Increased productivity and patient safety

Aquilion Lightning 160 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.

Exam Plan

Protocol selection

After patient registration Aquilion Lightning selects the correct adult or child protocols automatically.

Dose check

Aquilion Lightning helps ensure that the radiation dose limit you defined cannot be exceeded to avoid unintended high dose levels.


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.

Contrast Management

By allowing contrast protocols to be added to your exam plan, flow rate and volume are automatically based on actual patient weight and exam type, while the injection is synchronised with the scan.

Automated kV selection

To further save iodine volume, SUREkV automatically uses the lowest kV setting for CTA examinations.

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 160 gantry features design innovations improving the scan experience for patients while providing excellent operability and work safety for the technician.

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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 motorised positioning of the patient, reducing the risk of injury to the patient and the technologist.

Optimising the Clinical Workflow

Aquilion Lightning 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.

Automated kV selection

Standard on Aquilion Lightning SUREkV automates kV selection based on patient’s size and clinical task. As part of Canon Medical Systems’ SUREExposure technology, this function can help optimise the use of iodine contrast.

Zero-click workflows

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

These include: 
  • SURESubtraction CT automated bone subtraction
  • Multiview automated MPR and MIP reconstruction
  • AIDR 3D enhanced reconstruction

Maximum clinical capabilities

Adaptive Diagnostics

Aquilion Lightning 160 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 visualise 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) utilises a sophisticated iterative reconstruction technique to reduce metallic artifact, improving visualisation 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.


Variable Helical Pitch

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 visualisation in CTA with true subtraction of bone and calcification.

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