With today’s priority on reducing radiation exposure and increasing throughput, cardiac imaging, which often relies on high doses and long examination times, is at a seeming standstill.

However, Toshiba has recently introduced software improvements to its Aquilion ONE and Aquilion Premium CT systems that will reduce radiation exposure, increase efficiency, and provide superior images.

The new ONE Beat Prospective Reconstruction reduces radiation doses by about 21% and shortens the interval window. The Real Time Beat Control calculates the running real time average heart rate to precisely predict the next heart beat for a more accurate scan, which is particularly useful for patients with arrhythmia or unstable heart rates. The SUREStart feature can determine contrast uptake for more accurate imaging, which improves image quality and lowers the contrast dose.

Toshiba’s Aquilion ONE dynamic volume CT features 320-detector rows and is able to scan an entire organ in a single pass and produce 4D videos showing an organ’s structure, movement, and blood flow. The Aquilion Premium is designed for clinical accuracy and safety, according to a company press release. It features 160-detector rows to image up to eight centimeters of anatomy in a single gantry rotation and can accommodate patients up to 660 lbs. It also comes standard with the 72 kW generator and advanced features like iStation display and eight centimeter dynamic scanning capability.


(Source: Press Release)    


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