The European Scanning Centre, a specialist medical imaging clinic on Harley Street in London, has added AI-assisted CT to its range of equipment for cardiac and other patient examinations. The Aquilion One Prism CT from Canon Medical will be used to deliver a more detailed level of care to patients.
“Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death in the UK. Earlier diagnosis can help patients alter their lifestyles or enable preventative clinical actions,” explained consultant cardiologist Dr Azad Ghuran. “Our cardiovascular disease risk assessment programme uses CT coronary angiography to not only calcium score but also to assess plaque characteristics, which can identify patients at higher risk. The Aquilion Prism will assist greatly with this, giving us much higher quality images of the heart and coronary artery anatomy, at a much faster acquisition speed than we’ve had before. It also offers the patient a more comfortable and quicker scan experience, at a much lower radiation dose.”
In addition to the Deep Learning Reconstruction method, the Aquilion Prism provides the scanning centre with PUREVision Optics detector and filtration functionality to gain the optimal balance between image quality and radiation dose. It also means that the need for contrast media is reduced.
Dr Ghuran added: “The evolution of CT innovation heralds a new era for imaging assisted by artificial intelligence. Through the Advanced Intelligent Clear-IQ Engine (AiCE) on the Aquilion Prism, sharp and clear images are delivered
with low noise properties. This gives us the future of medical imaging today and will assist with earlier and more confident clinical diagnoses for our patients.”
Published on page 17 of the May 2021 issue of RAD Magazine.