Along with the other big names of the radiological equipment market, Toshiba is releasing new products at RSNA in Chicago this week. The brand new Infinix 4DCT system being showcased integrates a CT scanner with a fluoroscope to provide the ability to do high resolution imaging during interventional radiology procedures.
This can be a huge benefit if the patient doesn’t have to be transported between the surgical environment and the imaging suite. Moreover, performing a CT scan immediately before the operation provides more current and accurate information compared to a scan that is often done days before the patient is taken into the cath lab. Conversely, a CT scan done right after the procedure can help confirm the results and not require the patient to spend more time at the hospital being taken to CT post recovery.
Clinically, the system improves workflow of oncology and cardiac procedures. It provides interventionalists with CT images of liver tumors and produces more precise views of the heart and stent placements. Clinicians can also adjust the procedure with real-time studies instead of relying on CT images taken at an earlier time.
“Given the choice, most physicians would want real-time CT images versus CT-like images during complex, minimally invasive procedures,” said David Sloop, director, X-ray Vascular Business Unit, Toshiba. “With the Infinix 4DCT, physicians no longer have to settle; for the first time, they have a seamlessly integrated IR and CT product to improve patient care.”