Toshiba America Medical Systems, Tustin, Calif, has announced its new Aquilion Lightning, a 16-detector-row advanced helical CT system that was designed to have the economics of an entry-level system.

The company reports that the Aquilion Lightning, which is pending 510(k) clearance, is suitable for routine volumetric scanning. It offers thin 0.5 mm slices, a 78 cm bore, and a small installation and cost footprint. The system includes the same features found in higher-end Aquilion scanners, including the PureVision detector and AIDR 3D enhanced dose reduction technology, at a reduced total cost of ownership. The system also includes Adaptive Diagnostics technologies, including single energy metal artifact reduction (SEMAR) and SureSubtraction.

According to Toshiba America, Aquilion Lightning includes features that ensure it routinely acquires high-quality isotropic images for best possible diagnosis with the lowest possible patient dose. The workflow is streamlined, increasing patient throughput, and a wide range of advanced 3D and post-processing applications provide clinical flexibility.

The Aquilion Lightning gantry is designed to improve the scanning experience for patients as well as provide good operability and safety. The spacious 780 mm wide bore and 470 mm wide couch ensure comfortable scanning for even the largest patients.

For more information about the Aquilion Lightning, visit the Toshiba America Medical Systems website.