Samsung announces that the U.S. FDA has cleared its new image post-processing engine, the S-Vue 3.02, which is marketed to deliver lower radiation doses. Specifically, the technology employs a noise-reduction algorithm that allows devices to produce the same image quality using lower radiation doses in pediatric patients. Image evaluations on devices using S-Vue demonstrated that they reduced x-ray dose up to 45% for pediatric abdomen exams, 15.5% for pediatric chest exams, and up to 27% for pediatric skull exams as compared with the previous IPE on the same x-ray systems.

Samsung’s digital radiography (DR) machine—including GC85A and GM85—incorporate Samsung’s S-Vue 3.02, which provides spatially adaptive multi-scale processing and advanced de-noising technology, delivering quality images with a fraction of the dose.

“Findings of our clinical trial showed that use of Samsung’s S-Vue for pediatric chest images resulted in an overall image quality that was uncompromised even at a significantly reduced radiation exposure,” notes Susan John, MD, professor and chair, diagnostic and interventional imaging at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. “The reduction in radiation dose potentially enables repeat radiographs for better follow-up in patients from infancy into adulthood, while assisting us in confident diagnosis.”

“Constantly working to lower dose exposure is a top priority for radiologists and healthcare professionals, and Samsung’s ability to offer dose reduction across its suite of DR machines represents another breakthrough in medical imaging technology,” adds David Legg, vice president, head of ultrasound and digital radiography business, at NeuroLogica, the healthcare subsidiary of Samsung Electronics.

Samsung is aiming to lower dose exposure in x-ray systems to push ALARA efforts to the next level for healthcare professionals. Claims are based on limited phantom and clinical study results. Only routine PA chest radiography and abdominal radiography for average adults and pediatric abdominal, chest, skull radiography were studied, excluding pediatric patients under 1 month old.

Featured image: Chest PA Comparison Images (Left: 120 kVp / 1.68 mAs / 16.7 ?Sv / BMI 25.6, Right: 120 kVp / 0.82 mAs / 8.05 ?Sv / BMI 25.6)Seungho Lee, Semin Chong/ Chung-Ang University (CAU) Hospital.