Patients at St. Luke’s Benefit from Low Dose, High-Image-Quality Exams

St. Luke’s Upgrades its Toshiba Aquilion 64 CT with VeloCT to Provide the Best CT Solution for Patients

TUSTIN, Calif., May 13, 2014 – St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center provides safer CT exams to patients with the recent upgrade of its Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. AquilionTM 64 CT system. Providing an upgrade solution that fits the facility’s needs for today, tomorrow and beyond, St. Luke’s installed Toshiba’s VeloCT console with AIDR 3D dose reduction technology and 128 double slice reconstruction, and has achieved dose reduction for brain, chest and abdominal imaging by 30, 60 and 59 percent respectively.[1]

VeloCT with AIDR 3D also helps St. Luke’s meet the needs of MITA’s XR-29 Smart Dose standard, which includes features that manage radiation dose without compromising diagnostic image quality.

“As the main CT used for pediatric, cardiac and ER patients at our Boise campus, the system is able to maintain lower radiation dose for patients who are the most sensitive and those who receive numerous exams,” said Einav Shochat, M.D., St. Luke’s Health System. “After upgrading our Aquilion 64 with VeloCT, the image quality has improved and dose has been reduced significantly.”

At St. Luke’s, the Aquilion 64 is a workhorse machine, used in the Emergency Department to perform a wide range of diagnostic CT exams including cardiac scans and CT pulmonary angiograms.

“Toshiba works closely with its customers to find the optimal dose reduction solution for their facility, because every situation is unique,” said Satrajit Misra, senior director, CT Business Unit, Toshiba. “Choosing between CT dose, patient safety and image quality is not something that Toshiba customers should have to do. Upgrading the Aquilion 64 at St. Luke’s has given physicians the confidence to make accurate diagnoses at a lower dose for their patients.”

About Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.

With headquarters in Tustin, Calif., Toshiba America Medical Systems (TAMS) markets, sells, distributes and services radiology and cardiovascular systems, including CT, MR, ultrasound, X-ray and cardiovascular equipment, and coordinates clinical diagnostic imaging research for all modalities in the United States. For more information, visit the TAMS website at

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. Visit Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation’s website at

About Toshiba

Toshiba is a world-leading diversified manufacturer, solutions provider and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products and systems. Toshiba Group brings innovation and imagination to a wide range of businesses: digital products, including LCD TVs, notebook PCs, retail solutions and MFPs; electronic devices, including semiconductors, storage products and materials; industrial and social infrastructure systems, including power generation systems, smart community solutions, medical systems and escalators & elevators; and home appliances.

Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 590 consolidated companies, with 206,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing 5.8 trillion yen (US$61 billion). Visit Toshiba’s website at

[1] St. Luke’s Final VeloCT Report, 2013

SOURCE:  Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation