New X-ray technology improves the diagnostic process
4th November 2013
New X-ray technology significantly improves the diagnostic process for patients and medical staff
FUJIFILM, pioneers of the world's first digital X-ray imaging systems, provide their New Zealand-first system for Mercy Radiology's Takapuna clinic.
FUJIFILM started manufacturing X-ray imaging equipment in the 1930s, and introduced the world's first Computed Radiography X-ray (digital X-ray) system in 1983. Their latest system is another major technological leap forward, delivering significant - and potentially life-changing - benefits to patients, while improving the speed and efficiency of the diagnostic process.
The FUJIFILM FDR D-EVO C35i Digital flat panel detector with Console Advance software-based workstation provides superior image quality and considerably reduces X-ray exposure of patients.
The first of these systems in New Zealand has just been installed into Mercy Radiology's newest Auckland clinic.
"FUJIFILM NZ have worked with Mercy Radiology for a number of years, with many of their clinics using FUJIFILM's pioneering Computed Radiography technology," says Robert Press, National Sales Manager FUJIFILM NZ Limited. "Based on the ongoing success of this partnership, Mercy have now installed our category-leading new system at their recently opened clinic in the Fred Thomas Medical Centre in Takapuna."
The speed of the system, explains Press, is exceptional. "From taking the X-ray to viewing it on the diagnostic screen takes just three seconds for image preview, with the cycle time of sequential exposures of 11 seconds. Until now, taking X-rays was a more labour-intensive process. The system's wireless operation allows for maximum flexibility and operability."
The result: the examination time is greatly reduced, making the experience easier for patients, while technologists can enjoy enhanced efficiency of work flow.
Mercy Radiology in Takapuna have been using the FUJIFILM FDR D-EVO to perform X-rays for clinical diagnostic purposes. Sue Dixon, Mercy’s Operations Manager, says that, in the three months since it was installed, they have noticed significant benefits.
“We chose this technology because it’s the next generation of imaging, with lower patient doses and excellent image quality. It also saves space, as there are no big readers or printers required. Now that our team are not having to process imaging plates, they have more time to spend with patients.”
D-EVO plus C35i
• New flat panel detector achieves superior image definition and more efficient X- ray conversion while using low dosage exposure.
• Capitalises on the high X-ray absorption of Csl and the ability of its needle crystals to deliver high image sharpness.
• FUJIFILM's proprietary Irradiation Side Sampling (ISS) technology delivers even greater improvements in image quality, and lower patient dose, when compared to many other detectors utilising alternative technologies.
• Rapid display of images and automatic optimum processing software greatly reduces examination time.