FDA gives thumbs up to Toshibas 80-slice CT
The FDA has approved Toshiba America Medical Systems' Aquilion Prime 80 series CT system.

The system incorporates Adaptive Iterative Dose Reduction 3D (AIDR 3D) to reduce radiation exposure and generates 80 slices per rotation. The Aquilion Prime 80 series is designed with in-field upgradeability to 160 slices.

It features a 0.5 mm detector, a large-capacity tube and 0.35 second scanning. The system also includes a 78 cm aperture gantry, and a 660-pound patient-weight-capacity couch.

AIDR 3D and Nema XR 25 Dose Check Software are standard features on the Aquilion Prime 80 series. AIDR 3D dose-reduction technology is an iterative process that seeks to remove noise from the image. Toshiba’s Nema XR 25 Dose Check Software enhances user awareness of the radiation dose being administered to patients. This software includes Dose Alert and Dose Notification, addressing the two main components of the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance’s CT Dose Check Initiative, as well as Tracking and DICOM, to further enhance dose awareness.