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 images 640 slices.
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:
- 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