Toshiba Medical Systems has acquired Belfast medical imaging firm Medical Imaging NI—its partner for the past 25 years. The acquisition will enable Toshiba to develop new imaging equipment and service offerings for its CT, MRI, x-ray and ultrasound customers.

According to reports out of Ireland, Toshiba will retain all staff at its new Belfast base, which will be led by its UK director of service Paul Parsons.

In an interview with the The Irish News, Toshiba Medical’s UK managing director Mark Hitchman said: “The acquisition of Medical Imaging NI signals our attempt to establish strong and lasting direct relationships with our growing customer base in Northern Ireland.” He added: “It is exciting that we are able to integrate a successful Toshiba Medical partner into our company especially as we have a strong existing relationship with the team there.”

Medical Imaging NI managing director Brian Beggs also spoke out about the acquisition, telling The Irish News: “Having been an established Toshiba Medical Systems partner, we are delighted by the acquisition and have ultimate faith that the quality product and service offering we have successfully developed over 25 years will be taken to the next level by a globally renowned medical imaging innovator.”

Visit Toshiba Medical’s global Web site for more information.