"When every second counts, diagnostic accuracy and workflow are critical in the ED," said Michael Miller, M.D., staff radiologist, Buffalo General Medical Center. "Aquilion ONE enables us to diagnose a range of at-risk patient conditions, from stroke to chest pain, quickly and reliably. We often rely on its ultra-helical scanning mode, which produces high-quality images with fewer motion artifacts, for accurate diagnoses of acute patient conditions, such as chest pain."
The Aquilion ONE dynamic volume CT system covers up to 16 cm of anatomy using 320 ultra-high-resolution 0.5 mm detector elements. The system can show an organs dynamic blood flow and real-time function. With Aquilion ONEs 160-detector row ultra-helical scan mode, physicians can image a patients entire chest, abdomen and pelvis in fewer than five seconds, 2.5 times faster than 64-detector row imaging.
In addition, Buffalo General is utilizing Aquilion ONE for cardiac CTA and torso CTA, providing surgical staff with accurate information for transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) procedures. Buffalo General also uses Toshibas dose reduction features, Adaptive Iterative Dose Reduction (AIDR) and SUREExposureTM technologies, to make exams safer for patients.
"Aquilion ONE is designed for the ED, as it reduces diagnosis time from hours to minutes," said Joseph Cooper, director, CT Business Unit, Toshiba. "As Kaleida Health experienced at Millard Fillmore, Aquilion ONEs uniquely comprehensive exam can reduce costs, enhance workflow and improve lives through faster, more accurate diagnoses."
About Buffalo General Medical Center
Buffalo General Medical Center is a not-for-profit, acute care teaching hospital with 461 beds. It is located in downtown Buffalo, N.Y., on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, a growing epicenter of top clinical, research, and medical education institutions. As the proud flagship hospital for Kaleida Health, Western New Yorks largest healthcare system, Buffalo General Medical Center is a major referral center for the most complex cardiac, orthopedic, bariatric and general surgery services.
Buffalo General Medical Center will also be home to the Gates Vascular Institute (opens April 1, 2012), a first-of-its-kind, multi-dimensional medical facility with four out of 10 floors focused on cardiac, stroke and related vascular care. The first phase of this facility went LIVE in November 2011 with the opening of the largest Emergency Department in Western New York, offering one-acre of space featuring 53 private rooms and many patient-centered touches to create a safe, welcoming environment for more than 60,000 visits annually.
About Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.
With headquarters in Tustin, Calif., Toshiba America Medical Systems (TAMS) markets, sells, distributes and services diagnostic imaging systems, and coordinates clinical diagnostic imaging research for all modalities in the United States. For more information, visit the TAMS website at www.medical.toshiba.com.
About Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation is a leading worldwide provider of medical diagnostic imaging systems and comprehensive medical solutions, such as CT, X-ray and vascular, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, and MRI systems, as well as information systems for medical institutions. Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation has been providing medical products for over 80 years. Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba.
Toshiba is a diversified manufacturer and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products, spanning digital products, such as LCD TVs, notebook PCs and hard disc drives; electronic devices and components, such as semiconductors; social infrastructure systems, including power generation systems, and home appliances. Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 490 companies, with 203,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing 6.3 trillion yen (US$77 billion).
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