Konica introduces new DR system, laser imager
Konica Minolta Medical Imaging introduced FlexDR, an upright, flat panel digital radiography (DR) system, and debuted its DryPro 873 laser imager at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago, Nov. 30 through Dec. 4.

The FDA-cleared FlexDR features an Amorphous Silicon and Cesium Iodide receptor that boasts high detective quantum efficiency for high-quality images. With the TechLink review console on the FlexDR, technologists can immediately review and approve the image right at the patient’s side. FlexDR is an ideal solution for high throughput imaging environments from an enterprise hospital to a busy imaging center, according to Konica.

The company said FlexDR will be available for sale in the United States in the first quarter of 2009.

Its DryPro 873 boasts a higher silver ion capacity, an automatic density control function and automatic calibration. It reduces first print to 50 seconds with a capacity to process 180 mixed film sizes per hour. In just four minutes, the imager can print up to 10 14 x 17 inch sheets. The system is fully compatible with four film sizes and offers an optional third film supply tray. An optional six-bin sorter is also available.

Image processing has been further enhanced with an intensity conversion processing feature that automatically recognizes images and executes optimum processing for smooth, sharp images. Mass volume processing and density stability – including maximum density of 4.0 for mammography – is possible with a new developing temperature process that pre-heats the film in the early stage of film transfer and reduces unstable temperature areas.

The company also highlighted its ImagePilot CR System with AutoPilot Image Processing, which eliminates the need to define and select image processing parameters for each body part and orientation. AutoPilot image processing also remembers user preferences for various anatomical views and applies these adjustments to refine the image quality of future exposures.

“AutoPilot revolutionizes CR image acquisition by completely automating the process so that virtually anyone can generate consistently superb images with every exposure,” says Steve Eisner, marketing manager, Konica. “The value of AutoPilot is apparent in centers that don’t have a dedicated radiology staff, such as remote clinics in rural settings, or where technologist’s are multi tasking. These sites still need to generate diagnostic quality x-rays on patients upon demand.”