Aquilion ONE Prism 640 slice CT scanner

Echelon Health Aquilion One Prism CT Scanner (June 2021)

CT scanners are graded according to the number of slices of the body the rotating x-ray tube can image in one rotation. Many current diagnostic imaging units, both NHS and independent, use scanners with 16-64 slice capability. In contrast, the Aquilion ONE PRISM Edition images 640 slices with each rotation, enabling a faster and more detailed examination.

Specialist software unique to the PRISM provides the best image quality performed at low dose radiation. This allows it to scan a 16 cm volume with each rotation, covering entire organs such as the heart, brain or whole joints.

The Aquilion ONE PRISM Edition:

  • Is the most advanced CT scanner currently available, being able to image 640 slices of the body with each rotation of its tube compared to 16-64 slices from most other scanners
  • Has the lowest radiation exposure of any CT scanner (up to 10-fold lower than other conventional CT scanners)
  • Avoids any sense of claustrophobia as your body moves across the detectors
  • Is the only scanner able to image the heart in a single rotation which greatly increases accuracy
  • Is able to image the vulnerable ‘soft’ cholesterol-rich coronary artery plaque, which is the most likely to rupture and cause a heart attack
  • Is the only scanner able to image the heart in patients with an irregular heart rhythm
  • Is the only scanner capable of real time 4D imaging of moving joints
  • Has the unique ability to show real-time function of organs such as blood flow
  • is able to visualise lung nodules as small as 1-2mm
  • Has an increased spatial resolution of 0.3mm vs >0.5mm for 64 slice scanners, providing increased image quality