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Toshiba Aquilion One 640-Slice 4D CT Scanner


iHEAL is home to a Toshiba Aquilion One 640-slice 4D CT Scanner, one of the most advanced CT scanners in existence today. The 640 Slice Toshiba Aquilion One is the world’s first dynamic volume computed tomography (CT) scanner. The Aquilion One can capture an entire organ in a single moment of time, with one gantry rotation. The unique ability to capture a series of volume images over time (4D), moves CT beyond anatomy imaging, to functional imaging of whole organs. The resulting movie shows the dynamic changes within an organ to aid physicians in their diagnosis.

Safer Technique
Reducing risks by lowering radiation and contrast dose. With one study and a single contrast injection, CT arteriography, CT venography, 4-dimension CT digital substraction angiography (4D CT- DSA) and whole brain perfusion can be performed.

Do more with less
With its 16cm wide detector, more examinations can be performed with a single scan that produces large volumes of high resolution images.


Time saving
By acquiring information in seconds to minutes, diagnostic time is reduced, resulting in a shorter waiting time.

Improved Speed
Aquilion One’s high-speed scanning enables doctors to obtain crucial information such as blood flow and function in the heart, brain, joints and other parts of the body. These dynamic images are similar to real-time video of the organs, an incredibly helpful diagnostic tool that was previously unavailable. Aquilion One’s dynamic images can (i) Provide a real-time image of a beating heart to identify blockages in the arteries and (ii) Monitor blood flow and oxygen levels in the brain to determine the risk of stroke.


Reduced Radiation
Diagnosing a heart condition can take hours and even days. Typically, patients undergo a


multitude of tests to identify the problem, including ECG, calcium studies, nuclear tests and catheterizations. Tests of this nature can take days to complete and expose the patient to significant radiation doses. With the Aquilion One, one examination gives doctors all the information they need to diagnose and treat the patient, with less exposure to radiation and less contrast media infusion.

We have been using this CT scanner to perform scans of the heart to generate highly accurate images of the heart. The scanned images are  used to detect and pinpoint the locations of blood vessel blockages so that the appropriate treatment could be performed. Unlike traditional catheter angiography, heart imaging done using the CT scanner is completely non-invasive and does not require an overnight stay at the hospital ward.

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