New ultrasound system supported with dedicated applications support

Victoria Community Hospital, part of Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust, recently changed ultrasound imaging partners opting for an Aplio i-series i600 diagnostic ultrasound system from Canon Medical for its general radiology needs. In addition to the functional and operational benefits of the new system, such as great image quality, ergonomic design and transducer versatility, the agreement also includes unlimited access to a dedicated applications specialist to address all technical questions.

Ian Brodie, Lead Sonographer at Victoria Community Hospital states, “The clarity of the image provided by the Aplio i600 i-series has been the most pleasing aspect of the new system. Finer detail can be observed, and the Doppler performance is outstanding. In particular, the 4-probe input is extremely useful in a multidisciplinary setting. Manoeuvrability of the system is also an advantage, helping to alleviate musculoskeletal impact on our users.”

He continues, “We have had unlimited access to a Canon Medical Ultrasound Application Specialist who is always readily available for technical questions and it took no time to learn all the everyday functionality of the system due to the easy-to-use display.”

Suzanne Holloway, Radiology Manager at Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust, adds, “The Canon Medical team has gone the extra mile in supporting our needs. This is greatly appreciated by our team and gives reassurance that we are providing the best possible service to our patient population.”

Tim Palarm, Regional Manager, Ultrasound Sales at Canon Medical Systems UK adds, “It is always great to hear such positive feedback from customers regarding our products, as well as the excellent after-sales service that Canon Medical provide. We aspire to be best-in-class and provide the highest levels of customer support in the market.”

Photo caption: Ian Brodie, Lead Sonographer and Suzanne Holloway, Radiology Manager at Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust with the Aplio i-series i600 diagnostic ultrasound system from Canon Medical.

AI-Powered Premium CT Scanner Offers Industry’s Largest Bore and Widest Field-of-View


Zoetermeer, The Netherlands, 23 October 2020 – The predicted global cancer burden is expected to grow to 27.5 million new cancer cases by 2040 due to the rapid growth and aging of the population worldwide. Some of the most common cancer types, such as breast cancer, cervical cancer, oral cancer and colorectal cancer are largely curable if they are detected early and treated appropriately1. With a disease so prevalent, clinicians require accuracy, precision, and speed while planning for radiation therapy treatment. Giving clinicians the opportunity to see more during radiation therapy planning, Canon Medical Systems is introducing the Aquilion Exceed LB CT scanner (pending 510(k) clearance) during this year’s virtual American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Annual Meeting.

Canon Medical CEO, Toshio Takiguchi, said, “At Canon Medical, we deliver solutions that meet healthcare providers’ needs but also push the boundaries of traditional CT simulation. Accurate simulation across even the most challenging radiation therapy treatment plans is imperative during the planning phase of the patient care journey. With the Aquilion Exceed LB, we brought deep learning reconstruction technology to the radiation oncology market. This will give the radiation oncology team the confidence and precision they need for accurate therapy planning for their patients and will leave patients with a positive experience when undergoing a CT scan.”

The Aquilion Exceed LB can help radiation oncologists with fast and efficient radiation oncology workflows without compromising on patient position, image quality, or reproducibility. Features include:

  • Accuracy in even the most complex simulations through industry-leading capabilities, like the largest bore size (90 cm), edge-to-edge extended Field-of-View (90 cm) reconstruction, and widest detector coverage (4 cm).
  • Better contouring using Artificial Intelligence (AI) with sharp, clear and distinct images from Canon Medical’s Advanced intelligent Clear-IQ Engine (AiCE) Deep Learning Reconstruction (DLR) technology.
  • Expanded capabilities – because of the Aquilion Exceed LB’s suite of premium CT capabilities to further increase clinical utility, it integrates seamlessly with a range of respiratory gating devices and can perform both phase and amplitude sorting.


Learn more about Canon Medical’s new Aquilion Exceed LB CT system by visiting our website.


1) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) February 2020

Temporary scanner helped catch up with seasonal CT backlog and arrived in time to support imaging services during COVID-19

 Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust has successfully managed its CT imaging backlog during COVID-19 with the help of a Canon Medical relocatable with Aquilion Prime SP CT. The unit was installed as part of winter 2019/20 contingency funding, but also played a critical role in supporting imaging services during the pandemic.

