Toshiba Aquilion ONE Scans Entire Organ in Single Rotation

A new computed tomography (CT) scanner that provides physicians with precise images of internal organs with a single rotation of the gantry has been developed by Toshiba. The Toshiba Aquilion ONE 320-detector row CT system with pediatric imaging capabilities can image an entire organ in a single rotation or over multiple rotations, showing real-time dynamic movement and resulting in lower doses of radiation. The scanner, which is in operation at Stony Brook University Medical Center (SBUMC) in the US, safeguards children and teenagers from exposure to radiation, which is equivalent to 200 X-rays through typical CT scanners. Unlike other CT scanners, the new non-invasive scanner will allow physicians to not only see a 3D depiction of an organ, but also how the organ and blood flow are dynamically functioning or moving within and around the organ. The Aquilion ONE can reduce healthcare costs by performing functional studies, while reducing the amount of contrast material and radiation dose. The system often leads to a definitive diagnosis, and prevents some patients from further non-invasive and invasive testing such as nuclear stress test, cardiac catheterisation or coronary stenting.

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