X-ray's Vision for 2003

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The advance of digital radiography is among the technological highlights at RSNA 2003, as vendors add more versatility and features to systems for the benefit of healthcare providers and patients.

Siemens Medical Solutions (booth #1740) brings to RSNA 2003 the new Axiom Artis dTA, its digital ceiling-mounted universal angiography C-arm system equipped with flat-panel detector (FD) technology. The new system is designed for comprehensive routine diagnoses with advanced 3D image quality, maximum radiation protection and optimal network connectivity.

In addition, Siemens' Axiom Artis dTC is billed as a fully digital cardiac imaging system equipped with FD technology and supported by a ceiling-mounted C-arm for greater accessibility. Also on the agenda is Siemens' Axiom Artis dFC magnetic navigation imaging system, a single-plane C-arm angiography system with a dynamic flat detector for cardiac diagnostics and interventions, and electrophysiology.

For surgery, Siemens will demonstrate the Siremobil Iso-C3D, a mobile C-arm with intra-operative 3D imaging capabilities. The division also will present as a works-in-progress, the new mobile x-ray system, Mobilett XP, with 10 times more imaging power and improved handling, Siemens says.

Quantum Medical Imaging (booth #1142) is showing off its QV-800 Universal digital imaging system. Shipments of the system began in May. The QV-800 Universal system's C-arm design requires only a single imaging receptor and appropriate for all patient examinations.

Quantum also exhibits its new QT-711-EV elevating float-top mobile table with 600-pound patient load capacity. The motorized elevating feature allows the table to be lowered down to 22 inches and elevated up to 34 inches for transfer of patients from a stretcher or wheel chair.

In addition, the company's new Verti-Q Tilt/Rotate is a motorized tilting wall stand unit with a rotational receptor feature, designed for use with DR system applications. The unit has a rotational receptor feature, which allows the receptor unit to rotate 90 degrees for use with single-panel DR systems.

Toshiba America Medical Systems (booths #1551 & #7749) brings to Chicago its upper-end Infinix VC "I" x-ray system for interventional and diagnostic cardiovascular exams. TAMS' Infinix "i" series platform is a new architecture based on dual PC processors and incorporates a one megapixel CCD with real-time processing.

TAMS' Ultimax is an all-digital, multi-purpose system designed to accommodate vascular and non-vascular exams with a small footprint. Standard features include table tilt of 90-90 degrees, one megapixel CCD imaging and DVD archive.

Rounding out TAMS' offerings will be the Efficiency Plus all-digital R/F system with table tilt of 90/45 degrees, 80 kW generator, one megapixel CCD imaging, DICOM work list management and multitasking digital processor. At a lower price point, TAMS' Tosrad Plus is a radiographic system with floor and ceiling mount configurations for high volume bone and chest imaging. 

Fujifilm Medical Systems USA Inc. (booth #7713) is introducing its newest digital x-ray system, the FCR Velocity-U, as an addition to Fujifilm's SpeedSuite configuration. As of press time, the system was pending FDA clearance. FCR Velocity-U has a throughput of 240 images per hour.

Fuji's ClearView-CS is a cassette-based, digital x-ray system scheduled to begin shipments this month. Fuji's patented dual-sided reading technology of the ClearView-CS results in 100 percent higher detective quantum efficiency (DQE). Spatial resolution sampling is 50-microns for both 18-by-24 cm and 24-by-30 cm cassettes. The ClearView-CS also processes up to 178 imaging plates per hour and can be field upgraded for mammography applications.

Edge Medical Devices (booth #2553) is launching a series of products at RSNA 2003. The products will be available for sale in Europe in early 2004 and in the United States following FDA clearance.

Edge's Quix-FP 100 Basic Kit includes a Quix flat-panel detector, a frame grabber/controller card, and an SDK, which minimizes time-to-market for OEMs developing new DR systems using Edge products. Edge's Simplex system includes a thin-profile Quix-DB digital bucky, featuring a Quix-FP flat-panel detector, GridSafe grid handling system and detector-integrated five-field AEC, combined with an operator console.

In addition, Edge's new Legato system includes a digital bucky mounted on an automated tilting radiographic stand. The