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Toshiba Aquilion 16 CT Scanner

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION AQUILION 16 Highlights include:


• Digital signal transmission facilitated by innovative optical-coupling • Large-aperture, slip-ring gantry and
technology extra-wide couch
• Generator is inside the gantry to conserve space • Ergonomic operator console
• Industry’s largest aperture: 72 cm • High-frequency X-ray generator
• Five scan fields of view: 18, 24, 32, 40 and 50 cm • High-heat-capacity X-ray tube
• Gantry controls on both sides • Volume image processor
• Patient positioning lights • On-line help
• Wide range of scan times provides greater flexibility for optimal image • High-capacity hard disk
quality (0.32 partial; 0.5, 0.75, 1, 1.5, 2 and 3 seconds full) • Magneto optical disk storage (MOD)
• Gantry tilt range of ±30 degrees during axial and helical acquisitions • Image data transfer link
• Slice thickness selections of 16x0.5, 16x1 and 16x2 mm with the • Patient positioning accessories
capability of stacking images to the desired slice thickness • Operator manuals and quality assurance phan-
Key Features: High-Power Generator: Robust, high-voltage Couch
Routine Fast Scanning: Using slip-ring circuits generate 60 kW of power and • 47 cm wide, metal-free couch top
technology, Aquilion 16 is able to perform 500 mA, providing support for the 7.5 MHU • Horizontal stroke of 2,190 mm and a
0.32-second partial scans and 0.5-second X-ray tube that makes possible helical scans scanning range of 1,800 mm for tall
routine scans to meet the demands of dynamic upto 100 seconds and scans with metal-free patients
andhelical examinations. scan range of up to 1,800 mm. • Couch top can be lowered to 30 cm
(12 inches)
High Image Quality: The Aquilion 16 features Multiple kV Selections: • Manual control of table incrementation
896 channels in 40 rows of solid-state 80, 100, 120 and 135 kV. from both the gantry and console or
detectors; specialized, user-selectable, programmed by an exam protocol
image-reconstruction algorithms; and a wide Fast Image Reconstruction Time: • Couch top supports up to 450 lbs. while main
selection of slice thicknesses. The system Up to 10 images per second. taining accuracy of ±0.25 mm
provides outstanding low-contrast resolution
of 2 mm at 0.3% and high-contrast resolution SURETechnology: Provides maximum Console
of 0.35 mm. productivity and best image quality at the • Consists of hybrid keyboards, mouse, moni
lowest possible dose. Real-time helical display, tors and Navibox
which provides instantaneous visualization of • Controls the entire system, including power
acquired images, allowing the operator to • Image display
rapidly assess if additional images are needed.
• Scanoscope control
SUREStart bolus tracking device, which is • Remote control of couch-top movement
included in the standard configuration, • Gantry tilt control
provides the ability to monitor contrast media.
• Window level and width adjustment
• Three preset windows can be stored in the
Dose Reduction: Real Exposure Control eXam Plans
Superior detector technology provides better • Other mouse-operated, image-processing
image quality with lower dose. Real EC functions
reduces patient dose up to 40% during helical • High line-rate, 18-inch LCD monitors
scans, automatically modifying tube • Displays images in 512x512 or 1024x1024
current based on patient anatomy. • CT number display ranges
from –1,536 to +8,191
Easy Operation: Perform easy operations using • 32 programmable voice commands
the 18-inch LCD monitor, mouse and
hybrid keyboard. Scan automatically by
programming procedures with eXam Plan and
vocal instructions through VoiceLink™.
X-ray Tube Patient Management
The Aquilion 16 is equipped with the • Enter individual patient information at the
MegaCoolTM X-ray tube. This compact, time of examination
highperformance tube was designed • On-line patient appointment file
specifically to minimize tube-cooling delays in
heavy patient-load conditions using 0.5-second Image Management
scan time. Aquilion 16 images can be stored on hard disk,
magneto–optical disk or transferred via
Other features include: gigabit Ethernet connection using DICOM 3.0
• Dual focal spots standards.
• Anode capacity of 7.5 MHU
• Dissipation rate of 1,386 kHU per minute ma DICOM 3.0 (Storage SCU)
ximum • Allows the CT scanner to export images onto DICOM 3.0 (Print SCU)
• Solid-state detector array a network • Allows the CT scanner to send image data
• Low-contrast resolution of 2 mm at 0.3% • Consists of software only and utilizes that has been acquired and
• 896 detector channels and 40 rows of detec pre-existing Ethernet ports on the CT reconstructed to a film imager for printing via
tor elements scanner to connect to a Ethernet in conformance with
• 1,800 views per second to produce high-reso coax-Ethernet-based network running DICOM 3.0 standards Image Display
lution images TCP-IP communication protocols • Display in multiple formats ranging
• The system can be set to automatically trans from 1 to 16
Computer fer images to the network after an • Overlay an inset scanogram for quick
• Two 32-bit processors exam is complete reference marking
• Capable of simulta neous scanning, • Add, subtract, rotate or filter images
retrieving, reconstructing, • Adjust window width and level non-linearly,
archiving and filming accommodating up to six built-in
without interruption, curves and six user-defined curves
true multi-tasking system
• Ultra-fast, 217 GB hard disk
• 100,000 images on both scan and Image Quality Enhancement
display console
• 3,600 rotations of raw data Automatic, 2-Pass, Beam-Hardening
maximum Correction (BHC): Compensates for the
• An erasable magneto optical disk nonuniform, beam-hardening effect of bone for
(4.8 GB) holds up to 16,000 more accurate reconstruction. Reduction of
images (512x512) streak artifacts in the posterior fossa and
elimination of cupping artifact in the mid-brain.
Raster Artifact Suppression Protocol (RASP): • Minimum intensity projection Image Manipulation
Reduces artifacts caused by nonuniform • Intensity volume rendering • Vari-area allows pre-selection of ROI for
attenuation such as in the shoulders and accurate display field of view (DFOV) using
pelvis, and may be applied prospectively raw data for immediate viewing
or retrospectively. • User-defined, post-processing filters for edge
enhancement and smoothing
Automatic Patient Motion Correction (APMC):
Reduces streak artifacts caused by Annotation
movement of high-contrast interfaces such as • Four lines of comments and arrow display
air, contrast or metal during scanning. • 36 exam information fields that can be selecti
APMC is especially useful for scanning trau- vely masked or shown depending
ma, sedated, or uncooperative patients. on site requirements

