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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted clearance to Toshiba America Medical Systems’ Aquilion Lightning CT system with a powerful 50kW generator.

Toshiba’s Aquilion Lightning is a 16-detector row system for routine volumetric scanning.

It addresses the clinical needs of hospitals looking for a dependable, premium-component, entry-level computerised tomography (CT) system that maximises their equipment investment.

The small footprint of the technology enable providers to save on space, as well as cost.

Toshiba MR business units and CT, PET/ CT senior director Dominic Smith said: "Toshiba CT puts customers first by providing top-tier solutions on every scanner, including our entry-level systems with a low-cost of ownership.

"Toshiba CT puts customers first by providing top-tier solutions on every scanner, including our entry-level systems with a low-cost of ownership."

"With numerous features found in our high-end Aquilion scanners, the Aquilion Lightning ensures our customers don’t need to compromise quality to meet their business goals."

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The system features the same PUREViSION CT Detector technology used in the premium Toshiba CT systems and includes AIDR 3D Enhanced to minimise dose and enhance safety of the patient.

It comes with adaptive diagnostic solutions such as the Single Energy Metal Artifact Reduction (SEMAR) and SURESubtraction to simplify complex scans and facilitate consistent imaging.

These technologies, along with the industry’s thinnest slices, at 0.5mm, and a 78cm bore that is the widest in the 16 row detector radiology segment, help optimise workflow as well as patient comfort.

Image: Aquilion Lightning CT system with a 50kW generator. Photo: courtesy of TOSHIBA CORPORATION.