TAMS nets installs for DR technology

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Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc. (TAMS) has completed the first T.RAD Plus Digital radiography (DR) system installation at the Kuakini Hospital in Honolulu, part of the Kuakini Health System.

TAMS T.RAD Plus Digital eliminates the use of plain film and enhances patient care with a variety of system configurations and x-ray imaging technology. Combining a highly sensitive 17x17-inch digital detector and C-arm unit, the system provides clinicians with high-quality images that capture more information and provides fast image preview capabilities.

Equipment initially can be configured either as a DR or traditional x-ray system, allowing the T.RAD Plus Digital series to adapt to customers' changing department needs, TAMS said.

In related news, TAMS said it completed the first Kalare installation in the United States at the Zale Lipshy University Hospital, located on the campus of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. The Kalare is Toshiba's new digital radiography/fluoroscopy system.

The all-digital processing system shortens exam times and reduces the costs of film, handling and storage associated with conventional radiography, TAMS said. Kalare applications include gastrointestinal exams, ERCP, myelography, venography, nonvascular interventional radiography, and with the EPS-Plus digital fluorography unit, abdominal and peripheral angiography studies.

TAMS said the new Kalare will be exhibited for the first time at next week's Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting, Nov. 28 - Dec. 2, in Chicago.