSTC)
Toshiba Medical Visualization Systems Europe Ltd established
2008 Developed new image processing technique for diagnostic X-ray angiography system (PureBrain™)
Acquired the Advanced Visualization Imaging System section of Barco in Scotland
2007 Began sales of diagnostic cardiovascular ultrasound system (Artida™), which can display three-dimensional image of the heart in real time
Achieved production of the 20,000th CT system
Developed 320-row area detector CT (Aquilion ONE™)
Toshiba Medical Systems (China) Co., Ltd. established in Beijing
2006 Toshiba Medical Research Institute USA established
Began sales of diagnostic X-ray angiography system with floor-mounted multi-access arm (Infinix™-i INFX-8000V) (First in the world)
2005 Began sales of PET-CT system with moving gantries (Aquiduo™) (First in the world)
2004 Achieved production of the 15,000th CT system
Began sales of the 64-detector-row CT system (Aquilion™64)
Established software development centers in software houses in China and India
Achieved production of the 150,000th electronic-scan-type diagnostic ultrasound system
2003 Began sales of EXCELART Vantage™, the world's quietest MRI system with the world's shortest magnet
Began sales of X-TV system with direct-conversion type flat panel detector(FPD)
Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation established
2000 Global Headquarters functions consolidated at Nasu operations
1999 MRI noise-reduction technology developed (Pianissimo mechanism) (First in the world)
1998 Multislice and half-second helical CT (Aquilion) developed (First in the world)
1997 Achieved production of the 100,000th ultrasound system (First in the world)
1996 Super-conducting, open MRI developed (First in the world)
1995 CT fluoroscopy developed (First in the world)
1993 Began sales of digital fluorography systems incorporating digital CCD camera (First in the world)
1992 Quality assurance system for ISO9001 certified
1987 Achieved production of the 20,000th X-ray TV system (First in the world)
Toshiba Nasu Tube Factory established
1985 Slipring CT scanner (TCT-900S) developed (First in the world)
1984 Tokyo Shibaura Electric Co. Ltd. changes their name to Toshiba Corp.
1983 First MRI (MRT-15A) and Digital fluorography system (DFP-02A) developed
1981 Toshiba Medical Systems Europe B.V. established
1979 Nasu Operations established
1978 X-ray Whole body CT system (TCT-60A) developed (First in Japan)
1977 Electric scan-type Ultrasound system (SAL-10A) developed
1976 Toshiba International Corporation Medical Division established in U.S.A.
1972 Toshiba Medical (domestic company) established
1967 Medical Systems Division established.
1961 Successful clinical test of electronic transmission of X-ray TV images Tokyo and Osaka (First in Japan)
1959 Transistorized electrocardiograph developed (First in Japan)
1955 Fluorescent intensified X-ray fluoroscopy system developed (First in Japan)
1954 X-ray fluorescent intensifier tube (I.I.) developed (First in Japan)
1951 Electroencephalography system developed (First in Japan)
1948 Reestablishment of Nihon Iryo Denki Ltd., the forerunner of Toshiba Medical
1942 Nihon Iryo Denki Ltd absorbed by Toshiba through a war-time business merger
1939 Merger of Shibaura Manufacturing and Tokyo Electric Co. Ltd.
and establishment of Tokyo Shibaura Electric Co. Ltd.
1935 Condenser discharge X-ray tube developed (First in Japan)
Ink-recording electrocardiographs developed (First in Japan)
1932 Fluorescent plate developed (First in Japan)
1930 Establishment of Nihon Iryo Denki Ltd as a sales company for medical devices, including X-ray, fully financed by Tokyo Electric Co. Ltd.
1914 Start of research on X-ray tubes (First in Japan)
Start of Toshiba medical device business