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CT SCANNER COMPARISON CHART, Philips Brilliance 16 vs. Toshiba Aquilion 16

Philips Brilliance 16-slice (8.0 MHU) vs. Toshiba Aquilion 16

CT Scanner Model> Brilliance 16-slice> Aquilion 16
CompanyPhilips HealthcareToshiba
FDA Clearance/ CE MarkYES2002
Intended UseGeneral radiologyNeuro, general radiology
GeometryRotate-rotate, 16-sliceRotate-rotate, slip ring
Detectors, typeSolid-state GOSSolid-state Gd(2)O(2)S
Detector width0.75 mm32 mm
# of rows1640
Reconstructed slice
width options (mm)
0.6 – 120.5, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8
Elements per row672896
# of detection elements16,12814,336 active
Rotation times, sec., 360°0.5, 0.75, 1, 1.5, 2; 0.40.4, 0.5, 0.6, 0.75, 1, 1.5
Partial0.28, 0.33 (240)0.25, 0.32
X-ray fan beam angle57 degrees49.2 degrees
Gantry tilt+/- 30 degrees+/- 30 degrees
Gantry dimensions (cm)
(H x W x D)
203 x 239 x 94195 x 233 x 96
Gantry weight1764 kg1750 kg
Gantry aperture70 cm72 cm
Scan localizerLaserLaser
X-ray tube anodeN/STungsten, molybdenum, graphite
Heat storage, HU8 (MRC technology)7.5 MHU
Dissipation rate, HU/min1608 kHU1386 kHU/min. max.
Tube coolingOil/airOil/air
Tube focal spot (mm)Small 0.5 x 1, large 1 x 11.6×1.4, 0.9×0.8 (IEC standard)
Optional x-ray tubesN/SN/A
kW output6060
kVp range90, 120, 14080, 100, 120, 135
mA range20 to 500 in 1mA increments10 to 580
Max scan time100 seconds100 seconds
Max scan volume175 cm175 cm
Spatial resolution, lp/cmUp to 2418
Pitch0.2 to 1.70.625 to 0.906/1.109 – 1.5
Reconstruction time
per image
N/SUp to 12 ips
Vertical58 to 103 cm30 to 94.4 cm
Longitudinal190 cm219 cm
Scannable range175 cm180 cm
Max load capacity
w/ accuracy (kg)
204 +/-0.25205 +/-0.25,
option 230 +/-0.25
Computer CPUIntel, Windows OSDual Intel Xeon
Scan FOVsUp to 5018, 24, 32, 40, 50
Reconstruction matrices512×512; 768×768; 1024×1024512 X 512
Reconstruction time, secN/SUp to 12 frames/s
Per slice, secUp to 20ips w/ 3-D cone beam0.035
For localization scan, secN/SReal time
Monitor size19 inch LCD2 – 19 inch color LCD
Matrices1280 x 1024 pixels1280 x 1024 pixels
Range of CT numbers-1024 to 3072-32,768 to 32,767
Image enlargementAvailableUp to 20x
Maximum # of slices
displayed at once
1,000 w/ scrolling24
Hard disk, MB146 GB218 GB
# of online images250,000100,000 512 x 512
Archival storageDVD-RAM, CD-R9.4 GB DVD-RAM DL
Dose-modulation techniqueDoseRight ACS
DoseRight D-DOM
DoseRight Z-DOM
dose control
Pediatric protocolsYES
Prospective ECG gatingAvailableNO
Retrospective ECGAvailableNO
Min. inter-scan time, sec0.50, with no movement
Dynamic scan rate
High-contrast spatial res.Ultra-high resolution350 microns
0% MTF, lp/cm2418
50% MTF, lp/cm88
Low contrast resolution
(mm at % at 4 rads)
4 at 0.3%2 at 0.3% at 22.3 mGV
Noise (% at 2.5 rads)0.27<0.5
CT AngiographyAvailableStandard
CT SimulationAvailableOptional-third party
3-D PackageAvailableStandard
DICOM 3.0 interfaceYESYES
Additional featuresN/SCerebral blood-flow analysis,
quantitative bone-mineral analysis, CT fluoro, SureStart contrast tracking, 378 programmable protocols, 32 recordable voice commands,
multi-view MPR, AutoFilm, AutoSend, AutoArchive, RealEC dose reduction

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The Bottom Line: Both CT Scanners are excellent systems made by strong and efficient manufacturers. Each system will prove to be a workhorse. The Toshiba Aquilion has the standard feature of CTA and 3-D where on the Philips Brilliance system, it would be an “option”. However, the Toshiba will cost more on the used market along with the higher price for service and parts. Considering these two additional factors, you would really need to review your patient volume along with your local “allowable” reimbursements in order to truly make an educated decision that best fits your application.

Posted by:
Bobby Serros
MRI/CT Specialist