Technology | November 30, 2010

Wireless Digital Detector Maintains Image Quality at Low Dose

November 30, 2010 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given 510(k) clearance to a new wireless, digital X-ray detector. The FlashPad, by GE Healthcare, provides up to 8 percent more coverage and maintains high image quality at low dose levels.

It can be used in all routine radiography exams and specialty areas, including pediatric work, intensive care and trauma, and other applications where conventional screen film may be used.

“FlashPad is a byproduct of direct customer feedback on the challenges facing radiology departments all over the world,” said Anne LeGrand, vice president and general manager of X-ray for GE Healthcare. “For the patient, this new solution from GE allows for improved access to critical X-ray technology and for customers, this innovation is a great way for any radiography department to go digital today with an affordable investment which answers the growing demand for advanced applications.”

Among the advanced applications that can be performed using FlashPad:

• VolumeRAD – The company’s version of digital tomosynthesis for radiography removes overlaying and underlying structures, which improves the detection of lesions and enhances sensitivity. It provides physicians multiple high-resolution slice images using an X-ray system.

• Dual Energy Subtraction – The digital X-ray application eliminates overlying bone obstruction from chest or abdominal images.

For more information: www.gehealthcare.com

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