Digital and Computed Radiography
Fujifilm Medical Systems at SCAR highlighted Flex UI, a new CR software interface that enables users to define functionality according to departmental protocol. Flex UI is designed to provide maximum flexibility for technologists and enhance workflow by accommodating individual preferences. It provides a fully customizable interface and rapid access to additional and frequently used functions. Users can custom-build screens with the icons representing the functions that they use most often to eliminate navigation through multiple screen pages. They also can customize patient information fields, allowing additional patient data to be provided within the patient file. Flex UI can be run on various platforms-such as PDAs or tablet PCs-giving technologists the added convenience of accessing patient data via a secure connection, wherever necessary, for greater efficiency.

Canon Medical Systems showed its new Canon DR Image Viewer as well as displaying its full line of DR products at SCAR, including the Canon CXDI-50G, Canon CXDI-40G general DR system and the Canon CXDI-31 portable DR system.

The Canon DR Image Viewer is an enhancement to Canon DR that enable physician's offices, hospitals and imaging centers to streamline workflow, save time and maximize throughput. It features pixel-to-pixel display for viewing high-resolution life-size images in addition to multi-study viewing for quick comparisons with other DR exams. With easy-to-use magnification, pan, and measurement tools, the Microsoft Windows-compatible program requires little training. It is not a PACS but rather a viewing solution for DR that enables the establishment of a client database, archiving of images and the ability to set up multiple viewing stations to access a single database. Images can be sent from the DR Image Viewer to any manufacturer's PACS.

Orex Computer Radiography introduced new options for its next-generation compact ACLxy CR scanner. The Orex ACLxy combines filmless laser scanners and reusable phosphor plates, advanced image enhancement and management software from Viztek Inc. and a PC-based review station.

The dual-scanner RAIS (redundant array integrated system) ACLxy also offers a processing speed of up to 150 plates per hour and footprint 50 percent smaller than its predecessor.

Also new at SCAR 2004 were a configuration for mammography, computer-aided detection (CAD) bone mineral densitometry, and orthopedic long-bone and related exams.