Canon to enter digital fluoroscopy market

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Canon Medical Systems has developed a new portable flat-panel direct radiography (DR) system capable of both viewing  and capturing dynamic and static x-ray images.

While the newly developed prototype accommodates standard static x-ray image capture of the chest area and extremities, it also enables x-ray fluoroscopy, which radiographers can use to observe dynamic images of internal organs, such as those used in digestion, and for optimal timing in capturing static images, according to the Tokyo-based company.

Canon said it is currently developing the system for commercial release, which it plans for the latter half of 2009.