Carestream's New Radiography / Fluoroscopy Systems
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Carestream’s New Radiography / Fluoroscopy Systems

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Carestream Health has entered the radiography/ fluoroscopy (R/F) market with two systems that deliver high-quality, cost-effective imaging – the Carestream DRX-Excel and Carestream DRX-Excel Plus. These systems can enhance workflow and perform contrast exams using fluoroscopy that can be associated with a radiography image, in addition to specialized contrast procedures that record both fluoroscopy and radiography sequences and interventional procedures.

Carestream’s DRX-Excel systems are configured with a table and a tube in one system. An optional integrated flat panel detector produces high-resolution images for general radiography as well as fluoroscopic sequences. The DRXExcel platform also is available as a conventional R/F system that uses either CR cassettes or DRX-1 detectors with an image intensifier.

Jianqing Y Bennett, President, Digital Medical Solutions, Carestream says, “We are expanding our radiography leadership to include fluoroscopy, which is performed by many of the hospitals and imaging centers we serve. This is a natural extension for both our company and our customers, and enables healthcare providers to benefit from purchasing these systems from a single supplier with a strong reputation for outstanding service and support.”

Both DRX-Excel systems offer a source-to-image detector distance of 180 cm, an ergonomic design and the ability to select an image intensifier for fluoroscopy or use the optional flat panel detector. The DRX-Excel Plus has an elevating table that tilts for fluoroscopy exams and can be lowered or raised to provide flexible, comfortable imaging for patients. Table weight capacity is 265 Kg (584 pounds). The DRX-Excel has a fixed table with a weight limit of up to 200 Kg (440 pounds) and has the tilt capability for fluoroscopy exams.

Both systems feature productivity-enhancing capabilities including a positioning pedal that allows the operator to have their hands free—which is helpful for interventional exams—and a remote control that can move the table from anywhere in the room. Other options include integration of a Carestream DRX detector four-way float top table movement and the ability to stitch multiple images together for long-length exams.

These systems support Carestream’s X-Factor approach, which enables a DRX detector to be shared among an R/F room and other DRX mobile or room-based radiography or R/F systems. In the United States, only the DRX-Excel Plus model will be available. Both systems will be available in Europe, Asia, Latin America and other countries.

DRX Excel

DXR ExcelThe DRX-Excel System provides capabilities for both general radiography and Fluoroscopy exams in a single system. The system is also available in a choice of two models to match the needs and workflow:

  • A conventional configuration, utilising film or CR cassettes or our wireless DRX-Detector for radiology and an image intensifier for the fluoroscopy exam, or
  • A dRF configuration, with a single flat-panel digital detector for both RAD and fluoroscopy.

Features

  • Extensive SID capability exceeds competitors, acquiring images at any distance between110 cm to 180 cm
  • Table features a 200 kg weight capacity to accommodate heavier patients
  • +90/- 30 degree tilting to enable all exam types
  • Table offers the lowest fixed-table minimal height of 79 cm (31inches) in the industry making it accessible, even for wheelchair patients
  • Control system operation remotely or at patient’s side
  • Motorised movement of tube and column maximizes speed and convenience
  • Offered with either an Image Intensifier with high resolution CCD camera that maximizes image quality during fluoroscopy or a Flat Panel Detector that offers high image quality fluoroscopy and general radiology images
  • Auto positioning, as a function of extensive anatomical programmes, facilitates faster exam set-up times
  • Patient overage of 196 cm allows full exploration of even very tall individuals without repositioning
  • Relaxing ambient lighting and selectable music maximize patient comfort
  • DAP measurements allow tracking of the exact radiation dose received by each patient
  • Optional DRX-1 detector offers the power of the X-Factor and allows easy positioning for cross-table and weight-bearing exams
  • Four-way table movement for easier patient positioning
  • Image stitching station combines multiple images into one for easier reading of spine and lower-limb exams

DRX-Excel Plus

Fluoroscopy technology has been optimized specifically for large and mid-size hospitals and medical centers with the CARESTREAM DRX-ExcelDXR Excel Plus Plus System. It combines both fluoroscopy and general radiology capabilities in one compact unit. It also delivers accelerated workflow, high resolution images and a wide range of exams.

  • A conventional configuration, utilising film or CR cassettes or our wireless DRX-Detector for radiology and an image intensifier for the fluoroscopy exam
  • A dRF configuration, with a single flat-panel digital detector for both RAD and fluoroscopy

Features

  • Extensive SID capability exceeds competitors, acquiring images at any distance between 110 cm to 180 cm
  • Table features a 265 kg weight capacity with NO limitations on movements
  • +/- 90 degree tilting to enable all exam types
  • Table lowers to 48 cm (19 inches) making it easily accessible for wheelchair patients
  • Full system access from every side for easier patient transfer and exam versatility
  • Fully motorised, easy-to-use compression for abdominal and other exams
  • Control system operation remotely, or right at patient’s side
  • Motorised movement of tube and column maximizes speed and convenience
  • Offered with either an Image Intensifier* with high resolution CCD camera that maximises image quality during fluoroscopy or a Flat Panel Detector that offers high image quality for either fluoroscopy or general radiology images
  • Auto positioning, as a function of extensive anatomical programmes, facilitates faster exam set-up times
  • Patient overage of 201 cm allows full exploration of even very tall individuals without repositioning
  • Relaxing ambient lighting and selectable music maximize patient comfort
  • DAP measurements allow tracking of the exact radiation dose received by each patient
  • Optional DRX-1 detector offers the power of the X-Factor and allows easy positioning for cross-table and weight-bearing exams
  • Four-way table movement facilitates easier patient positioning
  • Image stitching station combines multiple images into one for easier reading of spine and lower-limb exams

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