Increased productivity and patient safety

Aquilion Lightning SP incorporates the latest hardware, software and reconstruction technologies allowing you to keep pace with your busy workload while maintaining the best image quality.

The system provides streamlined workflow from patient setup to diagnosis. A fast and efficient examination with automated dose selection ensures both optimal imaging results and patient experience.


SUREExposure™ 3D

This fully integrated automatic exposure control ensures optimum image quality and patient dose.

Real-time imaging

The system provides real-time imaging during the scan allowing you to monitor the result instantaneously-a valuable tool for saving scan time.

AIDR 3D Enhanced

Canon Medical Systems’ iterative reconstruction technology can be applied to all examinations resulting in dose reductions.

Fast reconstruction

With a reconstruction speed of up to 50 images per second at full resolution, high patient throughput is facilitated.

Fast and efficient patient setup

The Aquilion Lightning SP gantry features design innovations improving the scan experience for patients while providing excellent operability and work safety for the technician.

The i-Station display provides child-friendly exam instructions and gives operators feedback for breath-holding, ECG, scan parameters and patient ID.

The couch top can be lowered to a minimum height of 312 mm for facilitating patient loading and transfer from a wheelchair or bed.

The spacious 780 mm wide bore and 470 mm wide patient couch allow comfortable scanning for large patients.

Tech Assist Lateral Slide

Tech Assist Lateral Slide offers safety and comfort by providing motorized positioning of the patient, reducing the risk of injury to the patient and the technologist.

Optimizing the Clinical Workflow

Aquilion Lightning SP is designed to handle busy workloads with ease. The system’s intuitive user interface guides you step by step through the examination with modern and easy-to-understand graphics and animations. A host of intelligent functions enable a fast and efficient workflow.


Save time and storage space with Canon Medical Systems’ hybrid reconstruction algorithms. These advanced reconstruction algorithms provide sharp lung images and excellent soft tissue resolution in the one image. Reading times are shortened as you only need to concentrate on a single series to make a diagnosis.

Zero-click workflows

Protocol integrated applications make complex exams easy with robust and reproducible results.

These include:

  • SURESubtraction™ automated bone subtraction
  • Multiview automated MPR and MIP reconstruction
  • AIDR 3D enhanced reconstruction



Maximum clinical capabilities

Adaptive Diagnostics

Aquilion Lightning SP offers Canon Medical Systems’ comprehensive suite of Adaptive Diagnostic imaging solutions that simplify complex protocols and provide consistent quality results.

Automated bone subtraction and/or iodine mapping.


In CTA examinations SURESubtraction has the ability to remove bone, calcium and stents from data sets allowing clinicians an unobstructed view of the arteries.
Moreover, SURESubtraction can create iodine maps to enable the assessment of the distribution of contrast media within the body to visualize local perfusion.

SURESubtraction has protocol integrated automation at every step to empower even a novice operator with the skills to perform brilliantly the first time — every time.

Prior to subtraction, Canon Medical Systems’ deformable registration allows pixel matching between the pre-contrast and contrast enhanced data for precise digital subtraction and iodine mapping, saving time and improving diagnostic accuracy.

SURESubtraction details

Single Energy Metal Artifact Reduction


Canon Medical Systems’ SEMAR (Single Energy Metal Artifact Reduction) utilizes a sophisticated iterative reconstruction technique to reduce metallic artifact, improving visualization of implants, supporting bone and the adjacent soft tissues for a clearer and more confident diagnosis. SEMAR can be set in the scan protocol so the reconstructions are fully automatic requiring no additional operator input.

“]SEMAR Demo


⁠3 Phase vHP

Unique Canon Medical Systems scan mode that allows a single helical acquisition with a seamless change of helical pitch. 3 clinically adapted pitch settings can be used within one helical scan.

Canon Medical System’s exclusive technology, the vHP variable helical pitch adaptive diagnostic tool will allow scanning of multiple Vascular territories within one breath hold and one contrast injection.

“]3 Phase vHP Demo

Subtraction CTA

Superior visualization in CTA with true subtraction of bone and calcification.