Positioned on a disused ambulance and disabled parking bay, the relocatable unit’s main objective was to help the imaging department to clear a backlog of outpatient scans from the winter period and ensure same day care for emergency patients. This was successfully achieved, and its arrival just before the Coronavirus crisis ensured the Trust had a scanner separate from the main department for infection control purposes and defend against further backlogs in oncology referrals.

“We are a landlocked hospital with no room for further expansion of imaging facilities,” states Stuart Andrew, Lead Radiographer CT at Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust. “Therefore, the option of a relocatable CT in the car park seemed the perfect solution to our needs to increase scanning capacity to clear a backlog of outpatient scans from the winter period, and plan for a future CT upgrade in the main building. It has also helped us defend our imaging services from the unexpected arrival of Coronavirus by providing an additional outpatient scanner that is not directly linked to the main building.”

He continues, “We have been able to maintain our two-week urgent cancer referral targets during the COVID crisis by having the additional CT scanner and working longer hours and at weekends. This would have been far more difficult without the extra scanner.”

The Canon Medical relocatable scan unit is designed to feel like a clinical part of the hospital estate. It is a ground floor level structure with no staircases featuring changing area, control and scanning room. The units include clinical flooring, hospital grade heating, ventilation and air conditioning, plus data link connectivity to hospital systems.

“This year has shown us the need to remain agile in healthcare and to expect the unexpected,” states Joe Vincent, Commercial Solutions Manager at Canon Medical Systems UK. “Patient imaging demands, radiology workforce shortages, winter pressures and lack of space on hospital estates have long squeezed the capacity of diagnostic imaging in the UK. Now we have the added pressures of infection control and a global virus pandemic. Keeping imaging solutions responsive with the supply of relocatable or mobile CT and MRI units, are one step, alongside flexibility in terms of finance or rental solutions. Keeping responsive is critical as a key supplier to the NHS.”

Photo caption: Pictured L to R: Iain Burley, Account Manager at Canon Medical Systems UK; Sarah Guzvica, CT Clinical Lead Radiographer; Beverly Besana, Radiographer; and Stuart Andrew, Lead Radiographer CT at Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.

Aquilion ONE GENESIS Edition takes its place inside the new Department of Clinical Neurosciences

The Department of Clinical Neurosciences (DCN) and the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People (RHCYP) at NHS Lothian have both selected Canon Medical’s Aquilion ONE GENESIS Edition CT scanner to support routine and research imaging services. Both systems were chosen to replace an incumbent CT supplier and support services inside the new £150 million hospital in Edinburgh, a project that involved the re-location of the both the DCN and the Royal Hospital Sick Children from other parts of the city to under one roof at the Little France site at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

The CT scanner is now operational at the Department of Clinical Neurosciences for neurology, general imaging, CT angiography and interventional procedures with the new Royal Hospital for Children and Young People also set to bring into service its own Aquilion ONE GENESIS Edition CT when the hospital is fully open. The new building will adjoin the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh via adult and children emergency departments.

Canon Medical was awarded the CT contract for balancing high-end medical imaging technology with value for money. It also offers low dose capabilities, excellent image quality and innovative CT reconstruction through its Advanced intelligent Clear-IQ Engine (AiCE). Together this will lead to enhanced clinical confidence and an improved patient experience.

Lesley McKinlay, Principal Radiographer at DCN/RHCYP at NHS Lothian states, “Despite the Coronavirus pandemic the CT installation has been completed by Canon Medical and we are operational. We are already seeing the benefits of its wide-ranging functionality in the delivery of routine clinical work and research projects. The staff have been extremely well supported by the Canon applications and support teams.”

“We are delighted to have been awarded the CT partnership at NHS Lothian and welcome them to our stable of NHS customers across the UK. We hold great pride at Canon Medical that the end of a sale is just the start of a long term imaging partnership – we look forward to providing online and physical application and service support into the future,” states Iain Gray, Account Manager at Canon Medical Systems UK.