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Two Toshiba CT clinical applications receive FDA clearance

Toshiba America Medical Systems : 28 March, 2008  (New Product)
Toshiba America Medical Systems has received FDA clearance for two new CT clinical applications that have been developed to improve throughput and enhance workflow, while further reducing contrast and radiation dosage.
The applications, SureCardio Prospective and Variable Helical Pitch (vHP), are available for new Toshiba Aquilion 32- and 64-slice CT systems.

Toshiba's SureCardio Prospective helps reduce patient dose by up to 80 percent during coronary CTA exams by using a helical acquisition technique to provide one continuous image instead of multiple images produced by the current step-and-shoot techniques. SureCardio Prospective will automatically detect and adjust to patients with arrhythmia, providing quicker, more conclusive exam results.

SureCardio Cardio Prospective automates scan parameters and reconstruction based on the patient's heart rate. It also speeds exam time and eliminates the need to use additional contrast as with the step-and-shoot method.

Variable Helical Pitch (vHP) increases workflow and efficiency by enabling physicians to complete an exam of more than one anatomical region consecutively - without stopping to alter the helical pitch of the exam. Toshiba is the first vendor to introduce this type of technique.

'Previously, if a physician needed to image a patient's heart and body, two separate exams would be needed,' explained Doug Ryan, senior director CT Business Unit, Toshiba America Medical Systems. 'With Toshiba's vHP, the patient's gated heart and non-gated body can be imaged during a single exam, reducing patient radiation and contrast dose and saving critical time for the imaging centre or hospital. This feature is particularly helpful in trauma centres, when minutes can make a difference in the patient's treatment and recovery.'

vHP also saves time by producing one comprehensive image instead of two separate images that would result from separate scans. This eliminates the task of piecing together separate images.

Both clinical applications are available to purchase independently and will be offered with all new Aquilion 32 and 64 CT systems.

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