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Faster, safer, better: The latest in CT technology

by Lisa Chamoff, Contributing Reporter | October 12, 2020
CT X-Ray
From the October 2020 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

Hitachi Scenaria
At the end of last year, Hitachi received FDA clearance for its SCENARIA View 128-slice CT scanner.

The scanner is designed with bariatric imaging in mind, with an 80-centimeter aperture, a high-powered generator and a bariatric table that can shift left and right.

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“It allows positioning to be easier and more accurate,” said Mark Silverman, director of CT Marketing for Hitachi.

The company also received FDA 510(k) clearance for Intelli IPV iterative reconstruction capability, which provides up to 83% dose reduction with the same image quality, according to Silverman.

Also new is Hitachi's SynergyDrive workflow automation, designed to reduce the number of keystrokes and clicks and allow for exam quality repeatability by automatically recognizing anatomy.

Hitachi’s new Comprehensive Ascent Program (CAP) is designed to simplify lowest cost of CT service, with one monthly payment that allows customers to lease equipment with service, X-ray tube replacement and unlimited onsite applications training included.

“We’re finding a lot of customers very interested to take advantage of that,” Silverman said.

NeuroLogica OmniTom CT
NeuroLogica partnered with a surgical equipment manufacturer, Black Forest Medical, to create a radiolucent, carbon fiber skull clamp for interoperative use with NeuroLogica’s OmniTom CT. Previous clamps were made of metal, causing image artifacts during the CT scan, and in many cases making the CT dataset inadequate for the planned procedure.

“We are excited to partner with Black Forest Medical to bring advanced technologies, and more tightly integrated workflows to our clinical users,” said David Webster, chief operating officer of NeuroLogica.

The company also partnered with an emergency vehicle manufacturer to release an updated mobile stroke unit outfitted with an OmniTom CT scanner, which allows first responders to take immediate action in treating possible stroke patients by administering the necessary medicine or triaging them to the appropriate point of care, Webster said.

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