Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc., of Tustin, Calif., and PinnacleHealth, a non-profit hospital and healthcare system in Harrisburg, Pa., have announced a strategic business agreement that will bring Toshiba medical imaging systems to multiple locations in central Pennsylvania.

For the next five years, 85 percent of PinnacleHealth’s newly acquired medical imaging systems will come from Toshiba’s full product portfolio, including CT, interventional labs, X-ray, ultrasound and MRI.

PinnacleHealth will enter its first phase of Toshiba medical imaging equipment purchases with a $14.5 million transaction, including five MR systems, five CT systems, 11 ultrasound systems and eight X-ray systems.  One of the CT systems to be acquired by PinnacleHealth is the Toshiba Aquilion ONE, a dynamic volume CT system with 320 detector rows of coverage. According to Toshiba, it is the only CT system that can image up to 16 cm of anatomical coverage in one rotation.

“Toshiba’s strategic business agreement offers PinnacleHealth the most advanced technology available,” stated Phil Guarneschelli, chief operating officer, PinnacleHealth.  “By partnering with Toshiba, PinnacleHealth is creating commonality of equipment within all our facilities, which helps increase patient care by streamlining workflow and training for technologists and physicians.”

Toshiba will also provide a variety of services, such as consulting engagements, productivity and efficiency solutions, and marketing services for the hospital.