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Integrated Portable X-ray/CR System

Eastman Kodak Co (Rochester, NY) has announced the Point-of-Care CR-ITX 560 system, an integrated portable x-ray/CR system for mobile applications. Compact in design, the system provides efficient workflow and productivity for facilities in need of responsive bedside imaging, including intensive care units, clinics, nursing homes, and hospitals of all sizes. After scanning, the system?s touch-screen monitor displays images in about 38 seconds. Its HIS/RIS compatibility means that patient information is automatically?and correctly?entered into the record system. Users also can choose to integrate the command and navigation options onto a single screen.

Web: ? www.kodak.com/go/health
Phone: (800) 328-2910

51-inch Cassette for Orthopedic Imaging

Konica Minolta Medical Imaging (Wayne, NJ) recently introduced its 51-inch cassette assembly for use in orthopedic imaging. The 14- x 51-inch cassette can provide digital captures of the full leg or full spine of patients taller than 6 feet 6 inches?with a single exposure. The extra-long cassette works by overlapping three CR plates, which, after imaging, are inserted onto 51-inch cassettes for scanning by the CR reader. Designed for use with the Xpress and IQue CR systems, the images captured by the cassettes can be turned into a composite by Konica Minolta?s stitching software. The company also offers a wall-mounted cassette holder of the same length. As with the company?s 42-inch cassette, the 51-inch cassette features a built-in grid with a 10:1 ratio, 178 line pair per inch, and a focal distance between 60 and 90 inches.

Web: ? www.medical.konicaminolta.us
Phone: (973) 633-1500

Premium 2D and 3D Ultrasound System

Now available from Medison America Inc (Cypress, Calif) is the SonoAce X4, a black-and-white ultrasound system. The SonoAce features full-spectrum imaging, synthetic aperture, tissue harmonic imaging, a high dynamic range of 150 dB, freehand 3D and 3D multiplanar imaging, quick scan times, post gain control, and high-resolution zoom. All four wheels swivel, and the system features front and rear handles as well as integrated storage shelves. User benefits include a silent fan, intelligent grouping keys, and four probe holders. Data-management features include a CD R/W drive, DICOM compatibility, four USB ports, and Flash memory.

Web: ? www.medisonusa.com
Phone: (800) 829-SONO

Compact Color and Hybrid Printers

Sony Medical Systems (Park Ridge, NJ) has added a selection of advanced printers to its family. First is the UP-D77MD (above left), a color 8- x 10-inch DICOM printer designed for printing such studies as PET/CT and 3D CT. Next are the UP-990AD (below left) and the UP-970AD, two hybrid printers that support full-page monochrome printing for such applications as mobile C-arm, ultrasound, and cardiac catheterization. The UP printers provide both analog and digital connectivity. Also, Sony now offers the Certified Professional Repair Facility program, through which Sony will provide on-site printer servicing of the FilmStation system for 1 year following the purchase date.

Web: ? www.sony.com/medical
Phone: (800) 686-SONY

Nuclear Cardiology Scanner

New from Spectrum Dynamics Ltd (Orangeburg, NY) is the D-SPECT nuclear cardiology system, now featuring BroadView imaging technology. This technology provides improved resolution by collecting photons using larger angles to acquire patient data up to 10 times faster than a conventional system with twice the resolution, the company claims. A dedicated rapid camera for functional dynamic imaging of myocardial perfusion and absolute blood-flow measurements, the D-SPECT offers a reduction in radiation dose by using a lower dose of radiopharmaceutical without sacrificing image quality. It also offers simultaneous imaging of a combination of radiopharmaceuticals for an ultrafast simultaneous dual-isotope stress/rest study. Spectrum Dynamics expects FDA 510(k) approval on the D-SPECT this summer.

Web: ? www.spectrum-dynamics.com
Phone: (925) 831-0515