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Toshiba unveils new MR and CT systems at RSNA

by Lauren Dubinsky, Senior Reporter | November 28, 2016
Toshiba's Vantage Galan 3T MR
Toshiba's new Vantage Galan 3T MR received FDA clearance days before the start of RSNA. It's intended as the next generation of the company's 3T Titan MR that was introduced eight years ago.

The Galan 3T can perform a range of applications including neurology, musculoskeletal, abdominal, cardiovascular, breast and prostate exams.

Its signal-to-noise ratio makes it up to 20 percent faster than the older system. The faster SNR combined with the company's EasyTech software enables five-minute brain exams compared to the 20 to 30 minutes it has traditionally taken.
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"For sites that were doing two patients per hour, they can now do somewhere upward of three to four per hour," Jon Furuyama, product manager of MR at Toshiba, told HCB News at the meeting.

Galan 3T is also equipped with the new Pianissimo Zen technology that can reduce acoustic noise by 99.8 percent. The gradient coil is placed into a vacuum chamber to lessen the amount of noise that's transmitted.

"It doesn't even sound like a scanner" said Furuyama, who described the noise as more of a "light buzzing."

Toshiba also unveiled its new premium CT system, the Aquilion ONE / GENESIS Edition at RSNA. It received FDA clearance earlier this month.

It's 63 percent smaller than competitive premium CT systems with the same bore depth, and since it can fit in a 204 square foot space, the system is geared toward emergency room utilization.

"[Hospitals] are not given very large radiology suites in the ER," said Matthew S. Fernandes, marketing clinical support specialist of CT at Toshiba.

CT has become the first point of care for a lot of exams, he added. Rather than using X-ray machines and waiting for results, clinicians can use CT to scan patients from head-to-toe in a short amount of time and receive results quickly.

The system is equipped with FIRST model based iterative reconstruction, which can lower dose by up to 85.3 percent. FIRST MBIR can reconstruct an entire heart in three minutes and a full helical chest in six minutes.

At the meeting Toshiba also introduced a new premium ultrasound system, its Xario 200 Platinum, and a ceiling-mounted angiography system, the Infinix-i Sky +.

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