Digital x-ray vendors focus on boosting productivity

November 26, 2003

Struggle between CR and DR continuesNew offerings in digital radiography at McCormick Center will emphasize higher productivity and intuitive user interfacing. The objective will be to demonstrate improved workflow.During the RSNA

Struggle between CR and DR continues

New offerings in digital radiography at McCormick Center will emphasize higher productivity and intuitive user interfacing. The objective will be to demonstrate improved workflow.

During the RSNA meeting, Swissray (South Hall 4354) will unveil the ddRRealtime, a 15-image/second high-resolution direct DR system capable of performing joint motion studies and fast skeletal exams. The company will also introduce the IGS1000H, a height-adjustable version of its popular patient table. Swissray's goal is to convince buyers that direct digital is preferable to computed radiography-no small feat in some circles.

"I expect that cost and productivity benefits of each method will be scrutinized, and I also expect that the proven high-patient-throughput capabilities of Swissray ddR will be a major draw," said Rex Harmon, vice president of marketing and public relations manager. "Our booth will feature an interactive application show with audience participation."

Siemens Medical Solutions (South Hall 1740) will launch the Axiom Multix M, a multipurpose digital system that covers a broad spectrum of applications. The system accommodates both on- and off-table imaging.

Edge Medical Devices (South Hall 2553) will unveil a series of products designed to create complete DR solutions for various room configurations, throughputs, and price points. The products, which have not yet cleared the FDA, include the Quix-FP 100 basic kit for OEMs that are developing DR systems using Edge technology. The kit includes a Quix flat-panel detector and frame grabber/controller card. It is designed to minimize time-to-market for OEMS, which is a key driver in the highly competitive DR market.

Orex (South Hall 4550) will launch products that expand the range of performance and applications for CR. Among the features built into these devices is the ability to process up to 150 CR plates per hour with equipment that requires minimal space. Others include CR options for bone densitometry, radiation therapy, and mammography; regular and low-dose applications; and a range of cassette sizes for different applications.

FujiFilm Medical Systems USA (North Hall 7713) plans to showcase several new CR image readers and various advances in optimized workflow and intelligent image processing tools.