Toshiba gets FDA clearance for 80-slice CT system

By staff writers

April 30, 2012 -- Toshiba America Medical Systems has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Aquilion Prime 80 series CT system.

This new addition to the Aquilion CT product line can generate 80 unique slices per rotation, and it offers in-field upgradeability to 160 slices, the firm said.

Aquilion Prime 80 also features a 0.5-mm detector, a 7.5-million heat unit x-ray tube, and 0.35-sec scanning. The system has a 78-cm gantry aperture, designed to accommodate bariatric patients weighing up to 660 lb.

Toshiba's adaptive iterative dose reduction (AIDR) 3D software and National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) XR 25 dose-check software are standard features, the company said. AIDR 3D removes noise from images acquired with reduced radiation dose. The NEMA XR 25 software includes dose-alert and dose-notification features intended to enhance a radiologic technologists' awareness of the radiation dose being administered to patients. It also includes DICOM functionality for radiation dose tracking.

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