Toshiba to Highlight Several CT, MR, Ultrasound Technologies

November 16, 2011

Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc. will feature several imaging technologies at RSNA this year.

Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc. will feature several imaging technologies at RSNA this year. Here are some highlights:

Toshiba’s Aquilion ONE is the first dynamic volume CT, which enables the imaging of an entire organ, reducing imaging time, according to the comapny. The system covers up to 16 cm of anatomy using 320 ultra-high resolution 0.5-mm detector elements to image an entire organ in a single rotation.

The Aquilion Premium CT system aims to improve patient comfort and operator convenience, therefore making procedures safer and more efficient. It includes 160 detector row to image up to 8 cm of anatomy in a single rotation. It also has field-upgradable to a 320 detector rows. Its 660-pound patient weight couch can accommodate larger patients, and also features ultra-helical scanning, which is a 160-detector row scan mode that can image the entire chest, abdomen and pelvis in seconds.

Toshiba will also be showcasing their dose reduction technology, Adaptive Iterative Dose Reduction 3D (AIDR 3D), a works-in-progress system. The software reduces radiation dose while maintaining image quality, the company said.

In the MR space, Toshiba will showcase the Vantage Titan 3T MR system, which has multi-phase transmission technology, creating what the company said is the most homogenous abdominal and pelvic images on 3T systems. The Pianissimo sound-reduction technology reduces exam noise by 90 percent, and the 71 cm aperture gives more room for claustrophobic patients.

Toshiba will also feature its proprietary non-contrast MR angiography imaging techniques and new application of Time-Spatial Labeling Inversion Pulse (Time-SLIP). To evaluate cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flow disorders in children and adults, Time-SLIP can visualize CSF flow without the administration of contrast media.

Finally, Toshiba will introduce its new pediatric coil suite, a work-in-progress, for its Vantage Atlas and Titan MR systems. The coils are optimized for pediatric patients to produce better image quality, the company said.

Other highlights include the company’s Infinix VF-I bi-plane with dual 12-inch by 12-inch flat panel detectors, the Kalare wireless X-ray system wutg a bew 14-inch by 17-inch panel with rotating bucky tray, and the company’s suite of ultrasound systems.