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X-Series from Imaging Dynamics Co

Representing digital alternatives to traditional film-based x-ray, the new IDC X-Series CCD-based imaging detectors, from Canada-based Imaging Dynamics Company Ltd, were developed to become viable options for all levels of health care, from large medical hospitals through small clinics. The popular IDC 2200, now offered with X3C or X4C imaging, shows numerous advances, such as higher sensitivity and amplified dynamic range. With antiblooming functionality, better image quality is produced, along with reduced distortion and less noise. Additionally, the system features lateral overflow drain that eliminates saturation artifacts and enhanced soft tissue imaging without comprising bone detail. Awarded the Frost & Sullivan North American Technology Innovation of the Year award, IDC’s latest solution represents the company’s emphasis on low dose, high image quality, and product affordability. Applications of the new X-series include orthopedic, chiropractic, veterinary and mobile markets, as facilities make the transition to digital x-ray.

(866) 975-6737

Unity SpeedSuite from Fuji

As the newest Fuji DR system, the Unity SpeedSuite, from FUJIFILM Medical Systems USA Inc, Stamford, Conn, offers productivity enhancements that allow health care providers to perform multiple exams with only one DR detector. Designed for maximum clinical flexibility, Unity SpeedSuite performs a broad range of general radiographic exams, including table-based and upright procedures, and can be used in many clinical environments, such as general radiography, emergency departments, dedicated chest rooms, and outpatient care facilities. The digital x-ray system is fully motorized, and with its smart U-Arm design, it fosters hassle-free exams and easy patient positioning. Other features include a wireless handheld remote, customizable settings, and Fujifilm’s IIP technologist workstation, which speeds workflow and provides image-processing tools. Also offered is SpeedLink X-ray Control Software, an intelligent interface between the IIP and the x-ray generator. All features are available in one package, making for a cost-effective solution that eliminates workflow steps.

(800) 431-1850

Body Angel from FOGALE

Branching out from the automotive, defense, aeronautics, and nuclear industries, France-based FOGALE nanotech, a manufacturer of high-accuracy dimensional sensors and systems, has introduced an anticollision sensor for medical imaging equipment. The Body Angel features 3D contouring functions for boosted performance. Geared toward easy integration with a variety of machines, including vascular and radiology equipment, the Body Angel system boasts adaptable sensor shapes, transparency to x-rays, easy communication with an external CPU, and anticollision safety function. It also has the capability for simultaneously performing 3D contouring of patients. Included in the line are three kinds of sensors: the Body Angel Ring, which performs front detection; the Body Angel Side for side detection; and the Body Angel Antenna, an x-ray-transparent sensor. All sensors can be integrated onto existing devices without modifying design or external aspects.

(310) 348-2974

AVT from Barco

Medical imaging innovator Barco, Duluth, Ga, has debuted a new advanced visualization solution called AVT, offering instant access to 3D. With a basic PC and a standard network connection or broadband service, AVT allows physicians to read volumetric studies anywhere, at any time, making the diagnostic process faster and more flexible. The thin-client technology is based on a fully scalable, high-performance server architecture that employs state-of-the-art graphics processing. With image distribution capabilities that supply full functionality over low bandwidth, the AVT is designed to bring about smooth distribution of advanced visualization accessed throughout the hospital, in a remote office, or in a laptop at home. The AVT can integrate with major PACS solutions, and any changes made on one platform are automatically updated in the other. As a result, 2D and 3D imaging become part of the same worklist. Additionally, AVT operates on off-the-shelf server technology and graphics cards that prevent users from being locked into expensive, proprietary hardware development cycles. The technology’s concurrent license system allows for maximum cost-effectiveness, according to Barco.

(678) 475-8000

ImagePilot CR System from Konica Minolta

Representing a new concept in digital radiography, the ImagePilot CR System from Konica Minolta, Wayne, NJ, was designed to provide physician clinics with an integrated digital imaging acquisition, review, and storage solution. By establishing a density value of the anatomy around a fixed bone density, image processing can be accomplished with one universal algorithm. As a user-friendly technology, the ImagePilot CR System eliminates the need for users to select and define algorithms for each body part and orientation. The system consists of an Imaging Station that can send DICOM images and support additional client stations, as well as a single-bay Nano CR Reader with serviceable features. The reader is equipped with a cassette release handle and optical unit sweeper, which can enhance the reader’s reliability and extend its lifetime. According to Konica Minolta, through the ImagePilot CR, any physician clinic performing more than eight diagnostic procedures per day can cost-effectively convert from film systems to high-quality digital.

(973) 633-1500

KittenScanner from Philips

Conceived as part of an initiative to provide a positive environment for patients, the KittenScanner from Philips Medical Systems, Andover, Mass, is a miniature version of a real CT scanner that is designed to relieve children’s anxiety before a procedure. In the waiting rooms of hospitals, such as Advocate Lutheran General Children’s Hospital in Chicago, The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in New Jersey, young patients choose from a selection of toys, place their desired toy on the exam table, and slide it into the Kitten Scan. Projected onto a flat-screen display, the interactive, educational resource tells a story about why the toy needs a scan and explains how the scan works. After playing with the KittenScanner, the youngster enters the exam room, where they activate another phase of the Ambient Experience. In the suite, which is illuminated by colorful lighting, an instructional animated cartoon teaches the child how to remain still and hold their breath during a scan.

(425) 487-7000