Fujifilm Medical inks 10-year digital X-ray contract with US Navy

by John R. Fischer, Senior Reporter | August 27, 2021
Fujifilm will install its clinical DR X-ray room systems on 34 naval ships, including the USS Ft. Lauderdale in Mississippi pictured here(photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy)
Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. will soon be casting its digital radiography systems out to sea on U.S. naval ships through a new 10-year sole source contract signed with the U.S. Navy and Defense Logistics Agency.

The diagnostic imaging and medical informatics provider will outfit these vessels with its clinical DR X-ray room systems, which include next-generation detector technology and a high quality compact floor mounted room, along with advanced features.

The first system is set to be installed on one of the ships later this year. “Our state-of-the-art digital X-ray rooms capture high-resolution, sharp images within seconds and at a gentle low dose that keeps both the patient and the individuals performing the exams safe. Our latest floor-mounted systems are streamlined and compact to nicely accommodate limited spaces, while providing fast, easy positioning flexibility to help ensure accuracy and patient comfort for every exam,” Lou Cavallaro, director of government business sales at FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc., told HCB News.

Fujifilm’s fixed Digital Radiographic Suites are designed to offer real-time imaging and reduce waiting times. They are equipped with a smart touch screen display at the X-ray tube head that clinicians can use to adjust the exam parameters to ensure patients are properly positioned. They also have a compact-designed generator; a heavy duty 800 lb patient weight table; a compact upright chest stand; and Fujifilm’s D-EVO II detectors with patented dose saving capture technologies. The entire system is integrated with Fujifilm’s FDX Console advanced acquisition workstation, which offers automatic features to simplify workflow, reduce dose delivery and generate quality images.

The contract includes installations on 34 naval ships, a combination of new builds and active fleets. The rooms will feature complete space-saving floor-mounted digital X-ray suites, says Fujifilm.

The company won the contract with the navy following a two-year evaluation that compared its DR technology to that of competitors on the basis of functionality, adaptability, service support infrastructure and cybersecurity compliance.

It previously, in 2017, obtained a 10-year DOD Digital Imaging Network-PACS (DIN-PACS) IV agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs for a maximum value of $768 million. That contract oversaw the installation of the company’s entire Synapse enterprise imaging portfolio at U.S. government healthcare facilities. It also previously scored a 10-year Joint DLA/VA Radiology and Imaging Systems contract with the Defense Logistics Agency and the VA.

In June, Fujifilm launched its Persona RF PREMIUM, a multi-use system, capable of imaging in real time skeletal, digestive, urinary, respiratory, and reproductive systems; and specific organs including the heart, lung, and kidneys. It is designed for hospitals and medical centers of all sizes.

Regarding the use of its systems aboard the naval ships, Cavallaro says they will most likely play a large role in assessing orthopedic, occupational and repetitive stress injuries. “We expect that the U.S. Navy will use our leading edge clinical digital radiography (DR) X-ray room systems to assess sprains and strains, torn muscles and ligaments, and of course broken bone injuries that could take place. Unfortunately, these injuries can occur quite often on a ship, and are common from moving and hauling heavy equipment, and even harsh weather conditions tossing equipment into personnel.”

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