X-ray makes digital the focus

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Maximizing department resources is a common goal among x-ray product offerings this year that include new and enhanced computed radiography, digital radiography, C-arms and special procedures systems. Even as more specialties find the value of the various radiology technologies, vendors are offering up more targeted study capabilities. Faster scanning times and larger, seamless images also are on tap.

Agfa Healthcare (Booth #2729) is highlighting its System Monitoring and Management Services (SMMS) this year which is designed to ensure high availability of the healthcare infrastructure, while reducing the administrative effort required to manage systems such as CR. SMMS is an integrated service that continually manages and monitors Agfa's applications, hardware, operating systems and databases throughout the hospital enterprise, identifying trends that point to potential future conflicts, notifying all stakeholders of the situation, and then providing a map to quickly track down and resolve the problem. By providing proactive monitoring, system management and reporting services, SMMS helps resolve issues quickly, and can manage issues after-hours as well as during core business hours.

Anexa (Booth #5929) is introducing targeted functionality in its new DR product line. Anexa is announcing the addition of the SyneRad OMNI EX and the SyneRad OMNI RT to the SyneRad OMNI product line. These two additions are geared for hospital emergency and outpatient applications in the case of the SyneRad OMNI EX and a dual-detector option for trauma in the SyneRad OMNI RT.

CMT Medical Technologies (Booth #4923) is enhancing last year's launches, adding advanced features to the SmartRAD and SmartSPOT PrimaX DR systems. SmartRAD is available in various single- or dual-detector configurations, and is offered as a complete DR room, as a retrofit solution for existing x-ray equipment, and as a digital subsystem for OEM partners to incorporate into their own equipment.

Two new applications are now offered with the SmartRAD: Rhapsody, CMT's proprietary contrast-enhancing, tissue-harmonizing image processing software; and SmartStitch, its application for extended length imaging (up to 47-by-17-inch) of the lower limbs or the spine for orthopedic studies.

CMT also is introducing SmartSPOT PrimaX, a high-resolution digital photospot and angiography imaging system for the retrofit market. The SmartSPOT PrimaX converts any analog or non-DICOM digital R/F or angiography suite to a fully digital, DICOM-compliant system. CMT is highlighting the recently released software version 3.1 that includes capabilities such as handling patients with split sessions, writing examinations on CD-R media and automatic selection of study type according to DICOM MWL "Procedure Description."

Fujifilm Medical Systems USA (Booth #7157) is showcasing advancements to its Velocity line of DR readers. The FCR Velocity-T (for table exams) and the Velocity-U (for chest and other upright exams) feature HD LineScan Technology, resulting in fast throughput - 240 images per hour on Velocity-U, and an average of 140 images per hour for Velocity-T. Both systems produce a fully processed image in less than 7 seconds.

Fuji also is extending its line of digital x-ray products with the introduction of multiple new CR products, and providing an update on the pediatric dose reduction study announced last year using Fuji's dual-side reading technology.

GE Healthcare (Booth #7730) is introducing a new family of DR products, the Definium series.

The new Definium AMX 700 mobile DR system provides an integrated digital solution. The Definium 8000 is a new fixed room DR system that offers powerful room automation and DICOM-based networking features to enhance operator efficiency. The Definium is based on the Revolution digital detector, which delivers the industry's highest DQE.

IDC (Booth #3709) is debuting the Xplorer 2200 DR system that the company describes as an "affordable" dual-detector solution. It incorporates a traditional two detector configuration that includes one detector integrated in a fixed, elevating, four-way float-top table and a second detector on a vertical motorized stand.
Also new at RSNA is the Xplorer 1590 that includes motorized imaging detector movements, programmable auto positioning and an ergonomic remote control. It was built with technologists in mind.

IDC also is exhibiting its entire Xplorer family of digital imaging products that the company