Technology | June 24, 2013

FDA Clears Carestream’s New Technology for Low-Dose Pediatric X-Rays

Small format digital radiography detector also offers significant advantages for orthopaedic and general radiology X-ray images

Carestream DRX 2530C Low-Dose Pediatric X-Rays Digital Radiography

June 24, 2013 — Carestream Health announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for a new wireless digital radiography (DR) detector designed to offer high quality, low-dose X-ray exams for pediatric, orthopaedic and general radiology applications. 

“This smaller detector can enhance patient care for premature babies and infants in the pediatric ICU. It can fit into a tray located underneath an incubator, so technologists can obtain the images needed to monitor the condition of these fragile babies without moving them — which is an important benefit,” said Helen Titus, Carestream’s worldwide X-ray solutions marketing director.

She added that hospitals can also use the new detector to capture extremity and other general radiography exams. Its smaller size (25 cm x 30 cm) and high DQE (detective quantum efficiency) can lead to lower dose than computed radiography cassettes or gadolinium scintillator detectors.

In orthopaedic and general radiographic imaging, its smaller size and light weight aids in positioning for tabletop exams such as knee, elbow, skull and other exams that may require a patient to hold the detector or require a smaller field of view.

Like Carestream’s DRX-1 and DRX-1C detectors, the new DRX 2530C detector can be used with any member of the DRX family of room-based and mobile imaging systems. This flexibility is part of Carestream’s commitment to enhance productivity and maximize each healthcare provider’s investment in imaging technology.

“The new DRX 2530C detector addressed a need voiced by healthcare providers worldwide for a smaller detector that could deliver important imaging advantages in pediatric and orthopaedic environments,” said Diana L. Nole, president, Digital Medical Solutions, Carestream. “We will continue to expand our highly rated DRX imaging systems with new capabilities that address the patient care requirements of imaging services providers and their patients.”

Carestream also offers advanced image processing software that is used to optimize image quality for pediatric patients. The software includes seven patient sizes as specified by FDA guidelines for pediatric exams.

For more information: www.carestream.com

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