Canon Medical Systems Aquilion Lightning CT Scanner

Increased productivity and patient safety

Aquilion Lightning incorporates the latest hardware, software and reconstruction technologies allowing you to keep pace with your busy workload while maintaining the best image quality.

The system provides streamlined workflow from patient setup to diagnosis. A fast and efficient examination with automated dose selection ensures both optimal imaging results and patient experience.

Exam Plan

Exam Plan

Protocol selection
After patient registration Aquilion Lightning selects the correct adult or child protocols automatically.

Dose check
Aquilion Lightning helps ensure that the radiation dose limit you defined cannot be exceeded to avoid unintended high dose levels.



SUREExposure™ 3D
This fully integrated automatic exposure control ensures optimum image quality and patient dose.

Real-time imaging
The system provides real-time imaging during the scan allowing you to monitor the result instantaneously—a valuable tool for saving scan time.

Contrast Management
By allowing contrast protocols to be added to your exam plan, flow rate and volume are automatically based on actual patient weight and exam type, while the injection is synchronized with the scan.

Automated kV selection
To further save iodine volume, SUREkV* automatically uses the lowest kV setting for CTA examinations.

Fast Reconstruction Speed
50 fps Fast

Fast Reconstruction Speed

AIDR 3D Enhanced
Canon Medical Systems' iterative reconstruction technology can be applied to all examinations resulting in dose reductions.

Fast reconstruction*
With a reconstruction speed of up to 50 images per second* at full resolution, high patient throughput is facilitated.


Fast and efficient patient setup

The Aquilion Lightning gantry features design innovations improving the scan experience for patients while providing excellent operability and work safety for the technician.

78 cm Wide
i-Station display

The i-Station display provides child-friendly exam instructions and gives operators feedback for breath-holding, ECG, scan parameters and patient ID.

Couch top can be lowered to a minimum height of 312 mm

The couch top can be lowered to a minimum height of 312 mm for facilitating patient loading and transfer from a wheelchair or bed.

Spacious 780 mm wide bore and 470 mm wide patient couch

The spacious 780 mm wide bore and 470 mm wide patient couch allow comfortable scanning for large patients.

Tech Assist Lateral Slide
42 mm

Tech Assist Lateral Slide*

Tech Assist Lateral Slide* offers safety and comfort by providing motorized positioning of the patient, reducing the risk of injury to the patient and the technologist.


Optimizing the Clinical Workflow

Aquilion Lightning is designed to handle busy workloads with ease. The system’s intuitive user interface guides you step by step through the examination with modern and easy-to-understand graphics and animations. A host of intelligent functions enable a fast and efficient workflow.


Save time and storage space with Canon Medical Systems' hybrid reconstruction algorithms. These advanced reconstruction algorithms provide sharp lung images and excellent soft tissue resolution in the one image. Reading times are shortened as you only need to concentrate on a single series to make a diagnosis.


Automated kV selection

Standard on Aquilion Lightning SUREkV automates kV selection based on patient’s size and clinical task. As part of Canon Medical Systems' SUREExposure technology, this function can help optimize the use of iodine contrast.

Automated kV selection

Zero-click workflows

Protocol integrated applications make complex exams easy with robust and reproducible results.

These include:

  • SURESubtraction™* automated bone subtraction
  • Multiview automated MPR and MIP reconstruction
  • AIDR 3D enhanced reconstruction
Zero-click workflows