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VA Medical Center Installs 320 Slice CT Scanner

May 2, 2011

Gainesville, FL

The Malcom Randall VA Medical Center recently installed a Toshiba Aquilion ONE dynamic volume CT scanner.

Toshiba’s Aquilion ONE dynamic volume CT system utilizes 320 ultra-high resolution detector rows (0.5 mm in width) to image an entire organ in a single gantry rotation.  Dynamic volume has the ability to produce a 4D clinical video showing up to 16 cm of anatomical coverage, enough coverage to capture the entire brain or heart, and show its movement such as blood flow.

“The ability to image an entire organ and show function means faster, more accurate diagnosis, better patient outcomes and ultimately lower health care costs,” explained Director of Radiology Dr. David Wymer. 

This technology improves care for Veterans undergoing a CT scan by replacing the need for multiple tests and invasive procedures, while reducing the amount of radiation dose.  In addition, the Aquilion ONE’s single, comprehensive exam can provide physicians with data to replace a variety of duplicative tests and invasive procedures.

 “The Aquilion ONE provides a uniquely comprehensive exam that dramatically reduces diagnosis time from hours and days to just mere minutes for patients experiencing stroke, serious heart conditions and other life-threatening diseases,” added Co-Director Cardiac Imaging Service Dr. Steve Kraft. 

Other applications include the ability to see how the organ and blood flow are dynamically functioning or moving within and around the organ, allows detection of smaller strokes in stroke patients and lymph node perfusion imaging helps distinguish normal from metastatic lymph nodes.