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Faster, safer, better: The latest in CT technology

by Lisa Chamoff, Contributing Reporter | October 12, 2020
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Canon Aquilion PRISM Enhance Care Experience
From the October 2020 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

Artificial intelligence has continued to infuse the CT market and is now being used by many companies to enhance image quality while keeping radiation dose as low as possible.

At the same time, with CT playing a large role in COVID-19 diagnosis, manufacturers have responded with tailored solutions and infection control protocols designed to ensure patients are as safe as possible.

Here’s a look at the latest CT products from several manufacturers.

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Canon Medical
Canon Medical Systems USA received FDA clearance in the middle of last year for its Advanced intelligent Clear-IQ Engine (AiCE), which uses deep learning reconstruction to deliver sharp, clear and distinct images, according to the company. At the time, the technology was available for Canon Medical’s Aquilion ONE / GENESIS Edition wide-area CT, and the Aquilion Precision ultra-high-definition platforms. It has since expanded access across the majority of its portfolio, including the company’s new Aquilion ONE / PRISM Edition spectral CT, FDA-cleared early this year.

“Innovation flow-down across the portfolio this quickly is unprecedented,” said Dhruv Mehta, leader of strategic development for Canon Medical.

The new Aquilion ONE / PRISM Edition also includes Deep Learning Spectral capabilities that Mehta said “help reveal spectral insights without traditional trade-offs.”

“It’s positioned to make spectral imaging routine,” Mehta said.

The company also partnered with Surfacide to offer a UV-C disinfection unit for their CT scanners that Mehta said significantly brings disinfection turnaround times down in the era of COVID-19.

In July, the company introduced a new configuration of the Aquilion ONE / GENESIS Edition wide-area CT called the Aquilion ONE / GENESIS SP for cardiovascular imaging.

CurveBeam HiRise
“Cardiac is one of most challenging imaging exams to perform,” Mehta said. “Within a single beat of your heart, it’s able to complete an entire acquisition.”

Since December of last year, Curvebeam has been working on the HiRise, a weight-bearing CT imaging system that can scan the hips and pelvis in a standing position.

“Looking at hip alignment in three dimensions could significantly influence our understanding of the anatomy and how conditions like arthritis develop,” said Vinti Singh, director of marketing for Curvebeam.

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