Dose reduction and fast scanning speeds for paediatric patients

Royal Hospital for Children and Young People in Edinburgh installs Aquilion CT from Canon Medical Systems

The installation of the new CT scanner is helping to improve diagnostic accuracy and reduce dose

An innovative new CT scanner is playing a crucial role in the delivery of services at the new Royal Hospital for Children and Young People in Edinburgh.

The Aquilion ONE GENESIS Edition CT scanner from Canon Medical Systems UK is helping to speed up procedures for paediatric patients and drive down dose.

The system includes the Advanced intelligent Clear-IQ Engine (AiCE), the next-generation CT reconstruction technology and has helped to make complex paediatric examinations easier, reduced the dose for young patients, and improved diagnostic accuracy.

“The dose reduction for our paediatric patients is amazing,” said Jennifer Stewart, CT radiographer at the hospital.

“The 16cm detector can achieve a volume scan in 0.5 seconds on a head, which is really helpful when examining young patients, and we no longer need anaesthetics or strategies to try and keep them still for as long.

“This fast speed really helps us perform the procedure quicker and is better for the patient concerned.”

She adds: “The in-room ‘Handy Snap’ start button is a great feature as it is good for gaining that crucial one second of stillness to get the best image of a young patient and stay close to them for reassurance.

“Plus, the ‘Area Finder’ with laser collimation functionality helps plan the scan range and field of view at the gantry without needing to do traditional planning steps such as a scanogram. This further reduces dose for the patient.”

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