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We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all of you, our valued customers, for your continued support. I would also like to express my deepest appreciation to healthcare professionals and all those who continue to work on the frontline during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Today, I am very excited to announce two remarkable recent achievements by our colleagues. The first is that Dr. Mitsue Miyazaki (Professor, Department of Radiology, University of California, San Diego), a former Canon Medical employee, was awarded the Medal with Purple Ribbon in the spring of 2021 (Reiwa 3). The second remarkable achievement is that our development of a new data export method for Large Field of View CT detectors won the Imperial Invention Prize and the Invention Implementation Achievement Award at the National Commendation for Invention 2021. The Imperial Invention Prize is the top prize of the National Commendation for Invention, and this is the first time that Canon Medical has received this great honor.

Dr. Miyazaki was awarded the Medal with Purple Ribbon in recognition of her key contributions in the development of an MRI technique for visualizing blood vessels without the use of contrast media. This non-contrast MR angiography technique, which she developed while working at Canon Medical in the 1990s, is the world's first scan technique allowing blood vessels in all parts of the body to be visualized without the administration of contrast media, thus completely eliminating the risk of contrast-induced kidney damage. The range of applications of this scan technique continues to expand, and it has already been used to examine countless numbers of patients.

Our development of a new data export method for Large Field of View CT detectors represents a key evolution of our high-end CT systems. This world's first CT technology allows the entire heart or brain to be scanned in a single rotation. In addition, many CT examinations can be performed at a far lower exposure dose. This method is an important technological advance in the field of healthcare.

I am very honored and grateful that Canon Medical’s technologies have gained widespread recognition. Based on our "Made for Life" philosophy, we will continue our relentless efforts to progress global healthcare, as we have throughout our long history.


Toshio Takiguchi
President and CEO

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