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Toshiba Medical Systems UK Ltd Launches First Self-Loading Relocatable MR System in the UK

Press release date: Jul 29, 2014

CRAWLEY, England -

Toshiba Medical Systems is the first manufacturer to offer a hydraulic self-loading relocatable MR scanner for the UK

Toshiba Medical Systems Ltd today unveils its latest newly launched MRI system, the Vantage Elan™ 1.5T. Previously only available in Japan, the state-of-the-art relocatable MR scanner hit the UK roads on the 24th July in Glasgow, where it forms part of the onsite medical facility at the Commonwealth Games for which Toshiba Medical is the official medical systems provider.

Designed in partnership with Bristol-based WH Bence Ltd, one of Europe's leading specialist vehicle manufacturers, the relocatable MR scanner offers the patient and clinician almost 50% more space than conventional mobile MRI units yet does not require a separate escort vehicle to follow the unit during transportation.

The result is a unique relocatable that enjoys the versatility of a mobile, as it is easy and inexpensive to transport, and the added advantages of easier patient and clinician access and space. The unit is furnished with an onboard diesel generator, which is able to power the scanner and the chiller, to keep the magnet running during transport. Designed for patient and clinician comfort, the unit incorporates inspirational interior design aspects including ambient lighting, visual displays on walls and ceiling, Freeview TV and sound system, as well as hot and cold running water.

The relocatable is armed with a specially designed super low loader trailer, which results in a reduction of the overall height of the unit during transportation. This will enable Toshiba Medical Systems UK to rent the unit to customers across Europe if required.

Mark Hitchman, UK Managing Director for Toshiba Medical Systems comments: "One disadvantage of a relocatable previously was that they needed to be craned into different customer sites. This often posed certain access restrictions and meant that relocatables were not ideal for short term rentals due to the substantial costs of hiring in a crane.

The system requires only a small installation footprint, which means that installation work can be completed quickly and easily. Complete with a set of post-processing options, including cardiovascular, neuro and MSK applications, the scanner will arrive at a venue or hospital 'ready-to-go'. Toshiba will also provide free applications training as part of the service as it travels from centre to centre.

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