The Orlando Health Heart Institute in Orlando, Florida, US, has selected Toshiba America Medical Systems’ Aquilion ONE CT system with AIDR 3D to lessen CT radiation dose in cardiac examinations and to improve image quality.

The medical centre will leverage the technology for diagnosing cardiac conditions, chest pain symptoms and for the pre-mapping of pulmonary veins.

Orlando Health Heart Institute interventional electrophysiologist and Orlando Regional Medical Center diagnostic cardiology director Dr David Bello said Aquilion ONE with AIDR 3D considerably reduces radiation dose across all patient exams.

"In addition, Aquilion ONE’s fast acquisition time produces highly accurate images of patients with irregular heartbeats, reducing retakes and radiation exposure," Dr Bello added.

The Aquilion ONE dynamic volume CT system uses 320 ultra-high resolution, 0.5 mm detector elements (640 unique slices) to cover up to 16cm of anatomy, enabling imaging of the entire heart in a single rotation.

The system features Toshiba’s third-generation iterative dose reconstruction software, AIDR 3D.

Toshiba CT business unit senior director Satrajit Misra said the Aquilion ONE changes the way disease is diagnosed, by allowing physicians to image the entire heart in a single rotation.

"Combined with AIDR 3D, the Orlando Health Heart Institute shows how facilities can improve patient safety by reducing radiation dose," Misra added.