Canon announces introduction of new AI-based cardiac CT diagnostic technology


Canon Medical has announced the introduction of the Precise IQ Engine (PIQE) deep-learning reconstruction (DLR) and SilverBeam filter.

PIQE, which Canon describes as super-resolution deep-learning reconstruction technology for cardiac computed tomography (CT) scans, delivers “exceptional” cardiac CT image quality by maximising spatial resolution without reducing low-contrast detectability or increasing dose. SilverBeam, an X-ray beam shaping energy filter, provides CT lung cancer screening images of high quality and low noise at the radiation dose closer to a typical chest X-ray exam, the company adds in a press release.

The Aquilion ONE/PRISM Edition integrates artificial intelligence (AI) technology, powered by Altivity (Canon Medical’s AI brand), on a wide-area CT platform, to maximise conventional and spectral CT capabilities that may be available with automated workflows, while providing deep clinical insights to assist physicians in making more informed decisions across the patient care cycle. To make it even easier for clinicians, the fully integrated end-to-end workflow is easy to use and can be incorporated into routine protocols.

“We’ve taken the Aquilion ONE/PRISM Edition to the next level of deep intelligence with PIQE,” said Hisashi Tachizaki, vice president and general manager of CT Systems Division at Canon Medical Systems Corporation. “Canon Medical continues to push what’s possible using AI. With PIQE, we are now able to further reveal essential diagnostic information for cardiac CT scans, and SilverBeam enables ultra-low-dose CT lung cancer screening.”


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