Hitachi Installs First Scenaria CT Scanner

Cleveland, Ohio (August 2, 2011) – Hitachi Medical Systems America Inc. (HMSA) today announced the first Scenaria CT scanner has been installed in North America and is available for clinical use at Radiology Imaging Associates in Prince Frederick, Maryland.

The new Hitachi SCENARIA™ 64-slice CT responds to today’s challenge to simultaneously provide excellent image quality across a wide range of routine and advanced applications with the most sophisticated dose reduction* technologies and in an ergonomic package that accommodates the patient comfortably. “We are very excited about our relationship with Radiology Imaging Associates and are proud to see our first installation in a facility dedicated to excellence” said Sheldon Schaffer, Vice President and General Manager, MRI & CT.

Joseph P. Finizio, M.D., Owner and Medical Director for Radiology Imaging Associates stated, “CT is such an essential diagnostic imaging tool in our patient communities. And as concerns over radiation exposure have risen, having the ability to even further limit patient exposure to radiation during CT has become a top priority for our practice. This first-of-its-kind scanner will provide our southern Maryland community with the most advanced CT capabilities available. RIA is pleased to have worked with Hitachi Medical Systems for the introduction of this new technology, and proud to be the first imaging center to introduce this new technology.”

SCENARIA includes a comprehensive package of enhanced dose reduction and awareness features highlighted by Intelli IP™ Iterative Processing, Intelli EC™ 3D automatic exposure control and Dose Check that notifies the operator before scanning if a scan protocol selected will result in a patient dose higher than reference levels. With the slimmest 64-slice gantry and a more compact footprint, SCENARIA is an ideal upgrade from an older CT.

* In clinical use, dose saving features may reduce CT patient dose depending on the clinical task, patient size, anatomical location and clinical practices employed. Consultation with a radiologist and physicist are recommended to determine the appropriate dose needed to obtain diagnostic image quality for a particular clinical task.

About Radiology Imaging Associates

Radiology Imaging Associates has five full-service diagnostic imaging centers in Maryland and Virginia, and offers patients the latest in diagnostic imaging technology. Led by CEO and Medical Director Joseph P. Finizio, M.D. and providing comprehensive radiology services to patients in the area for over 33 years, RIA has built a reputation as a technology leader and a reliable resource for state of the art diagnostic imaging. RIA’s 14 board-certified radiologists, all based in the Washington Metro area have considerable expertise in radiology, and many have additional subspecialty training. RIA’s locations include RIA at Sterling, and RIA at Lansdowne in Virginia, and in Maryland, RIA at Heritage & the Breast Center in Clinton, RIA at Pembrooke in Waldorf, and RIA at Patuxent in Prince Frederick. For more information please contact Heidi Valbusa at 301-856-6718 x614, or via email at

About Hitachi Medical Systems America, Inc.

Hitachi Medical Systems America (HMSA) located in Twinsburg, Ohio, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Medical Corporation offers a broad range of diagnostic imaging equipment including MRI, CT and Ultrasound. Our innovations in diagnostic imaging provide technology that drives clinical solutions to deliver diagnostic confidence, improve workflow efficiency and provide a better patient experience. In addition to exceptional equipment, HMSA is known for its comprehensive customer support programs to maximize the lifecycle value of equipment through responsive service maintenance, significant software upgrades and on-going applications support.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 360,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2010 (ended March 31, 2011) consolidated revenues totaled 9,315 billion yen ($112.2 billion). Hitachi will focus more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, environmental, industrial and transportation systems, and social and urban systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them.