Advances in C-arms appeared in the portfolios of premium performance and value-oriented vendors alike. Some included the next step up from small-size flat panels optimized for cardiac imaging to those large enough for peripheral vascular imaging. Others
Advances in C-arms appeared in the portfolios of premium performance and value-oriented vendors alike. Some included the next step up from small-size flat panels optimized for cardiac imaging to those large enough for peripheral vascular imaging. Others provided iterative improvements in technology more commonly tied to everyday workflow.
The Image Sensor Solutions Division of Eastman Kodak concentrates on developing and manufacturing solid-state charge-coupled device (CCD) and complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) image sensors for medical imaging. Many of these are supplied to OEM partners for integration into private-label devices.
GE Medical Systems
Melding in-house R&D with that of recently acquired OEC Medical, GE Medical Systems has capitalized on advanced electromagnetic technology to produce a new fluoroscopic system for image-guided, minimally invasive surgery. The company also has further advanced its homegrown Revolution digital flat-panel detector technology into a large-format interventional radiology system.
Philips Medical Systems
Seeking to advance its line of general radiography/fluoroscopy and interventional products, Philips this year introduced the MultiDiagnost Eleva, a universal, multifunctional x-ray system with features targeted at R/F, vascular, and interventional radiology. The company also showcased its next-generation flat-detector technology for vascular procedures, as well as software reconstructions of calcified plaque and presurgical planning for vertebroplasty.
Shimadzu Medical Systems
As part of its goal of using advanced technology to simplify operations and maximize the use of space, Shimadzu has introduced C-arm innovations, a vascular digital subtraction system, a high-end remote R/F system, and fully integrated digital R/F.
Siemens Medical Systems
In developing the Axiom Artis TA for angiography and TC for cardiology, Siemens Medical Systems examined the processes of interventional procedures and designed an interventional system from the ground up. The Axiom Artis series provides CT, MR, and ultrasound images at tableside, features a new high-speed gantry, and includes a flat-panel monitor and tube attached to a ceiling-mounted arm to maximize flexibility.
Toshiba America Medical Systems
The company that pioneered the radiological application of CCD technology is taking the next step with a work-in-progress dynamic digital flat panel.