Toshiba’s gargantuan dynamic volume system called AquilionONE, the device that features a coverage area of 320 detectors rows in addition to a respectable 650 lb table capacity, has now been installed at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, according to a press release obtained by Medgadget. This is the third install of this device in the US. We first covered AquilionONE CT back in November 2007, when it was first unveiled at the RSNA 2007 conference. So when two days ago we were all excited about high demand for 256-slice CT scanners, we should have have kept a more proper perspective: the 320-slice system is also here to stay, albeit initially in smaller numbers. A representative for the company, tells Medgadget: “The Aquilion ONE has a coverage area of 320 detector rows, can capture actual organ movement (like blow flowing through the heart) and can image an entire organ in one gantry rotation. Additionally, the Aquilion ONE can capture the heart in one heart beat.”
From the press release:
As a testament to the growing demand to improve patient care while reducing healthcare costs, Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. has installed the Aquilion ONE™ dynamic volume CT system at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School in Boston.
"In one of the country’s leading medical teaching hospitals, we hope the Aquilion ONE’s ability to image an entire organ and show function for the first time will mean faster, more accurate diagnosis, better patient outcomes and ultimately lower healthcare costs for our patients," explained Dr. Vassilios D. Raptopoulos, interim radiologist-in-chief, Department of Radiology and director, CT services, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. "We are grateful to be one of the first teaching hospitals in the United States using this advanced technology."
Toshiba’s Aquilion ONE dynamic volume CT system utilizes 320 ultra-high resolution detector rows (0.5 mm in width) to image an entire organ in a single gantry rotation. The result is unparalleled in diagnostic imaging today and produces a 4D clinical video showing up to 16 cm of anatomical coverage, enough to capture the entire brain or heart, and show its movement such as blood flow.
"The Aquilion ONE has the potential to provide a single, comprehensive exam that can replace a variety of duplicative and invasive procedures," added Dr. Raptopoulos. "Its versatility and ability to diagnose disease fast will be used within our radiology department to detect and treat life-threatening conditions, including cancer, heart disease, stroke and other neurovascular conditions."