Toshiba America promotes patient care with new products
Dec. 5 – Toshiba America Medical Systems previewed a works-in-progress MR system and introduced its 4D volume imaging applications for ultrasound at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) scientific assembly and annual meeting in Chicago last week.

The works-in-progress MR system, the 1.5T Vantage Titan, is 18 percent larger than other 1.5T systems on the market and features a large 71-centimeter patient aperture, according to Robert Giegerich, director, MR business unit, Toshiba.

“There are no compromises with this MR system,” Giegerich said. “The field of view did not shrink and the specs are the same as on other systems across the Toshiba product line. People were holding off buying a big bore because they were afraid they would lose the specs–with the Titan, they do not have to worry about that.”

Giegerich said the Titan is an improvement over traditional open bore 1.5T MR systems because its opening size offers more space for patients inside the machine and limits MR acoustic noise, which he said creates a “better imaging experience for all patients, especially those with claustrophobia.”

The Titan is available with a 30/130 gradient platform, has a guaranteed homogeneity specification of two parts per million over a 50 x 50 x 50 cm DSV and a 1.4-meter magnet length, according to the company.

During RSNA, Toshiba also unveiled its 4D volume imaging applications for its Aplio and Xario ultrasound systems.

According to Gordon Parhar, director, ultrasound business unit, Toshiba’s new 4D applications will enable physicians to better perform transvaginal/OB, small parts and abdomen imaging procedures, with less variation in the acquired images, and the ability to analyze data after patient discharge. In addition, 4D volume imaging data can be easily stored on or off the cart, allowing continued access to patient data to monitor progress, he said.

“We wanted to take user dependency out of the equation so that everyone using the systems will get the same image quality,” Parhar said. He said that the 3D/4D transducers capture more data in less time, which affects productivity, workflow and diagnosis in a positive way.

Parhar said it saves time for the patient and the doctor, especially if a rescan might be necessary. “There is actually no need to physically rescan a patient since we are able to perform virtual rescanning with this technology,” he said.

The ultrasound enhancements were a result of the 2005 DRA, company research and user feedback, Parhar said. “We wanted to offer this technology to increase productivity but in less time – which is why we are asking the machines to do all the work.”