The Toshiba Aquilion series (Canon Medical Aquilion series) is a well-known line of CT scanners that includes several different models to choose from. In this blog post, we will introduce and compare:
By the end of the blog post, you should have a good overview of the Toshiba Aquilion systems available on the market for used medical equipment. And it should be clear which one to use in which clinical setting.
Note: We are using the name Toshiba Aquilion instead of Canon Medical Aquilion as many users operating on the secondary market are not yet familiar with the new brand name.
The Toshiba Aquilion Series
So, let’s get started.
The first system that we will take a closer look at is the Toshiba Aquilion 16. But before that, we would like to mention the Aquilion 4 and 8-slice. These CT scanners are still present on the second-hand market, but they are not as popular as the others.
Therefore, the Aquilion 4 is becoming less available and the Aquilion 8 has almost disappeared.
These systems are usually used by veterinarians or by low-volume imaging centers, as well as urology practitioners that only need the CT scanner once or twice a week. These CT scanners are the cheapest, but also the slowest and the least powerful.
The Toshiba Aquilion 16
At the time of its launch, the Toshiba Aquilion 16 was the most advanced multislice CT scanner on the market.
The faster gantry rotation of the Aquilion 16 reduces scan time and motion artifacts. However, accelerating rotation time increases image noise and streak artifacts in general. The gantry rotation of just 0,5 seconds enables scanning of the entire body and reduces distortion of moving organs compared to the 8-slice.
The Toshiba Aquilion 16 is a good CT scanner for general imaging and you can also use it for basic cardiac studies. However, to perform advanced cardiac examinations, you need a system with way more slices.
The Toshiba Aquilion 32
Providing twice as much data in the acquired data set than the 16, the Aquilion 32 allows better coverage, with less risk of missing something, when dividing the body into several slices to construct a 2D or 3D image.
It comes with workflow-enhancing software that delivers unsurpassed image quality, improved dose management, and superior patient care.
As it is one of the only systems capable of scanning 2 isotropic slice widths at 32 slices, it is beneficial for basic cardiac clinical detection, diagnosis, and care.
The Aquilion 32 and 16 are similar in many ways. However, the big difference is that the 32-slice provides greater coverage per gantry rotation. This captures more details from the scanned object whilst reducing artifacts due to its detector that boasts 896 elements per row.
Quite a big advantage of the Toshiba Aquilion 32 is that it can be upgraded to the Aquilion 64. Check with our experts on this subject, don’t hesitate to call If you need advice!
And what could be the disadvantage of the 32-slice in comparison to the 16-slice Toshiba Aquilion?
The Toshiba Aquilion 64
The Aquilion 64 is an excellent whole-body machine that made a breakthrough in volume cardiac CT scanning.
Toshiba managed to design an easy-to-use CT scanner that comes with workflow-enhancing software that delivers great image quality without increasing radiation dose.
Therefore, doctors can reduce the dose by up to 40% and minimize the risks associated with patient examinations. Moreover, it has a built-in acquisition system of detectors and electronics that work well under low signal conditions.
The Aquilion 64-detector is built on the same platform as the 32. However, during the development of the Toshiba Aquilion 64, the engineers combined highly efficient 64-row Quantum Detector with precise and highly shielded electronics.
Why? To ensure the quietest, truest signal possible.
The Aquilion 64, is your low budget high-end cardiac system, that is capable of performing sophisticated exams while reducing the reconstruction time.
This system is not only great for cardiac examinations. Regardless of the procedure, you will always have the guarantee to receive excellent images without compromising patient safety.
Overall, it is an ideal CT-scanner for cardiac, trauma, or high-volume critical care environments where time is important.
Aquilion CT Scanners with 128+ Slices
Toshiba has been constantly developing its Aquilion series. The top-of-the-class CT scanners ranging from 128 to 320 slices provide full-body scanning within seconds. And at the same time, deliver incredibly sharp 3D images of any organ.
These include the Aquilion CXL/CX 128, Toshiba Aquilion Prime (160-slice) and the Toshiba Aquilion One (320-slice), which we describe below.
They belong to the latest generation of CT scanners and are much more expensive than the previously mentioned machines. You would mostly find them in cardiac or research institutions.
Toshiba Aquilion CXL/CX 128
The Aquilion CX is a high quality and versatile CT scanner. It has many advanced technologies and versatile applications with the focus on cardiology.
By combining the latest developed algorithm coneXact, originally built for the Aquilion One, the Toshiba Aquilion CXL can generate 128 unique slices per rotation. Therefore, every scan with Aquilion CXL/CX delivers excellent results.
In addition, the Toshiba Aquilion CXL 128 comes with dose reduction Technologies. This ensures that patients are exposed to minimal radiation doses during the examination.
Toshiba Aquilion Prime
Another high-end system that is even more advanced, is the Aquilion Prime, a 160-slice CT scanner.
This system features state-of-the-art technologies that meet a wide range of clinical requirements. Thanks to these technologies, the system produces high-quality images, offers optimized workflow, and allows 20% dose reduction, achieved through active Collimation.
Furthermore, the 78cm bore allows extra space for trauma exams, and decrease patients’ feelings of claustrophobia.
What´s great about the optimized workflow?
It ensures that you will get your diagnosis data fast.
Furthermore, the Aquilion Prime supports all routine exams and comes with advanced clinical applications.
Toshiba Aquilion One
Last but not least is the Aquilion One. This is a top of the line system that goes beyond any other CT scanner with its cutting-edge technology and platform.
What is so amazing about this system?
It creates a detailed and sharp image of a 16 cm region in just one rotation that takes 0.35 seconds! With a 320-row detector, the acquisition of volumetric imaging of entire organs is simple and easy.
Therefore, the Aquilion can take a full image of the heart in just ONE rotation. To this day, the Aquilion One is the only system available on the secondary market with this capability.
You can use the Toshiba Aquilion One in a variety of medical specialties, such as neurology, pediatrics, and general surgery. Nevertheless, it is most suitable for cardiologists.
Even though the operating possibilities are similar to that of other CT scanners, the Aquilion One is exceptional. It is able to generate better results and reduce both the scanning time and cost of testing.
Because of its early diagnosis capabilities, the Toshiba Aquilion One is used by famous football clubs, including Inter Milan, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, and Manchester United.
CT Scanner Customer Considerations
Still wondering which Aquilion is best suited for your facility?
Then we offer you a few points you should consider before purchasing your next CT-scanner from this series:
- Type of studies you are going to perform
- Your budget
- Your geographical location and the competitive environment
- Type of your facility and number of patients
- Upgrade expectations
Is higher slice count always better?
Yes and no, that all depends on what your practice requires.
Before you start looking for a system with the highest number of slices, you should consider systems with lower performance but more budget-friendly prices.
Get better insight on your needs – speak to our professional product managers.
We hope that this blog post gave you a clear overview of the different systems within the Toshiba Aquilion series and that you understand which one is suitable for the diverse types of clinical facilities.
When selecting an Aquilion system, you should strive to achieve the right balance between your clinical needs, your patients´ throughput goals, and your budget.
There is no overall right choice, only what is right for you.
At LBN Medical we offer a full range of the Toshiba Aquilion series. Not only do we have a technical expertise in-house, but we also have access to parts and tubes for these systems. We also provide worldwide installation and offer a 1-year warranty on the refurbished Toshiba Aquilion systems.
We have just launched our own Siemens refurbished line, what is our next step?
Refurbishment of the Aquilion series!
Hence, we can utilize our Toshiba CT expertise which we have acquired throughout our long-term partnership with Toshiba (Now Canon Medical).