Evolution of Wireless Digital X-Ray Detectors

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Acceptance of wireless X-ray detectors

By this time, a handful of manufacturers had starting producing and shipping wireless X-ray detectors to different parts of the world. Pioneers of computer radiography said that the D-EVO or digital evolution was the best way to digitalize installed analog systems, which meant that CR would slowly fade away. The truth was that CR plates lacked the advantages offered by digital detectors. They had to be carried and fed into readers after which the latent image would be revealed by the laser. Ironically, this tedious process had worked well for CR for long as it had retained the usefulness of innumerable X-ray machines, even those that had been in service for many years. But the versatility and convenience of wireless X-ray detectors were too beneficial to ignore.

A wireless detector easily fits under a table and can be conveniently fitted to a wall bucky stand. Beyond the radiography suite, it can be fitted underneath a bed-ridden patient, i.e. beneath the mattress and cloth covering it. With an X-ray acquisition software and console, the detector makes upgrading any X-ray system that is film-based possibly very easily. Images are also delivered only a few seconds following an exposure.

The X-ray systems market today

Carestream, Canon, Fujifilm and GE Healthcare are some of the names leading the way in wireless digital X-ray detectors. The launch of the wireless D-EVO by Fujifilm in 2010 made a huge impact in the healthcare sector. This device slips effortlessly under a table or upward-facing cassette tray, making CR plates, which Fujifilm itself had publicized more than 15 years ago as the best solution for upgrading an analog X-ray system, look less appealing. More recently, the company has introduced the FDR D-EVO that boasts advanced image processing and an exposure time of upto 3.8 seconds. Extremely sharp details are captured by the FDR D-EVO, with hairline fractures and the finer details being visible.

With the improved efficiencies and increasing adoption of wireless flat panel digital X-ray detectors, sales of digital mobile radiography units have risen. The market for X-ray systems in the United States is forecasted to reach close to $3 billion by 2015. This growth is expected to be driven by the acceptance of even the more expensive flat-panel digital X-ray detector systems. However, it also not expected that CR will vanish quickly but rather slowly fade away.

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The lightweight Fuji D-EVO Detector simply slides into your table or wall-stand bucky, or can be used for tabletop projections, just like a conventional Samsung Wireless Flat Panel . It also serves as the center-point of the DRX Family-a complete line of innovative DR products that includes the Wireless Digital X-ray Panels and modular DR suite.

 

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