As a testament to the growing demand to improve patient care while reducing health care costs, Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. has installed the AquilionTM ONE dynamic volume CT system at Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach.
“As the only dynamic volume CT system in the world, the Aquilion ONE’s ability to image an entire organ and show function means faster, more accurate diagnosis, better patient outcomes and ultimately lower health care costs,” explained Gabriel Vorobiof, M.D., medical director, non-invasive cardiology and cardiac imaging, MemorialCare Heart and Vascular Institute at Long Beach Memorial.
Toshiba’s Aquilion ONE dynamic volume CT system utilizes 320 ultra-high resolution detector rows (0.5 mm in width) to image an entire organ in a single gantry rotation. Dynamic volume has the ability to produce a 4D clinical video showing up to 16 cm of anatomical coverage, enough coverage to capture the entire brain or heart, and show its movement such as blood flow.
“The Aquilion ONE provides a uniquely comprehensive exam that dramatically reduces diagnosis time from hours and days to just mere minutes for patients experiencing stroke, serious heart conditions and other life-threatening diseases,” added Dr. Vorobiof. “For our patients, detecting and treating disease at its earliest stages can significantly improve their quality of life and help lower overall health care costs.”
In addition, the Aquilion ONE’s single, comprehensive exam can provide physicians with data to replace a variety of duplicative tests and invasive procedures.
“Toshiba designed the Aquilion ONE for today’s health care environment,” said Joseph Cooper, director, CT Business Unit, Toshiba. “By replacing several tests with this single exam, the Aquilion ONE will allow physicians to treat at-risk patients immediately – saving resources and time for both health care facilities and patients.”
With Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach located on the same campus as Long Beach Memorial, our health care providers understand the importance of technology designed for the pediatric market, with the Aquilion ONE capturing up to 16 cm in a single rotation, the amount of radiation a patient receives is reduced which lessens the need for sedation. The volume acquisition mode of the Aquilion ONE exposes patients to less radiation, providing safer pediatric exams.
“With its features for the pediatric market, we now can offer a CT exam designed for our smallest patients,” says Dr. Vorobiof.
About Toshiba’s Aquilion ONE
The AquilionTM ONE, the world’s first dynamic volume CT, utilizes 320 ultra-high resolution detector rows to image an entire organ in a single gantry rotation and shows dynamic function like blood flow. Since its introduction in November 2007, the Aquilion ONE has been named Popular Science magazine’s “Best of What’s New 2008 – Personal Health Category,” rt Image’s 2008 Most Valuable Product (MVP), Frost & Sullivan’s Global CT Systems Product Differentiation Innovation Award 2007, AuntMinnie.com’s “Minnies 2008 - Best New Radiology Device” and Medical Design Excellence Award Gold Winner in 2009.
About Toshiba’s Aquilion CT Product Line Recognition
The Aquilion CT product line has received numerous accolades including the number one ranking in CT from MD Buyline since 2002 (eight consecutive years). The Aquilion 64 line has also been named Best in KLAS in 2006 and 2007 in CT; Best in KLAS in 2008, 2009 and 2010 for 64-detector row and above; and Frost & Sullivan’s “Healthcare Innovation Award in Cardiovascular Imaging” in 2008. (For more information about KLAS, visit KLASresearch.com.) Most recently, Toshiba’s service was ranked number one in 26 out of 40 attributes in the IMV, Ltd. ServiceTrak™ Imaging 2010 report on CT system service.
With headquarters in Tustin, Calif., Toshiba America Medical Systems markets, sells, distributes and services diagnostic imaging systems, and coordinates clinical diagnostic imaging research for all modalities in the United States. Toshiba Medical Systems Corp., an independent group company of Toshiba Corp., is a global leading provider of diagnostic medical imaging systems and comprehensive medical solutions, such as CT, Cath & EP Labs, X-ray, Ultrasound, MRI and information systems. Toshiba Corp. is a worldwide leader in technology, electronic and electrical products, digital consumer products, electronic devices and components, power systems, industrial and social infrastructure systems and home appliances. Toshiba was founded in 1875 and today operates a global network of more than 742 companies with more than 204,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing $68 billion. For more information, visit Toshiba’s website at medical.toshiba.com.