Lighter, sturdier and wireless: What’s new in X-ray detectors

by Lisa Chamoff, Contributing Reporter | November 13, 2017
Digital Radiography X-Ray
From the November 2017 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

Radmedix's Acuity
DR detector

RadmediX recently began offering its Acuity 10-inch-by-12-inch Cesium Iodide and Gadolinium Oxysulfide wireless DR detectors.

The detectors weigh just over four pounds and are 76 microns, with the highest resolution and lowest pixel pitch of any 10x12 detector, says Matt Chrisovergis, an operating partner at RadmediX.

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“The resolution is phenomenal,” Chrisovergis says. “Most mammography panels have a very low pixel pitch. This theory is already supported in the general mammography market.”

The panels come with what Chrisovergis says is the industry’s first wireless charging system, similar to the Apple iPhone X released Nov. 3.

“In a busy environment, you only have a certain number of batteries,” Chrisovergis says. “In-between patients you can dock it on the wireless charging station. Everyone else’s detectors have to charge the battery itself. In our application, you can charge the detector itself as well as the additional battery. You don't have to be constantly mindful of your battery’s remaining charge life."

Users can also press a button to show LED battery life without turning on the panel or software.

The detectors also come with Smart Switch technology, which gives the panel the ability to communicate with multiple workstations, such as a desktop workstation or a tablet.

“If somebody wanted to take [the] same detector and do neonatal work from a standard rad room, they could switch the channel on the panel and allow it to communicate on a portable tablet,” Chrisovergis says.

RadmediX’s main market for the 10-inch-by-12-inch detector is orthopedic surgeons who specialize in treating extremities, such as hands, podiatrists and neonatal specialists who require imaging of fine detail.

The Rayence
C-Series of detectors

At this year’s RSNA, Rayence will be showing off its new C-Series Cesium Iodide and Gadolinium Oxysulfide wireless detectors with a 140-micron pixel size that company representatives say uses less radiation dose without sacrificing image quality.

“What that allows us to do is to be more dose efficient,” says Bill Nicholas, director of corporate marketing and communications at Rayence. “With the lower dose that the detector requires, we are not sacrificing image quality.”

The detectors also come with tapered, recessed edges and a backing that allows for easier handling. Similar detectors released last year at RSNA had the same design but a 127-micron pixel size.

The company's primary market is outpatient imaging services including orthopedists, chiropractors, podiatrists and urgent care facilities.

“Minimizing dose is always something that’s key,” Nicholas said. “We knew we had to move in that direction.”

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