Cardiac CT scanner drops radiation dose 40%

Detector

Cardiac CT scanner drops radiation dose 40%

A British Society of Cardiac Imaging (BSCI) survey has confirmed that Toshiba’s Aquilion One scanner not only delivers exceptionally low radiation doses for cardiac CT, but also widens the scope of diagnostics in Cardiac CT because even patients with conditions eliminating them from a CT exam before this machine arrived can now be scanned.

An incredible 40% lower radiation dose

Photo

‘This data is possibly the most powerful I can show about the Aquilion One with the PureVision detector,’ said Russell Bull MD, Consultant Radiologist at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Dorset, United Kingdom, where the study data was collected. Over a one-month period at the hospital, an unselected patient population was surveyed. The group included all patients, as well as those with atrial fibrillation and high body mass index.

The radiation dose of around 1mSv for an unselected population is amongst the lowest ever recorded for cardiac CT. ‘I would have been happy with 20% reduction in radiation dose compared to the previous survey,’ Dr Bull said, when presenting the BSCI findings. ‘In fact, there was a 40% reduction in dose. This is extraordinary as the Aquilion One was already a low dose scanner in the previous survey.’

Better imaging with high contrast

Adaptive Iterative Dose Reduction in 3D (AIDR 3D) is integrated in the Aquilion Vision. This not only minimises image noise, thereby enabling radiologists to lower the radiation dose, but also assures high diagnostic quality images.

Combined with the wide detector array of 16 cm., this CT scanner enables volumetric scanning, where entire organs can be captured with perfect temporal uniformity and completely free from z-axis misregistration at a rotation speed of 0.275 seconds. As a result Dr Bull said: ‘The image quality is actually much better, which has to do with the combination of the PureVision detector and the AIDR 3-D processing. We are seeing better images for 40% less radiation dose. With Aquilion One we can scan patients we wouldn’t even consider scanning on a conventional scanner.’

4D imaging and more

Photo
Dr. Russell Bull

With this Toshiba CT scanner time can be added as the fourth dimension paving the way for high-quality dynamic volume applications, or 4D dynamic volume imaging,’ the manufacturer reports. ‘Each individual set of data, acquired in a dynamic volume, shows an exact moment in time, or the exact phase of contrast enhancement.

Dr Bull also added that, the ability to change the table speed on the fly with Variable Helical Pitch (vHP) is unique to Toshiba. This, for example, makes it easier for the technician to do a TAVI scan, because it saves time and contrast dose while reducing the patient’s radiation dose.

In addition, the radiologist noted, ‘We have no problems with patients who are unable to lie flat or have ridiculously high heart rates, or even atrial fibrillation. They can be scanned perfectly, showing coronary arteries at low dose. This really works. We can scan anyone.’

 

Profile:
Consultant radiologist Russell Bull joined the Royal Bournemouth Hospital in 2000, where a year later the UK’s first Toshiba Aquilion multi-slice CT was installed. The hospital has been the main UK reference site for Toshiba ever since. In 2009, the hospital again became the first in the UK to install the Aquilion One single rotation, single heartbeat cardiac CT scanner. Then, in 2012, a 128 slice Aquilion CxL was installed which also incorporates AIDR 3D technology. Dr Bull initially worked as a general cross sectional radiologist and started a cardiac CT service at Bournemouth in 2004, using a Toshiba Aquilion 16. For the past four years he has worked almost exclusively as a cardiothoracic radiologist, splitting his time between cardiac CT and MRI.

07.03.2015

Read all latest stories

Related articles

Photo

Medics on the move

Healthcare goes out and about

New technology being deployed across the NHS in central England is helping to deliver more secure mobile systems for healthcare professionals. The partnership between Toshiba and the Birmingham…

Photo

Experts' get-together

Toshiba Medical invites you to their MRI User Meeting 2017

Toshiba Medical proudly announces its 2nd MRI User Meeting in collaboration with Clinica Creu Blanca in Barcelona on 22 & 23 September 2017 (at Camp Nou FC Barcelona, Spain). At this MRI User…

Photo

Echocardiography

Toshiba beams in on cardiology ultrasound

To sharply focus on the specialised requirements in echocardiography, Toshiba engineers built from scratch the Aplio i900CV with a total redesign of hardware and software. The new Aplio i-series is a…

Related products

Canon – Aceso

DR

Canon – Aceso

Canon Medical Systems Europe B.V.
Canon – Aceso+

DR

Canon – Aceso+

Canon Medical Systems Europe B.V.
Canon – Adora Dri

DR

Canon – Adora Dri

Canon Medical Systems Europe B.V.
Canon – Alphenix 4D CT

Multi Modality Suites

Canon – Alphenix 4D CT

Canon Medical Systems Europe B.V.
Canon – Alphenix Biplane

Bi-Plane

Canon – Alphenix Biplane

Canon Medical Systems Europe B.V.
Canon – Alphenix Biplane

Bi-Plane

Canon – Alphenix Biplane

Canon Medical Systems Europe B.V.