Rad rooms get more complex while detectors lighten up

by Lisa Chamoff, Contributing Reporter | November 19, 2018
From the November 2018 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

Canon Medical Systems
At this year’s RSNA, Canon Medical Systems is planning to announce an improved workflow for its Ultimax-i multipurpose X-ray and fluoroscopy room.

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Canon XR Ultimax-i
The workflow enhancements are designed to allow procedures to be done faster, with a lower radiation dose and image enhancements, said Jay Aboudjaoude, director for the X-ray business for Canon Medical Systems, which, up until a year ago, was part of the company’s vascular unit.

“The new enhancements we’re introducing are going to improve workflow compared to what is offered in the marketplace,” Aboudjaoude said. “We will continue to develop new enhancements to the system to make it easier to use.”

In July, Fujifilm released its FDR D-EVO Suite II with Auto-Stitching configuration. This mid-tier room is designed for use in radiology departments, the ED, and for trauma cases. It has the ability to acquire up to three images and combine them into one long-length image up to 48 inches long.

“This configuration is in high demand because of a combination of just the right mix of automated and manual features,” said Rob Fabrizio, director of strategic marketing, digital radiography and women’s health at FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc.

Fujifilm FDR D-EVO Suite II X-ray Room
Fabrizio noted that 70 percent of hospitals routinely perform long-length imaging, including for scoliosis and long-leg imaging exams.

“It is very common for hospitals to want that combination,” Fabrizio said. “Most of the time it’s only available in a more sophisticated room, a fully automated room. Our FDR D-EVO Suite is a more affordable high-volume general use room with this capability.”

In August, Fujifilm released its FDR ES detectors, which replaces the company’s previous generation of the original D-EVO detector it was selling for X-ray room retrofits.

The detector includes new configurations which lowers the cost for converting an X-ray room to DR, said Fabrizio.

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