Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc., of Tustin, Calif., delivered the first ever shipment of its Aplio Artida ultrasound system to Iowa Heart Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

Known for its cardiovascular services, Iowa Heart has purchased the Aplio Artida to continue to increase its cardiovascular diagnostic capability.

“Being the first to purchase the Aplio Artida is an exciting development for us and our patients,” said Richard Marcus, M.D., director of cardiovascular ultrasound laboratory, Iowa Heart Center. “Having first-hand experience with the system, I am pleased with the images it produces. Its enhanced applications, particularly the 4D imaging, will allow our facility to continue to improve the care provided to our patients.”

Addressing the demands of the growing cardiac 4D market, the Artida is the first ultrasound system in the world with the ability to track and display myocardial motion and 3D volumes in 3D images, according to Toshiba. It offers real-time, multi-planar reformatting capabilities, which allow physicians to quantify global and regional LV function, including volumetric LV ejection fraction. The Artida 2D/3D wall motion tracking features enable users to obtain angle-independent, quantitative and regional information about myocardial contraction.