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May 15, 2012
SDMI Uses Advanced CT System to Conduct Lower Dose, Faster Exams for Improved Throughput and Patient Care
TUSTIN, Calif., May 15, 2012 – To reduce radiation dose while maintaining high image quality, Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging Center (SDMI) in Las Vegas has installed the first AquilionTM PRIME 160 series from Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. in the U.S. Reinforcing the principle of As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA), SDMI uses Adaptive Iterative Dose Reduction (AIDR) and NEMA XR 25 Dose Check Software to conduct a variety of general imaging exams while minimizing radiation dose. SDMI will soon be upgraded to Toshiba’s recently FDA-cleared AIDR 3D software to further enhance dose reduction and image quality.
“With dose-reduction features such as AIDR, active collimation and dose modulation, the system can make adjustments in real time to reduce radiation exposure while maintaining the image quality needed for diagnoses,” said Dr. Mark Winkler, professor of health sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and founding partner of SDMI. “Additionally, the wide, open bore and high-speed rotation make exams more comfortable and quicker for any patient type.”
The Aquilion PRIME can generate 160 unique slices per rotation and features a 7.5- MHU large-capacity tube and 0.35-second scanning. This high-speed rotation allows rapid data acquisition and shortens scan times while the fast reconstruction unit further improves throughput, reducing time required for diagnoses. The system also features a 78-cm aperture gantry, the largest currently available in a high-end CT system. The combination of a 660-pound patient-weight-capacity couch with a large gantry bore makes the Aquilion PRIME an ideal system for use in emergency scanning or bariatric patient studies.
“Aquilion PRIME was designed for healthcare facilities that need to perform a wide variety of advanced clinical examinations and produce high-quality clinical images with reduced radiation exposure,” said Tim Nicholson, senior manager, Market Development, CT Business Unit, Toshiba. “With Aquilion PRIME, SDMI can conduct many general imaging exams and many advanced applications, like low-dose prospective cardiac CTA.”
About Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.
With headquarters in Tustin, Calif., Toshiba America Medical Systems (TAMS) markets, sells, distributes and services diagnostic imaging systems, and coordinates clinical diagnostic imaging research for all modalities in the United States. For more information, visit the TAMS website at www.medical.toshiba.com.
About Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation is a leading worldwide provider of medical diagnostic imaging systems and comprehensive medical solutions, such as CT, X-ray and vascular, ultrasound, nuclear medicine and MRI systems, as well as information systems for medical institutions. Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation has been providing medical products for over 80 years. Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba.
Toshiba is a diversified manufacturer and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products, spanning digital products, such as LCD TVs, notebook PCs and hard disc drives; electronic devices and components, such as semiconductors; social infrastructure systems, including power generation systems; and home appliances. Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 490 companies, with 203,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing 6.3 trillion yen (US$77 billion).