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The next generation in CT technology

by Lisa Chamoff, Contributing Reporter | October 04, 2021
CT X-Ray
From the October 2021 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

Improving image quality and lowering dose, along with simplifying workflow, continue to be the main priorities of CT manufacturers. The latest releases are achieving this with deep learning and companion technology to provide clear imaging while speeding up exams.

CT scanners are also scaling down and becoming more portable so that the technology can be used by even more facilities.

Here’s a look at what's new in CT from several manufacturers.

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Canon Medical
Canon Medical has continued to expand its Advanced intelligent Clear-IQ Engine (AiCE), which uses deep learning reconstruction to reduce noise and boost signal in images, making them clearer and more accurate. The technology was made available and integrated into the workflow on the company’s Aquilion Lightning and Aquilion Exceed LB at the beginning of this year.

The reason for expanding the AiCE technology is to allow high-quality care to be offered to more patients, said Dhruv Mehta, leader of strategic development for Canon Medical.

“We’re the only vendors that not only have this capability, but have made it available across our entire diagnostic CT portfolio,” Mehta said.

Earlier this year, Canon Medical enhanced its Deep Learning Spectral offering on the Aquilion ONE PRISM to enable the industry’s first and only 1-Beat Spectral cardiac capability.

The Aquilion Exceed LB, which comes with a 90-centimeter bore opening and field of view, the largest in the industry, was FDA cleared in December last year.

The system, which comes with a simplified tablet-based user interface, is designed for simple and streamlined interventional CT. The 90-cm wide bore is particularly beneficial in trauma and bariatric imaging, where patient positioning can be challenging, as well as radiation oncology applications.

In radiation oncology planning, the goal is to position the patient during imaging the same way they're going to be when they’re treated.

“That’s one of the areas where you see the clear benefit of a 90-centimeter bore,” Mehta said.

Also this year, Canon Medical introduced a mobile CT system with its Aquilion Lightning and Aquilion Prime SP scanners. The company worked with West Virginia University to pilot a mobile lung cancer screening program, with the goal of providing access to screening in rural communities.

Earlier this year, Canon Medical announced partnership with Cleerly, which provides cloud-based software for auto-generated reporting of atherosclerosis analysis based on cardiac CT images. The software, designed to simplify and automate CT analysis, is available across Canon Medical’s Cardiac CT portfolio.

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