Digital radiography – High-resolution digital X-ray images and reduced radiation exposure

Easy transitioning from conventional radiography to digital X-ray technology – for improved workflow efficiency

The use of chemicals in traditional analog techniques is associated with occupational health hazards and unpleasant odours. The costs of conventional x-ray archives are high in terms of space, time and money. Digital radiography represents an environmentally friendly and high-quality alternative. Reduced radiation exposure for patients is a further advantage over conventional radiography. Digital and analog imaging systems differ with regard to image production and image display. However, digital X-ray images are subject to the same rules of physics as conventional images. Instead of viewing photographic film using a lightbox, digital images are visualized with a PC and display monitor. Thus, the transition to digital radiography involves only minor changes in established workflows. Patient handling is not affected.

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Digital radiography High resolution digital X ray images and reduced radiation exposure

Your conventional X-ray machine can easily be transitioned to digital by the addition of a flat panel detector (DR) or a CR scanner in combination with a medical display monitor. While continuing to use your existing radiography system, you can reap the benefits of high-quality digital X-ray images. 

 



Digital X-ray imaging with direct radiography (DR) systems

Digital direct radiography (DR) produces images of outstanding quality. A flat panel detector directly converts the pattern of incident X-ray energy into electrical signals. Imaging plates, cassettes and X-ray scanners are no longer needed . The X-ray images are available for diagnosis immediately after exposure. 

Digital X ray imaging with direct radiography

DR systems can build upon existing conventional X-ray equipment. Digital upgrades do not necessarily involve modification of the X-ray machine or X-ray unit. The system‘s Auto Exposure Detection (AED) works without changes to the running system or cable connections. The new 35 x 43 cm X-ray detectors are designed to fit perfectly into the Bucky tray of existing X-ray units. 

Direct radiography systems have high throughput and are ideal for emergency medicine and intensive care.

 

Choose the digital X-ray system (DR) that meets your needs:

Amadeo Z - Digital X-ray with fully motorised U-arm system

Amadeo Z Systems: Digital X-ray imaging with fully motorised U-arm for low cielings
Stationary Amadeo Z X-ray systems are fully motorised, compact, and designed for ceilings over 2.4 m. The system is perfect for the full complement of standard  radiological examinations, including spine and leg imaging using stitching technology.  

 

Amadeo R - Universal X-ray system with bucky table and wall stand

Amadeo R Systems: All-purpose X-ray systems with Bucky table and wall stand – Digital X-raying for confined spaces 
Amadeo R is a multi-purpose X-ray system with Bucky table and wall stand, designed for easy handling and straightforward operator control.  The X-ray tube assembly and Bucky tray of the wall stand can be lowered to the ground.

 

Amadeo S - X-ray machine: Compact U-arm systems for confined spaces

Amadeo S Systems: Direct radiography with compact U-arm for confined spaces
Amadeo S U-arm systems offer an all-purpose imaging stand with optional  mobile patient table. The compact Amadeo X-ray tube stand can be installed in confined spaces. 

 

X-rax machine Amadeo M mini Systems: A lightweight and portable solution for wireless, digital X-ray imaging in ambulatory and inpatient care settings

Amadeo M mini Systems: A lightweight and portable solution for wireless, digital X-ray imaging in ambulatory and inpatient care settings
This modern digital X-ray system is indispensable for in situ radiological examinations when patients cannot be transferred to a hospital.  The Amadeo M mini was developed for doctors and first aid personnel in remote and inaccessible locations, medical aid organisations, as well as ships and offshore platforms.

 

Medici DR Systems: Digital retrofits for stationary X-ray systems

Medici DR Systems: Digital retrofits for stationary X-ray systems
Are you interested in switching to digital X-ray imaging? If yes, then our Medici system is your best bet! Medici DR systems are available for nearly every X-ray unit manufactured. Choose among a large selection of detector models and sizes to optimally configure your digital X-ray equipment.

 

Medici DR Systems: Digital retrofits for mobile X-ray systems

Medici DR Systems: Digital retrofits for mobile X-ray systems
Are you interested upgrading your trusted mobile X-ray machine to produce professional and reproducible digital images? Are you looking to connect your existing X-ray unit to a digital X-ray sensor that is easy to install and straightforward to operate? Choose among the large selection of wireless detector models and sizes in the Medici system to customize your X-ray system. The dicomPACS®DX-R image acquisition software produces outstanding X-ray images and can be customised to your workflow using a laptop, Touchbook, tablet or Ultrabook.

 

Leonardo DR mini: Portable digital X-ray system in a custom-made suitcase

Leonardo DR mini: Portable digital X-ray system in a custom-made suitcase
Compact, lightweight and functional – the sleek and well-designed Leonardo DR mini comes in its own suitcase. This wireless and digital solution weighs only 9.5 kg, is one of the lightest portable X-ray systems worldwide, and is ideal for ambulatory and inpatient radiography. 

 

Leonardo DR nano: Ultra lightweight, portable X-ray system for digital radiography in a backpack

Leonardo DR nano: Ultra lightweight, portable X-ray system for digital radiography in a backpack
The Leonardo DR nano consists of only two components: a wireless X-ray detector and a tablet PC/Notebook. The complete system weighs just under 8 kg (including carrying case, laptop, accessories and flat panel detector) and is one of the lightest portable X-ray solutions worldwide.



