Canon Medical expands ultrasound, R/F offerings at ECR 2024

Canon Medical's new midrange ultrasound scanner, Aplio me. Image courtesy of Canon Medical.Canon Medical's new midrange ultrasound scanner, Aplio me. Image courtesy of Canon Medical.

VIENNA -- Canon Medical Systems Europe unveiled a new ultrasound scanner and a radiography/fluoroscopy (R/F) system in its booth at ECR 2024.

Making its inaugural appearance at a conference, Aplio me is a new midrange ultrasound scanner designed to accommodate a wide range of imaging exams in high-throughput environments, according to the vendor. Suitable for clinics as well as large hospitals, Aplio me is a compact (55 x 73 x 130~177 cm) and lightweight system that can be customized to meet the operator’s clinical needs, Canon said.

Canon has also integrated AI into Aplio me; the firm’s Altivity AI technology delivers workflow efficiency, consistent exams, and ease of use, according to the vendor. Thanks to a focus on reducing energy consumption, Aplio me also offers sustainability benefits, Canon Medical said.

Imaging capabilities include Canon’s Superb Micro-vascular Imaging technology, liver analysis using attenuation imaging, Differential Tissue Imaging, Precision and ApliPure software, ultra-wide view, Quick Scan functionality, and Auto IMT (intima-media thickness) capability. What’s more, Aplio me supports Canon’s ApliGate image viewing software and Tricefy cloud-based communication and management software.


ECR 2024 is also the coming out party for Xavion, a new remote-controlled digital R/F system with a host of AI features. Xavion, which has been outfitted with Canon’s wireless CXDI-B1 detector, can handle both static and dynamic imaging, according to the vendor.

Canon Medical's new Xavion digital R/F system and CXDI-B1 digital detector. Image courtesy of Canon Medical.Canon Medical's new Xavion digital R/F system and CXDI-B1 digital detector. Image courtesy of Canon Medical.

AI helps out on Xavion with noise reduction and also performs simultaneous edge and contrast enhancement. In addition, Canon emphasized the performance of deep learning-based postprocessing in soft and dense tissue. With an eye on improving workflow, Xavion’s interface and software suite provide navigation, automation, streamlined exams, and improved efficiency, according to the firm.


In CT, Canon is shining a spotlight on two new scanners that were first unveiled at RSNA 2023, including its new flagship CT scanner: Aquilion One/Insight Edition. The premium system produces more efficient exams thanks to the pairing of an advanced version of Canon’s Precise IQ Engine (PIQE) deep-learning reconstruction technology with its Instinx AI-enabled workflow software, according to the firm. It acquires super-resolution 1024 matrix images for cardiac and body exams and features a 0.24-second rotation speed, which allows for one-beat scanning in patients with high heart rates, Canon said.

Hardware upgrades to Aquilion One/Insight Edition include CoolNovus x-ray tube for heat dissipation and Canon's PureInsight detector for reduced noise.

The second new system, Aquilion Serve SP, features an 80-cm wide-bore gantry, two touch screens, and built-in cameras that support automated patient positioning, the company said. Like Aquilion One/Insight Edition, Aquilion Serve SP utilizes Canon’s Instinx software.

In other CT developments, Canon announced that it has migrated its Advanced intelligent Clear-IQ Engine (AiCE) deep-learning software to its entire CT scanner portfolio.

Canon also is making progress with its photon-counting CT (PCCT) technology. Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen, Netherlands, has received the company’s second Canon photon-counting system installed worldwide. Researchers at the institution began acquiring clinical exams on the system in late January, the company said.

In addition, Canon has partnered with the European Society of Radiology (ESR) on an educational initiative for ECR 2024. In a dedicated educational area called Canon Medical Academy Europe, the company is hosting six different live workshops, demonstrations, and 30 clinically oriented presentations by radiology luminaries.

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