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

Shimadzu is in the process of launching the RadSpeed Fit, a small fixed room designed for the high-end urgent care market.

The patient table of the RadSpeed Fit has an integrated tube arm and generator, and there is a wall stand for upright exams. A small console mounts to the wall or floor stand to control the exposures and the system uses a 14-inch-by-17-inch flat panel detector.

“You don’t have to do anything special to the room,” said Frank Serrao, marketing manager for Shimadzu.

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The system comes with either a 32-kilowat generator with single phase power or a 56-kilowat generator with three-phase power.

Siemens Healthineers
Based on changes in the healthcare market and in response to concerns over cybersecurity and the 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack that impacted healthcare organizations, Siemens Healthineers recently released new VF 10 software for the company’s Luminos Agile Max and Luminos dRF Max fluoroscopy systems, its Multitom Rax twin robotic X-ray system and the Ysio Max digital radiography system.

“Any of these systems leaving the factory are at a software level hardened for cyber security,” said Joe D’Antonio, director of radiography, fluoroscopy, mobile and twin robotic X-ray products for Siemens Healthineers in the United States.

The upgrade brings the operating system from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and includes whitelisting, the ability for the system to check for approved software that is allowed to run on the device. Updates to the whitelist are done regularly.

“Anything not on the list is unable to run on the systems,” D’Antonio explained. “For example, if someone connects a USB drive and tries to install software, it is blocked.”

There is also hard drive encryption allowing only authorized users to access data and locking down the system if someone were to take the device or attempt to hack into it.

“Siemens Healthineers is taking a substantial step forward related to enabling our systems, wherever possible, to support our customers’ strategies toward safeguarding patient health information, and to fix potential vulnerabilities on their equipment,” D’Antonio said.

Source-Ray is also targeting the urgent care market with its UC-5000, a new high-frequency mobile digital X-Ray system specifically designed for the segment.

Source-Ray UC5000
“While the system is not portable, it is mobile,” said John Schaumburg, director of business development for Source-Ray. “This allows it to be moved from room to room without requiring a high-voltage outlet and the dedicated lead-lined X-Ray room necessary with a fixed system. The system was designed to be utilized in an existing patient exam room, eliminating this dedicated X-Ray room, thereby significantly reducing overhead.”

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