To make CT exams as safe and accurate as possible for its patients, St.
John’s Medical Center, has acquired Toshiba America Medical Systems,
Inc.’s Adaptive Iterative Dose Reduction 3D (AIDR 3D), the company’s
newest dose reduction technology, for its AquilionONE CT system.
“Toshiba’s AIDR 3D reduces radiation dose, enabling safer CT
exams for patients, while maintaining the image quality needed for diagnoses,”
explained Michelle Kren, Director of Diagnostic Imaging Services at St.
John’s Medical Center. “Combining Toshiba’s AIDR 3D
software with the AquilionONE helps our facility provide the best possible
patient care” she said. “We are seeing dose reduction greater
than 50% with no change in image quality” said Dr. Robert Berlin
MD, Medical Director for St. John’s Imaging Department.
AIDR 3D is Toshiba’s third-generation iterative dose reconstruction
software that incorporates significant system enhancements by reducing
radiation dose compared with conventional scanning. “AIDR 3D is
another example of Toshiba’s commitment to developing advanced dose
reduction technologies to improve imaging and patient safety,” said
Tim Nicholson, senior manager, Market Development, CT Business Unit, Toshiba.
“With AIDR 3D, healthcare providers like St. John’s Medical
Center can offer safer exams for their patients.”
St. John’s Medical Center installed the AquilionONE CT system in
May 2010. The AquilionONE is the only dynamic volume CT system in the
world. With its 320 detectors each 0.5mm wide, the AquilionONE delivers
a full 16 cm of coverage per gantry rotation. The AquilionONE is the only
CT scanner that can capture an entire organ in a single moment of time.