The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted clearance for Hitachi Medical Systems America’s two new CT models of the Scenaria platform.

The CT models, Scenaria SE 64 and SE 128, feature added workflow speed and ease of use capabilities to facilitate higher daily scanning volumes for CT facilities.

The company said the Scenaria SE models are smart-dose (XR-29) compliant, including lower dose patient safety capabilities.

The improvement made to the new models include an increase in the standard recon speed with up to 50 images per second and MPR Recon Speed with added automation of frequent use operator functions.

The models also include an upgrade of the standard patient table weight capacity to 550lb, for bariatric patient accommodation.

"Scenaria SE 64 and SE 128 feature added workflow speed and ease of use capabilities to facilitate higher daily scanning volumes for CT facilities."

Hitachi Medical Systems America CT marketing director Mark Silverman said: "Scenaria SE demonstrates Hitachi’s continuing commitment to provide compelling value-based CT solutions by enhancing the Scenaria platform that is already recognised for premium 64/128-slice imaging technologies and exceptional patient accommodation features with added speed and ease of use capabilities."

The company noted in clinical use, dose saving features may reduce CT patient dose depending on the clinical task, patient size, anatomical location and clinical practices employed.

Radiologists and physicists should be consulted to determine the appropriate dose needed to obtain diagnostic image quality for a particular clinical task.

Hitachi Medical Systems America MR/CT vice-president Sheldon Schaffer said: "With Scenaria SE, Hitachi is demonstrating again the unmatched value of our customer support by providing a no-charge upgrade to full Scenaria SE capabilities for our entire installed base of Scenaria 128 customers, covered by warranty or full service agreements."

"This upgrade is in addition to our exceptional commitments of unlimited no-charge applications training revisits and full replacement coverage of x-ray tubes without cost proration, under our warranty."

Image: The new Scenaria SE 64/128-slice CT. Photo: courtesy of Business Wire.