Toshiba America Medical Systems, Tustin, Calif, has installed the first Aquilion® Premium multidetector CT in the United States. The system was installed for PinnacleHealth, Harrisburg, Pa, at its Community Campus.

PinnacleHealth is a nonprofit health care system serving Central Pennsylvania. Its Community Campus specializes in neurology, rehabilitation, orthopedics, and general surgery. The health system also has an acute care hospital, rehabilitation hospital, and a new Regional Cancer Center opening in 2010.

Toshiba’s Aquilion Premium is a 160-detector-row CT scanner that can image up to 8 centimeters of anatomy in a single gantry rotation. The unit is also designed to accommodate large patients up to 660 pounds, and features front and optional rear table foot switches to facilitate workflow.

“The Aquilion Premium allows patients to be imaged with low radiation and little to no sedation, which is particularly important when imaging pediatric populations or patients of any age who might require sequential, follow-up CT scans,” said Brian Harris, MD, medical chair, Department of Imaging, PinnacleHealth in a Toshiba-Pinnacle press release.

Doug Ryan, senior director, CT Business Unit, Toshiba, added that the Aquilion Premium is also upgradable to Toshiba’s most sophisticated CT scanner, the Aquilion ONE.

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Source: Press Release