Digital Radiology using cassettes with imaging plates

X-ray inspection using imaging plates functions with cassettes of the same size and shape as conventional film radiography. After the normal X-ray procedure, the cassette is placed into a X-ray scanner and read out.

Digital Radiology using cassettes with imaging plates

Digital images are generated, saved and can be viewed on a computer monitor within seconds (computed radiography; CR). Imaging plate (IP) systems using cassettes are cost-saving X-ray solutions and amortise quickly. The existing X-ray unit must not be retrofitted. This technology produces  high quality digital images. 

 

Choose the perfect Divario product to complete your cost-effective CR system  

Divario CR-T2: Compact, high-speed desktop unit for standard X-ray examinations

Divario CR-T2: Compact, high-speed desktop unit for standard X-ray examinations
The Divario CR-T2 is a CR desktop system (imaging plate reader) with a maximum throughput of 73 cassettes per hour. In high-speed mode (5 pixel/mm), the processing rate of the new Divario is 70 % higher than that of older CR systems. 

 

Divario CR-TM: Compact, high-speed desktop unit for high resolution images (50 μm - used for mammographiy examinations)

Divario CR-TM: Compact, high-speed desktop unit for high resolution images (50 μm - used for mammographiy examinations
The Divario CR-Tm is a CR desktop system with a maximum throughput of 73 cassettes per hour. In high-speed mode (5 pixel/mm), the processing rate of the new Divario is 70 % higher than that of older CR systems. In addidtion, the Divario CR-Tm version kann be used for mammographiy examinations. The system offers high-resolution images with a pixel size of up to 50 µm. 

 

Divario CR Software Package: Acquisition and diagnostic software for CR systems

Divario CR Software Package: Acquisition and diagnostic software for CR systems
dicomPACS®DX-R is a professional acquisition software for X-ray images generated by diverse CR units (computed radiography with imaging plates). The software also controls the operation of X-ray generators and X-ray units from various manufacturers, ensuring an efficient and orderly workflow. The straightforward and user-friendly interface functions via touchscreen and mouse.

From X-ray beams to digital images

Digital images representing the pattern of incident X-rays – whether generated from direct or computed radiography systems – share a number of special characteristics. Digital signal detection and digital display offer new opportunities for regulating brightness and manually adjusting contrasts. As a result, details such as  hairline fractures become apparent. Soft tissues can be visualised thanks to manual adjustments in the level of lightness and darkness within the same image. 

Digitisation has a number of additional advantages. All images (X-rays, MRI, digital pictures) as well as  documents (admission notes, findings reports, faxes, etc.) can be attached to patients’ medical records and are readily accessible. Backup and archive solutions guarantee quick access and data security in keeping with relevant medical products laws (depending on the manufacturer!).

 

PACS - Picture Archiving and Communication Systems

Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) are user-friendly software solutions for administering the production and use of X-ray images: from exposure to image analysis, archival storage and file sharing. 

The software enables users to quickly and easily share and view images. Depending on the manufacturer,  systems can include numerous advanced features including electronic fax, document management, operative reports and X-ray histories. Software modules for 3D reconstruction, surgical planning, voice recognition, and statistics can also be integrated. 

dicomPACS® by OR Technologies is a sophisticated, high-tech image management solution based on vendor neutral archive technology (VNA) and ideally suited for private practices and hospitals. With dicomPACS®, all images generated by digital X-ray, CT, MRI and ultrasound devices, as well as diverse documents (e.g., admission notes, medical findings, medical histories, faxes) are stored in a digital patient folder and readily accessible. Our carefully designed archive and backup solutions guarantee quick access and data security in keeping with the relevant medical devices act. Furthermore, the software can easily be integrated into all common information management systems (e.g., KIS, RIS and EPA). For more information, click here.

 

Summary of the benefits of digital radiography:

Fast

Immediate access to all digital patient records including X-ray images as well as documents from hospitals and doctor‘s offices

Cost-effective

Digital radiography saves time and materials

No chemicals

Some chemicals used in conventional radiography represent an occupational health hazard, are irritating and have an unpleasant odour

No loss of information

Lost hard copies of X-ray images or patient records are a thing of the past

Space saving

Archival storage of analog film material is costly in terms of space, money and time

Efficient communication

Efficient communication between institutions and staff via various networks and the internet

Improved diagnostics

Excellent images and a multitude of  image processing options

Interface & Integration

Software interface

PACS can interface with all administration software systems. This integration allows immediate access to patient data when submitting an X-ray order or recalling images from the archive. Interfaces can be established for GDT, BDT, HL7 and DICOM standards, as well as vender-specific systems.

 

Perfectly integrated 

Imaging equipment for X-ray, ultrasound, MRI and arthroscopic examinations can be integrated into the existing computer network. Furthermore, faxes and other digital documents can be attached to the patient record. With the appropriate software solution, all information for a given patient is available at the click of a button and can be shared with other caregivers. The digital coordination of all data pertaining to a patient means that, as required per law, the full medical record can be accessed for many years in the future.

 

Requirements

Existing hardware can readily be integrated into the new system. Additional components such as printers, X-ray film scanners and other hardware can be purchased and integrated into the network at a time. Please consult your PACS provider concerning the specifications and requirements for servers, work stations and monitors.

 

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