Feb 20, 2013– Tustin, USA (Techreleased) – Toshiba’s Aquilion Prime CT Helps Reduce Radiation Dose For Safer Exams. To make exams faster, safer and more comfortable for patients, Emerson Hospital in Concord, Mass., installed the AquilionTM PRIME 160 CT system from Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc., featuring AIDR 3D dose reduction software. Emerson Hospital uses the Aquilion PRIME for general exams, including CT angiography, orthopedic and cardiac imaging, with significantly less radiation dose.
“In some cases, patients are exposed to half the radiation dose with Toshiba’s Aquilion PRIME when compared to our previous CT system,” said Pat Sousa, director, Radiology, Emerson Hospital. “Additionally, the system will help us expand our bariatric program and eliminate the need to refer some bariatric patients to other local facilities, due to the 78 cm aperture gantry and a 660-pound patient weight capacity couch.”
The Aquilion PRIME is an 80-detector row CT system that can generate 160 unique slices per rotation and features a 7.5 MHU large-capacity tube and 0.35-second scanning. The system also features AIDR 3D, Toshiba’s simplified iterative dose reconstruction software, which incorporates significant system enhancements by reducing radiation dose compared with conventional scanning.
“The system’s 3D visualization software is an important tool for diagnosing narrowed arteries in the neck, aneurysms and pulmonary embolisms, as well as arterial blockages in the aorta and legs,” said Dr. Mark Connaughton, radiologist, Emerson Hospital. “The higher-horsepower 3D software also enables clinicians to precisely locate bone fragments in complicated fractures.”
“With the most advanced CT technology, Emerson can expand its clinical capabilities and offer shorter and safer exams with even less radiation dose to the patient,” said Satrajit Misra, senior director, CT Business Unit, Toshiba.
About Toshiba’s Aquilion Prime CT
Aquilion PRIME CT is a new multislice helical CT system with an 80-row detector capable of generating 160 slices per rotation using the coneXact reconstruction algorithm. Highspeed rotation allows rapid data acquisition and shortens scan times, while the fast reconstruction unit further improves throughput, reducing the time required for diagnosis. Aquilion PRIME is the latest addition to the Aquilion ONE family with key features such as ”Adaptive Iterative Dose Reduction 3D” (AIDR 3D), an iterative reconstruction algorithm which has been designed to further enhance clinical examinations.
About Emerson Hospital
Emerson Hospital is a multi-site health system headquartered in Concord, Mass., with additional facilities in Bedford, Sudbury, Groton and Westford. The 179-bed hospital provides advanced medical services to more than 300,000 individuals in 25 towns. To learn more, visit www.emersonhospital.org.