Canon Inc. has announced it will enter the medical fluoroscopic device market with the development of a new portable flat-panel digital radiography system.

Crossing over to the dynamic imaging market, Canon has developed a compact, lightweight DR system capable of viewing moving images and capturing static X-ray images. The newly developed prototype enables standard static X-ray image capture of the chest area and extremities, and it also allows for X-ray fluoroscopy, which radiographers can use to observe dynamic images of internal organs for optimal timing in capturing static images.

The company says the new technology builds on the proven image quality and speed of the CXDI series for radiography.

Commercial release is slated for the latter half of 2009. The prototype version will be on display at Canon’s booth 8313 in the North Building at the upcoming meeting of the Radiological Society of North America in Chicago.