Canon spotlights new portable DR products, among others

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Canon Medical Systmes unveiled its CXDI-60G portable flat-panel detector, CXDI-50G portable DR system, CXDI-40EC DR System and imagePRESS C1+ Digital Press, at the 94th annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago.

The Canon CXDI-60G portable flat-panel detector offers portability in DR with an imaging area of 9 x 11 inches that accommodates various applications, including x-raying of hands, elbows, feet and knees. The model’s detachable sensor cable, which provides power to the unit and transfers data, enables room-to-room installation from multiple locations such as the patient’s bedside or wheelchair, trauma or ICU (with an optional power box and PC) and fits into most neo-natal incubator trays, according to Canon.

Canon introduced its CXDI-50G portable DR system, a thin, lightweight design with a 14- x 17-inch imaging area. When combined with a compatible mobile unit, the Canon CXDI-50G can bring digital radiography directly to the patient’s bedside, the company said. Canon showed CXDI-50G integrated with the RadPRO 40kW high-frequency digital mobile x-ray System. The integration of these two systems improves workflow, patient throughput and patient care, Canon said. Fast processing times of the detector capture high-quality diagnostic images for routine diagnosis, as well as challenging trauma and bedside exams.

At RSNA, Canon also launched its CXDI-40EC DR System, which features the LANMIT 8 (Large Area New-MIS Sensor and TFT) sensor, and is equipped with a large 17- x 17-inch imaging area for capturing large and small x-ray images without adjusting detector orientation.  The system incorporates the Canon Amorphous Silicon (a-Si) Flat Panel Detector with Cesium Iodide scintillator, which produces clear, high-resolution diagnostic images in 12-bit grayscale (4096 gradations). Canon showed the CXDI-40EC DR system integrated with the RadPRO FM1 Floor Mounted Radiography System. The RadPRO FM1 has a high-speed generator and digital imaging system designed to reduce exposure time and improve productivity, making it ideal for a demanding diagnostic imaging environment. The floor-mounted tubestand has nine foot rails and a telescoping tube arm. The manual collimator with laser light also comes with digital display of SID and tube angle, as well as an optional tomography feature (sold separately).

The company featured imagePRESS C1+ digital press designed for print environments that require high levels of accuracy, detail and consistency in image reproduction. Although the prints cannot be used for diagnostic purposes, the imagePRESS C1+ can reproduce at a resolution of up to 1200 x 1200 dpi with 256 shades of gray, high-quality images with precise lines and continuous tones, in a variety of paper sizes (up to 13 x 19 inches) and types, to share with referring physicians and patients. The imagePRESS produces black-and-white prints and color for widespread use.

Canon also previewed its entry into the medical fluoroscopic device market, a compact, lightweight portable DR system capable of both viewing dynamic images and capturing static x-ray images. The prototype accommodates standard static x-ray image capture of the chest area and extremities and also enables fluoroscopy, which radiographers can use to observe dynamics of organs, such as those used in digestion, for optimal timing in capturing static images. The prototype was featured for display purposes only and not for sale or clinical purposes. Canon said it is currently developing the system for a commercial release, which it plans for the latter half of 2009.