Film and digital imaging vendor Sterling Diagnostic Imaging will
showcase its latest work in Direct Radiography, a work-in-progress
technology for direct conversion of x-rays into digital data.
Sterling debuted DR at the RSNA meeting last year in the company's
previous incarnation as Du Pont's Medical Products group (SCAN
Since then, Sterling, of Glasgow, DE, has worked on expanding
the size of the DR detector to 14 x 17 inches, according to Deborah
DuBois, senior vice president and business manager of the DR program.
Sterling will demonstrate a 14 x 17 version of DR, and is still
targeting a commercial release date of 1998 for DR products, DuBois
Other news at Sterling's booth is the company's major investment
in new printing technology. Sterling in October announced a deal
with Polaroid in which Sterling would buy the assets of Polaroid's
Helios dry-process laser imaging technology (SCAN 11/6/96). Sterling
will take over manufacturing and marketing of Helios printers,
although Polaroid will continue to manufacture Helios film. Sterling
plans to begin selling Helios by January.
In addition to Helios, Sterling last month released details
on its work developing a new non-laser dry printer with Tektronix
(SCAN 11/20/96). The as-yet unnamed printer is based on ink-jet
technology developed by Tektronix and adapted for the medical
imaging market by Sterling. Shipments of that product, which will
occupy a lower price point than Helios, are expected in the third
quarter of 1997.