Aquilion PRIME CT from Toshiba

The Food and Drug Administration has cleared the Aquilion PRIME CT system from Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc, Tustin, Calif. The CT system offers double-slice technology and the coneXact reconstruction algorithm, originally designed for Aquilion ONE. The system can generate 160 unique slices per rotation, enhancing MPR and 3D-rendered images. The Aquilion PRIME was designed for health care facilities that need to perform a wide variety of advanced clinical examinations and produce high-quality clinical images with reduced radiation exposure. The Aquilion PRIME features an 80-row, 0.5 mm detector; a 7.5 MHU large-capacity tube; and 0.35-second scanning. The high-speed rotation allows rapid data acquisition and shortens scan times, while the fast reconstruction unit improves throughput. The system also features a 78 cm aperture gantry. (800) 421-1968

DR Detectors from Canon

The Canon CXDI-80C Wireless Digital Radiography (DR) Detector, along with the CXDI-501 Series DR Detectors, from Canon USA Inc, Lake Success, NY, have received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration. The CXDI-80C DR Detector features a lightweight body design with an imaging area of approximately 11″ x 14″ in size, compatible with standard size Bucky trays. The detector weighs 5.1 pounds and incorporates a 6.1-megapixel image sensor with a pixel pitch of 125 microns and a cesium iodide (CsI) scintillator. The CXDI-80C Wireless DR Detector also produces up to approximately 140 images on a fully charged battery. The CXDI-501C and CXDI-501G DR Detectors feature an approximately 14″ x 17″ imaging area, and each weighs approximately 6.8 pounds. The two detectors also incorporate an approximately 9.5 million megapixel image sensor with a pixel pitch of 125 microns and offer a CsI or gadolinium oxysulfide (GSO) scintillator. (516) 328-5000

Wolf Fold-Down Wall Desk from Wolf X-Ray Corp

Wolf X-Ray Corp, Deer Park, NY, introduces the Wolf Fold-Down Wall Desk for use in medical offices. The new Wall Desk is suited for limited office space and mounts to the wall. When folded up, it looks like a compact, shallow cabinet. Pull the front panel down and you have a sturdy work area for writing, updating charts, or accessing a laptop. A handy pocket holds files and records. Strong magnets keep the door closed, and a lock and key are also provided for extra security. The unit measures 20″ wide, 16 1/2 ” tall, and 3 3/8″ deep, and can hold up to 50 pounds. (800) 356-9729

Xpress CR Digital Mammography Upgrade from Konica Minolta

The US Food and Drug Administration has cleared the Xpress CR Digital Mammography upgrade from Konica Minolta Medical Imaging USA, Wayne, NJ. The clearance specifically applies to the company’s CP1M 18 x 24 and 24 x 30 cassettes and the use of the CS 3 control station with the REGIUS 190 and 210 readers. By intelligently recognizing cassette types, the Xpress CR system delivers digital imaging solutions for both general radiography and mammography applications with one solution. The Xpress CR Digital Mammography upgrade provides reliable high-quality images with an advanced phosphor receptor, cesium bromide (CsBr), which delivers a high level of detective quantum efficiency. At the heart of this mammography upgrade solution is Konica Minolta’s exclusive high resolution 43.75 mm pixel size. This resolution combined with advanced mammography image processing algorithms and specially designed CR Mammography cassettes and plates deliver consistent image quality. (800) 934-1034

Ultrasound Systems from Analogic Corp

Analogic Corp, Peabody, Mass, has launched three BK Medical ultrasound systems, the Pro Focus UltraView 800 (pictured), the Flex Focus 800, and the Flex Focus 500, each incorporating the Quantum Technology. New features and advances from Quantum Technology provide clinicians with a faster and easier way to maximize ultrasound performance in urology, surgery, general imaging, and anesthesiology. Quantum Technology offers image quality enhancements including improved contrast resolution, as well as new gray scale maps and new image pre-sets, making it easier and quicker to obtain the highest quality images. In addition, the new technology includes a unique Vector Flow Imaging mode, enabling angle independent visualization of blood flow, and an advanced color Doppler mode, enabling superb spatial resolution. The UltraView 800 and Flex Focus 800 are ideally suited for surgery, including robotic-assisted surgery, general imaging, and high-end urology imaging. The UltraView 800 system also has contrast imaging capabilities, and both the UltraView 800 and Flex Focus 800 systems have a HistoScanning ready option. The Flex Focus 500 is the mid-range system in the BK Medical family incorporating Quantum Technology. (978) 326-4000

Fabric Engine

Fabric Engine, from the Montreal-based company of the same name, is a high-performance multithreading engine for browsers that integrates with dynamic languages like JavaScript and Python. It can run on the server or in the browser as a plug-in, and can be used in any industry that needs high-performance computing in the browser. For the medical imaging world, this means that programmers within a medical facility (as opposed to third-party software vendors) can use Fabric Engine to develop solutions for medical imaging using only their knowledge of the programming language JavaScript, for example. This represents a vast departure from the current approach of purchasing, installing, and supporting medical imaging applications across enterprises or hiring C++ programmers who are often in high demand. What’s more, because it uses dynamic languages and not compiled code, iteration times for tool development are greatly reduced, saving medical facilities even more time and money.

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