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March 3, 2015


Posted on February 16, 2015 by TMSE - Toshiba is pleased to announce the release of the Aquilion Lightning, a 16-row helical CT with the world's smallest detector element size of 0.5mm for routine isotropic imaging.

The environmentally friendly system design incorporates fourth generation fast iterative reconstruction (AIDR 3D Enhanced) and Toshiba's new PUREViSION detector to minimize the patient exposure dose for all patient examinations

Aquilion Lightning is equipped with high end advanced clinical applications and Toshiba's industry leading technologies.

SEMAR™ (Single-Energy Metal Artifact Reduction) eliminates metal artifacts, improving visualization of implants, supporting bone and adjacent soft tissue. SURESubtractionTM technology with pixel perfect registration provides unsurpassed visualization of vessels and contrast-enhanced tissue structures. And variable helical pitch allows seamless change of scan speed during one continuous acquisition. All making Aquilion Lightning a powerful workhorse.

AIDR 3D Enhanced


Figure 1 Non-stop scanning thanks to AIDR 3D

AIDR 3D Enhanced furthermore enables low dose, excellent image quality and great cost performance. With AIDR 3D Enhanced and a 5 MHU HeliCool™ tube, cooling time is virtually eliminated and more examinations can be performed.

Adaptive Diagnostics and SEMAR


Figure 2 SEMAR (right) eliminates metallic artifacts

Adaptive Diagnostics is Toshiba's patient centric suite of unique imaging solutions that simplify complex protocols and provide consistent quality results. Toshiba's innovative SEMAR (Single Energy Metal Artifact Reduction) is now also available for Aquilion Lightning. It utilizes a sophisticated iterative reconstruction technique to virtually eliminate metallic artifact, improving visualization of implants, supporting bone and the adjacent soft tissues for a clearer and more confident diagnosis.

Streamlined Workflow from Setup to Diagnosis

In today's health care environment, workflow efficiency is an important consideration in the selection of the right CT system for your clinical needs. Aquilion Lightning is ergonomically designed for fast patient throughput and increased patient comfort. Examinations are easily performed thanks to the innovative Navi mode technology, providing simplified operation and guides novice operators through every step of an examination. Examinations can be performed with confidence in any location at any time of the day and night.

Wide gantry aperture for easy positioning

The large gantry opening of 78 cm ensures that even the largest patients can be easily positioned and will remain at ease during scanning. This design also offers superior patient access for physicians during interventional procedures. Last but not least, the couch-top can be lowered to a minimum height of 312 mm from the floor, facilitating transfer of the patient from a wheel-chair or gurney.

Minimum Space – Maximum Efficiency

By redesigning the system components, including the 5 MHU HeliCool tube, the Aquilion Lightning has the smallest footprint in its segment while having the largest gantry aperture. With a footprint of merely 9.8 m2 the Aquilion Lightning can be installed in the smallest room still offering a pleasant working environment.

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