GE brings new dimension to x-ray portfolio
GE Healthcare highlighted an expanded portfolio of digital radiography products at the 94th annual of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago.

 “GE’s Discovery XR650 and Optima XR640 help meet the needs of radiologists throughout various clinical settings while offering some of the industry’s most advanced applications in an effort to improve clinical confidence and patient experience,” David Widmann, general manager of GE Healthcare’s RAD/R&F business, told Health Imaging News.

The new system features the company’s fixed flat-panel digital detector, delivering a high detective quantum efficiency of 77 percent and image clarity at low doses. New to the system is a portable detector, offering further flexibility in the radiographic room compared to previous generations, Widmann said.

The system features several clinical applications including dual energy subtraction, which eliminates overly-ing bone obstruction from chest or abdominal images, and VolumeRAD, which provides physicians multiple high-resolution slice images of the human anatomy, including the chest, abdomen, extremities and spine, using an x-ray system. It also offers automated features, such as: auto-image paste, auto-positioning, protocol assist, auto-processing and repeat/reject analysis.

GE also showcased its Optima XR640, which was developed to deliver digital productivity by providing the same configuration as a digital fixed detector RAD room with the flexibility of a single, shared digital detector.

It features a moveable detector that mimics traditional patient exam workflow; thus making the transition to digital relatively easy. The system is designed to handle radiographic applications using a single portable flat-panel digital detector that can either be inserted into the table or the wall stand for traditional imaging or removed and used in a digital cassette mode for tabletop, cross table or other portable imaging.

GE said the Optima XR640 also includes auto positioning, which allows the system to move to pre-programmed locations at the touch of a button to reduce exam setup time; auto image paste, which enables images to be acquired automatically and stitched into a single composite view, allowing long bone and spine studies to be completed in seconds; auto protocol assist with HIS/RIS connectivity automatically selects patient exam parameters based upon exam protocol code; and auto-tracking between the detector and overhead tube to improve productivity in medium- to high-throughput facilities.