Arkansas Children’s Hospital has installed Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc.’s Aquilion ONE 320-detector row CT system.  

The pediatric facility noted the dynamic volume CT system’s ability to significantly lower patient radiation dose exposure and decrease the sedation needed for exams.

According to Toshiba, the Aquilion ONE’s fast exam time, which captures up to 16 cm of an anatomical region in one rotation, requires less patient sedation. Sedation is frequently required for children when imaged using multi-detector CT in order to minimize movement and obtain a clear diagnostic image.

The Aquilion ONE will be used in multiple settings, including cardiology, orthopedics and neurology. The facility also expects to use the Aquilion ONE in new dynamic studies focused on joint and respiratory issues. It also looks to develop new pediatric protocols to continue to increase pediatric safety in CT imaging.

“The ability to image pediatric patients with reduced radiation and no sedation will greatly benefit our patient community,” said Bruce Greenberg, MD, professor of radiology, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. “Technology like the Aquilion ONE continues to help us deliver the best possible care to patients while keeping patient safety at the forefront.”