X-Ray: CR, DR, Analog and Specialty Systems

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Radiology's workhorse technology is going strong, with a large selection of new computed radiography, digital radiography and specialized x-ray systems for cardiac and vascular work showing their strength around the exhibit floor at RSNA. Stop by for a peek yourself.

Fujifilm Medical System USA Inc. (Booth #7732) will be at RSNA showcasing its FCR Velocity-T digital x-ray table system with a throughput of up to 240 images per hour and a fully processed image available in less than nine seconds. Fuji also is demonstrating Flex-UI for handheld devices that debuted earlier this year. The company has combined the customizable user interface of its Flex-UI computed radiography software application with the convenience of remote workflow via wireless tablet PCs or PDAs.

GE Healthcare (Booth #2700) is introducing a new remote R &F system, the RXi. The compact device is fully functional for tabletop, tomographic and dynamic imaging. The RXi is GE's new premium standard in the line of R &F systems, with low dose for imaging during G.I. and vascular exams. It is designed to carry out exams in hospitals and diagnostic imaging centers, where space is limited. Variable speed scanning movement, controlled from identical tableside and control room console panels, assures that gantry movements are swift and precise.

GE also is highlighting its GE Innova 4100 and 3100 all-digital cardiovascular imaging systems. Both units, which utilize flat-panel detector technology, incorporate the Bolus Chase design to allow physicians to more clearly see the vessels and anatomy from the abdomen down through the legs for arterial run-off procedures.

Philips Medical Systems (Booth #7113) is highlighting a variety of x-ray offerings at RSNA this year. The Allura Xper FD20 is the latest addition to Philips cardio/vascular X-ray program. The system is the first cardiovascular unit in the market to provide a 2Kx2K imaging chain for up to four-times the resolution of conventional angiography systems. With its compact detector (12" x 16") and large coverage ability, it is designed to support all cardiac and vascular interventions. The Allura Xper FD20 is designed around Xper (X-ray Personalized), improving workflow by system customization for each specific user. The FD20 features advanced interventional tools like 3D-RA and StentBoost and comprehensive patient record integration for optimal lab efficiency.

Philips' Eleva family of multi-functional radiography and fluoroscopy systems consists of the EasyDiagnost Eleva, OmniDiagnost Eleva and MultiDiagnost Eleva. The Philips Eleva family enables exam-, operator- and patient-related pre-sets to be programmed for each user, enhancing efficiency and improving workflow. The family leverages ViewForum, Philips integrated viewing and processing software to enable users to access multimodality images and information in their preferred layout.

The OmniDiagnost Eleva combines digital, computed radiography (CR) and conventional imaging applications and can be used in a variety of settings, including orthopedics, gastro-intestinal, uro-genital, angiography/interventions and traumatology. This is the only Eleva system which has integrated digital tomography. Like other members of the Eleva family, the system allows clinicians to conduct analysis, measurements and reconstructions in the control room. If required, the results can be simultaneously displayed in the exam room.

The EasyDiagnost Eleva is a conventional radiography/fluoroscopy system designed with functionality to perform a wide range of applications from gastro-intestinal and various iodine and vascular procedures through to standard radiography.

The MultiDiagnost Eleva is a universal x-ray system with a multi-functional design that delivers exceptional performance across a wide range of applications. The MultiDiagnost Eleva is especially suited for vascular and interventional procedures and R/F exams.

As the inventor of mobile C-arm solutions, Philips' BV family addresses all mobile fluoroscopy imaging applications. The BV Libra is geared for routine procedures, the BV Endura for routine and vascular surgery and the BV Pulsera for routine, vascular, cardiac and interventional procedures. BV family workstations are compatible with Philips standards-based IT systems, or Vequion competent, as the vendor calls it. All BV family systems comply with x-ray safety requirements (IEC 60601-2-43) and offer integrated DICOM functionality.

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