Carestream Health Inc., of Rochester, N.Y., today announced the industry’s first wireless DR detector that is the size of a standard cassette and can be used with existing wall stand or table-based Buckys.

Currently a work in progress, the CARESTREAM DRX-1 System is expected to be available during the first quarter of 2009.

The system incorporates a console and a wireless 14 x 17 inch cassette-size digital radiography detector that provides a rapid, affordable conversion for users of radiographic film or computed radiography systems. It requires no modifications to existing analog equipment. Moreover, healthcare facilities can use one detector for nearly all types of exams where a traditional cassette would be used.

According to Carestream, the DRX-1 system delivers high-quality preview images in under five seconds. The detector weighs 8.5 pounds and is up to 30 percent lighter and up to 50 percent smaller than other portable detectors.