Reconstruction Algorithms: Grouped by eXam Plan Protocols


anatomical application, more than 20 • 684 eXam Plan protocols that can be adjus
algorithms are provided for customized image ted while scanning
reconstruction according to the diagnostic • Four preset reconstructions
information needed or physician preference. • eXam Plan sets can be stored on optical
disks and copied to other Toshiba
Helical Scan & Functionality scanners
MultiView: Built into protocol for fast,
multi-planar reconstruction in batch mode Archiving
specifically for multislice data sets. Coronal, Quantitative Analysis • Can be automated with each eXam Plan
sagittal and axial are displayed in real-time • Profile display of CT numbers along a selec • Raw data can be stored on and retrieved
for immediate viewing. ted line in the axial plane from MOD
• Distance measurement and display • Raw data and image data can be protected
3-D Imaging: Provides excellent image quality • CT number display to prevent deletion
with surface shaded-renderings and • Histogram display
volume-rendered 3-D images. Provides • Circulatory function analysis fits a curve to Filming
zooming and panning over the 3-D surface and CT number changes over time for a • Auto filming can be set as part of the
performs distance measurements. selected region of interest (ROI) eXam Plan
• Functional images based on peak height, • Images are displayed in 512x512 or 1024x1024
Other features include: peak time, appearance time, area under
• 3-D surface display curve, mean transit time, second InnerVision
• 3-D shaded volume display moment and transit time • Remote diagnostics proactively monitor the
• Maximum intensity projection (MIP) • ROIs can be rectangular, circular or irregular system to minimize downtime