Konica Minoltas CR systems shine at RSNA
Konica Minolta Medical Imaging introduced the Regius Nano CR at the 93rd scientific assembly and annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago last month. The single-bay CR system was engineered to make DR more affordable in low procedure volume facilities and ancillary departments. The Regius Nano CR is available in two models: Nano CR-The Enterprise Solution utilizes the same easy-to-use interface as Konica Minolta’s flagship Xpress CR to provide sophisticated software tools for superior image quality and customization while requiring fewer steps to complete the exam; Nano CR-The Clinic Solution uses the same intelligent and automated software as the IQue CR, resulting in minimized user training requirements in addition to delivering consistently high-quality images.

The Regius Nano CR can process up to 76 plates an hour (14 in x 17 in) for fast patient turn-around time and improved workflow. Its touch-screen control station provides intuitive software tools for generating superior image quality with a few easy steps. The system offers linear motor technology for a smooth plate transport mechanism; hybrid processing, a patented Konica Minolta innovation that divides an image into multiple frequency bands ultimately producing a more natural looking image with less noise and artifacts; a high resolution of 87.5 µm for diagnostic quality images where recognition of subtle pathological changes is essential; and “any reader, any time” which means that images are always displayed on the control station where the plate is registered.

Konica Minolta also showcased its ImagePilot CR system, which is specifically designed for physician practices. Featuring AutoPilot Image Processing, the system cuts concern about the time needed to adjust to digital radiography by letting users product consistent, high-quality images out of the box with minimal instruction. ImagePilot also combines CR acquisition, patient registration, image viewing and storage in one easy to use and maintain system. AutoPilot Image Processing is based on a simple but revolutionary discovery that bone provides the most stable and consistent x-ray response of any anatomy, according to the company. Therefore, by establishing the density value of the anatomy around a fixed bone density, the entire image can be processed with one universal algorithm. This patented technique eliminates the need for the user to define and select specialized algorithms for each body part and orientation. AutoPilot Image Processing also learns the user preference, and applies these adjustments to refine the image quality of future images.

The company also highlighted its Regius 370 Upright DR, which features the most advanced phosphor detector available, Cesium Bromide (CsBR), to produce a high level of detective quantum efficiency (DQE) comparable to flat-panel DR systems. The system features Konica Minolta patented new plate technology which offers an advanced Cesium Bromide phosphor detector with a columnar structure. When combined with new anti-backscatter techniques, customizable image processing algorithms and on-site integration with an existing x-ray suite, the Regius 370 DR lets users go digital while protecting existing investments.