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Kodak DR 7500 offers single-, dual-detector option


Eastman Kodak is unveiling its new DirectView DR 7500 system as a work-in-progress at the 2004 RSNA scientific meeting.

Eastman Kodak is unveiling its new DirectView DR 7500 system as a work-in-progress at the 2004 RSNA scientific meeting.

The direct-capture digital radiography system features single- and dual-detector options that enable medical facilities of any size to configure a digital solution, according to the company.

"As DR technology matures, it is increasingly being used by radiology departments of all sizes as well as trauma suites and specialty practices," said Kevin Hobert, general manager of digital capture systems and vice president of the company's health imaging group. "We are working closely with customers to develop the DR 7500 system, which will further accelerate the growth of digital image capture for general radiography procedures."

The system features a wall stand with retractable bucky capable of three-axis movement to capture upright, horizontal, and cross-table projections. The detector can be controlled manually or synchronized to the overhead x-ray tube so that a push-button control automatically centers the beam to ensure accurate source-to-detector alignment.

The DR 7500 also features a fixed, elevating table with four-way float that provides flexible patient positioning. The detector bucky can be extended from the table to accommodate extremity exams.

Finally, an autopositioning feature is designed to automatically move the equipment into position when a technologist selects a preprogrammed exam.

"It's highly versatile," said Helen Titus, worldwide marketing manager for digital capture solutions, Kodak Health Imaging Group. "Hospitals will be able to purchase it in one configuration, then add a second detector later. It will also be versatile in terms of technology. There will be lots of options for positioning the patient and using the system the way people are most used to working."

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