Aquilion PRIME is CT scanner which can be used for computed tomography coronary angiography (CTCA), to diagnose or evaluate coronary artery disease non-invasively in people with conditions that make it difficult to obtain good quality CTCA images. The Aquilion PRIME has technical features which are recognised to address the clinical challenges in patients with difficult to image coronary artery disease but there is no published evidence on the safety or effectiveness for this indication. The Aquilion PRIME costs between £350,000 and £500,000, excluding VAT.
During the review of Diagnostics Guidance 3 companies made NICE aware of alternative CT scanners that have similar technical specifications to those assessed in the guidance and which therefore may be suitable for cardiac imaging in people with suspected or known coronary artery disease in whom imaging is difficult. This briefing provides objective information on the Aquilion PRIME CT scanner for consideration by the NHS but does not include a judgment from NICE on the value or use of this technology.
Published March 2016
NICE page: https://www.nice.org.uk/advice/mib53