Eyeing a digital radiography market that seems to be growing in popularity, manufacturers unveiled a variety of products and works-in-progress during the RSNA meeting. Most were configured to work easily with PACS, providing the foundation for vendors'
Eyeing a digital radiography market that seems to be growing in popularity, manufacturers unveiled a variety of products and works-in-progress during the RSNA meeting. Most were configured to work easily with PACS, providing the foundation for vendors' claims of their ability to increase workflow and cost-efficiency.
Capturing considerable interest was Swissray's work-in-progress ddRRealtime, which the company developed to extend the clinical capability of its installed fleet of direct digital radiography systems. The technology delivers high-resolution digital radiographs at near-fluoroscopic frame rates, enabling rapid skeletal surveys as well as joint motion and other kinematic studies. Key features include 15 images per second, high-resolution digital radiography, CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) technology, and 12-bit digital output.
Canon Medical Systems
A division of Canon USA, Canon Medical provides flat-panel DR systems for general radiographic applications. New products include portable and mobile DR systems for bedside applications.
CMT Medical Technologies
The Israeli company specializes in low-cost solutions for x-ray applications. Including all its products in radiography/fluoroscopy, angio, and radiography, CMT claims more than 2000 clinical installations worldwide.
Through the years, the Kodak name has been associated with both consumer photography and medical imaging. Today, the company's Health Imaging Group is a world leader in developing, manufacturing, and marketing advanced imaging products ranging from analog to digital.
Edge Medical Devices
Edge manufactures a series of flat-panel digital x-ray detectors used to upgrade screen-film systems to DR. SMART (scanned matrix array readout technology) is the cornerstone of a product portfolio populated by economically priced DR equipment. Digital detector products in single- and dual-digital bucky configurations are available through dealers and OEM sales channels.
Ferrania Imaging Technologies
The privately owned Italian company is jockeying for position as a global provider of PACS and digital radiography.
Fujifilm Medical Systems
Active in film as well as the digital environment, Fujifilm Medical Systems has migrated expertise from its photo film division to digital image analysis, evaluation, and processing. Its concept of image intelligence has evolved into image processing technologies that maximize the use of Fuji CR products.
GE Medical Systems
Advances in digital technologies have created new opportunities for the detection of lung cancer. GE Medical sought to capitalize on these opportunities with software developments affecting its Revolution XR/d platform.
Hologic has changed its focus in recent months to concentrate more on women's healthcare. The company continues to work on DR technology, however.
The company offers digital image acquisition, processing, and review solutions for DR, as well as x-ray fluoroscopy, angiography, and cardiac cath. Systems can be used either as retrofits to update existing rooms or in new or refurbished rooms.
Orex Computed Radiography
Orex develops desktop distributed CR systems that provide image acquisition, processing, and display. The company also offers a connectivity solution that includes a comprehensive suite of software applications.
Philips Medical Systems
Film-based and digital systems offer a range of price points and capabilities in Philips' radiography portfolio.
Siemens Medical Solutions
Automation is a key component in Siemens' attempts to improve efficiency.
Swissray helped pioneer DR with its CCD-based direct digital radiography systems. The company prepared to expand its digital capabilities with a work-in-progress CMOS detector capable of generating 15 high-resolution radiographs per second.
Toshiba America Medical Systems
Seeking a middle ground between conventional and digital imaging, Toshiba ventured a new platform for general radiography systems that supports both types of configurations.