News | May 13, 2007

First Integrated Portable X-Ray Unit/Compact CR System Now Available

May 14, 2007 - The first integrated digital medical imaging system featuring a portable x-ray generator and computed radiography system pioneered by Carestream Health Inc. and Siemens Medical Solutions is now available in the U.S. and Europe.

More than a dozen customers have placed orders for the compact KODAK Point-of-Care CR-ITX 560 System since it began shipping to customers in May in the U.S., Canada and Europe. The system is scheduled for availability later this year in China and other countries.

The CR-ITX 560 system combines a CR reader and transportable x-ray unit in a single, self-contained package. The system is ideal for a wide range of healthcare facilities, including hospitals, trauma units, clinics and nursing homes where immediate capture and access to patient images at the point of care is a vital part diagnoses. Designed for convenience and ease of use, the CR-ITX 560 system delivers excellent image quality, accelerates clinical workflow and helps improve staff productivity.

“This affordable system provides greatly improved workflow and productivity. Not only does the CR-ITX 560 eliminate the need to carry cassettes to remote CR readers, it also enables technologists to verify image quality at the patient’s bedside,” said Michael Marsh, President, Digital Capture Solutions, Carestream Health.

Carestream Health worked with Siemens Medical Solutions to develop the unit, which combines a compact Carestream Health CR system with a Siemens portable x-ray system. The CR-ITX 560 unit features a shared user interface and power source. It processes up to 60 images an hour and supports multiple plate sizes. Images are available for review in just 38 seconds on the system’s touch screen monitor. The system can acquire up to 100 images on a single battery charge and has a storage capacity of 500 images.

The system has hospital information system/radiology information system (HIS/RIS) compatibility so that worklists containing patient identification and image study requests can be downloaded and used offline while the system is on the move. The CR-ITX 560 supports DICOM Store and DICOM Print capabilities and uses a standard network outlet for communication. In addition, it can operate over a wireless network connection through a WiFi adapter.

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