Philips’ DigitalDiagnost VM debuts as marketable product

December 2, 2004

Philips Medical Systems has been showing its flagship DigitalDiagnost VM digital radiography system as a marketable product at the RSNA meeting all week. The system, which appeared at last year’s meeting as a work-in-progress, began shipping in June.

Philips Medical Systems has been showing its flagship DigitalDiagnost VM digital radiography system as a marketable product at the RSNA meeting all week. The system, which appeared at last year's meeting as a work-in-progress, began shipping in June.

Six systems already are in place, said Deborah Imling, marketing manager for the radiography business unit.

"Our customers love the ergonomics and ease of use of the system. We believe we are meeting the need for a single-detector system, which our customers have been requesting for some time," she said.

The VM offers CR/DR integration using a multipurpose single-detector configuration. Its integration, including a built-in CR reader, means the system can cover a broad range of applications efficiently. Scheduling, verification, and general postprocessing all can be done at a single acquisition workplace. Other features include cassette size flexibility, light weight, minimal dead borders, and wireless operation.

"The VM provides a deep digital integration with a relatively low price point," said Scott Burkhart, director of the company's radiography and R/F business units. "It makes it a lot more affordable to go digital."

The system sells for about $350,000.