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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

Managers are notified immediately about critical events related to the system, such as if an X-ray detector is dropped.

“These simple visualizations of often complex data enable users to make valuable decisions at a glance and deliver a better experience for patients,” Eisner said.

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20/⁠20 Imaging, a division of Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc., recently introduced MOMENTUM DR, a wireless DR flat panel detector designed for nursing homes and other non-⁠hospital or non-clinic sites.

MOMENTUM DR uses Konica Minolta’s AeroDR technology, with a built-⁠in lithium ion capacitor power cell that provides up to 4.1 hours of use on a 13-⁠minute charge, providing the ability to capture up to 150 digital X-rays, according to the company.

Because it doesn’t use batteries, the detector has a water-⁠resistant seal that the company says improves durability and lowers the cost.

The panel can be used for imaging patients up to 661 pounds while they are sitting, lying down or standing.

“Mobile X-⁠ray is a demanding imaging environment that requires durable and reliable solutions to deliver the high-⁠quality images that clinicians need to make better decisions, sooner,” said Susan Ott, sales administrator for mobile DR sales at 20/⁠20 Imaging, in a statement. “MOMENTUM DR is the ideal detector designed to withstand the rigor of daily use in a mobile imaging environment with a high capacity to help maximize patient outcomes, productivity and return on investment. As a hospital-⁠grade, durable panel that doesn't require battery rotation and replacement, longer charge times and warrantied for three years, MOMENTUM DR can increase uptime and help users image more patients in less time.”

Philips DXR ProxiDiagnost N90
Philips Healthcare
Philips received FDA clearance in March 2018 for its ProxiDiagnost N90 combination radiography and fluoroscopy system.

The system’s two-in-one capability optimizes room utilization and patient throughput, and is enabled by Philips low-dose grid-controlled fluoroscopy (GCF) and Dynamic UNIQUE image processing, said Stefan Mintert, senior portfolio manager for DXR at Philips. For pediatric examinations, for example, Philips GCF enables a dose rate reduction of up to 68 percent compared to pulse-controlled fluoroscopy (PCF), depending on patient type and clinical application.

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