The first AI-assisted CT system in Northern Ireland has been ordered by Causeway Hospital in Coleraine, County Londonderry, according to Canon Medical Systems UK. The system will strengthen radiology services and improve diagnostic waiting times for the population served by Northern Health and Social Care Trust.
The Aquilion Prime SP CT will be situated in the main radiology department to support its emergency department imaging requirements and scheduled inpatient procedures. It is powered by an Advanced intelligent Clear-IQ Engine (AiCE) and uses deep learning reconstruction. It is said to produce exceptionally detailed imaging for clinical interpretation at the lowest possible dose for patients.
“The Aquilion Prime SP CT will be our second CT scanner at Causeway Hospital and will greatly benefit the local population around the Causeway Coast, giving greater access to CT imaging to improve diagnostic waiting times,” said trust lead CT radiographer Rachel Brown. “We strive to achieve the best diagnostic images possible for clinical interpretation at the lowest radiation dose, and this is certainly possible with the new CT scanner. It will introduce us to AI-assisted CT featuring AiCE technology, designed to remove image noise with no degradation to the information; help us automatically manage exposure controls according to the shape and size of each patient with SUREExposure; and provide variable helical parameters to combine gated and non-gated acquisition for fast and low dose examinations.”
With a net zero carbon footprint due to Canon Medical UK’s carbon offset initiative, the system will assist the trust’s sustainability reporting. All CO2 from manufacture, shipping and energy consumption for the lifetime of the equipment has been offset to a high impact carbon reduction project.
Picture: Causeway Hospital will receive the first Canon Medical AI-assisted CT scanner in Northern Ireland.
Published on page 19 of the July 2021 issue of RAD Magazine.