Fujifilm shows upgradable CR

June 7, 2007

Buyers of a new computed radiography reader from Fujifilm Medical Systems USA will have the option to double capacity, if needed, with a field upgrade. The new XG2000 comes with two cassette slots but can be reconfigured to four with relatively simple hardware and software adjustments.

Buyers of a new computed radiography reader from Fujifilm Medical Systems USA will have the option to double capacity, if needed, with a field upgrade. The new XG2000 comes with two cassette slots but can be reconfigured to four with relatively simple hardware and software adjustments.

Fujifilm positioned its XG2000 at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine meeting in Providence to address a sweet spot in the emerging marketplace for CR populated by small hospitals and digital imaging centers.

The new reader, essentially a deconfigured version of its XG 5000, allows first-time buyers of CR the flexibility of handling current needs while preserving the option to double capacity some time in the future by activating two cassette insertion slots, all at a minimal upfront capital expense, according to John Strauss, Fujifilm director of marketing imaging systems.

Its development was prompted by uncertainties expressed by first-time prospective buyers of CR, particularly those in small hospitals and imaging clinics.

"A lot of these people thought the XG 5000 might be overkill and not sure that a single-plate or even a dual single-plate CR would satisfy their needs," Strauss said. "This was our response to give them the flexibility they were looking for."

The system, which appeared as a commercial product for the first time at the SIIM meeting, has begun shipping.

The XG2000 and its four-slot upgrade XG5000 feature a turbo mode called FastScan that can boost the speed of the unit by 18%, according to the company. In this mode, the reader can process hourly 122 imaging plates measuring 14 x 17 inches. Image preview is available 11 seconds after inserting the cassette.