Frost & Sullivan presented Toshiba America Medical Systems (Tustin, CA, U.S.) with the Medical Imaging Product of the Year Award for its Aquilion™ 16 multi-slice CT scanner.
The award was presented at Frost & Sullivan’s 2003 Global Excellence in Healthcare & Life Sciences Awards Banquet held in San Diego, CA, U.S.
Frost & Sullivan presents the award each year to the company that has best demonstrated the ability to develop and/or advance products with more innovative capabilities.
"While other 16-slice CT scanners may have been quicker to market, the Aquilion 16 comes to market with a greater number of features designed to suit customer needs and to provide a competitive advantage to Toshiba Medical in the CT market," says Monali Patel, industry manager with Frost & Sullivan. "The product has already been well accepted and has received acclaim from leading institutions such as Johns Hopkins Hospital."
The Aquilion 16 can reportedly capture 16 0.5 mm slices with a 400-millisecond gantry rotation, while competing 16-slice CT scanners produce slices that are 25 to 50 percent thicker and require a slightly longer gantry rotation time.
The extremely thin slices are said to allow the Toshiba device to capture valuable anatomical information such as the details of small arteries or minor abnormalities of organ tissue, providing physicians with a helpful tool for neurological and cardiac applications that require precise clinical information.
The device’s ability to capture 16 simultaneous 1- or 2-mm slices allows it to cover a larger area in a short time. It also features a 32-mm detector along the patient axis, which is said to enable the Aquilion to cover a large anatomical area in a single scan.
The advances in the Aquilion 16 can reportedly allow for new types of procedures using CT scanning. For instance, CT angiography can possibly replace traditional invasive procedures.
The Aquilion is also said to have features that fulfill unique customer needs, such as the Megacool X-ray tube that is said to virtually eliminate delays caused by tube cooling, allowing for greater throughput and increased flexibility in the types of patients scanned.
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