Thursday, November 29, 2007

Toshiba Announces a new CT system called AquilionONE

CBCT scanners are beginning to make inroads in dentistry. The 3D volumetric images allow practitioners to see more and in much greater detail than can be done with a standard 2 dimensional radiograph.

Now Toshiba is announcing a new device for the medical field that provides similar types of images. The AquilionONE, which has received FDA clearance allows doctors to image entire organs in 3D for faster and more accurate diagnosis.

From the company press release:

With 510(k) Clearance, the New Dynamic Volume Computed Tomography System is on Schedule for Commercial Availability in 2008

CHICAGO, OH — November 27, 2007 — Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc., a leader in diagnostic and medical imaging, today announced FDA clearance of the most advanced diagnostic imaging computed tomography (CT) equipment available — the AquilionONE™. With this clearance, Toshiba is on schedule to make the system commercially available in summer, 2008. AquilionONE, the world's first dynamic volume CT system, revolutionizes patient care because it can help reduce diagnosis time for life threatening diseases like stroke and heart disease from days and hours to mere minutes.

For the first time, physicians can see not only a three-dimensional depiction of an organ, but also the organ's blood flow and dynamic function. Unlike any other CT system, the AquilionONE can scan one organ — including heart, brain and others — in one rotation because it covers up to 16 cm of anatomy using 320 ultra high resolution 0.5mm detector elements. This reduces exam time, as well as radiation and contrast dose, and dramatically increases diagnostic confidence. With the AquilionONE, the organ or area is captured in a single rotation at one moment in time, eliminating the need to reconstruct slices from multiple points in time.

"I believe that the AquilionONE is a quantum leap in the versatility of CT to help manage patient care," said Doug Ryan, senior director, CT Business Unit, Toshiba. "Dynamic volume CT helps provide a faster, more accurate diagnosis while reducing healthcare costs."

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