Here at the Canon Medical Systems factory, a new MRI system is undergoing a stringent final-stage quality inspection prior to shipping. It will be the first Canon Medical Systems’ product to bear the Canon logo.
The company’s management philosophy, Made for Life, expresses compassion toward patients and the value of their lives, which this MRI system provides through high quality imaging and technologies that ensure more comfortable exams. Canon Medical Systems pioneered non-contrast imaging, which allows images to be acquired without the use of contrast agents that can be detrimental to the health of patients. Additionally, noise-reduction technology and a design that creates a sense of spaciousness in the examination area has helped to reduce two problems associated with MRI systems. In such ways, Canon Medical Systems contributes to healthcare development through technology that is closely connected to the experiences of doctors and patients, while continuing to develop new products to protect life.
Canon Medical is co-developing CT systems with Fujita Health University Hospital
Improving efficiency at Canon Medical production sites through synergy with Canon (above)
Input from doctors and technicians who use our products gets incorporated in technology development (below)
Canon is accelerating the development of our healthcare business, aiming to make it one of the three main pillars of our businesses along with printing and cameras.
Canon Medical Systems, which joined the Canon Group in December 2016, is a pioneer of medical diagnostic imaging systems such as X-ray, CT scanners and MRI systems, and their work has led to many “world-first” and “first-in-Japan” solutions. Under its management philosophy, Made for Life, Canon Medical contributes to the medical field with sincerity and with the aim of building a global business.
Canon Medical focuses on three areas of business: diagnostic imaging, healthcare IT and in-vitro diagnostics. In diagnostic imaging, the company collaborates with medical institutions worldwide to develop systems that provide high-resolution images for precise diagnosis while reducing patient burden by requiring lower radiation doses and shorter exam times. Efforts are also underway to apply Canon’s imaging expertise to technical R&D.
In healthcare IT, the company has developed electronic medical record (EMR) and hospital systems as well as leading-edge medical information systems that provide added value by consolidating and analyzing the vast amount of medical-image and patient-record data held by different hospitals.
Growth expectations are high for Canon Medical’s in-vitro diagnostic systems, which analyze substances such as blood to evaluate the patient’s health.
The implementation of Canon equipment-diagnosis technology at Canon Medical’s production sites has led to improved manufacturing efficiency and enabled us to reap the benefits of new synergies. Looking ahead, we will continue to collaborate on ways to achieve manufacturing innovation and cost reduction.
Development of a cardiovascular imaging system that enables real-time observation in high resolution (above)
Research on genotyping assays at Canon BioMedical (below)
Canon’s healthcare business in the United States is at the vanguard of a revolution in medical research. To keep Canon research and development on the leading edge, we maintain a strong commitment to open innovation. At Canon U.S.A.’s Healthcare Optics Research Laboratory in Boston, Massachusetts, the company conducts joint research with two Harvard Medical School teaching affiliates—Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital—to develop medical devices such as medical robotics and cardiovascular endoscopes. Using Canon’s advanced micro-optics fabrication technology, we are developing an ultra-miniature endoscope less than 1 mm in diameter. Despite being extremely thin, this endoscope is expected to be robust enough to resist breaking when inserted in a patient’s body, enabling real-time observation of such previously inaccessible anatomies as the insides of joints and paranasal cavities. In the field of medical robotics, we are developing a needle-guiding system that assists with percutaneous procedures by accurately navigating position and depth. This device has shown great promise for near-future applications, including improving the precision of biopsies, use in cancer ablation therapy and for reducing treatment times.
Canon BioMedical, established in 2015, has developed and brought Novallele genotyping assays to the market, and our sales channels are expanding not only in the United States, but also in Europe.
The Aquilion ONE X-ray CT scanner was awarded the Japan Medical Research Development Award at the 2017 Japan Medical Research and Development Grand Prize Awards ceremony. The Awards are given in recognition of contributions to medicine. The system realizes high image quality while reducing patient radiation doses, minimizing the use of contrast agents and contributing to faster diagnoses. In addition to morphological scanning of organs, it performs functional scanning, an imaging method that reveals the dynamic movement of the heart and blood flow.