Company Demonstrates Ultra-High Resolution CT Exams for Advancements in Early Disease Detection
Marking a major technological milestone in medical imaging, Toshiba Medical, a Canon Group company, is showcasing the Aquilion PrecisionTM (pending 510(k) clearance), the world’s first Ultra-High Resolution CT (UHR CT) capable of resolving anatomy as small as 150 microns, providing CT image quality with resolution typically seen only in cath labs. The UHR detector is newly designed to provide more than twice the resolution when compared with today’s CT technology, representing the next breakthrough in CT imaging with an all-new detector as well as tube, gantry and reconstruction technologies.
The Aquilion Precision has the potential to help improve early detection of disease and tumor classification thanks to features that offer enhanced image detail, including:
- Groundbreaking dose efficiency: Detector channels that are only 0.25 mm thick, coupled with substantial improvements in scintillator quantum efficiency, detector circuitry and other DAS components, result in a breakthrough dose-efficient detector with ultra-high resolution capabilities.
- Resolution never before seen in CT imaging: The system features the industry’s smallest Focal Spot Tube at 0.4 mm x 0.5 mm and the industry’s first 1024 and 2048 Reconstruction Matrix for further increased resolution.
“In order to deliver Ultra-High Resolution CT into clinical practice, it required a complete re-engineering of the detector manufacturing process,” said Dominic Smith, senior director, CT, PET/CT, and MR Business Units, Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. “The Aquilion Precision represents not only a breakthrough in imaging technology, but a breakthrough for health care providers who can potentially use the increased amount of accurate data from this system to further research artificial intelligence and computational learning techniques.”
Toshiba Medical is showcasing the new Aquilion Precision at this year’s Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting in Chicago, November 26 – December 1, 2017 (Booth #7330, North Hall B).