Swissray ups direct digital detection efficiency

August 16, 2000

Swissray International plans to offer new enhancements that will improve the detection efficiency of its ddR direct digital radiography systems while reducing radiation dosage, according to the firm.Swissray will use Kodak’s Blue Plus CCD

Swissray International plans to offer new enhancements that will improve the detection efficiency of its ddR direct digital radiography systems while reducing radiation dosage, according to the firm.

Swissray will use Kodak’s Blue Plus CCD (charge-coupled device) technology, which is 70% quantum efficient in the green to red portions of the spectrum, substantially boosting signal strength with no increase in sensor noise. The technology uses a more efficient scintillator plate to improve detection efficiency and reduce patient dose by 50%, according to Swissray.

Ruedi G. Laupper, Swissray chairman, president, and CEO, said the new enhancements fit well with the ddR’s modular detector design. Customers who already own a ddR will be able to upgrade it without problems, he said.

Swissray has sold one ddRMulti-System and two ddRCombis in the U.S. The ddRMulti-System was sold to Westchester Medical Center in New York, and the emergency departments of Yuma Regional Medical Center in Arizona and Chilton Memorial Hospital in New Jersey have ordered the two ddRCombi systems.