Zoetermeer, The Netherlands, August 11, 2014 – Visualization of the coronary lumen is improved by very advanced subtraction software. This represents a major step forward in diagnosing coronary artery disease in patients with severe calcium or stents for whom Cardiac CT Angiography was not recommended.

Canon is proud to introduce “SURESubtraction™ Coronary”. This software was developed in close cooperation with the Iwate Medical University in Japan, leading hospitals in the USA and Europe and the European based research center, Canon Medical Visualization Systems.

Severe coronary calcification influences the effectiveness of Coronary CT Angiography in ruling out coronary artery disease. Frequently these patients are referred for invasive angiography because of clinical suspicion of significant coronary artery disease. Stents placed in the coronary arteries can make visualization of the lumen within the stent difficult, hindering the ability to diagnose in-stent restenosis.

SURESubtraction Coronary” removes calcification and stents from the coronary arteries, therefore improving visualization of the coronary lumen. Blooming effects caused by calcification are dramatically reduced.

An added benefit of “SURESubtraction Coronary” is that it can be obtained with a near dose neutral scanning protocol. Coronary Subtraction is performed by subtracting a routine Calcium Score dataset from a Coronary CT Angiography dataset. The Calcium Score scan being used as the non-contrast mask for subtraction.

Atlas based cardiac segmentation and sophisticated rigid and deformable registration algorithms enable accurate subtraction of the coronary arteries to become a reality, leading to improved visualization of the coronary lumen.

The unique capabilities of the wide area detector Aquilion ONETM series are a perfect platform for this ground-breaking new development.

The 16cm z-axis coverage of the Aquilion ONE series allows imaging of the heart in just one rotation, ensuring the scan is performed at the same moment in time, making the registration and subtraction process as simple as possible.

Canon Seminar and Workshops at ESC

In order to become familiar with this new technology, Canon invites ESC participants to join a Satellite Lunch Symposium, on Sunday, August 31, 2014 from 12.45 – 13.45 hrs.

The opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge of “Coronary Subtraction” will be available for participants subscribing to Canon’s “Hands-on Workshops”. These workshops will cover a wide range of advanced imaging techniques, presented by leading European specialists. More details on these workshops and registration can be found on http://fr.medical.canon/events/esc-2014-workshop-registration


In stent re-stenosis is seen in the LAD – Courtesy Dr M Chen, NHLBI, National Institutes of Health, USA


No hemodynamically significant stenosis is seen is the LAD – Courtesy Dr K Kofoed, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Relevant publication
R. Tanaka, K. Yoshioka, K. Muranaka, T. Shiba, T. Ueda, T. Sasaki, T. Fusazaki, S. Ehara, “Improved evaluation of calcified segments on coronary CTA: a feasibility study of coronary calcium subtraction”, Int J Cardiovasc Imaging, 2013 Dec;29 Suppl 2:75-81

Aquilion ONE and SURESubtraction are trademarks of Canon Medical Systems Corporation.

About Canon Medical Systems

With headquarters in Zoetermeer, The Netherlands, Canon Medical Systems markets, sells, distributes and services diagnostic imaging systems, and coordinates clinical diagnostic imaging research for all modalities in Europe. For more information please visit hqeu.tmse.nl

About Canon Medical Systems Corporation
Canon 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. Canon Medical Systems Corporation has been providing medical products for over 80 years. Canon Medical Systems Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canon. Visit Canon Medical Systems Corporation’s web site at https://global.medical.canon/

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Founded in Tokyo in 1875, today’s Canon is at the heart of a global network of over 590 consolidated companies employing over 200,000 people worldwide, with annual sales surpassing 6.5 trillion yen (US$63 billion). To find out more about Canon, visit www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm

Glasgow July 23 2014

Commonwelath Games Staff

Canon Medical Systems today unveiled the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games Imaging Centre. New world class CT, MRI, X-ray and Ultrasound imaging technology powers the medical imaging centre at the Games for 6,500 athletes and team officials from 71 nations and territories across the World.

Canon medical imaging equipment will be available for athletes competing across the 17 selected sports, from athletics and boxing, to rugby sevens, swimming, wrestling and cycling.

Working in partnership with the Commonwealth Games medical staff, the Canon medical imaging centre forms a fundamental part of the polyclinic in the athletes’ village, specially designed for the provision of emergency care.

Canon Medical Systems UK Managing Director, Mark Hitchman comments: “Canon Medical Systems is extremely proud to open the medical imaging centre. Canon’s latest radiology equipment will help with early injury detection, prevention and faster rehabilitation of athletes competing at the Games. Today marks the day that we showcase our world class capability, with mobilised CT and MR which includes the brand new Vantage Elan 1.5T MRI scanner launched in the UK. The mobile CT and unique self-loading relocatable MR are the highest specification systems we know of right now, and totally in context in the environment of world class sport and athletics at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014. ”

Elizabeth Mendl, General Manager Medical and Anti Doping, and General Manager of the Commonwealth Games Polyclinic comments: “I am delighted to see such an outstanding medical solution to supporting athletes at the 2014 Games. The state-of-the-art imaging equipment manned by an experienced medical team will mean that athletes can be sure of quick and effective diagnosis and treatment if they should experience injury.”

Three-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Tessa Sanderson CBE, Canon Medical Systems’ Commonwealth Games Ambassador. Tessa is excited at the imaging technology advances that will be on show at the Games: “Athletics has advanced tremendously with regard to elite athlete health care over the last few years. It’s fantastic to see the world’s leading imaging technology provider supporting the Commonwealth Games. The athletes competing at this year’s Games are so privileged to have access to such high class technology and medical staff.”

About Canon Medical Systems Corporation

Canon 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.

Canon Medical Systems Corporation has been providing medical products for over 80 years.

Canon Medical Systems Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon.

For more information please visit www.toshiba-medical.co.jp/tmd/english

For further information:

Contact: Blaise Hammond / Phone: 07713 684597 / E-mail: blaise@terranovapr.co.uk Maiko Davison: mdavison@tmse.nl