Thursday 29 November 2007

Toshiba AquilionONE CT Scanner

The Toshiba AquilionONE looks like a giant white glazed doughnut that stands more than two metres high. A patient is placed in the "hole" of this high-tech doughnut, and within a matter of seconds, the machine can collect enough data to produce three-dimensional images of the heart on a computer screen.

That means doctors can immediately see if the patient has any narrowed or obstructed coronary arteries that could be an early warning sign of an impending heart attack.

It does 320-slices, enabling doctors to see the entire heart while making patients hold their breath for merely "a second or two." Put simply, the machine should allow for heart disease to be spotted in its earliest stages without putting individuals through a lengthy tribulation, and the ultra high resolution 3D images it produces will allow medical personnel to quickly determine if there are any problems that need to be dealt with. Currently, the system is being tested at Toronto General's Peter Munk Cardiac Centre.

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