CRIC equips for coronary trial

Seated are Professor Edwin van Beek and Professor David Newby. Standing are Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation (Japan) Chloe Stevenson, Toshiba applications specialist Neil Barker, UK managing director Dr Matthew Stork, senior radiographer Tessa Smith, Toshiba Europe CT applications specialist Tijhaar Jeroen, senior radiographer Danielle Bertram and Toshiba account executive Gary Logan.


The official handover of a Toshiba Aquilion ONE CT scanner took place at CRIC, the Clinical Research Imaging Centre in Edinburgh.


Under the leadership of Professor David Newby, CRIC is undertaking a major randomised controlled trial of CT coronary angiography in over 4,000 patients attending the rapid access chest pain clinic.


Professor Edwin van Beek, SINAPSE chair of clinical radiology, joined CRIC in December 2009, having previously worked at the University of Iowa, where he developed clinical services for cardiac CT angiography and worked on CT-based methods for identification and quantification of lung diseases.


Professor van Beek commented: “Together with Professor David Newby, we will be driving the Aquilion ONE to new limits in order to offer the best innovation in research for Scotland.


Other work will include myocardial and pulmonary perfusion studies, while the scanner has already been very useful for non-medical imaging in partnership with the National Museums of Scotland.  It fits very well in our array of multiple modality imaging, including MRI and PETCT.”


The Aquilion ONE is said by Toshiba to set new standards in imaging diagnostics as it is able to acquire isotropic volumes of an organ with a single rotation of the gantry.


See the full report on page 19 of the December 2010 issue of RAD Magazine.

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