Toshiba to provide multislice CT systems to LERC
Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc. has inked a preferred provider agreement with Lake Erie Regional Cooperative (LERC) to supply its multislice CT (computed tomography) technology to LERC's 25 hospitals and healthcare organizations across northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.

Toshiba's Aquilion family of multislice CT scanners includes the Aquilion 16 and Aquilion 32. The Aquilion 16 detector allows up to seven varying image slice thicknesses, from 0.5-mm to 8-mm, generating up to 40 slices per second, and permits 16 0.5 mm images to be acquired per 400-millisecond gantry rotation for volumetric data acquisition.

The Aquilion 32 features a 64-row detector capable of producing 32 simultaneous 0.5-mm or 1-mm slices with each gantry revolution for a total Z-axis coverage of 32 mm. The speed of the Aquilion 32 also enables data acquisition with fewer heartbeats, shorter breath-hold times and routine contrast usage of only 80-100 cc for coronaries.

Toshiba says that LERC has already acquired two Aquilion systems.