Technology | August 12, 2014

Agfa Launches Retrofit to Upgrade GE AMX Mobile X-Ray Systems to Digital

DX-D Mobile Retrofit technology enables cost-effective upgrade of existing GE AMX 4 and 4 Plus mobile X-ray systems to DR

August 12, 2014 — Agfa HealthCare announced the North American launch of its DX-D Mobile Retrofit solution that will allow hospitals an easy and affordable way to upgrade existing GE AMX 4 and 4 plus mobile X-ray systems to digital radiography (DR).

Unveiled during the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) 2014 annual meeting, the DX-D Mobile Retrofit allows healthcare facilities using mobile X-ray systems to maximize the use of their existing equipment by upgrading to DR instead of undergoing the process of replacing GE AMX analog units with DR units.

The solution includes the choice of Agfa HealthCare’s wireless, cesium iodide (CsI) DX-D 30C or DX-D 35C detector, the mobile retrofit box, an all-in-one PC with intuitive Musica workflow, and Agfa HealthCare’s patented Musica image processing software.

“We’re excited to add a GE AMX Retrofit solution to our robust set of DR products, which also includes our premier retrofit product, the DX-D Retrofit, to convert X-ray rooms to digital,” said Ueli Laupper, DR business director, Agfa HealthCare North America. “This product is designed to bring the same easy and affordable upgrade benefits of the DX-D Retrofit to GE AMX customers so that they can fully transition all of their X-ray technologies from CR [computed radiography] to DR.”

The DX-D Mobile Retrofit for the GE AMX provides all of the benefits of DR in a mobile solution. The radiologist is able to view the X-ray image seconds after the exposure is made, eliminating the need for time-consuming processing of medical screen film cassettes. X-ray images taken with the newly installed DR systems are immediately available for review and can easily be transferred and stored to the patient’s EHR (electronic health record).

The installation of the Agfa HealthCare Retrofit solution for the GE AMX connects to the hand-switch connector, posing no risk to the mobile X-ray modality. The independent battery power supply for the components offers approximately four hours of autonomy, and the wireless panels can be shared with other fixed or mobile Agfa HealthCare DR solutions, for additional cost savings.

“For hospitals that want to upgrade a set of mobile X-ray units from analog to DR, the costs to purchase, install and train staff on new units can be overwhelming,” said Laupper. “The Retrofit solution for the GE AMX is able to noninvasively upgrade a mobile unit without changing the existing functionality. Because of this, installation is fast, cost-effective, and very little training on new features is necessary. Hospitals can be up and running with their new mobile DR units in a short timeframe.”

In addition, the patented Musica image processing software is automatically installed with each system to provide consistent image quality and excellent contrast detail. Musica automatically optimizes images to achieve greater details.

For more information: www.agfa.com

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