Taking model-based iterative reconstruction (MBIR) beyond the research setting, Toshiba Medical demonstrated its forward projected model-based iterative reconstruction solution (FIRST) for cardiac exams at this year’s American College of Cardiology 2017 annual meeting, held March 17–19 in Washington, D.C. Available on its most advanced CT systems, the Aquilion ONE/GENESIS Edition and the Aquilion ONE ViSION Edition, FIRST MBIR aims to make CT exams safer, reduce noise, and offer clinicians high-resolution images to make confident cardiac diagnoses.

The FIRST technology helps improve high-contrast spatial resolution while reducing radiation dose up to 85.3% as compared to filtered back projection and drastically cuts the time needed for model-based CT image reconstruction. FIRST can improve high-contrast spatial resolution by up to 69% (1.69 times) as compared to filtered back projection for cardiac imaging while reducing radiation dose. Utilizing the Aquilion ONE/GENESIS Edition CT system, clinicians can offer fast chest pain triage by combining one-beat low-dose high-resolution cardiac CTA with FIRST MBIR.

“We designed FIRST to help providers benefit patients with advanced technology used in research and bring it to a routine clinical setting, including cardiac,” says Dominic Smith, senior director of CT, PET/CT, and MR business units at Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. “FIRST is an integrated, fast, and easy-to-use technology that transforms the path to diagnosis.”

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