Special report: Testing equipment

by Lauren Dubinsky, Senior Reporter | May 30, 2014
From the May 2014 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine


“We don’t have any of those issues — you just put the sensor in the beam, walk away, press the X-ray button and get a measurement on your base unit that you can see immediately,” says Fitzgerald.

It also requires no settings. Other systems require that the engineer selects what X-ray machine they are measuring on, what measurements they plan on taking and what target filter combination they are planning on using.


The X2 Prestige automatically has all the information so all the engineer has to do is put the sensor on the beam and let the device do the rest. RaySafe calls that feature Active Compensation and essentially all of the detectors hold the information within them in order to allow them to make accurate measurements.

“What we try to do is put all of the smarts inside of the device so that way it’s super easy to use on the outside of the device,” says Fitzgerald.

Not the only product in town
The Accu-Gold+ and Rapid-Gold+ are Radcal’s next generation of non-invasive diagnostic X-ray meters and multisensors. The Accu-Gold+ is mostly for medical physicists who need ion chamber and solid state sensors and the Rapid-Gold+ is for service people who only need the solid state sensors.

Unlike the X2 Prestige, these two products go directly from the digitizer to the computer, which Radcal thinks is an advantage. The X2 Prestige brings the information into the device and processes it, but in order to generate a report, it needs to be connected to a computer.

“Our theory is — ‘well let’s just go directly to the computer to cut out the middle man, more or less,’” says Patrick Pyers, vice president of sales, marketing and business development at Radcal.

One of the unique things about the Accu- Gold+ Multisensors is that they are the smallest footprint solid-state sensor on the market, according to Radcal. It’s been reduced to one-third its original size because of improved stacked sensor technology.

The small size is a big help when trying to get an image from an image intensifier. “If you put a large sensor in there, it’s going to think there’s a hand in there and the machine automatically adjusts the output, which is not the true, real output you want,” says Pyers. “You want to be as invisible as possible.”

Banding together
In early February, Fluke Biomedical announced that they were acquiring Unfors RaySafe. The acquisition is meant to add an array of diagnostic X-ray quality assurance devices to Fluke’s product offering and to provide customers with a robust testing equipment portfolio.

“Customers are the biggest winner,” says Eric Conley, the general manager of Fluke Biomedical. “The combination of Fluke Biomedical and RaySafe gives customers one partner who can deliver a broad, high quality set of solutions, and who will continue to focus on innovation for the long term.”

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