PCH Acquires Latest CT Dose Reduction Technology

Thursday, August 16, 2018
The Piggott Community Hospital radiology department now boasts a new state-of-the-art low dose CT scanner, which has replaced the one installed several years ago. Pictured with the new piece of equipment are, from left: Lora Timms, RT (R), a radiology technologist, and PCH Radiology Director Melissa Williams, RT (R)(M).
TD photo/Tim Blair

In the continuing effort to provide the best, and safest, care for its patients the administration of Piggott Community Hospital has installed new CT scanner technology. To make the CT exams as safe, and accurate, as possible for its patients PCH has acquired Canon Medical Systems’ Aquilion Lightning 80 Roll Detector Bariatric CT Scanner with Adaptive Iterative Dose Reduction 3D (AIDR 3D), the company’s newest dose reduction technology.

“Canon’s AIDR 3D reduces radiation dose, enabling safer CT exams for patients, while maintaining the image quality needed for diagnoses,” explained James Magee, Executive Director of Piggott Community Hospital. “Combining Canon’s AIDR 3D software with the Aquilion Lightning 660 lb. table capacity and large Gantry opening helps our facility provide the best possible patient care.”

AIDR 3D is Toshiba’s fourth-generation iterative dose reconstruction software that incorporates significant system enhancements by reducing radiation dose compared with conventional scanning. It is a sophisticated algorithm designed to work in both the raw data and image data space, reducing noise while attempting to maintain image quality.

“AIDR 3D is another example of Canon’s commitment to developing advanced dose reduction technologies to improve imaging and patient safety,” said Tim Nicholson, senior manager, Market Development, CT Business Unit, Toshiba. “With AIDR 3D, healthcare providers like Piggott Community Hospital, can offer safer exams for their patients.”

The equipment was installed recently, and has been pressed into service many times since. Those wanting additional information about the new CT scanner, or any of the services offered at PCH, may call 870 598-3881.

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