Texas Children’s Hospital successfully separated Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith Mata in late February, completing one of the most complex conjoined twins separations ever. The procedure took months of planning, and Toshiba’s AquilionTM ONE CT system played a crucial role in determining the feasibility of separating the twins and producing images that helped radiologists build detailed 3D models of the organs.
The separation required intensive planning by a multidisciplinary team, as the twins shared a chest wall, lungs, pericardial sac, diaphragm, liver, intestines, colon and pelvis. Toshiba’s 640-slice Aquilion ONE and its volume imaging capability captured the entire cardiovascular and visceral anatomy and helped assess how the organs were shared. Additionally, the system’s target CTA cardiac mode, which gives users control of when to trigger the X-ray, enabled Texas Children’s to image the twins without the need for sedation, decreased artifacts and kept radiation exposure as low as possible.