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St Elizabeth Medical Center installs dynamic volume CT system

Toshiba America Medical Systems : 09 September, 2008  (Application Story)
St Elizabeth Medical Center is the first US community hospital to install a Toshiba America Medical Systems Aquilion ONE dynamic volume CT system in an ER setting.
The system can help doctors diagnose stroke and heart disease in mere minutes, rather than in hours or days.

'As a facility that serves hundreds of stroke patients each year, we knew the Aquilion ONE's advanced applications would make a positive impact on our community,' said Lloyd Gil, director of radiology, St Elizabeth Medical Center. 'No other facility in the area has the ability to diagnose stroke patients in minutes using dynamic volume CT technology.'

In addition to using the Aquilion ONE for rapid stroke diagnosis, the Aquilion ONE will be used for cardiology, neurology, vascular care and orthopedics. The medical centre currently performs more than 500 open heart procedures each year, making it the second largest provider of such services in the greater Cincinnati area.

Toshiba's Aquilion ONE dynamic volume CT system utilises 320 ultra-high resolution detector rows (0.5 mm in width) to image an entire organ in a single gantry rotation. The result produces a 4D clinical video showing up to 16 cm of anatomical coverage, enough to capture the entire brain or heart, and show its movement such as blood flow.

'We have already used the Aquilion ONE in a variety of cases including brain perfusion studies,' added Gil. 'We will continue to use the Aquilion ONE to serve our cardiac and stroke patients as these patients require a rapid, definitive diagnosis.'

In addition, the Aquilion ONE's single exam may provide physicians with data to replace a variety of duplicative tests and invasive procedures.

'The Aquilion ONE installation at St. Elizabeth Medical Center will further improve the exceptional quality of care they provide to their patients,' said Doug Ryan, senior director, CT Business Unit, Toshiba. 'Using the Aquilion ONE CT, healthcare facilities can now provide patients with a quick and accurate diagnosis and address their immediate needs in a way not previously possible.'
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