Toshiba's Infinix-i series gives medical centers edge in cardiac and vascular care
Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc. says that both the University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospitals at Chapel Hill and the Berger Hospital in Circleville, Ohio, are experiencing "measurable benefits" upon the recent installment of its Infinix-i series family of vascular and cardiac imaging systems.

Toshiba's Infinix-i series includes single-plane, bi-plane and dual-plane configurations designed with advanced technologies that deliver fast and accurate diagnostic and interventional exams. Designed to encompass workflow capabilities, ease-of-use, system configuration, dose management and patient comfort, Toshiba says the Infinix-i architecture allows the systems to be field upgradeable to the next generation of flat-panel technology.

UNC hospitals perform approximately 2,400 cardiac imaging and interventional studies annually and use three Infinix systems -- the Infinix CC-i in the cardiac cath lab; the Infinix GB for pediatrics; and the Infinix DP-i for peripheral vascular and cardiac work. Improving efficiencies, UNC utilizes the Infinix systems' networking and digital archiving capabilities.

The university hospital also is participating in clinical trials for FDA 510(k) submissions for Toshiba's works-in-progress cardiac flat-panel detector (FPD).

 Using the Infinix DP-i, the Berger Hospital says that it now can perform cardiac catheterization and has enhanced its peripheral angiography capabilities. The system is a dual C-arm system that shares a common generator, table and monitors. The system has a nine-inch imaging chain for peripheral work.