Jun 19, 2012
Study demonstrates significant dose reduction with Toshiba's AIDR 3D
TUSTIN, CA, US, 18 June 2012 – Today’s healthcare facilities seek to manage patient radiation dose while maintaining high image quality for accurate diagnoses. Dr. Jeff Dardinger from St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Edgewood, Ky., will discuss the initial findings of using Toshiba’s AIDR 3D with the Aquilion™ ONE CT system to lower dose while maintaining high image quality across multiple CT exams. The presentation, titled “The Impact of AIDR 3D in the Routine Clinical Setting: Lower Doses and Improved Image Quality,” will take place on Monday, June 18, at noon PT, at the International Society of Computed Tomography’s (ISCT) International Symposium on Multidetector Row CT in San Francisco, Calif., June 17 – 20, 2012.
For this study, St. Elizabeth monitored a group of patients who were imaged prior to AIDR 3D and required follow-up CTs after the installation of AIDR 3D. When comparing the exams, initial findings show AIDR 3D’s ability to significantly reduce dose across multiple CT exam types, including chest, abdomen and pelvis, while still maintaining high-quality images for diagnoses.
“The ability to quickly upgrade our Aquilion ONE with AIDR 3D and see significant reductions in patient dose almost instantly is extremely important, especially to a high-volume community hospital like St. Elizabeth, where many patients receive follow-up exams,” said Dr. Dardinger, St. Elizabeth Director of Advanced Imaging and Vice Chairman of Radiology.
Throughout the past month, St. Elizabeth Healthcare has imaged approximately 1,500 patients using the Aquilion ONE with AIDR 3D. AIDR 3D is Toshiba’s third-generation iterative dose reconstruction software that incorporates significant system enhancements by reducing radiation dose compared with conventional scanning. It is a sophisticated algorithm designed to work in both the raw data and image data spaces, reducing noise while attempting to maintain image quality.
“Toshiba is committed to improving patient safety in imaging and enabling healthcare providers to deliver the highest-quality care to their patients,” said Tim Nicholson, senior manager, Market Development, CT Business Unit, Toshiba. “AIDR 3D is just another example of Toshiba’s innovation in developing advanced dose reduction technologies.”
AIDR 3D is standard on all new Toshiba Aquilion ONE, Aquilion Premium and Aquilion PRIME CT systems. For existing Aquilion ONE, Aquilion Premium and Aquilion PRIME CT customers, Toshiba is providing the AIDR 3D software upgrade and related training complimentary.
About Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.
With headquarters in Tustin, Calif., Toshiba America Medical Systems (TAMS) markets, sells, distributes and services diagnostic imaging systems, and coordinates clinical diagnostic imaging research for all modalities in the United States. For more information, visit the TAMS website at www.medical.toshiba.com.
About Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation is a leading worldwide provider of medical diagnostic imaging systems and comprehensive medical solutions, such as CT, X-ray and vascular, ultrasound, nuclear medicine and MRI systems, as well as information systems for medical institutions. Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation has been providing medical products for over 80 years. Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba.
Toshiba is a diversified manufacturer and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products, spanning digital products, such as LCD TVs, notebook PCs and hard disc drives; electronic devices and components, such as semiconductors; social infrastructure systems, including power generation systems; and home appliances. Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 490 companies, with 203,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing 6.1 trillion yen (US$74 billion).