FDA approves Canon high-resolution scanner for use

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The Food and Drug Administration has cleared a Canon computed tomography system that can provide images in high resolution for use in clinical care.

Canon Medical Systems USA’s Aquilion Precision is an ultra-high resolution CT system that can resolve anatomy as small as 150 microns, and the company says it can provide more than twice the resolution of typical CT scanners.

The resolution of the device is typical of that usually seen in imaging technology used in catheterization labs and can help expand visualization of disease.

The Aquilion Precision CT system features dose efficiency with detector channels that are only 0.25 mm thick. This, combined with substantial improvements in scintillator quantum efficiency, detector circuitry and other DAS components, results in a dose-efficient detector with ultra-high resolution capabilities. The system features resolution never before seen in CT imaging with the industry’s smallest Focal Spot Tube at 0.4 mm x 0.5 mm and the industry’s first routine 1024 x 1024 Reconstruction Matrix.

“The increased amount of information delivered by the Aquilion Precision opens new doors for healthcare providers,” said Dominic Smith, senior director, CT, PET/CT, and MR Business Units, Canon Medical Systems USA. “The system delivers higher resolution images than other systems on the market, enabling customers to deliver better patient care.”

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