Aquilion 16 - A new CT concept in optimized patient care
Two university hospitals in Germany and Japan were the first worldwide to receive the Aquilion 16 high resolution computed tomograph (CT) from Toshiba Medical Systems for simultaneous recording of 16 body slices with extremely high image resolution. A computed tomography Aquilion 16 was put into operation on October 7, 2002 at the central campus of Charite Berlin (Figure 1). This is the third Toshiba computed tomograph in use there within the framework of scientific cooperation. Toshiba Medical Systems is one of the leading manufacturers in the market with over 13,000 CT systems produced. The first introduction of slip ring rotation, helical scanning, realtime imaging and 0.5 mm detector technology enabling isotropic volume acquisition procedures were landmarks in the fundamental revolution of CT applications staged by Toshiba Medical Systems. Now the new computed tomograph is making possible new diagnostic strategies, including one-stop heart diagnosis.