Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | November 10, 2015

Agfa introduces DR 600 High-productivity X-ray Room at RSNA 2015

Digital radiography system includes ZeroForce movement technology, choice of tethered and wireless detectors, and Full Leg Full Spine scanning

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November 10, 2015 — Agfa HealthCare announced that it will introduce the new DR 600 multi-detector, high-productivity, high-throughput digital radiography (DR) solution at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015 annual meeting, being held Nov. 29-Dec. 4 in Chicago. 

Fully automated, the DR 600 streamlines workflow, increases throughput and enhances the experience of patients and operators alike, even in the busiest imaging environments. Full automation, auto-positioning and auto-tracking allow light, fast and easy operation.

The ZeroForce Technology enables manual movement of the tube head in all directions quickly and with almost zero effort. The MUSICA workflow provides immediate previews that reduce time between exposures and thus deliver a higher rate of throughput. The result is a lower cost per exam and faster patient throughput.

The DR 600 includes an innovative tube head design with a touch-screen control panel featuring a preview image and an integrated soft console on the MUSICA viewing station. A broad range of customizable options are available.

The direct image capture capabilities and versatile panel formats allow many different configurations. Each hospital can design the room it needs and migrate to direct radiography seamlessly — whether immediately implementing a full DR solution, or a cassette-based computed radiography (CR) solution that can then evolve to cassette-less DR when the hospital is ready.

The DR 600 comes with Agfa HealthCare's MUSICA image processing software, an intelligent and automated digital radiography image processing software for consistently reliable, high-quality image visualization. Exam-independent, MUSICA automatically analyzes the characteristics of each image and optimizes processing parameters - independent of user input and dose deviations. As a result, minimal re- or post-processing is required.

The system comes with a choice of fixed, tethered or wireless detectors, with cesium iodide (CsI) or gadolinium oxy-sulphide (GOS) technology. The high image quality of the CsI offers the potential for significant patient dose reduction, with faster availability of images that speeds up workflow and reduces patient waiting times.

With Automatic Exposure Control offering high-speed accuracy and collimators with a Dose Area Product meter, the DR 600 can optimize and automatically report doses. Short exposures offered by new dose-sensing technology keep dose measurement accurate to the millisecond.

The fully motorized wall bucky has vertical tracking with the tube, offering the option of DR Full Leg Full Spine (FLFS) with EasyStitch technology. Based on fully automated single focus technology, EasyStitch minimizes distortions. Angular tracking is available for dedicated exams, while motorized movement of the wall stand and tube head provides accurate stitching capabilities, for high precision in images. An optional table overlay allows you to perform FLFS right on the table.

The DR 600 is still pending clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

For more information: www.agfahealthcare.com

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