Imaging Physics and Device Development

Major Imaging Equipment

Aquilion ONETM is a dynamic volume CT system that supports whole-body scanning. This 320-detector row system generates 640 slices per rotation using the coneXactTM reconstruction algorithm. This top-of-the-line X-ray CT system with a 320-row 0.5 mm detector is provided with a 7.5-MHU large-capacity X-ray tube unit, and permits scanning over large areas at the high-speed of 0.35 s per rotation. Adoption of the 160-mm-wide area detector makes it possible to select the desired slice thickness for scanning from among 0.5 mm, 1 mm, 2 mm, 3 mm, 4 mm, 5 mm, or 8 mm, according to the purpose of the examination. All data is acquired as part of a high-resolution volume that can provide smooth, finely detailed 3D and MPR images. AIDR 3D uses an iterative algorithm to remove up to 50% of image noise, resulting in dose reduction of up to 75% without compromising image quality.

Installation in Progress

Vantage Titan 3T MRI uses short 1.6meter, 6.4 tons light weight magnet and large 71cm opening and Pianissimo technology that offer the quietest exams in the industry. With Conform technology, Vantage Titan 3T offers a 50 x 50 x 45 cm cylindrical homogenous full field-of-view. The Multi-phase Transmission technology utilizes four points of RF transmission, combined with automatic adjustments in phase and amplitude, to guarantee optimal RF distribution and homogeneity in all body regions. The Atlas integrated coils utilizes a unique combination of smaller elements which deliver a higher signal-to-noise ratio, with larger elements for greater penetration. By simultaneously integrating 128 elements, Vantage Titan 3T provides give a wide range of flexibility and offer unique capabilities when coupled with the most evolved non-contrast MRA package. Finally, Vantage Titan 3T is designed to embrace open network standards to facilitate easy integration in the widest variety of network environment, complying with both DICOM and IHE standards.

Infinix INFX-8000V 5-axis C-arm bi-Plane angio: imaging system with high efficiency X-ray tube (50-125 kVp), 12in x 12 in flat panel detector creates exclusive 180 degree head-end access or alternative positioning to best accommodate clinical staffs. Vertical movement of the flat panel detector of the Ω-arm can be linked with vertical movement of the X-ray tube, enabling quick and easy positioning. Valuable dose-saving features including various pulse rate controlled with grid, X-ray beam filtration, variable frame rates in fluoroscopy and digital angiography, and last image hold with virtual collimation. Electronic zoom digitally enlarges images in real time during fluoroscopy, without increasing dose.

Infinix VSI/01  C-arm digital rotational angiographic system capable of high speed rotational DSA (12”/9”/6”/4.5” XII) for 512x512 at 1degree and 1024x1024 at 2 degree rotational angiography acquisitions. The detector has been upgraded to flat panel detector technology with what is equivalent to the Varian Paxscan Plus.

Custom-built Micro CT, capable of scanning small samples (maximum 4.5x4.5x4.5 cm) with a resolution of 35 microns and reconstruction down to 10-20 microns voxel size, using magnification. The system is fully customizable for specific needs, by changing to higher resolution detectors, scanning protocols etc.

Custom Built Micro-angio cameras (2), with 4.5 x 4.5 cm field of view (FOV), frame rates up to 5 fps, and with pixels as small as 25 micron capable of image-plane resolution better than 10 lp/mm.

Stratasys-Object Eden 3-D printer.

Electronics Lab

Darkroom for optical assembly

PIV System