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Fujifilm: Integrating Design Philosophy to Reduce Workflow Bottlenecks

Phanesh Atmuri
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Phanesh Atmuri, National Sales Manager “ DR & X-Ray, Fujifilm

Fujifilm consistently strives to refine its digital products based on the key ingredients of the design philosophy to make the work of health professionals more effective and efficient, shares Phanesh Atmuri, National Sales Manager “ DR & X-Ray, Fujifilm with Elets News Network (ENN)

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Fujifilm has always been on the forefront of technological innovations that improve the quality of lifestyle and health outcomes. With its pioneering spirit and expertise in imaging technologies, Fujifilm has developed various digital products that not only improves the image quality, but also reduces the workflow bottlenecks.

Understanding Design Philosophy of Fujifilm

All our digital products are centred around cost efficiency in long term, enhanced productivity, faster throughput and lesser user intervention. Our products and technologies are proven in clinical applications, and are constantly being refined to make the work of health professionals more effective and efficient. The portfolio includes digital radiography (DR including Mobile DR), full-field digital mammography (FFDM), and picture archiving and communication systems (PACS).

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In conventional analogue mammography, the image is not displayed instantly after exposure. Insertion of film cassette and developing the film (in a dark room or through a digitiser) involve a lot of time and cumbersome process. Additionally, at times it necessitates the callback of patients for re-exposure as the analogue systems cant show images instantly.

Fujifilm Amulet Innovality 

Amulet Innovality is a full-fledged digital mammography that is upgradable to digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) and biopsy with a global footprint of more than 2,500 systems. In India too the system was able to make serious inroads within a short span of time after it was launched last year, owing to its technological capabilities and image resolution. AMULET Innovality is a highly advanced mammography system which offers an extremely fast image interval of just 15 seconds. The low-noise and high-speed switching technology of Innovality allow tomosynthesis exposures with a low X-ray dosage and short acquisition time to be performed. This system utilises Fujifilms unique Amorphous Selenium (a-Se) direct conversion flat panel detector (FPD) with hexagonal close pattern (HCP) type detectors to produce clear images with a low X-ray dose and offers 50 micron resolution images. Compared to indirect technologies, the absorption rate of a-Se is higher in the low-energy range of mammography. And at the same time the detective quantum efficiency (DQE) is higher, which results in high image quality at a low dose. This system makes use of intelligent AEC (i-AEC) combined with a new image analysis technology to automatically optimise the X-ray dosage for each breast type.

Advantages of Intelligent AEC

Intelligent AEC has advantages in defining the optimal dose for an examination compared to conventional AEC systems where the sensor position is fixed. Through the analysis of information obtained from low-dose pre-shot images, Intelligent AEC makes it possible to consider the mammary gland density (breast type) when defining the X-ray energy and level of the dose required. Intelligent AEC can be used even in the presence of implants. It enables more accurate calculation of exposure parameters than is possible with conventional AEC systems. By allowing the use of automatic exposure for the implanted breast, Intelligent AEC can further enhance examination workflow. Fast image display is also possible, realising a smooth mammography workflow from exposure to image display.

Image-based Spectrum Conversion* (ISC) technology aims to ensure that images display adequate contrast even with the use of high energy, low-dose X-ray beam. This technology allows sites that previously exploited the superior contrast of a Molybdenum target to realise the dose advantages offered by the use of Tungsten without having to compromise image contrast.

Fujifilm has developed and provided new products and services especially DR & Healthcare IT (HCIT), focusing on expanding healthcare business. It is our constant endeavour to innovate and provide high-quality medical solutions that will contribute to better healthcare facilities and services to our customers and society.

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