Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc launches the first Dynamic Volume Computed Tomography System Enables Faster which is more Accurate Diagnosis to reduce healthcare costs and improve patient care.
Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc., a leader in diagnostic and medical imaging, will feature the world’s first dynamic volume computed tomography (CT) system – the Aquilion ONE™ at this year’s American College of Cardiology (ACC) annual meeting in Chicago, March 30 – April 1, 2008 (Booth # 8001). This advanced diagnostic imaging system revolutionizes patient care because it can help reduce diagnosis time for life threatening diseases like heart disease and stroke 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 dynamic blood flow and function. Unlike any other CT system, the Aquilion ONE can scan one organ – including the heart, brain and others – in one rotation because it covers up to 16 cm of anatomy using 320 ultra high resolution 0.5 mm detector elements. This reduces exam time, as well as radiation and contrast dose. With the Aquilion ONE, 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.
With its ability to perform uniquely comprehensive exams, including functional studies, the Aquilion ONE reduces the need for multiple, duplicative tests and invasive procedures. As a result of this breakthrough technology, healthcare costs can be reduced because unnecessary tests can be eliminated and diagnosis times are faster.
For patients exhibiting symptoms of heart conditions, diagnosis time can be reduced from days to minutes. Typically, patients who exhibit symptoms of chest pain are given multiple tests to identify the problem, including an EKG, calcium study, CT angiography (CTA), nuclear test and catheterization. Tests of this nature could take days to complete and would expose the patient to significant radiation and contrast dose. With the Aquilion ONE, a single comprehensive exam can give physicians all of the information they need to diagnose and treat the patient in less than 20 minutes and with significantly less contrast and radiation dose.
The Aquilion ONE also has the potential to save lives and improve the quality of life for patients with neurological symptoms, specifically related to stroke. When a patient comes to a hospital’s emergency room (ER) exhibiting stroke symptoms, it can take hours to diagnose and treat the patient when time is of the essence. Typically, stroke patients will be taken first to the hospital’s CT system, but with current CT technology, results can be inconclusive and additional tests such as MR exams are necessary, extending diagnosis time to as much as four or more hours. With the Aquilion ONE, time-to-diagnosis can be dramatically reduced to minutes because complete functional data is acquired accurately and quickly with less radiation and contrast. This improved diagnosis time could greatly impact patient quality of life.